Ccl NOTES Sept 12
AGENDA Sept 19
Calendar to Oct 7th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

. . .  summer sliding into autumn  . . .
MAIN ITEMS, ccl mtg Monday Sept 19: Publication of WVHS's book Cottages to Community;  DP Applic (21 sgl-fam lots) for Area 3 East of the Rodgers Creek Area (N of Mulgrave Sch); Sport Field Master Plan Final Report; Deposit Refund on Milk Containers; Zoning Amendment Bylaw re Sunset Lane (prop from BCR), PH Oct 17; AmbNOW Monthly Budget Report; Correspondence (Westport Nbrhd Assn, Opposition to AmbNOW proposals)  
=  Vive le Canada; from the EDITOR'S DESK; UPDATES & INFO (WVHS Book Launch; Cmnty Ctr Award; Nominations for Cmnty Awards; Waterfront Petition; Election Dates)
=  Subscriber EMail Update (Cottages to Cmnty; Fox Run; Filtered Water; WVPD & NY)
=  CALENDAR to Oct 7th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music; Ballet; Photography, Film); Nature Walks: BearWatch
= Ccl Mtg NOTES Sept 12: WV Cmnty Ctrs Services Society's Strategic Plan 2011-15; MyOwnSpace Housing Society Delegation; LEED Canada Existing Building Award (Library); OCP/Zoning Amendments for Kiwanis; M Auditor-General; DVP 1148 20th; Devt Applic Status List; Correspondence (lots! -- timeliness of posting of cmte/WG mtgs; Finance Cmte and Library Bd minutes; PkR overpass/access/egress; M A-G; bus shelters; removal of trees Haywood permitted? at Design Review mtg, and Weston Park; Arts in Ambleside; NO to PSB)
=  ANIMALWATCH (Irish Polar bears?); PEACEWATCH (Struggle; Statehood); POLICEWATCH (Guide for Pedestrians); PHOTOWATCH (Best BC Beaches; Ten Wonders to See); MIDDLE EAST (ex-Israelis speak); FISHWATCH (return to Howe Sound); ARCTICWATCH; WOMANWATCH (Brave Afghan); SCHOOLWATCH (coddled students); LIBRARYWATCH (Little Library That Cd); BOOKWATCH (UK Bookstores Gone); STORYWATCH (Aesop); HERITAGEWATCH (BC, Vancouver); MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PUNS/ZEN

===  Vive le CANADA  ===  2011 Anniversaries: 75th for CBC, 100th for Canada's Parks, 125th for Banff

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
o  Running so late, will leave many comments till the next issue.
o  With the election coming up, looks like AmbNOW will be reviewed -- has been somewhat delayed.
o  ARC's webpage has a lot of omissions; at this ccl mtg I ask yet again, having done so often before, for missing info and info on bodies' mtgs missing from the DWV Calendar.
o  and I agree with Council, supporting a Municipal Attorney General.  Now, what acronym?  I tried M  A-G b/c I didn't want to write MAG, but maybe I'll settle on M-AG or OMAG.
ooo  Interesting POV in Montreal Gazette written by Thomas Woodley, head of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (see PEACEWATCH section)

===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
COTTAGES TO COMMUNITY -- WVHS Book Launch - Sept. 15
Jim Carter, Past President:
Tonight is the culmination of over four years' work by the Historical Society.  We have learned so much and had so much fun.  Thank you for coming and sharing tonight.
Our Board was searching for a project to celebrate the 100th birthday of West Vancouver in 2012.  "A Place of Excellence" was written in 1987 to celebrate the 75th anniversary.  We decided to build on the excellent work of Bruce Ramsey and create a different kind of book.  A coffee-table book that would have chapters that stood alone and could be read separately.  Elspeth Bradbury gave us the idea when she described how she achieved that goal in her wonderful book "A View Through the Trees". 
We chose the concept of the neighbourhoods as the chapters.  West Vancouver began as a series of waterfront summer cottages with names that endure today.  Ambleside, Dundarave, West Bay, Caulfeild, Eagle Harbour, Horseshoe Bay to name a few.  Those gatherings of summer cottages have mostly emerged as wonderful full-time residences.  If you look carefully a few of the summer cottages can still be found.  The name of the book 'Cottages to Community' captures the emergence into a modern, residential community that still retains the names they began with many years ago.
We hoped out book would appeal to young and old alike and that it would spark an interest in our beginnings.  We are pleased that significant orders have been placed by the School Board, British Pacific Properties, and CIBC. 
When we began our research we quickly discovered the huge contribution of Rupert Harrison (1914 - 2007), a long time city clerk and our first Archivist.  He did three things that made the book possible.
1. He interviewed early settlers and recorded their stories.
2. He gathered and filed pictures wherever he could.
3. He asked families who had made a contribution to the development of West Vancouver to turn over their papers and pictures  for posterity. 
It is from that base that we were able to build the book.  For that reason the book has been dedicated to Rupert Harrison.
I must mention the three people who have pulled it all together on behalf of the Society.  Francis Mansbridge, John  Moir, and Colleen Wood.  They have done an outstanding job. 
Thanks must also go out to those who donated to the book.  In particular our major sponsors: The West Vancouver Foundation, the Municipality through their Arts and Culture Grants, and Wetmore Motors.  To each and every one who made a donation, thank you for making the publication of the book possible.  Thank you as well to those of you who have pre-ordered books.  It has given us confidence to go forward.
I have now shifted my focus from getting the book ready to selling the book.  A number of stores have kindly agreed to sell the book.  Spirit Gallery, Pharmasave, Red Horses, Avant Gardener and Rogers's Chocolates.  Rogers's has made a donation of chocolates for our reception tonight.  Thank you to Fiona at Rogers's in the Village.  The Library, Silk Purse, and the Museum have also agreed to carry the book for us.  Thank you to all of them.  We have also two others.  The Phoenix Book Store in the Village Square on Bowen Island and The North Vancouver Archives in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver.
I could spend many hours thanking the Members of the Book Committee that stuck with it through thick and thin.  Our Board who supported the project throughout and to many others who made significant contributions.
Thank You.
Stores and Organizations selling 'Cottages to Community'
  The Avant Gardener    1460 Marine Drive       926 8764                Contact Fiona
  Pharmasave    5331 Headland Dr        926 5331                Contact Sophie, Caulfeild Mall
  Phoenix on Bowen      209 Village Square      947 2793                Contact Angela, Bowen Island
  Red Horses    2460 Marine Drive       922 3933                Contact Kris
  Rogers's Chocolates   Park Royal Village      778 279 2462    Contact Fiona (Main Street)
  Silk Purse            1570 Argyle Ave 925 7292        Contact Sara    (WV Cmnty Arts Ccl)
  Spirit Gallery        6048 Bay Street 921 8972                Contact David (Horseshoe Bay)
  North Vancouver Archives      Lynn Valley     990 3700                Contact Jan (3203 Institute Rd, NV)
  West Vancouver Museum 680 17th Street 925 7295        Contact Kiriko
  West Vancouver Library        950 Marine Drive        925 7401        Contact Julia

+  West Vancouver Community Centre Wins International Architecture Award
This award recognizes the best, new significant buildings and their place within cmnty.
        Read More: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=35964

+  It's Time to Recognize Community Contributors
West Vancouver is a special place where people contribute their time and talents to build a cherished community and quality of life. The District's Community Awards are one way to recognize the efforts of a few, and the commitment of so many. Awards this year are in the categories of Heritage and Environment.
Call for Nominations
Recognize and celebrate personal civic commitment, leadership, and engagement. If you know of an incredible individual or organization who gives time, energy and commitment, consider nominating them for a community award. Please visit westvancouver.ca/awards for more information. Act soon, the deadline is October 4, 2011.
A petition against building on the Ambleside waterfront is being circulated and it has so far been signed by about 900 people. No one has said that they want an art gallery on our waterfront.
They support an art gallery, just not in our waterfront park which is for everyone's use.  An art gallery needs walls.  It and art studios do not need a view and should not take away a view.
West Vancouver bought the waterfront properties as a park and that is how they should be used.
[  For information please email joshuaws@shaw.ca  ]
o  Important Dates - 2011 Election
August 26:  Candidate Information/Nomination Packages will be available at  Municipal Hall and on the website
September:  Notices informing of the Nomination Period and the availability of the List of Registered Electors will be published in the local newspaper (and available on the District's website)
September 9:  Applications to Vote by Mail Ballot will be available at Municipal  Hall and on the District's website
October 4:  at 9:00 am the nomination period opens (nomination documents received by the chief election officer will be available for public inspection and  will be posted on the District's website)
October 5:  at 6:00 pm an Election Information Meeting will be held at the  Municipal Hall in the Council Chamber

===  SUBSCRIBER eMAIL UPDATE sent Friday Sept 16  ===
Update (centennial book, Terry Fox, WV filtered water, WVPD & NY)
        [Main items and Ccl Agenda Sept 19; Quotation/Thoughts/Pun -- in WVM19]
Fabulously successful launch of the West Vancouver Historical Society's book for our centennial year at the Library Thursday Sept 15 -- overflow crowd.
If you missed it, there are still opportunities to get a copy, even a signed copy!
There will be pick-up and sales at the Museum (GLH) tomorrow Saturday Sept 17 from 11am to 5pm, and author Francis Mansbridge will be there to sign your copy.
                                Same again on Saturday Sept 24.
+++  Terry Fox Run on Sunday September 18 -- and see Douglas Coupland's sculpture just unveiled today.
Terry Fox statues unveiled in Vancouver
Four bronze statues of Terry Fox -- built to last a thousand years says artist and sculptor Doug Coupland -- were unveiled today on the Terry Fox Plaza in front of B.C. Place stadium, as a lasting memorial to a genuine Canadian hero.
    Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Terry+statues+unveiled+Vancouver/5414771/story.html#ixzz1YBGicFYY
+++  West Vancouver Expands Supply of Filtered Water to Residents
Friday, September 16, 2011
The District of West Vancouver has opened a new membrane filtration water treatment facility at Montizambert Creek, which supplies water to residents north of Horseshoe Bay. The new treatment plant employs state-of-the-art membrane filtration technology, which removes fine particles and micro organisms, providing protection against waterborne diseases. Filtered water has significantly far less chlorine than conventionally treated water.
"Our Government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that promote healthy and safe communities," said West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country MP John Weston, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to protect our water sources and ensure that area residents have access to clean, reliable drinking water."
Over $2.6 million was jointly contributed by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments to build this new water treatment facility. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia contributed funds through the Canada - British Columbia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component.
                More info: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=35992
+++  WVPD & NY
West Vancouver Police Constable David Sherry, who is presently assigned to the Integrated First Nations Unit, competed at the World Police Fire Games in New York City from August 26 to September 5, 2011, where he secured a bronze medal in the Games' karate tournament.
Cst. Sherry will be displaying the medal tomorrow {Wed Sept 14} at 11:00 hours in front of the West Vancouver Police building.
Also given to Cst. Sherry was a piece of the World Trade Centre, as a token of appreciation, from a Police Officer turned Firefighter. Cst. Sherry will be bringing this sentimental piece of history with him as well.

=======  CALENDAR to October 7th  =======      
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.
== Wednesday Sept 21
        ~ 6:30pm ~ Kiwanis Public Info mtg at Srs' Ctr (presentation 7pm)
        ~ 7pm ~ Bd of Variance in Ccl Chamber and Library Board at Library
        ~ 7:30pm ~ Michael Ondaatje at St Andrew's Wesley (1022 Nelson) re Cat's Table
== Thursday Sept 22 
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Police Bd mtg at WVPD {NOTE TIME CHANGE to an hour earlier}
== Friday Sept 23
        ~ 2:04am ~ equinox: start of autumn!
==  Saturday Sept 24
[Un]banning Books -- As an antidote to the banning of books, Banned Books Week is celebrated in the US every year. This year: Sep 24 - Oct 1
~ 2 - 4pm ~  Join us in The Market at Park Royal for this one-of-a-kind event. All of the food vendors will be featuring samples of their best selling items for you to try. There will be recipes and suggested wine pairings, and a chance to win a $150 Shopping Spree! Stop by any time from 2pm to 4pm in The Market to enjoy this Journey Through Global Flavours.
~ 3 - 7pm ~  The Beat 94.5 radio station will be at Park Royal South. They're promoting our first ever FREE Movie Night for teens. The best part is -- teens get to pick the movie! Choose your favourite from Twilight Eclipse, Iron Man 2, or X-Men First Class, then vote online at facebook.com/parkroyal.  Movie will start after 6:30pm and we'll have as much popcorn as you can handle.  Did we mention that the first 100 teens to take their seats get a $10 Park Royal Gift Card? So get here early (to check out The Market!) and save a spot for the fabulous teen movie night.                                                   
== Sunday Sept 25
        ~~~   WORLD RIVERS DAY!   ~~~   [see FISHWATCH for celebration at Britannia]
~ 8:30 - 1pm ~  Gift of Life Walk / North Shore Kidney Walk
Join the 8km walk, 5km competitive run, or 2.5km fun run! Join the Kidney Foundation and participate in an inspiring, community-based event. Registration begins at 8:30am in Ambleside Park with the walk starting at 9am.  Info: 604 736 9775, barbarav@kidney.bc.ca
== Monday Sept 26
        ~ 4pm ~ Finance Cmte mtg
== Tuesday Sept 27 
~ 7pm ~ Fall Fashion Show -- Join us for an evening of glamour and fashion in Park Royal South. We're featuring the hottest fall looks and we have Urban Rush's Michael Eckford as our host. We also have a special guest attending, Chatelaine Beauty and Style Editor, Catherine Franklin. She will be presenting a fabulous trends report on how to use what you see on the runway in your life.  Each guest will receive a deluxe gift bag stuffed with a $10 Park Royal Gift Card, loads of retailer offers, samples and other great freebies.
This year's show will be on Tuesday, September 27th, doors at 7pm. Tix are $20 each, but with proof a PkR e-newsletter subscriber, get $5 off.  They're going fast so buy your tix today, before we sell out!
== Thursday Sept 29 
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte mtg
        ~ 5pm ~ NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues at DNV M Hall
~ 7:30pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society mtg at St Stephen's (885 -  22nd)
Update on our activities and planning for the months ahead, in advance of the spawner salmon surveys.
== Monday Oct 3/4
Creating Places for People - The Melbourne Experience
Speaker: Rob Adams, architect and urban designer, Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne
October 3, 7 pm, SFU Surrey, Suite 250, 13450 102 Avenue, Surrey
October 4, 7 pm, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reserve seats at www.sfu.ca/reserve
Note: The same presentation will be delivered each evening.
The Metro Vancouver region has been noted for its ability to accommodate growth while maintaining good quality of life for residents. Still, Metro Vancouver faces challenges in advancing the goals of the recently approved Regional Growth Strategy to ensure regional land use patterns support transit, walking and cycling throughout the region.
Melbourne is considered one of the most livable cities in the world. It has garnered considerable recognition for its success in transforming over the last 25 years the centre of Melbourne from a car-oriented office core to a dynamic mixed-use community with a vibrant public realm. Come hear Rob Adams, the Director of City Design for Melbourne, share some of his experiences in leading this transformation and how Melbourne's success could be applied to development in Metro Vancouver's key centres.
Rob Adams is an architect and urban designer, Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne, Australia. He won multiple awards as the leader of the revitalization of the Melbourne City Centre and surrounds, helping to create a vibrant city streetscape with innovative design features. Since the mid1980s he has worked at the City of Melbourne. He is a regular lecturer at RMIT and at the University of Melbourne, where he has been a Professorial Fellow since 2004.
Frank Pacella, BA, LEED AP, Coordinator, SFU City Program
T. 778 782 5079 / Fax: 778 782 5098  E. citymgr@sfu.ca   www.sfu.ca/city
Pls join our email list: http://www.sfu.ca/city/email.htm Twitter: www.twitter.com/CS_SFU
== Monday Oct 3 - 5
NewCity Design Awards - recognizing excellence in architecture and urban design
The NewCity Design Awards will recognize Surrey's most significant accomplishments in city-building: architecture, landscape, urban design and infrastructure.  The awards will be decided by an independent jury, who will assign at least one "Award of Excellence" and optional "Awards of Merit" in each of the NewCity's eight categories. Anyone can suggest a worthy project. Actual submission packages will be submitted by the design/development team for each project.
Submissions close September 15.  Details: www.surrey.ca/city-government/8991.aspx
Walk 21 Metro Vancouver Conference 2011: The International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities
"Transforming the automobile city: walking steps up!"
October 3-5, 2011
Conference Location: SFU Goldcorps Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Web and email: www.walk21.com/vancouver; vancouver2011@walk21.com
In 2011 the International Walk21 Conference is being hosted by Metro Vancouver. The conference's metropolitan focus involves municipalities in the region, health authorities, Translink, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, as well as the regional government. Metro Vancouver has teamed together to create an innovative conference focusing on the best practices for urban design, transportation mobility, and health promotion to provide the best places to walk to and through. We invite you to join us in Metro Vancouver, Canada for the 2011 Walk21 Conference, Oct 3-5. Come and walk with us!
+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  http://www.westvanlibrary.ca
=  September at the Gallery -- ARTIST INSTRUCTORS EXHIBITION  August 9 - September 30
The Arts & Culture Division of DWV employs many artists to teach in a variety of media at numerous facilities throughout the District. These artists are skilled in their own practice and we are pleased to be able to showcase their diverse and accomplished works in this eclectic exhibition at the library. We hope that viewing these works will inspire people to engage in the learning of how to paint, draw, or otherwise create art with the realization that it is possible to do so at any age with the guidance and instruction afforded by these wonderful exhibitors, whether it be at the Music Box on the waterfront in Ambleside, the Gleneagles Community Centre, the Silk Purse Studio, or the Arts Studio at the WV Community Centre on Marine Drive.
This varied selection of works demonstrates the diversity in media, styles, and approaches that these instructors employ, with the unifying objective of artistic expression and the depiction / expression of the world around us whether it be through abstraction, impressionism, or illustrative rendering.
Full details on Adult Programs & Events on our website.
Come practise English! Meet Fridays, from 10 - 11:30am.  Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7
Meet in the Welsh Hall West.  For more info pls call Nadia Vargha Majzub at 922 5152.
English Corner is facilitated by the Bahai Community of West Vancouver in partnership with the Library.
Discover Your Roots - Did you know your Library subscribes to Ancestry.ca Library Edition? Learn how to research your family tree. Wednesday September 21 from 2 to 3:30pm.
First TAG Meeting -- 7pm Wednesday September 21
The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) team is a group of teens in grades 8-12 who work together with Youth librarians to make the Library a better place for teens. Interested in joining? Attend the first meeting.  More about TAG.
=  Friday September 23
Friday Night Concert Presents: The Human Statues
We kick off our 2011/2012 season with an upbeat performance of pop, folk, and funk from a duo continues to set themselves apart in Canada's indie music scene. Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 7:30pm. Come early for best seating. Funded by the bequest of Robert Leslie Welsh.
=  Saturdays September 23 and October 1
How do you make your fictional characters feel real? You become their eyes and ears. Join critically-acclaimed author Billie Livingston for this two-part workshop designed to help you ferret out the emotional and situational memories you have stored away and use them to bring lifeblood to your fiction.  No registration required.
Tuesdays September 27, October 4 and 11
~ 10:30 to 12:30pm ~   Today's Broadway
Spend three weeks with jazz specialist Neil Ritchie meeting some of the most successful Broadway songwriters: Kander & Ebb, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
=  Wednesday September 28
~ 12:30 - 2pm ~  Friends of the Library meeting
                Three authors, three great new BC Books!
=  Saturday October 1
~ 1 - 2pm ~   BRAIN FITNESS
Dr. Justin Davis from Nognz will discuss brain fitness, with tips, games, and memory boosters to keep your brain healthy at any age.

+++  WV MUSEUM +++ http://westvancouvermuseum.ca/exhibitions/current_exhibition
Sonny Assu - Longing  ~~  September 14 to November 5
      Longing is an installation of innovative, new work by Vancouver-based artist Sonny Assu composed of sculptures and photographs. The sculptures are found objects now displayed conceptually as "masks". As found objects they provide the core focus of the investigation undertaken by the artist. Within this context, found is juxtaposed to lost, or an art and culture altered or displaced by conditions of colonialism and European settlement. The artist uses longing to suggest a history reexamined and reclaimed.
       The photographs show the "masks" in situ within three sites, which characterize the collecting and marketing of Northwest Coast art: as artifacts in the visible storage area of an ethnographic museum, as fine art in an exhibition of aesthetic objects in a commercial gallery, and the tourist shop emphasizing curiosities, souvenirs, or keepsakes to take home.
       Vancouver-based artist Sonny Assu is Laich-kwil-tach (Kwakwaka'wakw) of the Weka'yi  First Nation of Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island. Assu's work has been featured in several notable group exhibits over the past years, How Soon is Now?, Vancouver Art Gallery; Comic Relief, National Gallery of Canada; Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast; McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation Part 2, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. A recent solo exhibit, Sonny Assu: As Defined Within the Indian Act, was held at the Belkin Satellite Gallery, Vancouver. Assu's work is in the collection of the National Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and in public and private collections across Canada and the United States. The artist is represented by the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.
This exhibition is guest-curated by Petra Watson and made possible with financial support from the Audain Foundation.
Artist's Talk: Wednesday October 19 at 7pm
+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com ~ 925 7290
{hope you didn't miss Great Stuff for Christmas Sept 18 Jury.....}
~~   3 Elements - earth, fire, & water   ~~    September 6 - 25
Claudia Bos ~ Jean Pedersen Ellis ~ Olga Turok  -- ceramic and watercolour
= West Vancouver Cultural Services
Sunday September 25   CALL FOR ENTRY
Selected artists' work will be scheduled for an exhibit at the FERRY BUILDING GALLERY in 2012
(you may be chosen for a group show or solo exhibition, depending on the jury's decision.)
        Past or present resident of the North Shore
        Three finished & framed pieces of artwork (three-dimensional work welcome)
        Print photographs of current work (4" x 6" or larger)
        Short written concept or proposed theme of exhibition (optional)
        Curriculum vitae (Bio)
        $20.00 jury fee
Artists must not have had a solo exhibition in any of the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery, or West Van Library in 2010 or 2011, and must not have shown in the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery, or West Van Library in a Group Exhibition in 2011.
Drop-Off: Sunday September 25 from 9 to 11am
        No late entries accepted  --  Pick-Up: 3 - 4pm same day.
        Music Hall, Cmnty Ctr (pls use underground parking)
~~   Objective Reality: mixed media   ~~    September 27 - October 16
Richard Alm, lan D. Blair, Melanie Cossey, Lynn Pocklington, Julie Rudd
Opening Reception: Tuesday Sept 27 from 6 to 8pm
Artists in Attendance: Saturday Oct 1 from 2 to 3pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++   http://www.silkpurse.ca/gallery2.html
~~ September 20 - October 2 ~~  "In Search of Colour"
Mother & daughter Krystyna & Elizabeth May explore individual expression & communication through art. Krystyna is an art therapist and Elizabeth lives with autism, which affects communication and interaction. Together they have discovered that a painting speaks louder than words.
Opening Reception: Tuesday September 20th from 6 to 8pm
DATE: Saturday September 24
Silk Purse Arts Centre Gallery --  2012 Adjudication
Selected artists' work will be scheduled for an exhibition at the Silk Purse Gallery in 2012.  (The jury may choose your work for either a group show or solo exhibit.)
Selected artists* are scheduled for a two-week exhibition at the SILK PURSE.
        =B7 three finished & framed pieces of artwork (three-dimensional work welcome)
        =B7 photos/portfolio of current work (at least 4x6)
        =B7 short written concept or proposed theme and title of exhibition
        =B7 bio/CV
Chosen exhibitors must take out a membership to the WV Community Arts Council, and must not have exhibited at the Ferry Building or West Van Library within the past year, or the Silk Purse within the past two years.
There is a $20 jury fee.
*You are not required to be a North Shore resident.
        DROP OFF: 10 - 10:30am
        PICK UP:  2 - 2:30pm (We cannot be responsible for works after 2:30pm)
        LOCATION: St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 885 - 22nd Street, West Van
        Info: 925 7292 westvanartscouncil@shaw.ca

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 (also for tix) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
EcoUrbia Presents: What's On Your Plate? 
Please join us at 6:30pm Wednesday September 21 as EcoUrbia kicks off a public outreach program through a bi-monthly film & speaker series called "Rethink Food & Waste".  Our goal is to screen many of the award-winning documentaries produced by Bullfrog Films that highlight issues around food & waste as we share & celebrate innovative happenings in our own communities, and how we can effect positive change in support of human health and our ecosystems!  Purchase tickets online
Naturally Autistic People Awards and Convention Opening Night  5pm Fri Sept 23
An Evening With Sayeh in Vancouver   8pm Sunday September 25
Movies at the Meek: Certified Copy   7:30pm Tuesday, September 27
Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her performance in this playful and provocative romantic drama from legendary auteur Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THE WIND WILL CARRY US), his first feature made outside of Iran. Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village who attends a lecture by a British author (opera star William Shimell) on authenticity and fakery in art. Afterward, she invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretence and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, and increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim, or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye?  Buy tickets online.
>  A Note From Our New Executive Director, Claude Giroux
I am deeply honoured to be joining you and the team at such a fantastic time in the centre's evolution!  The Meek really has become the cultural heart of West Vancouver - a dynamic gathering place where people of all ages and cultural backgrounds come to experience quality performing arts.  I am thrilled to share with you the offerings that we have for you in this our sixth season!  I also look forward to meeting you, our centre's most valuable asset!  Without each of you there simply wouldn't be a theatre.  And, as the new kid on the block, I'm eager to get to know you; talk about the future of the North Shore cultural scene; and, explore the active role we can play together at Kay Meek Centre.
Red carpet, drum roll, let the season begin!
Claude A. Giroux
>  Naturally Autistic=AE People Awards and Convention Opening Night 
5pm Friday September 23
Our Naturally Autistic=AE People Awards and Convention celebrates the talents, abilities, and potential of autistic people in our communities.  Featuring professional autistic people leading workshops to bring greater awareness, understanding, and acceptance for autistic people everywhere.   Purchase tickets online
Naturally Autistic ANCA Art Exhibition
Wednesday September 14th through Saturday September 24th
Throughout the month of September, Kay Meek Centre is presenting Naturally Autistic ANCA Art Exhibition with works from Joel Anderson, Dani Bowman, Maria Iliou, Esther Brokaw, Kevin Hosseini
>  What's coming up at Kay Meek Centre
An Evening with Sayeh in Vancouver -- 8pm Sunday, September 25
Early Music Vancouver, Mozart & Beethoven Quintets For Fortepiano and Winds -- 3pm Sunday Oct 2
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Arts Club at KMC -- 8pm Mon Oct 3, and Tues Oct 4

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=  Saturday September 24th  CARIBBEAN NIGHT!!
        Tickets available behind the bar on Sept 6th $27.50 pp
= Sunday September 25th Veterans' Social - 2pm
= Tuesday September 27th General Meeting - 7pm
    General Meeting - September 27 Approval and vote on proposed Branch 60 Bylaw changes.

+++ WV CHAMBER of COMMERCE + 926 6614 + http://www.westvanchamber.com
o  Sept 20 The Power Hour
Location: Delany's Coffee House | Dundarave Village
The next "Power Hour Group" will be on  Sept 20 Tuesday 8 - 9am at Delany's Coffee House in Dundarave Village. Have you been to the Chamber's "Power Hour Group"? We do more business in an hour than most people do all day. Come and promote your business to an intimate group of business owners and local professionals all while enjoying your morning cup of coffee!
o  Sept 27 - Chamber Breakfast Club
Location: Cafe TrafiQ
The next Breakfast Club will be on Sept 27th Tuesday 7:45 - 8:45am. New members are encouraged - a great opportunity to establish new contacts.
o  Oct 4 - The Power Hour
Location: Delany's Coffee House | Dundarave Village; 8 - 9am Tuesday Oct 4th
o   Help Coho win $30,000
Tuesday, September 20 -- Coho members teamed up with other partners recently to help clean up McKay Creek.  The initiative came from KIA on the North Shore.  KIA dealerships everywhere have competing projects and the winner gets $30,000.
The winner will be determined by the number of people who view the youtube video. CLICK HERE to watch the video.

+  BARD ON THE BEACH http://www.bardonthebeach.org/ June 2nd to Sept 24
NB: from Sept 4, evening performances begin at 7pm
>  As You Like It  --  Great acting by Lois Anderson, on stage nearly the whole time
>  The Merchant of Venice
a difficult play, an excellent production; even with humour: John Murphy and Ryan Beil
>  Henry VI (Parts I, II, III), Wars of the Roses  {Ends Sept 21}
Three plays into one, masterfully melded by Christopher Weddell; complicated but made clear by the acting; politics and intrigue always with us, the well-intentioned side-lined
>  Richard III  -- an absolutely POWERFUL performance by Bob Frazer {sparked maiku!}
Bard Explored: Enrich Your Experience
Enjoy the Bard Village for one full hour before curtain. With earlier access to the site, there's extra time to enjoy tasty snacks and beverages, dine on a picnic, or expand your knowledge with our new on-site educational talks.
Our insightful talks take place before every performance this season
        Mainstage:      25 minutes prior to curtain; Studio Stage:  15 minutes prior to curtain
TALKBACK TUESDAYS - FREE Post-Show Discussions
Learn more about the play you've just enjoyed. After each Tuesday evening performance, there is a question and answer session with members of the cast.
>>> Box Office Hours  Monday - Sunday Tix: book online; reserved seating now
       9am to 6pm; 604-739-0559 (local) 1-877-739-0559 (Outside Lower Mainland only)
Bard iPhone app!
With this app by B'stro, you can easily find play synopses, cast bios, multimedia, social media connections, and ticket and venue information for all the plays and events happening at Bard on the Beach. You can even find a Shakespearean insult generator!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-on-the-beach/id437015318?mt=8  to visit iTunes and download this free app today! Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Picnics by Emelle's
Enjoy a delicious picnic outdoors by pre-ordering with Emelle's, Bard on the Beach's official caterer.   http://www.bardonthebeach.org/bard-picnics
+  ARTS CLUB   687 1644   http://www.artsclub.com   DATE?
   Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
        o  Michael Moore, launch of Here Comes Trouble (autobiography); 7:30pm Sun Sept 18    
        o  Next to Normal -- feel-everything musical from Broadway, to Oct 9
   Granville Island Stage
        o  Circle Mirror Transformation starts Sept 22
Directing Circle Mirror Transformation is Nicola Cavendish, arguably one of Vancouver's most popular performers, who will bring her unique touch to the funny and poignant proceedings.
Bill Millerd, the Arts Club's Artistic Managing Director, says, "Nicola Cavendish, because of her many years as one of Canada's most inspired and empathetic performers, was the first person I thought of to direct the Canadian premiere of a piece that centres on the connections between individuals."
A sharply observed and warm-hearted comedy The LA Times called an "indie charmer", Circle Mirror Transformation is by young American playwright Annie Baker, a rising star in the theatre world. The play, premiering in 2009 to critical acclaim and winning the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play (her play Aliens, which premiered in 2010, shared the honour), has been winning over audiences across America. The New York Times dubbed Baker "one of the most promising new stage talents to emerge in the past decade."
Set designer David Roberts and costume designer Barbara Clayden have shared their visions for Circle Mirror Transformation on our blog. View the set model and character sketches for adult creative drama class instructor Marty (Donna White) and two class participants -- high-schooler Lauren (Emilee-Juliette Glyn-Jones) and the middle-aged divorcé Schultz (Brian Linds).
        ReACT: New Plays in Progress  ~~ 7pm Sunday Oct 2
See the creative process in action as the Arts Club takes a new work from script to stage. In partnership with Culture Days, the Arts Club will present a play reading of Henry and Alice: Into the Wild. This free public event is part of the company's ReACT: New Plays in Progress series and features local acting talents Andrew Wheeler and Susinn McFarlen.
+ Jericho Arts Centre
        Hay Fever by Noel Coward ends Sunday Sept 25
                Frothy sparkling comedy of manners 604 224 8007, x 2 
        A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starts Oct 4 (to 23rd)
+ Metro Theatre
        False Pretences by Eric Chappell ends Sat Sept 24
Fringe Festival www.vancouverfringe.com -- Sept 6 to 18  -- times and locations vary
        See Pick of the Fringe at www.vancouverfringe.com ends Sept 25
The Cultch
        True Love Lies, cutting comedy of bad manners 8pm to Oct 1st; 251 1363; thcultch.com
Hendry Hall  983 2633  ~ Sept 9 - 24
     An evening of three one-act plays: What Mildred Did; A Way With Words; Babel's in Arms
Pi Theatre
Pi is incredibly proud to announce our team for Visions of Vancouver. Our formidable group of writers has been joined by a marvellous cast and production team. They'll be working together over the next four weeks preparing for the world premiere of these new short plays.
Visions of Vancouver:
The Dead Line by Dennis Foon; The Thin Veneer by Kevin Loring
The Bridge by Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith; Elevate by Adrienne Wong
Directed by Richard Wolfe featuring Carmen Aguirre, Patrick Keating, Jennifer Mawhinny, Shaker Paleja
Show Times:
Oct 5th Preview - 8pm; Oct 6th Preview - 2pm; Oct 6th to 8th, 11th to 15th - 8pm; Oct 9th, 15th - 4pm
CBC Studio 700 at the CBC building in downtown Vancouver (700 Hamilton Street).
Stay and chat with our artistic team at the free talkbacks after the shows on the 9th, 11th, and 13th.
Tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now at Vancouver Tix, or call 604.629.VTIX (8849).
+ Norman Rothstein Theatre
        Sept 15 to Oct 9   http://www.patrickstreetproductions.com/
The Light in the Piazza, Patrick Street Productions presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical
       ~ VAG PUBLIC PROGRAMS  --  All Programs free for Members.
           ~ Current exhibition: "The Colour of my Dreams"
        ~ Out for Lunch -- Eine Kleine Lunch Musik -- Select Fridays, 12:10 - 1pm
+ Equinox Gallery -- Gordon Smith
Sept 16 to Oct 29 ~~ During the past couple of decades, the esteemed West Vancouver-based painter -- who turned 92 in June -- has produced some of his finest work.  The master of colour and paint continues to explore and express new visions in a fresh, aggressive style.  This show of all new paintings features marvellous winter forest scenes, and dense, nocturnal abstractions.  604 736 2405
+ 32 Books & Gallery, Edgemont Village --  980 9032
We are delighted to co-host an evening of art & wine with our neighbour Tartooful!
                 5 - 9pm Wednesday September 21st
32 Books & Gallery presents a fabulous evening of art & wine featuring original work by talented local artist Mila Chanel Please join Tartooful and Jokerworld in celebrating The Art of the Fool...
Including original works inspired by the Jokerworld collection.  We are delighted to welcome the gifted Tartooful artists, including: Louise Arnold, David Camisa, Lynne Green, Anne Griffiths, Karyn Holyk, E. Andrea Klann, Katryn Lissack, Constance Pickett, Dallyn Rule. and Rob Zylstra.
+  Vancouver Opera  http://www.vancouveropera.ca/
Tickets to all VO performances for the 2011/12 season are now available for purchase: West Side Story, Romeo et Juliette, Barber of Seville, and Aida.
The bassoon has been typecast as "the Rodney Dangerfield of music" - but it's fighting back! Find out more in this entertaining article from NPR.
Persian poetry gets the blues. Iranian jazz singer Rana Farhan has combined the verses of mystical poets like Rumi, Hafez and Omar Khayyam to the rhythms of American blues, jazz and soul. Read about it here.
For daily updates behind the scenes, photos, videos, and other special content, check out the VO Blog.  Learn about the 2011-2012 Season here.
Opera in the Community
VO brings opera into the community through free public forums,film screenings, behind-the-scenes events and other educational opportunities.
Join Doug Tuck, Director of Marketing and Community Events, for a free Pre-Show Talk at the theatre before each opera performance. Pre-Show talks begin at 6:30pm in the Mezzanine at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on performance nights.
Opera Speaks in Your Community
In partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Opera presents its award-winning series of free public forums on themes and issues arising from the season's operas.  more...
On The North Shore
Preview lectures of upcoming operas through Capilano University's Eldercollege at the West Vancouver Seniors' Centre.
Film Screening - West Side Story (Sept 22)
In partnership with the Vancity Theatre, Vancouver Opera presents a series of films that explore themes and issues related to the season's operas.   more...
OPERA SPEAKS ~~  7 - 9pm Wed Oct 5th @ VPL! 
All About Bernstein: The Life and Influence of Leonard Bernstein
Join us on October 5th as we explore the life, music, and wide-reaching legacy of one of the 20th century's great composers and communicators. Speakers include conductor Leslie Dala, educator, and Vancouver Sun music critic David Gordon Duke, and West Side Story stage director Ken Cazan.
FREE Admission  --  For more info on our Community Events, click here!
+  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra  876 3434  http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/ 
        Sept 24 and 26 -- Jon Kimura Parker at the Orpheum; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3
        2pm Sunday Oct 2 --  VSO performs Ravel's Bolero (Orpheum)
        2pm Thurs Oct 6 -- Tea and Trumpets with Christopher Gaze
+  Early Music Vancouver
Early Music Vancouver offers a remarkable performance: sophisticated and satisfying, the perfect introduction to our 2011-2012 season.
Mozart & Beethoven:  Quintets for Fortepiano & Winds
Friday 30 Sept at 8pm; Pre-concert introduction by Andrew Clark at 7:15pm
Christ Church Cathedral  890 Burrard at West Georgia
Sunday matinée, 2 October at 3pm; Pre-concert introduction by Andrew Clark at 2:15
Kay Meek Centre - Studio Theatre
Michael Jarvis, fortepiano; Washington McClain, classical oboe; Colin Savage, classical clarinet; Katrina Russell, classical bassoon; Andrew Clark, natural horn
When Mozart tells you "I myself consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life", you know you want to hear it. We have assembled five of today's leading players to bring you an unforgettable performance. Don't miss our season opening, when Mozart's effervescent Quintet for Piano & Winds is paired with Beethoven's Quintet for the same forces (itself a joyous homage to the genius of Mozart!) and his youthful Horn Sonata.
Tix for these performances are $35 (students & seniors $3 discount). These prices include 12% HST.
Tickets for the Friday, September 30 performance can be ordered on-line via our secure connection: https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/earlymusic.bc.ca/SingleTicketOrderFormSeason.html. They are also available by phone (604 732-1610), at Sikora's Classical Records, and from the office of Early Music Vancouver.
Main Series Season Tickets are still available at https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/earlymusic.bc.ca/SeriesTicketOrderForm.html, by phone (604-732-1610) or in person at the office of Early Music Vancouver.
Tickets for the Sunday, October 2 matinée performance are only available from the Kay Meek Centre Box Office at 604 913-3634 or www.kaymeekcentre.com. Buy tickets to 2 concerts and save 15%. Buy tickets to 3 or more concerts and save 20%.
Rush Seats for Students with valid ID on sale for $10, at the door only, from an hour before the start of each performance.  These concerts are included in our "Bring a Youth for Free" programme.
For more information, please visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CM1-FortpianoQuintets.html
        Early Music Vancouver, 1254 West 7th Avenue
        T: 604 732-1610;  F: 604 732-1602;  E: staff@earlymusic.bc.ca;  W: www.earlymusic.bc.ca
                Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earlymusicvancouver
+  VANCOUVER CHAMBER CHOIR  1 855 985 2787 www.vancouverchamberchoir.com
           8pm Friday Sept 30 -- The English Touch, Byrd to Britten, Ryerson United (Kerrisdale) 
+  VANCOUVER RECITAL SOCIETY  604 602 0363 www.vanrecital.com
           3pm Sunday Oct 2nd -- The Jerusalem String Quartet, Chan Ctr 
        60th Anniversary Tour, Sept 23 to 25 at QE Theatre 1855 985 2787
News: Caroun Art Gallery (CAG)   ArtGallery@Caroun.com
Call for Painters & Photographers
The deadline was extended to the end of September 2011, because of the strike of Canada Post.
Each artist could send two works, 20" x 30" max size.  Subject is OPEN.
For more info, please check www.Caroun.net.
Caroun Photo Club: Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, 7 - 9pm at the Silk Purse Arts Ctr. Visitors are welcome. Info: www.carounphotoclub.com.
        VIFF: Vancouver International Film Festival Sept 29 to Oct 14 www.viff.org

===  NATURE WALKS  === from David Cook 924-0147 <cookeco2@yahoo.com>
>>  Two for the Brock House Society
Pls note that participation in the Brock House events requires mbrship in the Brock House Society and you must be over 65 years old. There is also a $5 fee for each of their events.
> Tuesday September 20th
Time Travel through a Tree: Big Old Trees of Stanley Park.
An interpretive walk for Brock House Society: www.brockhousesociety.com
Duration: About two hours.
Description of event: Did you know that some trees in the Vancouver area can live for 1000 years or more? Most of them have been removed by logging but Stanley Park retains some specimens that are between 500 and 800 years old. Our route will also take us past two of the most publicised redcedars in BC; the Hollow Tree and the National Geographic Redcedar. Others of great size and age will be record-sized big leaf maples and a red alder that have been designated as Champion Trees in the Big Tree Registry maintained by the Ministry of Forests.
Registration and details for meeting time/location: 228 1461. Refer to "Guided Interpretive Walks LA102".
> Tuesday September 27th
Forest Ecology and Botany, Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
An interpretive walk for Brock House Society: www.brockhousesociety.com
Duration: About two hours.
Description of event: We will walk some of the trails of Pacific Spirit Regional Park to discover how what was a typical temperate coniferous forest is managing itself after various human influences such as farming, logging, and the introduction of many non-native species. We will also look at the successful restoration of Spanish Banks Creek for salmon.
Registration and details for meeting time/location: 228 1461. Refer to "Guided Interpretive Walks LA102".
>>  Elder College, Capilano University
> Friday September 30th
Geology and forest ecology of Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR)
An interpretive nature walk for Elder College, Capilano University: Duration: two to three hours.
Description of event: We will walk along trails paralleling the west side of the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) to view geological and natural history features that tell the story of this valley during and following the ice age. Some highlights will be 30,000 to 40,000-year-old peat beds, raised sea-level benches, varved clays deposited in a glacial lake and natural history features such as temperate rain forest and a salmon-bearing wetland.
Meeting Time & Location: 09:30 am at Rice Lake parking lot which is just south of the Learning Lodge in the LSCR. The parking lot is at the end of Lillooet Road which passes Capilano University and the cemetery. The distance between Capilano University and the parking lot is approximately 4.4 km.
Registration:  Capilano University (Continuing Education)    www.capilanou.ca/eldercollege
                Register by phone (984 4901), mail, fax (983 7545), in person, or on-line
A recent survey to Nature Vancouver members organized by Daphne Nagorsen indicated that there was some demand for field trips during the week and that there was also a desire for field trips having a zoological theme.
The following satisfies both desires.
Because of the unpredictability of the berry season and consequently bear feeding activity, it has been necessary to send out this notice at short notice, for which I apologize. This means of course that the notice will not appear in the Vancouver Naturalist but it has been posted on the website www.naturevancouver.ca.
Kind regards, David
>>> Thursday 22nd September: 10am
        A walk in the natural world of Black Bears
Duration of walk: 2 to 3 hours.  Difficulty rating: A2 (Bear foraging area);  B1 (Lookout Hill area)
Walk along the Richard Juryn Trail, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve to view numerous black bear signs and learn about the different natural foods that the bears have been eating this season. This is a prime bear foraging area where I have been conducting a black bear feeding survey over the last few months.  Learn to identify the plant species from scats using a reference collection of seeds and learn to identify the living food plants and how they have fruited at different times this season to the bears' advantage.
Some of the bear signs that we will see are:
=B7         Bear scats, some with unexpected content. See and learn why some berry species are digested more efficiently than others.
=B7         Foraging pathways within berry patches.
=B7         More substantial trails used to gain access between foraging areas. As we will see this type of trail is also used by other large wildlife.
=B7         Rotten logs and stumps excavated for carpenter ants and grubs.
=B7         Ash tree branches broken to gain access to fruit. You can see how the bear has preferentially selected individual berries with their prehensile lips.
=B7         Bear marked cedar trees. Why do they do this?
After looking at the bear feeding area we will continue to Lookout Hill which was an island in the middle of a glacial Lake during the Ice Age. At that point the walk will switch to geology. The Nature Vancouver walk will then return to the parking lot. For those who wish to extend the hike by themselves (after signing off) they have the extensive trail systems of the LSCR and Lynn Canyon Park to choose from.
We will meet for car-pooling at the entrance to the Super Store at 10:00 am. The Super Store is located at the corner of Mount Seymour Parkway and Seymour Boulevard, North Vancouver. Parking for day trippers is tolerated by the Super Store in the north-east corner (near the gas station) of their large parking lot.
The Richard Juryn Trail is a recently constructed multi-use trail with a wide, well-maintained surface with the exception of the Lookout Hill section (see Difficulty Rating above).
For further information contact David at 604-924-0147 or cookeco2@yahoo.com.
{Well, Dear Readers, you must be thinking -- what about the bears???  So I asked David and he replied:
Part of the trip will be to teach people how to act around bears which are increasingly resident with us on the North Shore. The one bear that I encountered during my many entries into this area over the last couple of months ignored me and continued to feed. Protocol around black bears is straight forward but you need to know what it is.}

===  COUNCIL MTG NOTES Monday Sept 12  ===
6:00 PM
1. Call to Order.
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the September 12, 2011 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
a.  personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;
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; and
g.   litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality.
(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 held in public. (added September 9, 2011)
3.  Council will then proceed with the closed session.
4.  Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
Mayor: Welcome back; Sept 26 to 30 is the NSh Keep Well Week
5. AGENDA -- Approval of September 12, 2011 Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Amended by: replacing the existing recommended motion for Item 11; adding item 13.2 regarding correspondence to the Other Items section
6. MINUTES Adopted:  July 25, 2011 special Council Meeting.
Mayor: announcements, beginning with Anne Mooi
Mooi, Dir/Parks: another design award; presented by Chicago
European; highest and most prestigious
the city and the world in Argentina; 7th award DWV has received
Mayor: it's all about the ppl that make it great; pleasure to welcome the board
MS: hand over to Barbara Brink to make the presentation
7. West Vancouver Community Centre Services Society regarding Strategic Plan 2011 2015 (File:  0055-20-WVCCS)
BB: Argentina sounds lovely
pleasure to come back; November said we'd come back; this is a four-year plan
agreed on strategic goals; monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting course
follow you: three strategic pillars
we'll be xxx; place of pride, belonging, and fellowship; developed values [SLIDE]
tag line is "you belong here"
v supportive of staff; everyone in the ctr is a learner -- staff, customers, etc.......
Our Purpose [SLIDE]
Cmnty Ctr with Aquatic Ctr
Many enjoy sitting in the atrium
Strengths, Weaknesses [SLIDES]
mbrship small -- was 150-250, not seen as separate
had to work on branding; vital front desk; need funding, sustainable model, continuity
PILLARS: Cmnty Engagement, Outreach
branding: new logo and new website
want to become a place where ppl want to come and talk about issues
Operational Excellence; developed metrics
over a million visitors a year
we have cmtes, Resource Devt, ongoing relationship with our stakeholders
new mbrship model -- no longer have to live in WV; $5 for a family
based on models of other cmnties
bricks -- thank you, Cclr Smith
devping a signature event: Pumpkin Fest, will be judging
mbrships: 1622 family, 443 indiv
technical glitch problem selling but solved
did retain priority regn for WV residents
last year had 1000 and warned them this year cd have 5000, expecting 800 pumpkins (gave out 1000)
purchased projector -- tomorrow night documentary on a family that lived for a year without putting out any garbage
26 funding priorities [SLIDE]
hv sold 67 bricks for $37K
Comments: maxed out so looking at capacity
can we integrate more with SAC, etc
need to expand the weight room
not possible without staff, Sue Ketler, and my board, pls stand.
Mayor: remarkable what you've achieved
led in a way Ccl cd not do
incredible facility; work, growing, 40-mbr pumpkin fest cmte
Sop: you've done a marvellous job
in your goals for the future, have to decide on a plan
know growing, goal, cd you be more specific five or so years out
BB: each has operational and biz plans behind it
TP: [7:21]
Srs' Ctr; work together; good working with.... partnerships
BB: already
Ev: Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr?
BB: we work with them; they have an advisory group; taken into account
Ev: priority regn -- is that now enshrined?
BB: we revisit it each year; make sure; see if pushback from other Ms
first year ten calls, NV, by and large accept it
Ev: you revisit each year; maybe your goal for a longer period
I get calls saying not sure for next year; panic
BB: as long as this board's in place, safe.
ML: I serve on the Gleneagles Adv Cm
facilitated a planning xxx workshop [7:23]
how to maximize use
Sop: two more points; re capacity WV citizens considered first
BB: priority, yes
Sop: what if 5K. 10K, from outside the cmnty joined and started dictating?
BB: considered that; two-thirds of Bd must be WV residents and of quorum as well
WV residents paid for, so still there's
Sop: good
Mayor gave me the position to sit on the Senior Adv Bd, wch I've done for a while
it's the best well-run centre in Canada; seems well-prepared, raise funds, xxx
what is your intent?
BB: look at spaces; space they can use of ours and wd can use of theirs; some more conducive to Srs' Ctr, some more to Aquatic
Sop: fitness, weight ctr?
BB: yes; another weight room there or
Mayor: imp to me; bd operating in the broad cmnty; ppl interested b/c of the forum you've created
v diff to do from political side, wonderful from cmnty side
MS: privilege to be there from the beginning; growth impressive
strong board, future looks limitless; sp to BB and Sue Ketler -- amazing, enjoyable to work with
remind ev about pumpkin fest
my granddaughter and I examined mine on the weekend and it's the size of a football already
{made motion of thanks}
8. MyOwnSpace Housing Society regarding Semi-Independent Housing for Young Adult Children with Developmental Challenges (File:  0055-01)
                PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
                        RECOMMENDED: THAT Council thank M. McCormick,...
Constance McCormick: we're a registered non-profit Society
grateful to DWV, provided us with mtg space, much appreciated
imp safe secure housing; down road won't be able to supply for needs
we need support from District and staff  [SLIDES]  favourable
need for housing -- accessible and adaptable; non-market housing
our vision -- one floor of a building within a housing devt perhaps a highrise, ten residents, one-bedroom ste
not asking for money, rather to participate in a devt
imperative our chn stay in their cmnty; can contribute on a day-to-day basis
Sop:  I have a child who is challenged
his mother and I stressed we cdn't look after him; he went out, has done well, job; he's 40 now
motion wrt cmnty amenities in devt
Mayor: in Cmnty Plan; any other questions
ML: certainly there's an expanding
I too have a xxx challenged child
spend a lot of time
want to thank MyOwnSpace for their delegation and recommend we ask Planning Dept what exists to accommodate this, and report back to us
Ev: wd be in support of this
that's the first step; second, if approved, to get some assurances from staff -- our conscience is to move this forward; not say next year haven't moved on it
need to ENSHRINE, not just reflect, push
Mayor: ask staff to come forward with steps
ML: there are alternate ways to what MyOwnSpace are proposing
Sop: imagine a lot of models; assume moving forward on this
blueprint for social sustainability
Mayor: well, that was a fairly successful delegation!
Another success story
REPORTS [7:41]
9. LEED Canada Existing Building Award (Library) (File:  0500-01)
                PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
                        RECOMMENDED: be received for information.
TP: hand over to xxx
come out of the culture and staff
want to ack the grassroots effort
Marsha Bergen: Chair of WVM Library Bd, add to announcement
Lib has received LEED Canada Silver
[showed plaque]
Plaque will be mounted in a prominent space
{Related story; slides}
We are the v first LEED silver in western Canada at this point and first Library in Canada
        {of existing buildings}
joined here tonight by staff
Bd and volunteers, pls stand up
SLIDES -- Library -- constructed in 1950 and has been added to five times
patchwork structure, variety of roofing types
Recent new libraries built cost over $30M
Work on roof will extend life of our bldg
Chad as catalyst
utility consumption $10K less than 2006 ... [7:48]
We still have a 1976 boiler
last of xxx structures in 2012
will hand over to Lauren Henderson, but before, SLIDE on LEED prog; v rigorous process, six categories shown; the full report is av on our website

{See http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=73 for details}

Lauren Henderson: 2008 sold its large bookmobile and bought a compact one.
Water efficiency, 68% reduction in usage -- updating system, low-flow toilets
energy savings, hydro bill dropped (turn off lights, computers, etc)
Lib is 29% better than similar existing bldgs
reduce, reuse, recycle
30% less solid waste pickup
Indoor Environmental Quality; green cleaning policy
next step to inspire -- education and outreach progs
thrilled to be in front of M&C tonight to share out story
Marsha: review generously funded by a bequest from Anna Patrick in memory of her husband William Patrick
app DWV support of mechanical systems assessment
thank you for opp to share this story
Mayor: and thank you
CAO other facilities
CAO: CFO just hiring
CFO: search
looked at all the great work Lib has done; incorporate that across M
person coming on bd in Nov; looking to him to coordinate with Lib
{TP motion receiving for info}
10. Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit Application No. 1010-20-11-005 for the 900 Block of 21st Street (Kiwanis Seniors' Housing Society of West Vancouver) (File:  1010 20 11 005/1610 20 4689/4694/4695)
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: Each reading of an Official Community Plan bylaw must receive an affirmative vote of a majority of all Council members (4 members) in order to proceed (Local Government Act, s. 882).
Sokol: staff asked to work with Kiwanis to resolve issues; has gone to Design Review
1.5 FAR; x floors; areas
main issues:
at July 25 mtg, bachelor stes, none and now ten
parking, access and shadowing now addressed (in agenda pkg)
temp accommodation plan provided, all except two see p51 about the relocation prog.
staff's next steps in the report.
happy to answer any questions and mbrs of the Kiwanis Society here as well
Mayor: Tina Zanetti on behalf of Harold Gaffney
TZ: the list, there's actually seven or eight have not been relocated
demolition permit posted on bldg; biggest concern remaining tenants not been relocated yet
usu demolition permits not give to devprs right away unless Devt Permit
asked for that but none provided
they only have two months to find a place
one has decided, Tenant 13, Mr Gaffney going to be 78; says Mr Gaffney has turned down as it says
Aug 12 a letter was provided to Mr G with an offer and soon thereafter, not even a week, notice of eviction
didn't know what to do 79, didn't fill out form
a few other ppl still live in the bldg
how come the permit dept went along with a demolition when [not vacant?], like Vancouver -- red tape; do we have a bylaw? just give demolition permit?
Mayor: time's up.  Sokol, then spokesman for Kiwanis
Sokol: not aware of a bylaw
Demo to allow relocation
Bob Clark: just put name down to answer questions; Bob Heaslip is here too
Sop: I don't know whether or not the District is directly involved; how mitigate
we're sort of over here
we are involved with giving rights to xxx
push comes to shove, Mr Gaffney going to be dealt with
know how difficult; will he be looked after?
Clark: can lead a horse to water can't make him drink
we can't tell our residents where to live best is to make a suggestion
as units become av; have made arrangements with NV Kiwanis and ev person who has gone over there has been offered a unit
BC Housing have agreed to give priority to ours
being top of the priority list still means have to wait for someone to move out
by the end of the month we'll have three left
one to BC Housing; did offer Aug 12 and when did not hear from him, gave it to somebody else
can we look after everybody, the last three?
we hope so, but we can't force them; we offer when vacancies
Sop: Kiwanis looks after moving out and back?
Clark: moving out/back and connections
Residential Tenancy Act some compensation for those who are forced to move
tenants can take that, or ours
MS: I've worked with, known Bob for over 30 years
fully confident he and his group have done ev possible
... still three, hope will find spots
do I ask building questions now?
one of my employees' dad lives in your building and he has never lived in WV
WV gets first kick at the can and then
Clark: we have a ranking system:
if you live in WV you get 30 points, NV 20, V 10; if 80 yrs old, you get 80; if 90.....
have to be Canadian and old age pension
MS: thank you for your answers, Bob
applicable when new Taj Mahal opens its doors
a senior who has no other income that the srs' pension -- will they be able to live there?
Clark: we're doing everything we can; hope so
we've applied to fed govt for $6M to bring down rents ev $1M = $40/mo
we don't know at this point what our rents will be
Kiwanis is not subsidized housing, it's low-cost housing.....
then go to
they are truly subsidized and we are not.
one other thing, over at Kiwanis and lady said want to thank you for my new apt, no smell of must and mildew anymore
Sop: wonderful Kiwanis is doing this [8:12]
have to follow the Resid Tenancy Act, do you have  policy or vision that no one's left behind
Clark: not written down; it is our vision, we do the best we can; can't tell them where to live
Mayor: motions for discussion and vote
Ev: I have a general question -- time it or at the end or?
Mayor: try to ask all the questions or with each motion
Ev moved:  THAT opportunities for consultation on the proposed Official Community Plan amendment, with persons, organizations and authorities, as outlined in the report from the Senior Community Planner and the Manager of Community Planning dated September 1, 2011, be endorsed as sufficient consultation for the purposes of Section 879 of the Local Government Act.
Ev moved:  THAT Official Community Plan ... Amendment Bylaw, as attached to the report by the Sr Cmnty Planner and the Mgr of Cmnty Planning dated Sept 1 be introduced and read a first time in short form.
Ev moved:  THAT OCP ... Amendment Bylaw, has been [sic?] considered in conjunction with the District's most recent financial plan and the regional waste management plan.

{has been? be? will have been? the verb tense confusing, may not be right, and have discovered a complication wrt something having to be done after first reading and before third.  More on this in WVM20.}

Ev moved: THAT Zoning ... Amendment Bylaw, as attached to the report by the Sr Cmnty Planner and the Mgr of Cmnty Planning dated Sept 1 be introduced and read a first time in short form.
Ev moved: THAT Development Cost Charge Waiver Bylaw No. 4695, 2011 to waive DCCs pursuant to Section 933.1 of the Local Government Act be waived for not-for-profit seniors' housing be introduced and read a first time in short form.
ML: if DCCs, what wd the amt be?
Sokol: ~ $760K
ML: so that's the contribution of DWV
Mayor: CAO [8:16]
CAO: >
Sokol: can waive; they don't need to pay and negotiating so that we don't have to pay it as well
Sop: what other charges by the District?
Sokol: other charges Kiwanis will have to pay are bldg fees, applic fees, etc
Sop: that's it?
Sokol: believe so
Mayor await DCCs
Ev moved: THAT the Municipal Clerk be directed to give statutory notice that a Public Hearing ... is scheduled for Oct 3.
Ev: on page 32
prior to the PH yet p34 told item No 8, 2/3 way through para; there will be a PH concurrently with a public mtg
Sokol: what PMtg in No 8 run in conjunction
the other hosted by Kiwanis; see plans in more detail
Ev: time seems to imply held concurrently; when will the mtg be sponsored by the proponent?
Heaslip: prez of Society; mtg scheduled in Srs' Ctr for Sept 21st
Ev moved: THAT Proposed Devt Permit attached to the report from the Sr Cmnty Planner and the Mgr of Cmnty Planning dated Sept 1 be considered concurrently with "Official Community Plan/Zoning Amendment"
Ev moved: finally THAT the public be given an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed Devt Permit and DCC Waiver Bylaw attached to the report at a Public Meeting held concurrently with the Public Hearing.......
Mayor: tyvm so we'll hold our PH on Oct 3rd
11. Establishment of a Municipal Auditor General Office (File:  0175-20-AGEN3)
                RECOMMENDED: ... be received for information.
Mayor: proposal by Premier, asked for public input before Sept 9
diff to get input over summer; legislation to be introduced in October
Sop moved: THAT Council undertake to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities to investigate the establishment of the Office of the Municipal Auditor General.
{ML seconded}
know you have a letter; heralded as worthwhile project but if it's politically charged and not run by professionals, we're wasting our time
many times comes up and they're appointed -- professional accountant auditor situation..... fly by the night and not solve anything
WV takes the lead in a lot of things
one of my main areas of concern; have others but don't want to take up time
ML: not talking about operational; being asked to be generally supportive of investigation; saw good work come out from analysis; if we can be the better, all Ms will benefit
MS: curious why we have the word investigate in there?  presumably investigation has taken place, certainly prov, and UBCM has responded
isn't it time to stop investigating and start implementing?
This Auditor General can be a great resource for Ms; can come in and ensure best practices passed along to other Ms, and they can uncover glaring
        {MS stops speaking b/c the Mayor is speaking to someone}
finished there? is everything? oh sorry--
Mayor: --we're actually thinking of the words you're going to want us to put there instead
MS: immediately comes to mind, unless they're blind they're going to jump right into the Police and Fire Act* anomaly wch means Ms don't really control their Police and Fire b/c of the Act, wch refers everything to mandatory arbitration
        {* he means: the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act}
AG cd pass back to prov; if Ms need help
some of the initiatives prov wants to bring in
like net zero-wage increases wch beyond our capacity to do under the P&F Act
think we shd drop 'investigate' and get on with it
Mayor: cd amend or change 'investigate' to 'support', wd that work?
MS: wd work well with me
Mayor: is that all right with you, as the mover?
Sop: what do you want to do?
Mayor: change 'investigate' to 'support'
Sop: I'm in line with that, shd get on with it
Mayor: if you can agree with that, we can just agree, or else Cclr Smith has to make an amendment
Sop: Well, I have to verbalize why I want to agree with it, so I agree with it!
ML to laughter: Yes, Madam Mayor
Mayor: okay, friendly so don't have to debate it
MS: with that change I fully support it
Sop: may I ask you a question, Madam Mayor?
Mayor: yes, going through the speaking list
Ev: In my view, putting the cart before the horse
whole purpose, v much in favour; support, but 'investigation', some even say this is a solution looking for a problem
read some of the background info supplied by UBCM; advantages but a lot of disadvantages
we do have an Insp of Ms and in this province has wide powers
may be in some cases a dual function; does require investigation

{preliminary research indicated Insp of Ms has no mandate wrt value for money; will look into further.}

SW: don't want to engage on this word; inclined to agree with Ev
so in beginning status; encourage transparency but don't know what this entity will be
TP: cost, ours or theirs? want clarification on this before we go ahead and support it
completely agree with Cclr Smith -- always want to get down to the truth and always want to do the best job for taxpayers
I have some unanswered questions
the logical first step wd be to investigate in partnership with prov; that's the key
as a group address, rather than feeling another thing downloaded to us without being around table to come up with something that I think will work with all levels of govt
Mayor: around second time
Sop: my turn!
we have a great staff, always have
looking for efficiencies, they've challenged us and we've challenged back
get to zero tax increase and we did
we are the leaders
when is a position going to be ... for the prov, to look at the sgl -- growth of Metro is out of control
nobody is going to challenge that that I've heard of
Time we took a serious position; when is that going to come about?
Mayor: that's one of the fundamental questions
when Premier made that, apply to M govts, but Regional Districts are wondering as well
The prov at the local level is split on this, not clear this is the best thing or not the best thing
Ministry itself has said, shd we be looking at regional govt, at agencies like TransLink
so this is our opp to say what we shd look at
think it's v v early days
to pass good legislation, Oct seems early; that's what's got UBCM so upset -- they have no real understanding, and the survey questions, how they collated those? how we know the rest of the prov thinks; all big questions
to insert myself in the debate, I'm going to support that motion b/c that's the sort of leadership we need even if not entirely sure, and I wd hope the prov isn't going to be precipitous, of the final form
by stating that we're saying we agree with accountability and transparency on the local level and will do everything we can to bring that to fruition
yes, shd it be more broad than local govt? that's one of the advantages of supporting it.
Ev: to restate, welcome and support the dialogue but can't support position with no word or paragraph to tell us what we're supporting
hey guys, you're going to have to pay X, Y, and Zee

{ooooo!  He's British -- it's ZED there and in Canada!  where'd the American zee come from?}

in the end what we don't agree with
can't support a fait accompli b/c nothing has been tabled.
MS: bottom line is you shd never fear an auditor
in biz they come in all the time, like rats
on a serious note, cost infinitesimal when spread across the prov
put yourself in the role -- they're there to pass on best practices to the Ms
they go in and if they see some M doing something that doesn't make any sense; and they know from the last M there's a better way to do it, then ev wins
it gives M input to the prov!
look at that fiasco we've gone through with the Metro Labour Bd
bn trying to get to get the prov's attention on its F&P Act
they started off
Lbr Bd wrote a letter, gets filed in the round file, never hear back
I wrote personally two letters to one of our MLAs; went absolutely nowhere
surely that proves Ms don't have a direct pipeline to Victoria to change something that fundamentally needs to be changed.  This is why I'm supporting it.  I think it's going to be a good thing and I'm sure our DirFin wd echo the same thing
nobody shd be afraid of an auditor; they're there -- uh, I actually had a tax auditor in my biz point out things we were missing so they're good, I like auditors
cost is going to be spread across all Ms, so peanuts
shd support this; frankly a lot of Ms that don't have managerial experience on their Ccls
will be a good thing for everybody, IMO
TP: in the VSun today, an excellent editorial by our Mayor -- taken a lead on this

{See Municipal spending auditor is welcome by Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Special to the Sun Sept 12
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Municipal+spending+auditor+welcome/5388502/story.html }

if Cclr Smith is assuring me that the costs will be minimal then I support
don't think there's anybody wdn't support
MS: don't be afraid of the unknown
TP: I'm not
ML: can't see forest for trees
no one saying
if you want to wordsmith to death, otherwise, just support it
Mayor: my experience as well, if you want something.....
you work with the prov
motion reads to support
12. Consent Agenda Items
The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT the Consent Agenda items as follows be approved:
Item 12.1 - West Vancouver Community Centres Society - Pumpkin Fest Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Animal Control Bylaw No. 4545, 2008;
Item 12.2 - Development Variance Permit No. 11-025 (1148 20th Street);
Item 12.3 - TransLink Customer Service Performance Report for Quarter 1, 2011;
Item 12.4 - Transit Annual Operating Agreements;
Item 12.5 - Development Application Status List (to September 2, 2011); and
Item 12.6 - Correspondence List.  {full list in previous WVM}
Mayor: anyone want to pull out?
Sop: 12.3 recent mtg with TransLink, re performance
Mayor: wd prefer to put TransLink on our Ccl Agenda
12.1 West Vancouver Community Centres Society - Pumpkin Fest Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Animal Control Bylaw No. 4545, 2008 (File:  1605-01/1605-05)
                RECOMMENDED:  be approved.
12.2 Development Variance Permit No. 11-025 (1148 20th Street) (File: 1010 20 11 025)
THAT the Municipal Clerk give notice that DVP to allow a new two-storey dwelling with basement to be constructed, will be considered on Oct 3rd.
12.3 TransLink Customer Service Performance Report for Quarter 1, 2011 (File:  3205-01/0185-39-06)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the Report dated Aug 11 from the Transit Mgr be received for information.
12.4 Transit Annual Operating Agreements (File:  3215-01/1135-01)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated August 9 be received for information.
12.5 Development Application Status List (to September 2, 2011) (File:  1010-01)
        RECOMMENDED:  be received for information.
        {Good idea to look at these to see if one in your nbrhd.
        in some cases one lot is being divided into two; also some bldg in the riparian zone}
12.6 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda) (File:  0120-24)
        RECOMMENDED:   THAT the correspondence list be received for information.
Received for Information
3.   A. McFarlane, July 17, regarding Park Royal's Scheme, Which Some on Council Approve (Light Controlled Pedestrian Crossings and Overpass)
4.   C. Reynolds, July 20, regarding Website Calendar / Mtg Info
        {No action? fix? not going to provide the info and in a timely fashion in future?}
Council Correspondence Update to August 26 (up to 12:00 Noon)
Received for Information
5.  Committee and Board Meeting Minutes:
        Finance Committee - June 27, 2011  /  Design Review Committee - June 9, 2011
        = Finance Cmte mtg June 27; read re ARC/AmbNOW finance reports
= Design Review Cmte Mtg Minutes June 9
o  Item 4.1 re 2436 Haywood
      Choked when read all trees to be removed except one (devpr's proposal)
      Mbrs said nine 70 - 90ft trees will be removed!
      Has this gone by Parks? any envmtal cmte? 
      Does the street know? (residents/nbrhd)
o  Item 4.2 Park Royal Boulevard and new intersection (DETAILS)
o  End:  G Boyle provided "update on Pacific Arbour, Hollyburn Mews, Safeway site, Ambleside Field House".  Not recorded so we're left in the dark. 
Again.  Or is it still?
Council Correspondence Update to September 6, 2011 (up to 4:30pm)
Referred for Action
1.  Argyle Mews LMS 3767 Strata Council, September 1, regarding Overgrown Trees in Weston Park
        (Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)
        {hm, don't trees just grow? naturally?
        re removal, can't we come up with a compromise? not removal, perhaps windowing???}
Council has requested that the following correspondence be brought forward for discussion, and may propose a motion if Council considers that further action is required. (Correspondence addressed to Mayor and Council is circulated to, and received by, Mayor and Council and the appropriate department director, in the week in which it is received.)
13.1 F. Rutter, August 11, 2011, regarding Proposals for Changes at Burley Park
SW: used to live near there; unsuited
approp for a dog off-leash park; to put $100K when park two blocks away, park where ppl congregate; have to think wisely and don't think Burley Park is worth spending money on
Mooi: our Sr Parks Mgr is here; safety
Andrew Banks: playground equipment no longer meeting safety code
xxx parks; modest; overall input form group
no need for playground structure as is; support for simpler playground, for toddlers unlike Ridgeview
emphasize on toddlers and more useful for dogs
don't envision spending anywhere near $100K, much lower budget
SW: idea?
Banks: playground $20 - 25K; tidy up $15K
SW: spending $60K on a park where you can't really talk
you have Lawson use; never seen anyone in Burley
ML: dogs status?
Banks: four areas playground, no dogs off-leash; xxx
ML: appreciate the need for dog off-leash, need for infant playground, the two together don't make any sense to me
excess of $100K
don't have sense sensible plan
been in the park once or twice and hardly the place you'll put out a blanket
Sop: used to live near there; schools xxx
been in that park and not xxx impressed
Ambleside been with kids and xxx
Mayor: dilemma is that it's been let go; shd be pride of local nbrhd
what's right level of funding to xxx
where is the high demand, where shd our dollars go
xxx beautiful spaces but little use
TP: who came to that nbrhd mtg, demographics?
we have different types of parks; times and needs change
worthwhile know Lawson is a destination park
not a lot of clarity
hope Oct 3rd draft of Parks Master Plan
imp to know a nbrhd park and work with nbrs
sounds as if you've done that; wd be helpful to have some clarity around that
Mayor: sounds like we need a report
Sop: so move; Walker moves, I second
MS: so we're going to have a report, so defer?
Mayor: depends on vote/motion
MS: worse case does work then report
Mayor: hope not; they wdn't do without our
Sop: report; maybe things have changed from when Mr Walker was there
that's called openness and transparency
Mayor: called making sure we're all on the same page too
Ms Mooi, wd you care to comment?
Mooi: We'd be pleased to write a report to explain the situation at Burley Pk
Mayor: I think it's practically written, thank you
Ev: bus shelter, narrow
been suggested....
bump in the road so more space between bus shelter and xxxxx
some ..... where shelters have yet to be installed
Dir/Engg RFung: thank you for giving me the opp to
staff have spent time
two diff types of users
bus; pedestrians trying to pass by
the canopy extends beyond the depth of the panel to offer protection from rain
b/c of overhang -- out from curb so large vehicles won't hit so had to push them back
accessibility: inside the bench only extends half way so a wheelchair user can manoeuvre and get in there
had to have sufficient space for the ramp that comes off the bus so can't be too close to the curb so they can disembark
amt of space we have at the back, have tried to make sure, someone with walker or wheelchair, sufficient space to still make it through
v constrained space
some stops yet to be installed
shipments from manufacturers; waiting for next shipment of shelters; will be happening over next few weeks
14.  REPORTS from MAYOR/CCLRS [8:55]
Sop: wonderful long summer
met re field hockey, what a sight!  a first in WV; thx, an incredible job
WV, gotta love it!
yesterday, Ccl came out and cooked
we raised walk, run, and added a swim 48, 49 min or less
600 in the run; a lot in walk; raised just under $40K
up from 2009, last year got rained out
thank staff, Richard Loat for help; pass on this certificate of app to DWV
Mayor: most ever raised?
Sop: bn there for 30 years
Mayor: that's why I asked you
Sop: one year sold over 2000 dinners, wch was over $40K
Mayor: that's significant, esp in these times
Sop: we pay the bills with that money
always the option DWV wd look at this event as a marvellous event that's been going on for 30 years, and maybe in the future wd look kindly on us, I say that with all, tongue in cheek, but there are restrictions
we have rent all the tables, chairs, tents, on and on and on
MS: know Cclr Sop too discreet to toot his own horn but early morning went for walk there was Sop, setting up; works from sunrise to sunset
worked for 30 years; all day as he has; I salute you for it, Ccl Sop
Sop: when this Ccl comes out, the joy
when we do things, not nec fun
TP: educating the public resource our Pacific wild salmon, restoration and enhancement on foreshore,
and you're part of it, Bill
Sop: forgot one area, imp, Mike Nicell passed away last week {former prez of Coho Festival}
really says something, somebody had a little vision
what we see today... xxx
TP: Summer Reading Club had big night Friday; I love being part of it; ev goes to meet the mayor; excited faces
quite a treat -- ahead of us in our summer reading
Rutledge -- hope Mayor will speak about this; I just passed on the baton
incredible partnership that has.... over past three years hockey and soccer
outstanding, not always easy; staff deserve tremendous credit
spectacular day, to be a part of that one of the wonderful things of being on Ccl
Mayor started that ten years ago
Ev: I'm the director of NSEMO (represent the M)

{not sure he's director but he is WV's rep}

and at the last bd mtg, met Tim Jones, from NSh Search and Rescue, just given the Order of BC, highest recognition in the province
wd like to publicly congratulate him
recognize what he has done over the years, unstinting....; he and NSh Rescue -- an outstanding job; publicly ack and thanks
Mayor: we'll write a letter on behalf of Ccl
Ev: at NSh Candlelight Tribute, 15th year, in honour all who served in peace, all three services; of course we support it
Mayor: just to conclude [about Rutledge]
it is the best field hockey field in NAm; precedent-setting re collaboration; cooperation between x and staff, don't think done before
expect to lead on that in NAm
$4.5M capital project of wch $750K is M taxes, and the rest is prov, fed, and significant fundraising, again another new, new standard for WV,
I've been working for all my years on Ccl
cd never have been this way until now; changing ideas and innovation
my main msg is to continue to adapt
public well served by taking the long view, not giving up, insisting on partnerships
over finish line, field hockey came asked named to honour Ross Rutledge who was an outstanding Canadian men's national champion and captain of the team, WV person, coach
not named after someone who gave most money, someone in cmnty respected by everybody
garnered ev's contribution big or small
staff, political leadership, or....  volunteers
that's the new standard in WV
looking forward to the arts cmnty to step up in the same manner
want to recognize our Fire/Police on occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11
WV United Church had a special service there to honour Chief Cook and Chief Lepine, and asked me to say a few words
4-500 ppl there gave our two depts a standing ovation in recognition of what they provide
I'll be publishing those remarks; v lovely day for them
Then they went to the Coho Festival; the leadership our staff provide
Brian Merth: PSB as sgl bldg
I would like to address the issue of relocating the Police Station and No 1. Fire Hall into a single integrated building located on the plaza at the south side of the Municipal Hall. I have carried out an investigation into the concept of centralization versus decentralization of such facilities into one post-disaster safety building.
Your Worship's statement "that it will be the only post-disaster building integrated under one roof, not done anywhere else", made it sound great in its uniqueness, a worthy vision. It is a unique solution for good reason. No one else, either in Canada, the USA, or other countries, has chosen it because 'centralization' does not make sense nor work as intended. In these other jurisdictions, they have chosen the 'decentralization' principle because in the event of catastrophic loss they would avoid losing all their first response assets.
I encourage you to change your direction [on] this principle and I will submit to Council evidence from world experts who will support my assertion.
Thank you
Mayor: and I think you'd be interested to know that this will be on our public agenda Oct 3rd.  You're absolutely right, and we have been doing the same kind of research wishing to make sure that we understood all the options, and what will be coming to Ccl on Oct 3rd will be:
shd we have one bldg with two separate depts in it?
shd we leave the fire hall where it is?
what are the different cost implications?
and it all is for public scrutiny. 
We just want to make sure that we had looked at it as comprehensively as you deserve.

{Actually, we deserved full information and input into alternatives long before this.  The reactions Ccl has received are a result of being told there'd be a combined structure (and in a already determined location) BEFORE going out to the public.}

So pls come back on the 3rd.
Merth: I shall
Mayor: thank you
Mayor: Next? is Gordon Ward Hall here?
oh.  Gordon Ward Hall in the form of Carolanne Reynolds
Welcome back
CR: first, I'm reading this statement on behalf of the president of ADRA, Gordon Ward Hall
ADRA is looking into the decision to have Fire and Police in one bldg.
The advice we have received from various experts leads us to believe that it is not wise to put them together in one structure b /c of the possibility of catastrophic loss.  It wd leave the District vulnerable -- both services wd be down at the same time.
Once we have this information available we will present to Council the opinions of these experts.  Thank you very much
CR: I guess we've all been hearing the same things.  Mr Polman started us off on this.
Mayor: and then, you're next on the list!
CR: Yes, that's right
{Mayor and CR chuckling}
About the bus shelters -- just wanted to mention something about the bus shelters
I drove by one today and -- when it* was rejected some years ago

{* the policy of having sponsored bus shelters, that is}

and this time, of course I'm concerned it wasn't discussed in public
but I do think we all need shelters.  I mean it rains, so we have to.
In one of the shelters I went by the signs covered the two sides, so that if you're sitting there you can't see if a bus is coming.
so one of the things that failed last time was b/c of the signs so I'm not against the signs, I know you have to have signs, but if maybe you had them up a bit further so you can see, you know have a window through, so that you can see someone coming or a bus coming.
Now, the other thing was, open mtgs, and I will leave this till next week (as I did last time), is:
are the WV Cmnty Ctrs Services Society mtgs open?
are the Gleneagles bd mtgs open?
        {shd read Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr Adv Cmte}
is the Museum Adv Cmte mtg open?
is the Youth Adv Cmte open?
so you can [bring that back?]
but I've come across a list of boards and cmtes and groups that I've heard of, but I've never seen them on the Calendar, so you can answer next time for that.  I was just curious.
MS: to the point {WVCCSS} the AGM is certainly wide open to anybody
I can't speak to the specific bd mtg, not quite sure under the [Society] Act what the criteria [are]
Mayor: I wd think it wd be both, but we'll--
CR: --Yes, but just so you know
Mayor: okay
CR: and the other thing that was just a little confusing and I heard a bit of a discussion tonight.  In Item 10, on the Kiwanis, "recommendation that the OCP Amendment Bylaw" -- it says here "has been considered".  I brought this up to Mr Leigh, Your Worship, and there's a Cmnty Charter requirement, and you don't have to answer this here, but there's a little confusion that actually it has to have been done before the second reading, the way I've been told by someone who looked at the Charter.  So all I'm saying is that it's a little confusing b/c of the verb tense and the Cmnty Charter requirement is a little strange.  So, if someone can explain that to me next time.
I hope you all had a great summer
Mayor: yes, I/we did
CR: See you next week.
Mayor: thank you very much, okay
any further public comment?
IB: good evening, my name is Ivor Bennett
live on Haywood, that is the last cottage, musty or not, sits on Coastal Health land, till build the much-needed complex care facility in WV
but I digress, not reason speaking to you tonight
lived in Kiwanis cmnty for 17 years
v supportive; ask Ccl tonight to give Kiwanis their support
take opp to publicly thank Kiwanis for what they do; Ccls past and present  too; good ppl of WV, most not here tonight
do on behalf of my nbrs in Kiwanis Court.....
taken aback hearing Mr Clark say those seniors who can't afford Kiwanis shd look at BC Housing, a little bit disappointing
there's a wide spectrum of incomes in Kiwanis Park, $12 -15K to $30 -35K
seniors at the bottom, even with SAFER subsidy are paying 40% as rent, at top 30 - 33%
spoken to Kiwanis about, good dialogue; attended mtgs, they've been communicative to ppl in Park
an issue that does need to be addressed possibly address a sliding scale -- another way to approach it; do need to address that
nonetheless they have my full support and I hope of Ccl and the cmnty as a whole
thank you for this opp to say so
Mayor: Thank you, v positive msg, appreciate that v much
16.  ADJOURNMENT [9:17]

===  COUNCIL MTG AGENDA Monday Sept 19  ===
Note: At 6pm the regular Ccl Mtg will commence in open session (in the main floor conference room), 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 Council Chamber) for consideration of the scheduled agenda items.
6:00 PM
THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the September 19 regular Ccl Mtg on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a ccl mtg may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(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; 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
Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
6.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  No items
7. West Vancouver Historical Society, regarding Published Book "Cottages to Community" (File:  0055-20- WVMH1)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council thank ...
8. Development Permit Application No. 09-025 for Area 3 East of the Rodgers Creek Area (located north of Mulgrave School) (File: 1010-20-09-025)
At the July 25, 2011 regular meeting Council received the report dated July 15, 2011 re this DPA and set the date for consideration for Sept 19.
Reports received up to September 15, 2011:
Development Permit Application    /   July 15, 2011   /   July 25, 2011/ September 19, 2011
Written Submissions received up to September 15, 2011:
                None to date.    September 19, 2011
THAT all written and verbal submissions be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report:
RECOMMENDED:   THAT staff report back to Council...
THAT the DPA which would allow for site development, subdivision and single family house construction (on 21 of the 42 single-family lots), be approved.
9. Sport Field Master Plan Final Report - Field Sport Forum Working Group (File:  0117-20-FSF1)
PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
1. The Field Sport Forum Working Group continue in its role as liaison with field sport groups;
2. The Field Sport Forum Working Group develop a prioritized [three-year] implementation plan based on the recommendations of the Sports Field Master Plan as set out the report dated September 9
3. The prioritized [three-year] implementation plan be brought forward for Council consideration in 2012.
10. Support for Deposit-Refund on Milk and Milk Substitute Containers (File:  1775-01)
1. Council supports [sic] the inclusion of milk and milk substitute beverage containers in the provincial deposit-refund system.
2. A copy of this report and resolution be sent to the Minister of Environment, and to Metro Vancouver.
11. Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4701, 2011 (Sunset Lane) (File: 1050-20-07-005/1610-20-4701)
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
1. Zoning Amendment Bylaw as attached to the report from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits dated Sept 13 be introduced and read a first time in short form;
2. Zoning Amendment Bylaw be presented at a PH on Mon Oct 17 at 7pm
3. The Municipal Clerk be directed to give Statutory Notice
12. Consent Agenda Items
The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Consent Agenda items as follows be approved:
Item 12.1 - AmblesideNow Monthly Budget Report; and Item 12.2 - Correspondence List.
12.1 AmblesideNow Monthly Budget Report (File:  0005-01/0860-01)
THAT the report as presented to the AmblNOW Revit Comm on Sept 6 be received for information.
12.2 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda) (File:  0120-24)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the correspondence list be received for information.
Council Correspondence Update to September 9, 2011 (up to 12:00 Noon)
Referred for Action
1.   P. and H. Miller, September 5, 2011, regarding Laundry Drying
        (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)
2.   M. MacMillan, Sept 7, re Meeting Scheduled for Sept 12 for the Approval of Kiwanis of WV of Closure of Haywood Avenue between 21st St and 22nd St
        (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)
Received for Information
3.   NSh Crisis Services Society, August 31, re WV Social Services and Community Services Grant 2011
4.   Westport Nbrhd Assn, Sept 6,, re Westport Road Improvements (Files 1785-02 and 1785-03)
5.   Canadian Wood Council, Sept 7, re Earn Recognition for your Community at this year's UBCM Conference in Vancouver! (Wood WORKS! BC and the Wood First Act in BC)
6.   Union of BrC Municipalities, Sept 8, re BC: RCMP Contract Management Committee
7.  P. and F. Hall, Sept 8, re Opposition to Recent Proposals by AmblesideNow and Related Advisory Groups
Council Correspondence Update to September 13, 2011 (4:30 PM)
Referred for Action
(1) NSh Multicultural Society, Aug 10, Request for Delegation re Services in the Community for New Immigrants
        (Referred to Mayor for consideration)
(2) C. MacGregor, Aug 4, Request for Delegation regarding Homeless Men and Women Soccer Team, the North Shore Shields, April 2012 Men and Women Soccer Cup
        (Referred to Mayor for consideration)
Received for Information
(3) Union of BrC Municipalities, Sept 9, re 2011/12 (Fall) Regional Community to Cmnty Forum Program
(4) Youth Parliament of BC Alumni Society, Sept 11, re BC Youth Parliament, 83rd Parliament
(5) EcoUrbia Network, September 12, 2011, regarding Rethink Food & Waste Film and Speaker Night
Responses to Correspondence
(6) J. A. McMahon, Acting Mgr, Roads and Transportation, Sept 8, re Concerns Related to Water Main Break.
13. OTHER ITEMS --  No items.

Modern polar bears are partly descended from extinct brown bears that lived in Ireland during the last ice age, scientists have discovered
        More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jul/07/polar-bear-ancestors-ireland
===  PEACEWATCH  ===
o  Did not put in the "Beyond the Palestinian Statehood Initiative" Teach-In at VPL b/c I found the title of the workshop "Freeing Palestine and Delegitmizing Israel" too controversial.  I agree with the moderate Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat of the PA recently stressed that the PA has no desire to "delegitimize Israel", using the same term as the organized Zionist movement in denouncing the "delegitimization of Israel".
o   Also did not put in Avigdor Lieberman's talk here.  He's the Israeli cabinet minister who lives in an illegal settlement and wants all Palestinians shipped to Jordan.  Some v brave local Jews, including a rabbi, demonstrated against his racist/ethnic-intolerant position.
ooo  STATEHOOD BID in Montreal Gazette
For Palestinians, justice is delayed and still denied
Irwin Cotler says the time isn't right for Palestinian statehood ("The time isn't right for statehood bid" Opinion, Sept. 8).
If not now, when?
The Palestinian territories satisfy all of the requirements for statehood under international law. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union have each stated that the territories are ready for statehood. Certainly a state of Palestine is at least as ready as the most recent state to be admitted to the United Nations - South Sudan.
Cotler repeatedly condemns the statehood bid at the UN as a "unilateral move" by the Palestinians. What he does not mention is that the UN in fact already approved the creation of a Palestinian state - in 1947. At that time, the General Assembly voted to create two states on what had been British Mandate Palestine: one majority Jewish, the other majority Arab. The first was quickly established, the second never was.
Speaking of unilateralism, Israel's occupation of the West Bank and other territories is a unilateral undertaking in place since 1967, and repeatedly condemned by the UN ever since. Israel's separation wall, dividing communities and confiscating Palestinian land, is a unilateral activity by Israel declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Palestinians+justice+delayed+still+denied/5379822/story.html#ixzz1YfKM63tk
September 13
The West Vancouver Police have investigated two pedestrian related collisions this past weekend.
According to witnesses, the first collision involved a 15-year-old pedestrian darting out into traffic in the 1400-block of Marine Drive; it appeared the pedestrian was attempting to cross the street with the purpose of boarding a bus when she collided with a moving vehicle. The pedestrian sustained bruises and abrasions; the vehicle sustained a cracked windshield.
The second collision involved a 22-year-old pedestrian jaywalking in the 900-block of Marine Drive. The pedestrian and driver both reported the incident to police. The pedestrian apparently exited a bus and was not looking when she ran into a moving vehicle; she sustained minor abrasions. There was no damage to the vehicle.
In both cases the pedestrians were issued tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Pedestrian safety tips:
* Always cross at marked crosswalks or at an intersection 
        You forfeit some of your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
* Obey any pedestrian signals and pause, look left-right-left
        To make sure the road is clear in both directions before stepping into the roadway, even if you have the right of way. Keep your head up and look for vehicles that may not see you.
* If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
        To be sure they see you before and during crossing.
* Look before walking past stopped vehicles
      Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first. Check each lane as you go.
* Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians
        Unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.
* If you're wearing an MP3 player (iPod)
        Only wear one earphone so you can hear everything around you.
* If you have to walk on a roadway
        Walk against traffic, it's the law. If there's a sidewalk, you must use it.

===  PHOTOWATCH  ===
+  Best BC Beaches
Haida Gwaii is home to one of the longest uninterrupted beach in the world, about 80 km.
        Photograph by: José Racine, Special to The Vancouver Sun
+  Photos: 10 Natural Wonders to See Before They're Lost
Going once, going twice . . . some of the world's most enchanting places might not make it through this century. Here are ten places you may not have realized are threatened-and how to experience them responsibly.
Friday, Apr 15, 2011, 9AM  |  Subscribe to the magazine Source Article: 10 Natural Wonders to See Before They Disappear  
Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/slideshow/10-natural-wonders-to-see-before-theyre-lost,7192/#ixzz1T1J50cY0

===  MIDDLE EAST  ===  Sunday Oct 2nd
Prominent ex-Israelis to speak in Vancouver
Authors Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit will read from and discuss their new book, Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process (Pluto Press, 2011).
At the Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories (604 872 3166).
Sunday October 2nd at 6:30pm. Suggested donation - $10. (No one who will be turned away for inability to pay.)
The importance of their book:
The Palestine-Israel conflict is one of the longest running and intractable crises in the modern world. This book examines the 'peace process' to find out why so little progress has been made on the key issues. As Amit and Levit explain, the dominant perspective on what has gone wrong has been fundamentally flawed.
Israel had a partner for peace, but the Palestinians did not. The mainstream media's narrative of the failing peace process, 'Arab Rejection' has it all backwards: Israeli Rejectionism was the main enemy of the peace process.
Amit and Levit argue that regardless of the enormity of concessions made by Palestinian leaders, Israel's standard response has been that these offers were inadequate. The authors provide overwhelming evidence that, contrary to the prevailing view, it has been Israeli rejectionism that is the main cause for the parties' inability to achieve peace. They demonstrate that the Israeli leadership has always been against a fairly negotiated peace and that it has deliberately stalled negotiations. According to these two ex-Israelis, the motivations behind this rejectionist position have changed, as have the circumstances of the conflict, but the leadership of Israel's conclusion has remained consistent: that peace is not in its interest.
About the authors:
Zalman Amit was born in Palestine and grew up in a newly created Israel. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Canada and is the author of four books and more than 300 articles.
Daphna Levit taught finance and economics at the Universities of Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion. She has edited and contributed to numerous books on Middle Eastern Politics.
Sponsored by  Independent Jewish Voices  www.independentjewishvoices.ca
Contact: Martha Roth 604 733 2237
===  FISHWATCH  ===
Fish return to Howe Sound, once a toxic dead zone = written by Mark Hume
"...  The return of herring to Howe Sound and salmon to Britannia Creek are linked events that illustrate the resilience of nature and the ability of people to make a difference.
"The lesson of Britannia is that we should never give up on any river," said Mr. Angelo. ..."
World Rivers Day is next Sunday; one celebratory event is at the Britannia Mine Museum on the banks of a stream that after 100 years has come back to life.

Arctic sea ice melting faster than predicted: scientists (2:39) 
Sept. 14 - Sea-ice coverage across the Arctic Ocean has dwindled to its second-lowest level since satellite records started in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The measurements for mid-September have yet to be collated but, according to scientists, the long-term trend points to an ice-free North Pole in summer within a decade. As Stuart McDill reports from the Arctic, the impact on the region's animal life will be devastating.

===  WOMANWATCH  ===
Afghan schoolgirl Roya Shams become hunting target for Taliban after father is killed
by Paul Watson
Roya Shams was just gaining strength from Canadian donors in her struggle against the Taliban when they killed the schoolgirl's biggest ally, a father who died defending her right to learn.
More  http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1055772
VSun: Coddled, spoiled students killing joy of teaching: authors

The little library that could. . .
Published on Sat Sep 17 2011
On Felton Place, a residential street in Madison, Wis., there is a very small library holding about 20 books. Not much bigger than a bird house, the little library is of rustic construction. A door adds to the charm and to the notion that the books are to be valued and protected.
It belongs to retired professor Marshall Cook and his wife Ellen. ...
It's based on the pay it forward principle. Take a book, leave a book.
The Cook's library is part of the Little Free Library project to spread tiny libraries and the love of reading around the United States and beyond. The project started in 2009, the idea of Wisconsin men Rick Brooks and Todd Bol, two recession-era Andrew Carnegies....
For more information, visit littlefreelibrary.org
            from  http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1055331--the-little-library-that-could

===  BOOKWATCH  ===
Subject: VSun 2011-09-06 pC1: 2,000 British bookstores gone
The number of bookshops in Britain has halved in the past six years and nearly 600 towns have none at all. Heavy discounting by supermarkets, the rise of Internet retailers and the growing popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle have forced nearly 2,000 bookshops to close since 2005. There were 2,178 high street bookshops left in Britain in July, according to research carried out by Experian, the data company, compared with 4,000 in 2005. A total of 580 towns do not have a single bookshop. Campaigners said that the loss of bookshops, coupled with threats to close thousands of libraries as part of council cuts, will lead to " book deserts" across large areas of the country.

===  STORYWATCH  ===  Aesop Fable
The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, a great believer in the power of stories, wrote that, "Storytellers threaten all the champions of control." Stories enrich our expressive vocabulary, and give us new ways to imagine and talk about social and political change.
Aesop knew this well.
In one of his more subversive fables, Lion, Fox, and Donkey go hunting. Lion asks Donkey to divide the meat, and Donkey divides it into three equal parts. Then Lion kills him, tosses the carcass on the pile, and asks Fox to try. Fox pushes everything over to Lion except for one dead crow. "How did you learn to divide things so equally?" Lion asks. "I studied with the dead donkey," replies the fox.
A useful, if chilling, story to remember in the age of Enron, Lehman Brothers, and the widening gap between the rich and the rest of us.
from http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1041607--the-tale-of-rob-ford-and-how-he-s-lost-the-plot

Getting ready for the Heritage Society of BC Annual Conference wch starts Friday Sept 30 in Bby: http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/annual-conference-registration
Heritage BC Annual Report
The 2010 Heritage BC Annual Report is now available online. The report includes the audited statements for fiscal year 2010, which will be presented at the Annual General Meeting on September 30 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby.
View HBC Annual Report online:  =BB www.issuu.com/heritagebc/docs
Download the HBC Annual Report PDF: http://issuu.com/heritagebc/docs/annual_report_2010
A Planning Tour of Vancouver's West End -- 10am to noon, Saturday September 17
Join Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at SFU, for a planning tour of Vancouver's West End. The West end reveals about eight different architectural stages, from fine wooden mansions to functional wooden walk-ups, not to mention more highrise towers than any other neighbourhood in Canada. But how did it all come about - and why? Gordon Price explains some of the planning theory and trends that shaped the West End - and some of the lessons to be learned.
Heritage Vancouver Members $10; Non-members $15; Details and tickets on our Walking Tours section > www.heritagevancouver.org/
September events
Read this bulletin from our website: www.heritagevancouver.org/bulletin/bulletin_20110912.html
o Walking Tour: A Planning Tour of Vancouver's West End
Saturday, September 17; 10am to 12pm noon
Tour guide, Gordon Price  Heritage Vancouver Members $10; Non-members $15;
Meet in Barclay Heritage Square
Join Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at SFU, for a planning tour of Vancouver's West End. The West end reveals about eight different architectural stages, from fine wooden mansions to functional wooden walk-ups, not to mention more highrise towers than any other neighbourhood in Canada. But how did it all come about - and why? Gordon Price explains some of the planning theory and trends that shaped the West End - and some of the lessons to be learned.
Cheque: made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to: Heritage Vancouver, PO Box 3336, Main Post Office, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3Y3. Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque at events@heritagevancouver.org.
o A Conversation with Brent Toderian about Heritage in Vancouver
7 - 9pm Wednesday, September 21  | Doors open at 6:45pm
Location: Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Vancouver City Hall,
453 West 12th Avenue (enter by front door of City Hall)
Tix: Admission is free, but pre-registration is required through the link below; event is limited to 35 people
Heritage Vancouver once again welcomes Brent Toderian, Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver for our annual heritage review. This will include heritage priorities over the past year and a preview of the city's heritage priorities for 2012. Heritage Vancouver works closely with the City of Vancouver to find solutions for the preservation of our heritage structures.
Discussions over the past year included the Shannon Estate, the Legg House, density in neighbourhoods, the Heritage Density Bank, heritage incentives, historic theatres, and heritage schools.
Join Brent in a conversation on heritage topics and contribute ideas that are of interest to you.
AIBC: 2.0 core LUs | PIBC Learning Credits: 2.0
Pre-registration is required for this event through Eventbright hvs-toderian.eventbrite.com
* Bulletins: Sign-up to receive, or view all previous bulletins at: www.heritagevancouver.org/bulletins.html
* All upcoming events at www.heritagevancouver.org
Fall Walking Tours: 2nd & 4th Fridays, Sept 9th - Nov 25th, noon - 1:30pm, $10 includes HST.
Explore the entire length of Historic Hastings Street in this two part tour with guide Maurice Guibord. 2nd Friday meet across from the Marine Building at NE Corner of Burrard & Hastings - 4th Friday meet at Victory Square at SW corner of Hastings & Cambie. Register for Fall walking tours >>
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit working to promote the preservation of the built environment in Vancouver and beyond. We depend on your support. Please make a tax-deductible donation by calling the Foundation or clicking here to go online to become a Friend of the Foundation.  Thank you.
Visit us at: www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org  604.264.9642
Vancouver Special Tour Get your tickets early! Sat Sept 24th, noon - 5pm, $28 + HST.
The third Vancouver Special House Tour - get inside new Specials including a Joe Wai and a newly renovated Stephanie Robb Special! Buy tickets >>  We still need some volunteers - call or email Rebecca!
Laneway House Tour Buy your tickets now! Sat Oct 1st, noon - 5pm, $60 + HST.
        Get inside all new Laneway Houses behind existing homes! Buy tickets >>
Get Out of Town to the Fraser Valley Sun Oct 16th, 8am - 5pm, $125 + HST.
This year we will visit the historic Fraser Valley - read more and  buy tickets >>
Brown Bag Lunch + Learn Talks BCIT 555 Seymour, noon - 1:30pm. $12 includes HST.
Bring a lunch and enjoy dynamic, illustrated presentations about the city's built environment. Register >>
Wed Sept 28th: Opsal Steel - Restoring Industrial Heritage
Vancouver Special Tour Get your tickets early! Sat Sept 24th, noon - 5pm, $28 + HST.
The third Vancouver Special House Tour - get inside new Specials including a Joe Wai and a newly renovated Stephanie Robb Special! Buy tickets >>  We still need some volunteers - call or email Rebecca!

===  MAIKU  === 1994 and 2011

                            See hole when finger
                                                 removed from water --
                                                                                yes, . . . but the level's lower

{This was my response when told about this speaking of our importance; expressed when my father died.  Needs work. Shrank it so cd put something here since am sure the NDP have the same reaction wrt Layton's death.}

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
                                -- Putt's Law
                                Archibald Putt (pseudonym), in articles written ~1976/77

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.
                                -- George Orwell, in 1984
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
                                 -- Morris West, Australian novelist and playwright (1916 - 1999)
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
        -- James Russell Lowell,  American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat (1819 - 1891)

I tried to record an album in a reptile shop, but there was a terrible gecko.
What do you call a duck that meets its future self? A Pairadux.
A girl entered a hair styling class, but failed and didn't make the braid.
Q:  How many Zen Buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
A:  Three. One to change the light bulb, one NOT to change the light bulb, and one to neither change nor not change the light bulb.

Warning notice at a seminary swimming pool:
        "First-year students are only allowed to walk on the shallow end."