WVM2012-17: 2012 Ccl Mtg AGENDAs Sep 10; Calendar to Sept22
Reader Question • RoyalTea-by-the-Sea Jubilee Remarks • 2012 WVM List

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor
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~~~ COHO FESTIVAL and Caulfeild History Day ~~~

= MAIN ITEMS on Ccl Agenda Sept 10: (in camera at 6pm)

MP John Weston re National Fitness Day; DPAs (cluster housing Rodgers Crk; 1116 Millstream); Library's Annual Report (2011); Horseshoe Bay Pier access; Rezoning Applic 650 - 16th (Westshore Place aka Safeway site); Correspondence -- lots!

= Vive le Canada (Franklin Expedition); READER INPUT pls; from the EDITOR'S DESK (1300lease/sale; ADRA; RoyalTea); HERITAGE WV (Jubilee tea-talk); WVPD Breaking News 1 (DWV fraudulent letter) and 2 (Policeman's bike for the Cancer ride stolen!); List of 2012 WVM issues; UPDATES & INFO (BLACK CREEK Update; TiddlyCove Lions donate $30K)

= CALENDAR to Sept 22; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music; Opera; Museums; Festivals); Nature Walks


DAZE(D), Music; Walking Tours; VAG; DWV Calendar; Gran Fondo; COHO FESTIVAL; WV Streamkeepers; CULTUREWATCH (lots, including Bard tix); WVPD News; { Moved [ BEERWATCH; Scots wha hae; ANIMALWATCH (Canine Olympics); Bad Writing Award; Royal Family Photo; HAIKU Weekend (WA); Quotation/Pun] to sections in this issue

= ANIMALWATCH (sandcats; purr; catvertising); BCSPCA (vote); Canine Olympics; INFObits ( Mysteries; Cavemen; Scots wha hae; Birth Rates); Franklin Expedition; BEERWATCH; ROYALWATCH (Roses; Family photo); BOOKWATCH (The Secret of the Crown); LANGUAGEWATCH (bad writing award); ACRONYMWATCH (FOAF); WORDWATCH (orrery); HERITAGEWATCH (lots of news); Haiku Retreat; MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PUNS/JOKE

=== Vive le CANADA === From the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)

from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut -- read all about it on the PM's website!

+ PM announces new project to continue search for Sir John Franklin's lost ships

+ Project follows in Franklin's footsteps to chart the Northwest Passage

+ 2012 search Expedition for Franklin's ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

+ more info at the end after INFObits.



Ccl entered into an MOU to sell the block to Grosvenor subject to approval of the devt. The concept will be presented this fall. Many prefer municipally-owned land be leased, not sold, thus keeping our land assets. If Ccl has no choice (they said it was 'too complicated' to lease [!!!], although been told Grosvenor instead of selling usually does leasehold, obviously preferable), then we cd buy land to replace this loss. At Ccl July 23, a comment implied that over a hundred ppl at a mtg saying they preferred the land be leased instead of sold was not enough.

Please send me your choice; write to:

lease1300@westvan.org OR sell1300@westvan.org


=== from the EDITOR'S DESK ===

o Plunged into a frantic fall, kicked off by the Coho Festival weekend.

o Looks like a delayed WVM18 so MAIN ITEMS at ccl mtg Sept 17:

PH re Hwy rededication plus 26th and Marine Rezoning; Third Party funds (Ev Dr; PkR at-grade intersection)

o Grosvenor's plans for the 1300blk Marine Drive will be unveiled. Before we decide what it is we want, let's establish ownership first. Pls send your views. You know that I was disconcerted to find there was an MOU to sell -- usually we keep our land assets, as we did with the Twin Towers and the Wetmore property and indeed, as Grosvenor themselves do! -- so if that's not possible, I suggested Ccl use the money to buy other land to replace the loss. Silly to sell something that appreciates for a building that depreciates and deteriorates. And such an insult to give us the excuse that they were told it was "too complicated" to lease. They think we're naive enough to believe that? to believe there's no such thing as a leased bldg/property next to an owned one???

o If you're a mbr of ADRA (or want to become one, you'll get a letter from the board reporting on the open mtg about the 1300blk (height, density, etc) and asking for your ideas and help with the next steps to let Ccl know what you want to see built there. (For info, pls write to board2012@adra.westvan.org )

o Really enjoyed the RoyalTea-by-the-Sea, especially the talks of ppl who were at the Jubilee (and of course pleased MLA Ralph Sultan came too). Not an unalloyed success though. I didn't want to apologize there but I was not feeling well at all and nearly fainted on my way. As a result, I cdn't stand very long and didn't get to go about the tables and chat, alas. Cdn't even stand during the speakers. Not all the memorabilia and item for that table got put out, including the book for us to sign with greetings to HM on her 60th.

This means I will try to organize another tea, this fall and indoors, so we can pass the album around. Stay tuned.

Text of the Essence of My Jubilee Speech at Yesterday's Royal-Tea-by-the-Sea (August 18)

by Roddy MacKenzie

As per your request Carolanne, I've created for you the following essence of my remarks at yesterday's very successful 13th Annual RoyalTea-by-the-Sea you so kindly organized at the Dundarave Waterfront here in West Vancouver.  Use them in any way you wish.  Thanks for including me in yesterday's programme.  It was a great experience starting with our Acting Mayor Mary-Ann Booth's warm welcome of my daughter Mary Anne MacKenzie and me all the way through to concluding with a rousing rendition of "God Save The Queen".  You'll recall I had no written notes.  The following therefore is drawn from my memory of what I said yesterday.

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It's a pleasure to be here with you today, although following our silver-tongued and impressive MLA Ralph Sultan is of course a challenge.  Unfortunately, my wife Ka Hyun MacKenzie Shin is unable to join us.  She's on a fortnight visit to her parents in Korea, in part to help celebrate her Mom's birthday.  Likewise my sons are unable to attend -- Guy being in London, Ruaridh in Montreal, and Kyu Ryang in Texas.  Kyu Ryang returns next week to enter Grade 12 at West Van Secondary School.  Although my sons are all absent, my good news is that my daughter Mary Anne MacKenzie is here with us this afternoon.

Going to London for The Queen's Jubilee

I remember years ago watching Mark Kelly on CBC interviewing Canadians in London during The Queen Mother's funeral.  He was asking them why they'd come.  I found myself staring at my TV set asking myself why I had not come.  So last year I crossed the Atlantic for the Royal Wedding.  That experience was such a success that this year I did likewise for The Queen's Jubilee.  This year my wife Ka Hyun accompanied me.  Our trip had a three-fold purpose.  To see the London of my son Guy MacKenzie.  Guy moved there from Oxford in January.  I wanted to see his home, his office and other London places important to him.  Our second reason was to participate in The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, just as I had for the Royal Wedding last year.  Our third reason is of enormous importance -- our recognition of the religious significance of The Queen's Coronation and her role as Defender of the Faith.  As some of you know, my wife Ka Hyun is on track for ordination as an Anglican priest.   This Jubilee presented a priceless opportunity for Ka Hyun to see firsthand the place The Queen has in the hearts of her people worldwide.

Show and Tell -- My Jubilee Pictures

I have brought an album of 24 enlarged pictures I'll pass around to you.  Holding them up for you now, you can see that the first few are of my son Guy MacKenzie -- where he works at Canary Wharf and where he lives in leafy Islington. Then comes Canada House resplendent in its Jubilee finery.  Not only does it occupy the best real estate in London, being at Trafalgar Square, but behind the building is a plaque indicating the birthplace of the Rugby Union in the 1870s.  My sons Guy and Ruaridh love rugby, and Ruaridh still plays for McGill.  Canada House occupies a particularly significant place in their rugby world too.  You can see from this picture of a London Street the enormous Union Jacks hanging across it showing the excitement in the city.  Look at how big these flags are compared with the double-decker buses in the picture.  Next, here is the "Spirit of Chartwell" on which The Queen was aboard for the Royal Pageant on the Thames. 

This first Jubilee Big Lunch Street Party picture shows Sorcha with her brothers Connor and Niall, and her sister Elly.  Sorcha's the ten-year-old I met at the Royal Wedding beside her tent where she and her Mom Cathy Owen-Reilly had slept overnight.  I became friends while watching with them the Royal Wedding, so I was invited to their Raymond Avenue Jubilee Big Lunch Street Party.  For those of you who know Marny, here's a picture of Marny Peirson at the home of her sister-in-law to which I was invited that evening.  Marny's brother-in-law is a professor at the London School of Economics from which my son Guy recently graduated.  These next four pictures are of the National Service of Thanksgiving.  Now here's one of the huge crowds for The Queen's balcony appearance and the Fly-Past.  And here's a picture of the chef, Mark, with his arm draped around my wife at Porky's Pantry, my favourite London breakfast place.  It's only a couple of blocks from Canada House.  Given Ka Hyun's calling to the Anglican priesthood, our album concludes with this picture of Ka Hyun in front of  St. Paul's Cathedral and a picture of Canterbury Cathedral.  These are the pictures.  Now the story.

Excitement:  London Was Charged With Enthusiasm

As you can see in my picture of the gigantic Union Jack flags above the streets were dramatic.  Posters, art, special exhibitions, photographs, and memorabilia were everywhere.  London was charged with excitement.  Best of all, everyone was so friendly.  The Queen appeals to all age groups, all ethnic groups and all classes of society.  And Londoners we met were so pleased we'd come all the way from Vancouver for this great event.

The Royal Pageant on the Thames River

We're told The Queen was accompanied by a thousand boats and that this was the biggest procession on the Thames in 350 years.  It was precision perfect start to finish.  I'd thought the rain, the wind, and the cold might deter the crowds but no such luck -- my wife Ka Hyun and I found ourselves among 1.25 million people along the banks of the Thames.  One knew where The Spirit of Chartwell with its 10,000 flowers was.  That's because that's where the cheering was the loudest -- aboard were the "Magnificent Seven",  being The Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Catherine, and Prince Harry.  Among the 1,000 boats accompanying them were 56 proudly flying the flags of the nations of the Commonwealth.  These boats were organized in alphabetical order.  That put for example Australia in the front row and us three rows behind.  Boats used for the 1940 WWII evacuation of Dunkirk participated, as did Olympic skiffs, dragon boats, First Nation canoes and a wide range of other vessels military and civilian, official and informal.   Even the London Symphony sailed past.  But what overwhelmed all else in this remarkable spectacle was the enthusiasm of the crowd, especially for The Queen.

Jubilee Big Lunch Street Parties

Cathy Owen-Reilly with whom I'd made friends while watching the Royal Wedding from our vantage point on the Mall last year invited me to their Jubilee Big Lunch Street Party.  After I'd accepted their kind invitation, Cathy contacted me in Vancouver to ask that I serve as Judge of the "Best Jubilee Decorated House" on the street.  The street in question is a long one lined with beautiful homes -- Raymond Avenue near the South Woolford Tube Station.  This was among what British newspapers said were 56,000 streets for which permits were issued for closure throughout the United Kingdom for these Jubilee lunches.   A long table ran along the middle of Raymond Avenue, with chairs along each side of it.  The residents of Raymond Avenue produced a remarkable array of food for everyone to share.  It seemed to me that only about a third of the residents were white -- the remainder were a rainbow of skin colours from around the Commonwealth.  This produced an incredible selection of great food from everywhere.  I was struck how friendly everyone of every age was at this street party. 

However, seeing that everyone had decorated their homes, I was at a loss regarding how to judge them.  I consulted with Sorcha's 16-year-old brother Niall.  He said I shouldn't go by how much people spent, but rather by how much effort they made to decorate their homes.  That made my life so much easier because I discovered at the far end of Raymond Avenue one woman who'd gone to extraordinary effort.  She was so pleased to be chosen.  And she had good news.  In her acceptance speech she said she's obtained official certificates for every child on Raymond Avenue to attest to their participation in The Queen's 60th Jubilee AND she had a gift for each child.  A small army of kids then enthusiastically ran down the street to her home.  We meanwhile formed a choir.  I sing in the West Vancouver United Church Choir so I joined in.  We were handed booklets of the words to sing great British songs while instrumental music played from loudspeakers in a couple of front yards.  This joyous coming together in song was a great conclusion to a remarkable afternoon.

National Service of Thanksgiving and Crowds Surrounding Buckingham Palace

The Coronation was a religious service.  Accordingly, the Church Service at St. Paul's Cathedral was a highlight of the 60th Jubilee.  Particularly touching was when leaving St. Paul's Cathedral The Queen paused for a moment at the plaque where Queen Victoria sat for her 60th Jubilee Service in 1897.  One was struck by the time-honoured pageantry, the host of magnificent horses, the carriages, the drama, the music, and in the Service the prayers, the Sermon, the hymns, and most of all the reverence and enthusiasm of the crowds.  For the Royal Wedding last year a million crowded in front of Buckingham Palace for the Balcony Appearance and the kiss.  But the Jubilee was for The Queen.  Ultimately 1.5 million assembled.  All access points were then quietly closed and the overflow was directed to Hyde Park behind the Palace where I was.  We were told another half million assembled there.  If so, The Queen was then surrounded by two million admirers.  She's pretty much the only Head of State worldwide who can draw two million people whose purpose is to cheer her on, rather than run her out.

The British organize crowds so well, and the Royal Family attracts such friendly crowds.  The police are friendly, but unobtrusively without creating blockages have places, access points, where people are momentarily going through single-file passages.  This means they know exactly how many people are present and they quietly check every bag and suspicious parcel.  They also make fabulous use of Scouts and Cadets selling programmes and providing services throughout the crowds, so they have thousands of eyes and ears assisting with security.  And the crowds themselves are not only friendly, they are diverse.  Two-year-olds side by side with 92-year-olds, and perhaps 102-year-olds.  Every age group, every religious persuasion, every ethnicity.  The enormous Jubilee crowds very much reflected the multi-racial and multi-cultural make-up of the Commonwealth.  And most people hardly noticed it was raining.  The enthusiasm was infectious.  It was awesome.

The Grand Finale -- The Fly Past

And all this concluded with the Balcony Appearance of the "Magnificent Seven" and the Fly-Past of WWII warplanes, modern jets, and the Red Arrows.  As always they flew along the Mall, over Buckingham Palace, and then Hyde Park where I was.  My Dad flew a Lancaster in Bomber Command in WWII.  His younger brother, my Uncle Bruce MacKenzie, flew a Spitfire in Fighter Command.  Both aircraft took part in the Fly-Past.  As all who've heard a Lancaster in flight know, Lancasters have a unique sound.  That unique sound was clearly audible as the Fly-Past flew over us.  Then two million people concluded this remarkable Jubilee Weekend with an enthusiastic but very reverent rendition of "God Save The Queen".

Concluding Thoughts

The Jubilee demonstrated that The Queen is far more than a celebrity -- she's Head of State for 16 countries, Defender of the Faith, Head of the 56-nation Commonwealth, and a deeply embedded component of our collective heritage.  The affection for her is universal and enormous.  When Prince William and Catherine came to Canada last summer for their extremely successful tour, many young Canadians for the first half of the visit saw them as the world's greatest celebrities.  Then something happened about half way through their Royal Tour.  Young Canadians started seeing them as the heirs of some of our deepest traditions, our heritage, our core values.  The same was so true in London throughout the Jubilee.  People are in awe of The Queen, and affection for her runs deep.  The Coronation is a religious service, God is evoked just as God is evoked in the holy sacrament of marriage.  And these first 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II have been awesome indeed. 

God Save The Queen.

Yours faithfully, Roddy

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=== WVPD 1 === and God save the trees!

(press release; even on CBC news)

The West Vancouver Police Department has received a report of a new letter scam. This scam appears designed to be a creative way to improve the view line for a mischievous West Vancouver resident.

On 2012 September 12, the West Vancouver Police Department received information that a resident had received a threatening letter concerning the height of their trees.

The letter, written under an official District letterhead was purported to have been written by a City [sic] Official and threatened a fine of $30,000 if the trees on the property were not trimmed to 30 feet.

The District has confirmed that no such letter writer exists and the letter is a fraud.

The West Vancouver Police Department is sending an advisement to the residents of the community to consider this scam in case they have received similar threats.

{Dear Readers: Shocking but have heard of many illegal acts. More common is sneaking onto the property and 'ringing' the trees so they die. Let's try to encourage ppl to think that the view is through the trees, is framed by the trees.}

=== WVPD 2 === chutzpah! steal a bike from a policeman???

The West Vancouver Police Department is regrettably reporting that one of the police officers who will be heading off on a 900 km bike ride next week to defeat childhood cancer was the victim of a bike theft yesterday when his tour bicycle was cut from his bike rack while shopping in Park Royal.

On September 13, 2012, an off-duty RCMP officer was shopping in the district and making final preparations for his Tour de Coast bike ride when a callous thief cut the bike from the rack attached to his car.

The white, $1800, Gary Fisher road bike had been [lent] to the officer to compete in the gruelling challenge to aid and fight childhood cancer. It is expected that a replacement will be found in time for the officer to begin his journey.

The 31 riders and seven support crew are seen as heroes by the families of the children for whom they are riding.

The tour begins on September 19th in Coquitlam and will traverse 900 km of hard road in the bid to raise much needed cancer fighting funds.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the West Vancouver Police Department and quote file # 12-11027

=== WVM 2012 TITLES to date ===


2012 Sp Ccl Mtg NOTES from Dec 14th; Ccl AGENDAs Jan 11th/16th; Calendar to Jan 27th

ADRA Survey ¢ WVM 2011 Titles ¢ Less Sec Ste Parking? ¢ Christmas Silliness


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 16th; Ccl AGENDA Jan 23rd; Calendar to Feb 9th

Budget ¢ Sec Ste Parking ¢ Ambleside Village ¢ Tennis Courts vs Parking


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 23rd; Ccl AGENDAs Feb 6th; Calendar to Feb 26th

Streamkeepers/EPN ¢ Budget ! ¢ Centennial Celebrations Plans

2012-04 R

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Feb 6th ; Ccl AGENDA Feb 20th; Calendar to Mar 9th

Budget ¢ Sec Ste Parking ¢ Argyle Prop Purchases ¢ Heritage Wk Feb 20 - 26

2012-05 ¢

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Feb 20th ; Ccl AGENDA s Mar 5th; Calendar to March 30th

Budget 2012 ¢ Shoreline Protection Plan ¢ WV Police Year-End Report


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Mar 5th/6th ; Ccl AGENDA s Mar 26th; Calendar to April 5th

Campaign $$ Disclosure ¢ Budget 2012 Input/Qs ¢ Purchase/Sale 1300blk


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Mar 26th; Ccl AGENDA Apr 2nd; Calendar to April 27th+

Council Remuneration ¢ Letters on Budget & 1300blk ¢ Cell Towers


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Apr 2nd; Ccl AGENDA Apr 23rd; Calendar to May 10th+

Budget Passed ¢ At-Grade Crossing PkR ¢ Ccl Remuneration ¢ Cell Towers


2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES Apr 23rd; Ccl AGENDAs May 7th; Calendar to May 31st+

PSB Open Houses ¢ Camelot/Union aka Skilift ¢ Cmnty Day Centennial Cmte

2012-10 ˆš

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES May 7th; Ccl AGENDAs May 28th; Calendar to June 7th

Police New Crest ¢ PSB Open Houses ¢ Youth Ccl ¢ Centennial Cmnty Day

2012-11 ˆš

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES May 28th; Ccl AGENDAs June 4th; Calendar to June 22nd

211 ¢ Zoning PH ¢ New Arts Ctr ¢ Lower Caulfeild Heritage ¢ Gleneagles Noise

2012-12 º

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES June 4th; Ccl AGENDAs June 18th; Calendar to June 30th

2011 Annual Rpt ¢ Ice Alloc'n ¢ Amb: Less Parking? ¢ Cmnty Grants ¢ Cell Towers

2012-13 ºº

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES June 18th; Ccl AGENDAs June 25th; Calendar to July 13th

PH Lower Caulfeild ¢ Pond in Park ¢ PSB Rpt ¢ Parks Plan ¢ Collingwood Sch

2012-14 º

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES June 25th; Ccl AGENDAs July 9th; Calendar to July 30th

Annual Rpt ¢ Collingwood (M) ¢ Black Crk Rpt ¢ Cycling ¢ Lower Caulfeild

2012-15 º

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES July 9th; Ccl AGENDAs July 23rd; Calendar to August 18th+

Black Crk Tree Massacre ¢ Salmon-Rearing Pond ¢ 26th & Marine Drive

2012-16 º

2012 Ccl Mtg NOTES July 23rd; NO AGENDAs; Calendar to August 31st+ (Sept 10?)

1300blk: Lease/Sell ¢ Wireless Policy ¢ Kinder Morgan ¢ PSB ¢ RoyalTea-by-the-Sea

=== UPDATES & INFO ===


> GOOD NEWS! Black Creek Update

Wed Aug 1: cut from 24 to 2. Work will resume on the site the week of August 20.

Read More: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=36638

> Black Creek -- Thursday Sept 6

Update: Revised Black Creek Diversion Project Significantly Reduces Additional Tree Removal

Working with technical consultants and stewardship groups, WV staff have been able to prepare a revised plan for completion of the Black Creek diversion project that that reduced the number of additional trees needing to be cut from 24 to 2.

At the July 9 Council Meeting, staff apologized for the error that led to the cutting of old growth trees during project construction, and committed to optimizing the final design to minimize further loss of trees. There were 24 trees potentially designated for removal, but only two were removed under a revised plan, for safety reasons: a dead snag and a 40-year-old Douglas Fir. In addition, the District has committed to donating the net value of the felled timber to the WV Cmnty Fdn that will allow financing of community projects initiated by local stewardship groups.

In addition, Council committed to developing protocols for future projects in the upper lands  that include; improved collaboration between District depts; an external consultation process to include community stewardship groups; and to ensure that an arborist or registered forestry professional be included in any integrated design team.

Next Steps

Work on the site is currently underway. The construction phase is anticipated to be completed in October, weather permitting. Restoration work will take place in the spring, and the restoration plan will be developed in collaboration with community stakeholders.


The Black Creek diversion is a part of the Eagle Lake water supply system, which supplies approximately half of WV™s drinking water. The original construction, built in 2003, is failing and requires rehabilitation.

Taking into consideration the steep terrain, the riparian habitat, and the necessity to prevent a debris flow, it was determined that the best option to mitigate these risks was to bury the water pipe under a permanent access road. This required some tree clearing, and in order to reduce impact on spring eagle nesting conditions the work took place in November 2011.

In May 2012, mbrs of a cmnty stewardship group, the Old Growth Conservancy Society, advised staff that of the 69 trees that had been felled, some were, in fact, old growth. Work was halted immediately and the District initiated a review of the site and the overall project.

At the July 9, 2012, Council Meeting, staff apologized for the error and presented a Report to Council explaining the circumstances that had led to the mistake.

The report also put forward a number of recommendations aimed at minimizing further loss of trees during project completion, as well as protocols for future capital projects to avoid any similar occurrences.

Black Creek and West Vancouver™s Water Supply

The Black Creek intake is an important part of the Eagle Lake water supply.

The Eagle Lake Devt Plan began in the early 2000s and has helped reduce WV™s reliance on more costly water purchased from Metro Vancouver. Eagle Lake water is treated in a state-of-the-art membrane filtration facility. Black Creek helps ensure an adequate supply of water to Eagle Lake and is an important part of an optimization program to increase the use of Eagle Lake water. To date, this has helped to increase the amount of water supplied from DWV sources to 53 per cent in 2010 from a low of 21 per cent in 1998. 

More Info: Where the water comes from  // Eagle Lake Water  // Visit westvancouver.ca/water 

Media Release - Black Creek Rehabilitation Project Update - June 15, 2012

+ Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club donates $30K for upgrades to the Ambleside Pk playground

Sept 7 “ The District of WV is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 donation from the Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club (ATLC) for playground equipment upgrades in Ambleside Park.

Mr. Richard Goluboff, an ATLC representative, says: œWe recognize that healthy communities need outdoor spaces that meet the needs of residents of all ages. Upgrading the Ambleside Park playground will provide the next generation of West Vancouverites with the equipment for healthy, active lifestyles. In essence, our donation is to the future of our community.

Mayor Michael Smith, says: œWe are extremely grateful for this donation to a much loved and well-used community amenity. The Lions Club has been a longstanding community partner and we are lucky to have them as active community members in West Vancouver.

The District is grateful to have been selected for such a generous donation. Updates on the playground revitalization process will be provided as they arise.

+ PSB [ from http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=40374 ] {SO GREAT to see leasing is still an option!!!}


Keep up-to-date with the latest construction updates at parkroyalconnected.com.

=== CALENDAR to September 21st ===

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/early for an issue are sent to subscribers. [See mtgs etc in the Headsup notices sent between issues of WVM..]

{mtgs to Sept 8 in Headsup 16A}


100 Days of Giveaways at Park Royal & the Village at Park Royal -- July 14 “ October 22

In celebration of West Vancouver™s 100th birthday, Park Royal will have 10 giveaways over a 100-day period. Every 10 days, Park Royal will highlight a different retail category with a related prize that you could win! In order to enter for a chance to WIN the prize, all you have to do is fill out an entry form at the Guest Services Hub. You could win great prizes, such as a Homelite 17-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower from Home Depot, $150 worth of makeup from Kiss & Makeup, or $200 worth in school supplies from Staples, just to name a few.

For more information, visit shopparkroyal.com/campaigns/100-days-giveaways.

=== Friday September 7

Horseshoe Bay ~~ Save the date -- at "dusk" -- for the third annual movie night in the park. This year's movie "Big Miracle" starring Drew Barrymore is sure to delight. Grab your blankets and camping chairs and come on down to this free event. WRA is bringing in some cmnty-sponsored freebies such as chair massage and face painting to entertain and delight while we await the start of the movie.

=== Friday September 14 -- Taste of Dundarave 5 - 8pm

Enjoy a great night of live music, street performances, international cuisine and wines, viewings of international and local works of art, and stylish fashions “ all in the vibrant, charming village of Dundarave.

Tickets: are $20 each and are available at Red Horses, Royal Bank in Dundarave, or from the Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets can be entered in a raffle for one of the gift baskets. Children under 12 free when accompanied by a ticket holder.

50% of proceeds to Canuck Place and The BCSPCA.

=== Saturday September 15


Take a step back in time and learn about the origins of West Vancouver™s historic Caulfeild neighbourhood on Saturday, September 15. As part of West Vancouver™s ongoing centennial celebrations, A Wander Through Caulfeild™s History Day will include guided historic walking tours, photo and artifact displays with stories from local historians, local paintings, live music, traditional fun and games for children, street performers, great food, and much more.

Ann Brousson, President of the Historical Society of West Vancouver says: "We will visit the shoreline that Francis Caulfeild landed on in 1898 and we will explore the settlement that he developed. Many of the original homes are still there. On the Green by Tiddly Cove there will be fun for the entire family. Kids will play period games like sack races, three-legged races, and egg & spoon races. The K Sisters will perform old favourites like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Buskers will entertain too. Caulfeild's old 1949 fire truck will be there to climb onto."   

West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith says: œCaulfeild is a cornerstone of West Vancouver. With its winding streets, rugged shoreline, iconic church, and unique character, Caulfeild is a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood and I encourage everyone to learn more about its history at this great family event.

All are welcome to come down to Caulfeild's Tiddly Cove  on Saturday, September 15 from 1 p.m. “ 5 p.m. Complete event details, including directions, can be found on the website: wandercaulfeild.com 

=== Wednesday September 19

~ 4pm ~ Finance Cmte // ~ 5pm ~ Bd of Variance // ~ 7pm ~ Library Board at Library

~ 7pm ~ WV Historical Society mtg at the Srs' Ctr

Speaker: Timothy Horton; Topic: The Story of the PGE in West Vancouver

=== Thursday September 20

~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte // ~ 5:30pm ~ Police Bd mtg at WVPD

~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court and Youth Justice (Cedar Rm in Cmnty Ctr)

+++ WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++ http://www.westvanlibrary.ca

= English Corner resumes Friday Sept 7 from 10 to 11:30am; Sept 14, 21

If you would like to practise English conversation -- develop skills, learn vocabulary, participate in interesting discussions, and make new friends, come to English Corner. For more info please call Nadia Vargha Majzub at 922 5152. English Corner is facilitated by the Bahai Community of West Vancouver in partnership with the Library.

= Wednesday Sept 12; Author Reading with Patrick Taylor; 7 - 8:30pm

= Wednesday Sept 19 -- TAG's First Meeting 7 - 8:30pm, Storyhouse

All secondary students welcome to attend!

= Friday Sept 21 -- PHILOSOPHERS' CAFE “ Multiculturalism -- 10:30am - noon

Join Moderator Randall MacKinnon on the third Friday of each month, from September through June for a discussion at a Philosophers' Cafe, part of Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies.

Canadian multiculturalism: mosaic, melting pot or a more modern metaphor?

+++ WV MUSEUM +++ http://westvancouvermuseum.ca/exhibitions/current_exhibition 925 7295

The New Design Gallery on the frontier 1955 -1966 ~~ ends September 15

The influential gallery introduced Vancouver to the work of numerous artists from British Columbia, Canada, and the United States. The New Design Gallery on the frontier 1955 -1966 chronicles the important role the NDG played in advancing modernism in the region through historical documentation, photographs, and artworks...

{A full description appeared in WVM14}

+++ FERRY BUILDING GALLERY +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com ~ 925 7290

> September 11 “ 30 -- Kiss Again: Zoltan Kiss -- paintings and ceramics

Opening Reception: Tues Sept 11 from 6 - 8pm; Meet the Artist: Sat Sept 15 from 2 to 3pm

+++ SILK PURSE +++  http://silkpurse.ca/exhibitions/  925 7292

~~~ AGM of the WV Cmnty Arts Ccl at the Silk Purse 7pm Wednesday Sept 12 ~~~

> August 21 - September 16 ~~ "Art of the Peoples of the Salish Sea"

Opening reception will be held on Tuesday August 21st from 6 - 8pm

The coastal B.C. region of the Salish Sea is an area rich with cultural diversity and astounding creativity. We are proud to present this exhibition of work from a number of talented artists from various First Nations, working in a variety of media.

> September 18 - 30 -- Art as the Question...

Opening reception will be held on Tuesday September 18th  from 6-8pm. All are welcome! What inspires & engages us to create? Who determines what art is? Where is art found? When was the last time you were creative? Art as the question¦ is an exhibit of artist Diane Moran™s past & present works featuring abstract paintings, photography, & mixed media sculpture combined with Explore The Shore; a hands on œart op for public participation during Culture Days, Sunday September 30th 2”5pm.


Wed. Sept 19, 10:30am

œShow Biz, Film and Concert Music Stories: Past and Present

Presented by award winning composer Michael Conway Baker, this series runs the third Wednesday of every month. Delight as Michael regales us with humorous and heartwarming tales of his career in Show Biz and performs music he has composed for the stage and screen! Admission by donation


Simplest way to get on email list, call 913 3634 (also for tix) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com

Brochure now available! http://issuu.com/kay_meek/docs/kmc_2012-13_brochure

> Tuesday 7:30pm Sept 11 -- History Wars: Was Pierre Trudeau a Disaster for Canada?

He was handsome, smart, loved beautiful women, and almost always won.  But was Pierre Elliott Trudeau a good Prime Minister?  Have the policies that he initiated put Canada in a better or worse situation today?  Quebecmulticulturalism, the Charter of Rights, federalism....this conversation will have it all!

> Tuesday 7:30pm Sept 18

Movies at the Meek: Monsieur Lazhar -- French, English, Arabic

In Montreal an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++ http://www.westvan60.com/

Office: 604-922-3587 Lounge: 604-922-1920 Fax: 604-922-2659


Saturday September 1st: 7pm LIVE MUSIC! With the Johnny Shields band in the Lounge

Monday September 3rd: 6pm LABOUR DAY BBQ by Tony on the Patio!

$5.00 per person. Burgers, potato salad, and more.

Saturday September 8th: 3pm NEW MEMBER INITIATION


reception to follow at Boal Chapel.

Friday September 14th: 7pm KARAOKE! with Rob Miller

Friday September 21st: 6pm MINI MEAT DRAW

+++ WV CHAMBER of COMMERCE + 926 6614 + http://www.westvanchamber.com/

Come and meet your Board of Directors at the AGM

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday September 18th at 5pm sharp at the WV Memorial Library, Welsh Hall East.

=== CULTUREWATCH === {see Headsup for more}


+ BARD ON THE BEACH ~ 739 0559 ~ bardonthebeach.org

Ticket availability -- https://tickets.bardonthebeach.org/TheatreManager/1/login&event=0

Video clips and trailers --  http://www.youtube.com/bardonthebeachfest

NB: Beginning Wed Sept 5 all evening performances at Bard on the Beach will start at 7pm.

~ The Taming of the Shrew -- on till Sept 22

~ Macbeth -- on till Sept 20

~ Merry Wives of Windsor -- Studio Stage; on till Sept 21

~ King John -- Studio Stage; on till to September 19

{full descriptions were in all previous issues}

+ ARTS CLUB 687 1644  http://www.artsclub.com

~ Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage: The Buddy Holly Story to Aug 26

Clybourne Park starts Sept 6, a comedy of race and real estate; Winner of 2011 Pulitzer Prize for best play

+ THE CULTCH 251 1363 thecultch.com Sept 19 - 30

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, a metaphorical journey. Drama written by Nassim Soleimanpour. The actors are given an envelope at the start of the evening -- neither the actors nor the audience know what will be performed. Different actors on different nights but including Carmen Aguirre (Sep 19), Kathryn Shaw (Sep 20), James Long (Sep 21), Marcus Youssef (Sep 22), Ryan Beil (Sep 23), Maiko Yamamoto (Sep 25), Peter Anderson (Sep 26), Donna Soares (Sep 27), Jonathan Young (Sep 28), Kevin Loring (Sep 29), Alessandro Juliani (Sep 30, 2pm), and Meg Roe (Sep 30, 8pm). [Schedule subject to change]

+ HENDRY HALL -- northvanplayers.ca -- Bluff by Jeffrey Sweet; a dark comedy, from Sept 7 to 22

+ METRO THEATRE 266 7191 metrotheatre.com

Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking, a comedy about a misunderstanding from Aug 25 - Sept 22

+ Jericho Arts Centre  224 8007 www.jerichoartscentre.com

A Room with a View, adapted by Roger Parsley from E.M. Forster; Director: Sarah Rodgers

Sept 7 “ 30 -- Preview: Sept 6 ($10); Opening: Sept 7; Talkback: Sept 13

In this bright, funny and absorbing adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel we see characters,brought together by chance, fumble their way through love, dislike, belief, and social niceties, and watch an array of fascinating and intriguing characters come to terms (or not!) with a changing world.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER T: 224 8007 Email: info@unitedplayers.com W: http://www.unitedplayers.com/index.html

* INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL at the Waterfront Theatre Firehall, etc

257 0350 vancouverfringe.com -- Previews start Aug 28; the formal opening night is Sept 4 (to Sept 16)

* CBC's This is That live; 7pm Sept 20 Rio Theatre part of Olio Festival -- oliofestival.com


+ VANCOUVER ART GALLERY  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/calendar_of_events.html

More Hours, More Matisse¦ Gallery Hours extended to 9pm

Every Sunday this summer, the Gallery is open late every Sunday AND our tour program is expanding! Tours are now available on: Thursdays: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm; Sundays: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Emily Carr goes to Sept 9; Collecting Matisseto Sept 30

Upcoming Exhibitions: for details: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/upcoming_exhibitions.html ]

~ NB: VAG Mbrs receive 20% off admission to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria when you show your Gallery Mbrshp card.


o Calligraphy Exhibition by "Jamal Abiri" -- Khayam Quarters (Second Collection)

September 1 - 22 from 12 - 8 pm (closed Mondays)

o Masoud Soheili, Caroun Art Gallery (CAG); www.Caroun.net / www.Caroun.com / www.Caroun.org

Tel Canada: 001-778-372-0765 / Tel Tehran: 0919-914-6755 (faghat ta Sharivar1391)

more details on CAG exhibitions: http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Exhibitions/00-Expositions.html


+ Museum of Anthropology -- 827 5932 moa.ubc.ca

+ BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM - bcmm.ca Metal Art Sculptures until Sept 16; Copper and Fire event



All VSO Single Concert Tickets On-Sale Monday, August 20th at 10am!

Mark your calendars for the biggest on-sale date on Vancouver's entertainment calendar! All single concert tickets for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 Season go on sale online and through VSO Customer Service at 604 876 3434.

The 2012/2013 Season contains one exciting highlight after another. Don't miss great classics such as Mozart's Mass in C minor, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Dvorak's New World Symphony, Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Brahms's Violin Concerto, and so many more musical treasures. And of course, internationally-renowned guest artists, in Classics and Pops, are a hallmark of any VSO season “ and this year, featured stars include Midori, Jon Kimura Parker, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Barry Douglas, Angela Cheng, Karen Gomyo, John Pizzarelli, Byron Stripling, Leahy, and many more.

The 2012/2013 Season also features the most eclectic and electric lineup of Specials in many years: Arrival from Sweden Plays the Music of ABBA; Cirque de la Symphonie; Last Night of the Proms; Traditional Christmas concerts; Barenaked Ladies with the VSO; Rufus Wainwright in solo performance; Vivaldi's Four Seasons; and, just announced: Dancing with the Stars' Ballroom with a Twist, and Charlie Chaplin's City Lights!

Browse the complete list of VSO concerts in the thrilling 2012/2013 Season online http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/. And see below for information on subscribing http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/concerts/subscriptions/, the best way to purchase VSO tickets!

Subscribe now for guaranteed seating and savings up to 25% over single concert prices. You'll also get 15% off every additional concert you wish to attend “ even the incredibly popular Specials! And only subscribers enjoy ticket exchange privileges within all of the VSO's regular concert series, lost ticket insurance, and discounts at the VSO Gift Shop.

+ VOICES IN THE PARK -- Sept 15 in Stanley Park (voicesinthepark.com)


~ Opera Pro Cantanti -- Cambrian Hall, www.procontanti.com 604 340 8545 7pm Sept 16 Bellini's Norma

~ Opera Tea in the Garden 822 6725 calendar.events.ubc.ca

2pm Sept 16 in the UBC Botanical Garden with the UBC Opera Ensemble


> Friday September 14th 2012

Secrets of a low elevation old growth forest (Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver)

An event for Elder College, Capilano University

Duration: 9:30am to 12; Trip leader: David Cook

Registration: To register for Elder College Rambling Programme call 984 4901 or register online at www.capilanou.ca/ce. Quote Course Reference Number 30157.

> Thursday September 20th., 2012

A free public lecture for the Botany Section of Nature Vancouver

Title: The Nullarbor: An Australian desert.

Speaker: David Cook, Naturalist and Explorer; 7:30pm at Unity Church, 5840 Oak St, Vancouver.

An illustrated account of the geological and natural history of one of Australia™s many deserts. This is a story of ancient subterranean rivers that left vast caverns with crystal clear lakes beneath the now treeless plain, of giant marsupials that once roamed there and how the arrival of man 40,000 years ago contributed to changes in the flora which led to the ultimate demise of the megafauna. The talk will also include the results of the speaker's 1960/61 expedition to some of the caves, when remains of the extinct fauna were found and the first ever attempt to SCUBA dive in the lakes was made.

> Friday September 21st 2012

Biology of Yew Lake wetland and old growth forest, Cypress Provincial Park.

An event for Elder College, Capilano University

Duration: 9:30 am to 12; Trip leader: David Cook

Registration: To register for Elder College Rambling Programme call 984 4901 or register online at www.capilanou.ca/ce. Quote Course Reference Number 30157.

= Nature Vancouver field trips. See the Nature Vancouver website for further details (http://www.naturevancouver.ca/)

"Nature doesn't recognize good and evil. Nature only recognizes balance and imbalance."

Kind regards, David 924 0147

=== HEADSUP 16A ===

Summer came late and is buzzing by -- update delayed


DAZE(D), Music; Walking Tours; VAG; DWV Calendar; Gran Fondo; COHO FESTIVAL; WV Streamkeepers; CULTUREWATCH (lots, including Bard tix); WVPD News; { Moved [ BEERWATCH; Scots wha hae; ANIMALWATCH (Canine Olympics); Bad Writing Award; Royal Family Photo; HAIKU Weekend (WA); Quotation/Pun] to sections in this issue

+ DAZED  {Let's keep these in mind for next year!} 

>  Ambleside Day  noon to 6pm Sunday August 19

Ambleside Day is a community event hosted at Ambleside beach promoting water safety and active lifestyles . This year's event will include a lifeguard challenge, face painting, relay races between kids and lifeguards, a BBQ, a water safety booth, a boating safety booth, a community program booth, and also a few stations where kids can try using the equipment that lifeguards use on a daily basis.

Come to Ambleside Beach for a day of fun, learning, and competition (friendly, of course!).

>  Deep Cove Daze 2012  noon Sunday August 26

Join your friends and family in celebrating 15 years of local music and events at Deep Cove Daze 2012! A grand community gathering in one of the most picturesque places in North Vancouver: Panorama Park. Come down at noon on August 26th when we bring it all back for another year of festivities, music and art. Prepare to experience eight hours of entertainment on three stages while surrounded by amusement rides, artisans, cardboard kayaks, food vendors and beer gardens. 


Metro Vancouver and North Vancouver Community Arts Council 

present Music in the Park Sept. 3 at Capilano River Regional Park with music, visual art and demonstrations; British Columbia Girls' Choir is also holding auditions August 28 & 29.

Music in the Park  --  Join us for a fantastic afternoon of live musical performances at Metro Vancouver™s Music in the Park in partnership with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Bring a picnic and be inspired by visual art displays and demonstrations while enjoying live jazz, folk, acoustic guitar, vocals and contemporary harp, all amongst the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Lake.  

FREE Family Fun.  Details:  http://www.allianceforarts.com/files/enet/pdf/12/08/music_1.pdf 


o Vancouver Heritage Fdn http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/walkingtours.html

Our walking tours are proving to be a great success with lots of great feedback about how much fun and informative they are -- no wonder they keep selling out! Thanks for your support!


>  Killarney & 45th: Farmland to Suburbia, 10am to noon Saturday August 25, w/ John Atkin. 

In this south eastern part of the city there are still remnants of the area's agricultural past, and some striking mid-century residential devt. 

>  BURRARD STREET  / Aug 31 / Sept 28 Meet NE corner Burrard & Hastings.

Home to the city™s financial district as well as historic structures such as St Andrew™s-Wesley United Church, Hotel Vancouver and St. Paul™s Hospital, the Burrard Street corridor presents an amalgamation of the styles that defined the never-ending development of downtown Vancouver. Experience the hustle, bustle, and quiet moments too.

>  Downtown Vancouver Public Art 10am to noon Saturday September 8

Inaugural guided public art walk with Rachel Lafo, art curator, writer, consultant, and lecturer: An opportunity to visit great public art works and hear the stories behind them and their impact on the art world and Vancouver.

The VHF is excited about our first public art walking tour! showcasing some of the amazing public art around Downtown Vancouver. This tour will offer participants an opportunity to visit great public art such as Ken Lum's work at the VAG, Ron Terada's at the VPL, and Douglas Coupland's Terry Fox Memorial to name a few.

o  Stanley Park's Champion Trees  --  Sunday Walk Sept 2 from 1:30 to 3:30

Home to some of the oldest and largest trees in BC.  Some of the parks trees are more than 700 years old.


+  VANCOUVER ART GALLERY Summer 2012 Gallery Tours:

Thursdays: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 2:30pm; Sundays: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm 

Extended Hours Every Sunday until 9pm through September 30th!



22nd Wed, 25th Sat ~ 10am ~ Cmnty Open House - John Lawson Pk Playground Upgrade (meet at foot of 17th St)

  30th Thurs  ~ 5pm ~ NSh Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (DNV M Hall)


6th Thursday   ~ 3pm ~  Police Board Finance Committee Meeting (WVPD)

~ 4pm ~  Awards Committee Meeting

~ 4pm ~  Rodgers Creek Area 2 Cluster Housing - Open House

+  GRAN FONDO Saturday Sept 8

GranFondo Route Impacts West Vancouver Traffic

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, the GranFondo Vancouver to Whistler road race will route through West Vancouver via Taylor Way and the Upper Levels Highway.

Traffic Impacts  --  Traffic modifications will be in effect along the course route. Temporary closures will be necessary, so motorists are advised to avoid travel during the impacted hours, consider alternative routes or modes of travel.

In West Vancouver, Highway 1 eastbound lanes will be closed to traffic from Horseshoe Bay to Taylor Way, from 6 - 9am. 

More info, pls visit the event website.  http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/about-event/traffic-impacts   --  Thank you


The Coho Festival - September 8/9 , 11am to 6pm at Ambleside Park

The Coho Festival is a great public event where the whole family can enjoy a day at Ambleside Park of fun including: activities for the kids, live entertainment, great food, and interactive learning about the environment, salmon, and other wildlife.The 2012 Coho Festival will be a zero-waste event, meaning that all materials used at the event will be recyclable, reusable, or compostable.

Patrons of the Coho Festival are encouraged to take public transit, walk, or bike to the event. There will be a bike valet service available to allow many people to bike to the event and park securely. If you do need to drive there will be no parking on site, please use parking available at Park Royal and take the provided shuttle to the Coho Festival.

The Coho Society flagship has long been the Coho Festival which is held the second Sunday after Labour Day each year. Several thousand people attend this event to take in environmental exhibits in our Art of Conservation sustainability zone, to enjoy outdoor entertainment by the water in Ambleside Park, to participate in children's activities and to enjoy our famous salmon barbecue where we grill Ocean Wise Certified and Ecotrust Certified, wild, Haida Gwaii, Coho Salmon.The festival is the main fundraiser for the Coho Society to support its Salmon Habitat rejuvenation projects and to fund research. The Coho festival is also a venue for Coho Kids to raise funds for salmonid programs in the classroom.

For more info, visit the Coho Festival website and:  http://www.cohosociety.com

See photos of the 2011 Coho Festival on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/media/set/ set=a.260141820761731.52650.241621212613792&type=3


Our latest newsletter which covers some interesting summer activities, as well as information on a few early fall events.

We encourage you to find a few moments to drop by Memorial Park and see Phase 1 of the new coho rearing pond -- it should be finished early next week!  Looking forward to seeing you at the Coho Festival and the September 27th Members meeting.

{The issue is No. 12; it shd be on the website soon: http://www.westvancouverstreamkeepers.ca/news.html }



Four exhibitions from the Royal BC Museum at the Wing Sang Building until Sept 3; rbcmvancouver.com


   o Sun Sept 2 ~ 7pm ~ La Traviata by Opera Pro Cantanti; Cambrian Hall 604 340 8545 procantanti.com

   o Mon Sept 3 ~ Opera & Arias (UBC Opera Ensemble) at Bard on the Beach (bardonthebeach.org)

   o Sun Sept 9 ~ 7pm ~ I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Opera Pro Cantanti (as above)


o Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Sept 6 to 16 www.vancouverfringe.com -- 754 performances by 97 groups over 11 days.

o PAL Heroes -- Tom Stoppard's razor-sharp Olivier-award-winning comedy of courage, camaraderie, and

curmudgeonry.  Sept 6 to 30 brownpapertickets.com 1 800 838 3006


SPECIAL OFFER!  Exclusive to Bard E-News Subscribers

As a special thank you for subscribing to our E-News, we are thrilled to offer you a special price on an evening performance of The Taming of the Shrew.  Enjoy The Taming of the Shrew for only $30! 

The following dates are available: 8pm Saturday September 1; 7pm Wednesday September 5

This special offer is only available by phone so call 739 0559 now and quote the special code word: E-BLAST.

Limit of four tickets per household. Phone sales only; 7 days a week (9am - 6pm). This offer is not available online.

Pls note: Beginning Wed Sept 5 all evening performances at Bard on the Beach will start at 7pm.


= Website & You

August 29  --  The West Vancouver Police Department is reaching out to engage the community in optimizing the use and delivery of the WV Police website..

The website was originally created to connect the Dept to the community and to provide up-to-date information on crime trends, patterns, enhanced safety, and the Dept™s services.  Four years later, recognizing the major advancement in communications technology, the WV police are asking the community to join the discussion on what is needed to improve two-way communication. How can the community be better served through the portal? How do you, the community, want to interact electronically with the Dept? In short, how can the Dept serve the broadest possible audience using the latest available means?

The Dept recognizes that a wealth of expertise resides in close proximity and is therefore seeking feedback, solutions, and suggestions to the problems of modern day communication that will support us in delivery of our strategic goal to enhancing public safety.

Your suggestions will help enhance our community engagement goals within the Strategic Plan. You are invited to provide your ideas by completing a very short questionnaire.  WVPD Optimization Survey

= Back to School

The West Vancouver Police wish to remind the driving public that most children will be back [at] school September 4th and police across the province will be out in force enforcing the 30 km/h school zone speed limit.

Fines range from $196 to $483 including a possible seven-day vehicle impound for excessive speeding.

All children under the age of nine, unless they have reached the height of 145 cm (4'9"), must be in an approved child seat. Parents and teachers are reminded that this includes field trips and car pooling. Failing to do so could cause serious injury or death to a child. A parent can also be fined $109 for not having a child in an appropriate child seat. Booster seats can be purchased for as little as $28.




The special Council Meeting will commence in open session in the MFCR and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session... At 7pm the regular Ccl Mtg will commence in the Council Chamber.

1. Call to Order.


2. RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, mbrs of the public be excluded under the following section of the Community Charter.

90. (1) ... may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:

(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting 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.

Purpose of meeting: legal and proposed provision of municipal service matters.




7:00 PM

1.  Call to order.

2.  Approval of Agenda

3.  Adoption of the July 23, 2012 regular Council Meeting Minutes


4.  John Weston, M.P. (WV-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country), re National Fitness Day (File: 0160-01)

RECOMMENDED: be received for information, with thanks.


5. Reports from Mayor and Councillors on Boards, Committees, and Working Groups

6. Development Permit Application No. 12-026/027 Cluster housing at 2758 and 2773 Highview Place (Rodgers Creek Area 2, Lots 9 and 10) (File: 1010-20-12-026/027)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Dept.  PowerPoint presentation to be provided.

At the July 23 regular mtg Council received the report dated July 9 and set the date for consideration for Sept 10.

Reports received up to and including September 6, 2012:  [the July 9 report]

Written Submissions received up to and including September 6, 2012: none to date



RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions be received for information.

If Council wishes a further staff report:

RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council regarding submissions receivedd 10).


RECOMMENDED: the DPA wch wd regulate the form and character of the proposed cluster housing, be approved.

7. Development Variance Permit Application No. 11-061 (1116 Millstream Road) (File: 1010-20-11-061)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Dept.  PowerPoint presentation to be provided.

At the July 23 regular meeting Council received the report dated July 12 and set the date for consideration for Sept 10.

Reports received up to and including September 6, 2012: [the July 12 report]

Written Submissions received up to and including September 6, 2012: None to date.



RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions be received for information.

If Council wishes a further staff report:

RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council regarding submissions received


RECOMMENDED: THAT the DPA which would allow for construction of a new house with variances for height and number of storeys and driveway retaining walls with a height variance, be approved.

8. Memorial Library 2011 Annual Report (File: 1900-10)

PowerPoint presentation to be provided. RECOMMENDED: received for information.

9. Horseshoe Bay Pier: Limiting Passenger Vehicle Access  (File: 2160-05-HBPA1)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department.

RECOMMENDED:  THAT the Horseshoe Bay Pier remain open to passenger vehicle traffic, with new safety procedures in place, to ensure pedestrian safety and to maintain the structural integrity of the pier.

10. Rezoning Application No. 11-058 / Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4737, 2012 for 650-16th Street (Westshore Place) (File: 1010-20-11-058 / 1610-20-4737)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department.


...attached to the report from the Sr Cmnty Planner and the Mgr of Cmnty Planning dated August 30 be introduced and read a first time in short form; and

The MClk be directed to give statutory notice... that a PH is scheduled for Mon, Oct 1 at 7pm at the M Hall.



... may be considered for approval in one motion, or considered separately, or items may be excluded for debate.

11.1 Development Permit Application No. 12-046 “ for renovation of 1650 Marine Drive (File: 1010 20-12-046)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department.


1. The MClk give notice that the DVP, which would regulate the form and character of proposed renovations and site plan enhancements, will be considered at the meeting of Council on Monday, October 1; and,

2. Concurrent with consideration of proposed the Devt Permit, Ccl consider a licence to occupy, in the form attached as Appendix C to the report dated August 27 re the DP, to permit the encroachment of new, non-structural building facade materials over the municipal road right of way.

11.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. 12-020 (3183 Travers Avenue) (File: 1010 20 12-020)

Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department.

RECOMMENDED: THAT the MClk give notice that the DVP to allow construction of additions and a new deck to an existing house, will be considered by Council at its meeting on October 1.

11.3 Appointment to North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (File: 0180-18)

RECOMMENDED: THAT the apptmt of Jean Chambers and Rosamund van Leeuwen, for a term commencing August 1, 2012 and terminating December 31, 2012, be approved.

11.4 North Shore Rescue Facility (File: 0055-20-NSRT1)

RECOMMENDED: THAT Tim Jones, NSh Rescue Team Society, be invited to attend the Sept 10 public Ccl meeting to provide information re the NSh Rescue facility.

11.5 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda) (File:  0120-24)

RECOMMENDED: THAT the correspondence list be received for information.

~ Council Correspondence Update to July 20, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) K. and A. Burridge, July 16, 2012, regarding œCell-phone towers

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(2) M. and L. Szostak, July 18, 2012, regarding œ825 Farmleigh Road Driveway Gate

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(3) N. Cabot, July 15, 2012, regarding œBy Law Officers

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(4) N. Cabot, July 15, 2012, regarding œOld Growth Trees

(Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(5) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes “ Board of Variance “ June 27, 2012

(6) Union of BC Municipalities Secretariat, June 10, 2012, regarding œMajor Industrial Property Taxation Study Released

(7) Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, July 19, œAmendmt to the Liq Control and Licensing Regulation respecting the ability for food primary licensees to allow customers to bring their own wine to consume at the restaurant

(8) July 18, 2012, regarding œtaxes

(9) V. Smith, July 17, 2012, regarding œBURNCO Rock Products Limited proposed BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project

Responses to Correspondence

(10) Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits, July 18, 2012, response regarding œParking Changes

(11) Dir/ Planning,..., July 19, 2012, response to Takeoffnow.com regarding œAmbleside Parking

(12) Dir/Planning, July 18, response to B. Burgers re œ26th Street and Marine Drive “ a note from Bobbie Burgers

(13) Senior Manager of Parks, July 18, 2012, response to P. Hundal regarding œSubmissions on Parks Master Plan

(14) Bylaw Enforcemt/Compliance Ofcr, July 19, response re œConditions are perfect here in BC for an outbreak of West Nile Virus

~ Council Correspondence Update to July 27, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) Take Off Eh! Cruise/Travel Corp., undated, Petition re œAll Business Owners Want to Keep Two-Hour Parking 1300

Block South Side of the Street

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(2) D. and S. Williams, July 23, 2012, regarding œ2087 Kings Avenue

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(3) L. Jones and B. Barrett-Jones, July 24, 2012, regarding œ2087 Kings Avenue

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(4) A. Zaitzeff, July 20, 2012, regarding œPark Royal Westerly Overpass and the White Spot

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(5) N. Gibson, undated, regarding Ambleside [Farmers™] Market

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(6) J. Seddon, July 21, 2012, regarding œFarmers Market

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(7) E. and D. Mears, July 22, 2012, regarding œFarmers Market relocation

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(8) S. and E. Martin, July 23, 2012, regarding œFarmers Market Relocation

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(9) M. Woodrow, July 21, 2012, regarding œBan Tankers

(Referred to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response)

(10) Scouts Canada, July 16, 2012, regarding Meeting Space and Land to Build a Scout House

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

(11) July 26, 2012, regarding œComplaint

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(12) July 24, 2012, regarding œFinancial Reports “ Quarterly and Mid-Year Reviews

(Referred to Chief Financial Officer for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(13) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes “ Community Grants Committee “ May 11 and June 8, 2012

(14) Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers™ Association (ADRA), July 26, 2012, regarding œSurvey and report “ June 20, 2012 Public Meeting regarding pending development of 1300 block South Marine Drive

(15) R. Dorling, July 26, 2012, regarding œKinder Morgan Proposal

(16) T. Carr, July 26, 2012, regarding œBan tankers in our west van waters

(17) A. Burridge, July 23, 2012, regarding œCell-phone towers and their effects

(Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department)

(18) Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), July 20, 2012, regarding œ2012 UBCM Community Excellence Awards

(19) Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), July 20, 2012, re œLocal Govt Contract Management Committee Meeting (Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department)

(20) BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, July 23, 2012, regarding œService of liquor in care facilities

(21) S. Owen, July 21, 2012, regarding œAwayWithGeese “ Get Rid of Nuisance Canadian Geese

Responses to Correspondence

(22) Engineering Administrative Assistant, July 23, 2012, response to K. Higgs regarding œNoxious weeds... boulevards

(23) Engg Administrative Assistant, July 23, 2012, response to D. Derreth regarding œBC Hydro work, ditch and trail work

(24) Transportation Engineer, July 20, 2012, response to S. Sun regarding œURGENT!!! request to add CROSSWALK on NORTH TAYLOR& STEVENS AVE TRAFFIC ROUND BOARD SIDE

(25) Dir/Engg, July 24, response to Y. Wagner re œEagleridge Dr Landscape Greenspace Eagleridge Turnoff “ Exit 2

(26) Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits, July 23, 2012, response to N. Cabot regarding œBy Law Officers

~ Council Correspondence Update to August 3, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) A. McFarlane, July 21, 2012, regarding Blocked Entrance to the WestRoyal

(Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response)

(2) N. Gibson, July 30, 2012, regarding Ambleside [Farmers™] Market

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(3) D. Karim and M. Payette-Falls, on Behalf of the Eden Place Residents, July 31, re œLetter to Council re: 825 Taylor

Way “ Planned Development

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(4) D. Brown, July 31, 2012, regarding œ2087 Kings avenue

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(5) M. Cox, August 2, 2012, regarding œwest van rec centre and olympics coverage

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(6) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: Finance Committee “ May 16, 2012;

Memorial Library Board “ June 20, 2012; Design Review Committee “ June 21, 2012

(7) B. and P. Buch, July 27, 2012, regarding œDistrict™s 2013 Budget

(8) S. Hean, July 28, 2012, regarding œ2013 budget

(9) Fraser Valley Regional Library Bd, July 25, 2012, re The Future of Libraries and Cities Conference “ October 23, 2012

(10) Capilano Community Services Society, July 26, 2012, regarding Appreciation for Community Grant

(11) Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, July 31, 2012, regarding œRedistribution of Federal

Electoral Boundaries in BC “ Information for Mayor & Council; Chairperson & Directors

(12) A. Srivastava, August 2, 2012, regarding œWest Vancouver cell tower policy

(13) WV Police Board, July 18, 2012, regarding WVPD™s Operational Communication Centre (OCC) to E-Comm

Responses to Correspondence

(14) Mgr of Cmnty Devt, Youth, Families, Seniors, July 25, response to Scouts Canada re œLand to Build a Scout House

(15) Dir/Planning, July 26, 2012, response to M. and L. Szostak regarding œ825 Farmleigh Road Driveway Gate

(16) Dir/Planning, Lands, and Permits, July 26, 2012, response to K. and A. Burridge regarding œCell-phone towers

(17) Dir/Planning, July 31, 2012, response to S. and E. Martin regarding œFarmers Market Relocation

(18) Dir/Planning, August 1, 2012, response to N. Gibson regarding Ambleside [Farmers'] Market

(19) Dir/Planning, August 1, 2012, response to D. and E. Mears regarding œFarmers Market relocation

(20) Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits, August 1, 2012, response to J. Seddon regarding œFarmers Market

(21) Director of Planning, Lands and Permits, August 1, 2012, response to D. and S. Williams re œ2087 Kings Avenue

(22) Dir/Planning, August 1, 2012, response to L. H. Jones and B. Barrett-Jones regarding œ2087 Kings Avenue

(23) Acting Dir/Planning, August 2, 2012, response to Take Off Eh! Cruise and Travel Corp. re œAll Business Owners Want

to Keep Two-Hour Parking 1300 Block South Side of the Street

~ Council Correspondence Update to August 10, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) 5 submissions dated August 3 to 9, 2012, regarding Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

(2) R. Lemon, undated, regarding Having Chickens Allowed in Yards

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(3) P. Akerhielm, July 31, 2012, regarding œDiesel Pump Needed at Westmount Station

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)

(4) North Shore Schizophrenia Society, August 10, 2012, regarding œProclamation request

(Referred to Municipal Clerk for response)

(5) Kwantlen Polytechnic University, July 26, re Food System Design and Implementation Plan for Southwest BC Project

(Referred to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(6) Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for BC, undated, regarding œCanada™s Electoral Map Is Changing

Responses to Correspondence

(7) Acting Dir/Planning, August 3, response to A. Zaitzeff re œPark Royal Westerly Overpass and the White Spot

(8) Acting Dir/Planning, August 9, 2012, response to N. Gibson, regarding Ambleside [Farmers'] Market

(9) Acting Dir/Planning, Aug 9, response to Eden Place Residents re œLetter to Ccl re: 825 Taylor Way “ Planned Devt

(10) Acting Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits, August 9, response to D. Brown, regarding œ2087 Kings avenue

~ Council Correspondence Update to August 17, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) 12 submissions dated August 10 to 17, 2012, regarding Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

(2) D. Grant, August 12, 2012, regarding œComment on Oil tank Issue

(Referred to Fire Chief for consideration and response)

(3) S. Heynemans, Aug 13, re Compensation, Introduction, Notification of Buildingg Process to Residents Adjacent to a Construction Site

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)

(4) August 14, 2012, regarding œEnforcement of Bylaw regarding longboarders/skateboarders in West Vancouver (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)

(5) A. McFarlane, Aug 14, re Park Royal Overpass; White Spot Site; Noise; Congestion at Taylor Way and Marine Drive

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(6) Union of BC Ms (UBCM), Aug 10, re œLong-term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) and Gas Tax Permanency Discussions

(7) L. Coleman, August 14, 2012, regarding œShark Finning

(8) M. McCullough, August 15, 2012, regarding œShark information

(9) K. Higgs, Aug 13, re œA new energy source: Major advance made in generating electricity from wastewater e! Science


(10) Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Aug 7, re Cleanup of Dundarave Shoreline, 25th to 28th Street “ Sept 2, 2012

Responses to Correspondence

(11) Acting Dir/Parks and Cmnty Services, Aug 10, response to M. Cox re œwest van rec centre and olympics coverage

(12) Director, Engineering and Transportation, Aug 13, response to A. McFarlane re Blocked Entrance to the WestRoyal

(13) Manager, Bylaw and Licensing Services, August 14, 2012, response regarding œComplaint

(14) 13 responses by Acting Dir/Parks, August 14-16, 2012, regarding Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

~ Council Correspondence Update to August 24, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) 8 submissions dated August 20 to 23, 2012, regarding Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(2) BC Hydro, August 17, 2012, regarding œFunding Available for Electric Beautification Projects

(3) The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 60, August 19, 2012, regarding Appreciation of Tax Exemption Status for 2012

(4) Harvest Project, August 17, 2012, regarding Appreciation for Community Grant

(5) North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, Aug 14, 2012, regarding œSocial Services and Community Services Grants 2012

(6) Union of British Columbia Municipalities, August 24, 2012, regarding œAgricultural Land Commission “ New Directions

(7) The Arthritis Society, September 2012, regarding September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Responses to Correspondence

(8) 6 responses by Director and Acting Director of Parks and Community Services, August 20-24, 2012, re Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(9) Acting Dir/Planning, Aug 15, 2012, response to P. Akerhielm regarding œDiesel Pump Needed at Westmount Station

(10) Acting Dir/Planning, Aug 15, response to S. Haynemans re Compensation, Introduction and Notification of Building

Process to Residents Adjacent to a Construction Site

~ Council Correspondence Update to August 31, 2012 (up to 12:00 Noon) ~

Referred for Action

(1) 17 submissions dated August 24 to 31, 2012, regarding Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

(2) M. Silverbrooke, August 31, 2012, regarding œ21ST STREET NEW PAVING TORN-UP “ AUGUST 29, 2012

(Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response)

Responses to Correspondence

(3) 16 responses by Dir/Parks, August 28-30, 2012, re Closure of Horseshoe Bay Wharf to Vehicle Traffic

(4) Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits, August 21, 2012, response to A. McFarlane regarding Park Royal Overpass; White Spot Site; Noise; Congestion at Taylor Way and Marine Drive

(5) Manager of Community Planning, August 28, 2012, response to R. Lemon re Having Chickens Allowed in Yards

(6) Dir/Planning, August 22, 2012, response re œEnforcement of Bylaw regarding longboarders/skateboarders in WV

(7) Director of Engineering and Transportation, August 29, 2012, response to N. Cabot regarding œOld Growth Trees

~ Council Correspondence Update to September 4, 2012 (up to 4:30 PM) ~

Referred for Action

(1) Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), August 30, 2012, re œConsultation on the Ministry of Health™s Public Health Plan (Referred to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response)

(2) West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, August 31, 2012, regarding Proposal for Community Nature Centre

(Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)

Received for Information

(3) Heart and Stroke Fdn and BC Lung Assn, Aug 31, re œ2012 UBCM Resolution on Outdoor Smoke- Free Public Places


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.

12.1 D. and S. Williams, July 23, 2012, regarding œ2087 Kings Avenue

(Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response)


=== ANIMALWATCH === cats!

o sandcats (never seen them before)


o why do cats purr? http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/why-do-cats-purr?hpt=hp_bn16

o catvertising -- http://biggeekdad.com/2012/01/cat-lover-videos/


Cast your vote to save wildlife in B.C.!
Wild ARC, the BC SPCA™s wildlife rehabilitation centre in Metchosin on Vancouver Island, will be one of five Canadian wildlife protection organizations vying for donations in the 2012 Jamieson Call for the Wild! competition. The SPCA wildlife facility was chosen by Jamieson Laboratories to participate in its people™s choice donation program that divides $100,000 between five wildlife organizations, based on the number of public votes received on the company™s Facebook page between Aug. 13 and midnight on Sept. 16.


Canine Summer Olympics 2012

Cheer for your favourite pup! http://blog.beliefnet.com/goodnews/2012/08/caninesummer-olympics-2012.html

=== INFObits ===

Well, not exactly.....

+ Ten unsolved mysteries (cryptography?)


+ Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old 'third-gender' caveman

Caveman was buried like a woman, leading scientists to question his sexual orientation.


+  Scots wha hae -- http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/latestbooknews

... a book tracing the genetic journey ...

¢ guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 15 August 2012 01.24 BST

¢ A large study of Scottish people's DNA is threatening to "rewrite the nation's history", says Alistair Moffat. Moffat and his colleagues have found West African, Arabian, south-east Asian, and Siberian ancestry, along with Scots, Celtic, Viking, Irish ” and Berber. The findings are in The Scots: A Genetic Journey.


+ Birth Rates http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/doug-saunders-the-unfounded-fear-of-muslim-immigration/article4498250/?page=all

...Muslim-majority countries are experiencing the fastest decline in fertility and population growth in the world. Witness Iran, the world™s only Islamic theocracy, where mothers had an average of 7 children each in the 1980s; that number has now dropped to 1.7, below the averages in France and Britain (at least 2.1 is required for a country to have population growth). In Turkey, the average has fallen to 2.15 children; in Lebanon, to 1.86; in the United Arab Emirates, 1.9. In Indonesia, home to the world™s largest Muslim population, the family size is about to slip below two children. [by Doug Saunders: The unfounded fear of Muslim immigration]

=== FRANKLIN EXPEDITION === from the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)

History of the 1845 Franklin Expedition and his lost ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

August 23, 2012 Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

On May 19, 1845, the Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror departed Greenhithe, England on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. Under the command of Sir John Franklin, with Captain Francis Rawdon Crozier second in command, the expedition™s two ships set out with a total complement of 134 officers and men. HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were converted bomb vessels of 378 and 331 tons respectively and both had already seen prior service in polar exploration. They were stoutly-built and soundly reinforced for operation in the ice, equipped with novel auxiliary-steam screw propulsion systems, fitted expressly for the expedition, and lavishly provisioned for a voyage of up to three years expected duration. Sir John Franklin™s orders were to traverse the passage and return to England without delay via the Pacific. The expedition was also expected to conduct a variety of zoological, botanical, magnetic, and geological surveys.

The last Europeans to have contact with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were the crews of two whaling vessels, the Enterprise and Prince of Wales. Conversation during this chance meeting in August 1845, between the expedition leaders and the Captains of the whaling ships, indicated that Franklin was waiting for an opportunity to cross Baffin Bay to Lancaster Sound. However, after entering the eastern Arctic Archipelago later that season and enjoying initial success, the promising expedition soon began to fatally unravel. Indeed, except for occasional encounters with the Inuit, the crews of the vessels would never be seen alive again.

The disappearance of the Franklin expedition set off a massive search effort in the Arctic and the broad circumstances of the expedition's fate were not revealed until 1859 when Lt. William Hobson of the steam yacht Fox, a vessel privately chartered by the indomitable Lady Jane Franklin, found a sombre message left in a cairn on Victory Point, King William Island.

The message revealed that both ships had become trapped in ice in late 1846 and had remained so for approximately one and half years. It indicated Franklin had died on June 11, 1847, while an additional 23 crew members had similarly perished under unknown circumstances. On April 22 1848, the 105 remaining survivors deserted the ships and recorded their intention to proceed on foot in the direction of Back™s Fish River. None would survive; the entire complement of both ships perished and HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were lost to the ice. While the message revealed the general vicinity of the two vessels at the time of their abandonment, neither wreck location is presently known.

In 1992, the Government of Canada declared the missing wrecks to be a national historic site. This designation came about as a result of their association with Franklin™s last expedition, and their role in the history of exploration of Canada™s north and the development of Canada as a nation.

This document is also available in Inuktitut at http://pm.gc.ca/grfx/docs/20120823_BG2.pdf

===  BEERWATCH === Lots of beer news lately

> Ale to the Chief!

Even Obama is having his own beer brewed in the White House: honey brown ale, honey porter, honey blonde

(the White House beehive is in Michelle's south lawn garden)


>  Brew pub a late-night oasis in Surrey

At Central City, the award-winning beer is by brewmaster Gary Lohin formerly of Sailor Hagar's in NV. [VSun Aug 23] http://www.vancouversun.com/Life/Brew+late+night+oasis+Surrey/7132276/story.html

 >  B.C. beer drinkers have an insatiable thirst for craft brews

Lagers made by the big breweries are on a multi-year decline, BMO report says (by Tracy Sherlock, V Sun August 25)


>  Breweries 'tapped out' dealing with demand


Craft beer is getting to be so popular that some breweries are reaching capacity.

Dale said one example is Crannog Ales, an organic ale producer in Sorrento on the shores of Shuswap Lake, that is making beer at full capacity.

"They [breweries] have never had that before," Dale said. "At R & B Brewing Company [where Dale works as an office manager], we can't keep up with the demand. Places like Joeys and Earls are all of a sudden phoning and wanting to bring in our beers."

Frankel said Tap & Barrel is selling 50 litres every day of Seedspitter Watermelon Wit beer, made in Vancouver by Parallel 49 Brewing.

"I know they're having trouble keeping up with production to meet the demand," Frankel said. "Some of the breweries are getting a little tapped out right now."

Gary Lohin, brewmaster at Central City Brewers and Distillers, maker of Red Racer Beers, is experiencing similar problems meeting demand for his products.

"The last year in B.C. has gone crazy," Lohin said. "Most restaurants are now selling craft beer."

Because of the increasing demand for his beer, Lohin and his business partners are building a $20-million, 70,000-square-foot production facility in Surrey, where he hopes to produce not only more beer, but also to brew more creative beers.

"I have so many recipes that I can't brew because our hands are tied here," he says of his existing space on 102nd Avenue in Surrey, which he has out-grown since opening in 2003.

"In the last four to five months we've had quite a few breweries opening up," Dale said, listing Coal Harbour and Parallel 49 among the newcomers.

Mark James and Red Truck Brewing are opening a new 20,000-square-foot brewery on First Avenue east of Main Street that should be producing beer by fall 2013.

Last month, the Vancouver Courier reported that the owners of The Cascade Room, Habit Lounge, The Union and El Camino plan to open a restaurant and a 6,000-square-foot brewery for its Main Street Pilsner just off Main Street on East Seventh and that Nigel Springthorpe, co-owner of the Alibi Room, and brewer Conrad Gmoser, who worked at Steam-works for more than 15 years, plan to open The Brassneck Brewery on Main near Sixth.

One of the reasons for craft beer's growth might be that there are so many different flavours and varieties. Before she started working at R & B, Dale worked in liquor stores, sourcing and recommending the best beers. She says everyone's pal-ate is different, but that there is usually a beer to suite all tastes.

"When it comes to beer, you have a choice between malty, which is sweeter, and hoppy, which is bitter," Dale said.

The options range from sweet caramel to chocolate coffee to a crisp grapefruit citrus flavour, she said.

"I want to try everything," she said.

Dale said a new trend in the industry is nano breweries - very small breweries, one step up from home brewers.

"They will just do one or two brews and you have to show up with your own container and fill it up," Dale said.

North Vancouver's Bridge Brewing normally brews just one beer: North Shore Pale. Founder Jason Stratton and partner Patrick Doré sold out of that product for two weeks earlier in the summer, and are now selling a seasonal offering, Endless Summer Pale Ale.

Stratton said most of the brewery's sales are done at the brewery, with people filling up 1.89-litre growlers on Fri-day and Saturday afternoons. Frankie's Italian Kitchen also serves Bridge Brewing beer, and the partners hope to supply more restaurants in the future.

"Even though we are fairly new to the market, we have received incredible support from the community and we anticipate that this relation-ship will continue to grow with beer lovers across the Lower Mainland," Stratton said in an email. "Brewing beer is our passion and we hope to share it with like minded beer aficionados in the community. To this end, we will consider all sales opportunities that help put our product in pint glasses."

October is Craft Beer Month in B.C., which Dale said is a celebration that will include collaboration beers, special release beers and parties.

"There are still a lot of people who don't know that B.C. has some of the best craft beer brewers in the country," Dale said. "People are beginning to realize that the craft beer scene is going crazy. It's really exciting."

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Breweries+tapped+dealing+with+demand/7144516/story.html 

>  Beer drinking

Shape up! What sort of glass you drink from predicts how fast you drink

Sep 1st 2012 | from the print edition

œWOULD you like that in a straight or a jug, sir? was once a common response to British pubgoers™ request for a pint. Like the Lilliputians in œGulliver™s Travels, who argued whether a boiled egg should be opened at the pointed or the rounded end, beer drinkers were adamant that only from their preferred shape of glass did their tipple taste best.


~~~  ROYALWATCH  ~~~ Roses

Diggin' It

Grow the roses that starred in Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebration

Thousands of David Austin English Roses perfumed the Thames during Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebration. You can grow many of them. by Lynn Hunt / June 11, 2012



=== BOOKWATCH === The Secret of the Crown by John Fraser

An enjoyable read, light, with some interesting anecdotes and facts about the Royal Family and Canada. He deplores that Murdoch disses Prince Charles whom he quite likes. He describes the waning to the rekindled respect and popularity with Kate and Will, and now HM's Diamond Jubilee.



Bad Writing Award Winners Announced

Gabe Habash -- August 13th, 2012

The winners for the 2012 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced, giving us this year™s best worst writing. The winner this year was Cathy Bryant of Manchester, England, who came up with this beautiful dud:

As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.

The annual contest awards the writers who can conceive of the very worst opening sentences imaginable. 


OED Online Word of the Day -- Your word for today is: FOAF, n.

FOAF, n.

Pronunciation: Brit. /fəʊf/,  U.S. /foʊf/ // Forms:  19“ FOAF,   19“ FoaF,   19“ foaf

Etymology:Acronym < the initial letters of friend of a friend.

1.  A friend of a friend, esp. a person not personally known to the speaker who is cited as the source or subject of an urban myth.

1978  R. Dale Tumour in Whale 13 ˜A friend of a friend (foaf) saw..™ means that it [sc. a story] has been reported from several quarters, that its provenance is shady.

1984  J. H. Brunvand Choking Doberman 51 Those who accept urban legends as true, then, have for verification not personal experience..but only an unnamed, elusive, but somehow readily trusted anonymous individual”a ˜friend of a friend™ (f-o-a-f)”or, we might say, a ˜foaf™.

1998  R. A. Wilson Everything is under Control (1999) 331 Investigations never do succeed in finding the FOAF who started any of these yarns.

2000 Record(Bergen County, New Jersey) (Nexis) 23 June a3 In urban myths it is always to a FOAF that bad things happen.

2.  A story attributed to an unverifiable source; an urban myth.

1989 Re: Largest Penalty, was just an Average Round in rec.games.bridge (Usenet newsgroup) 13 May, No kidding, this is not a FOAF or exaggerated, it actually happened to me

1994 Fortean Times Oct.“Nov. 18/1 This detail”trivial to some and gruesome to others”may mean the difference between a ˜foaf™ and a true story.

2000 Guardian (Nexis) 20 July (Online section) 4 Urban legends..are also known as ˜foafs™.

=== WORDWATCH === I knew this unusual word but not its history

orrery, n.

Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈɒrəri/,  U.S. /ˈɔrəri/ Inflections:  Plural  orreries, (rareorrerys.

Etymology: < the name of Charles Boyle, fourth Earl of Orrery (1676“1731), for whom a copy of the machine invented by George Graham (1673“1751), English mechanic, was made c1700 by John Rowley (c1668“1728), London instrument-maker (see quot. 1713), and named in the earl's honour.

A mechanical model, usually clockwork, devised to represent the motions of the earth and moon (and sometimes also the planets) around the sun.

1713 R. Steele Englishman No. 11, Mr. John Rowley..calls his Machine the Orrery, in Gratitude to the Nobleman of that Title.

1720  W. Stukeley in  W. C. Lukis Family Mem. W. Stukeley (1882) I. 50 A machine..in the nature of what we since call Orrerys.

1742  E. Young Complaint ix. 787 [It] dwarfs the whole, And makes an universe an Orrery.

1833  J. F. W. Herschel Astronomy viii. 287 Those very childish toys called orreries.

1854  J. R. Lowell Jrnl. Italy in Pr. Wks. (1890) I. 191 When that is once done, events will move with the quiet of an orrery.

1974  R. Pearsall Collecting & Restoring Sci. Instruments v. 103 The original orrery was a furnishing piece rather than a scientific instrument, with intricate brasswork and a wealth of lacquered designs.

1992  A. Kurzweil Case of Curiosities xxxv. 227 The celestial globe rotated with the precision of an orrery.



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The Heritage BC Annual General Meeting will take place at 4:30pm, October 19, at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS [full version in last WVM]


Thanks for such a successful, entertaining, and informative tea on Saturday August 18. Besides our MLA, Ralph Sultan (now a cabinet minister!), Roddy Mackenzie passed around a photo album from his Jubilee weekend after recounting his experiences. Ethel Moore and Gail Gladwell also told us about their experiences.

Not yet updated but for info pls see heritage.westvan.org or: RoyalTeabytheSea.westvan.org and royaltea.ca

Roddy's remarks are above below from the Editor's Desk, on the first page:

Text of the Essence of My Jubilee Speech at Yesterday's RoyalTea-by-the-Sea


Read this bulletin from our website: www.heritagevancouver.org/bulletin/bulletin_20120809.html

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Heritage Alert

For the details, pls read this bulletin from our website: www.heritagevancouver.org/bulletin/bulletin_20120817.html

The second oldest house in Vancouver at 502 Alexander is threatened with demolition.

It is connected to an important early settler, John Baptist Henderson, who built the house in 1888. Henderson, who was born in Ireland in 1849, was a true pioneer adventurer who changed jobs and homesteads numerous times during his career, J.B. Henderson came from a practical background, and used a wide variety of skills related to carpentry, contracting, and design, to survive on the frontier. After pursuing an architectural career in many communities throughout western Canada, Henderson settled in Vancouver again where he died in 1931. His life, and his connection to this very early Vancouver house, typifies the pioneering spirit of those who first settled our city.

Tour & Reception: A Special Evening at Avalon Dairy 5:30 to 7:30pm Tuesday September 18

Tickets: $25 (includes reception with food and non-alcoholic beverages)

Tour will meet at the Avalon Farmhouse at 5805 Wales Street (at 43rd Avenue)

Join Heritage Vancouver President, Donald Luxton, for a tour of the Avalon Dairy site prior to its redevelopment. This is a final opportunity to explore the last remnant of what was one of the longest-running “- and last “- working farms in Vancouver, dating from a time when South Vancouver was primarily an agricultural area.

Following the tour, you are invited to mingle, share stories, and enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages at the historic Avalon Dairy.

This special evening will celebrate Avalon Dairy and the early rural history of South Vancouver, and will include a tour of other historic properties along Wales Street. Although the dairy itself has shut down, the original Edwardian-era farmhouse, built by Avalon founder Jeremiah Crowley in 1908, survives and will be preserved. Donald Luxton, the heritage consultant for the redevelopment, grew up in South Vancouver and has first-hand knowledge of an area of the city that has changed dramatically over time.

All proceeds support Heritage Vancouver Society's initiatives to conserve Vancouver's built heritage.

Purchase via Eventbrite at hvs-avalon.eventbrite.ca

Other Upcoming Events:

All events at heritagevancouver.org -- Walking tours at heritagevancouver.org/walkingtours.html

> Tour & Reception: A Special Evening at Avalon Dairy

5:30 to 7:30pm Tuesday September 18

Tourguide: Donald Luxton / Tickets: $25 / Full info + Tickets via Eventbrite

> 10am to noon Sat Sept 15 Walking Tour:

First Shaughnessy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tourguide: Richard Keate & Margo Keate West / Tix $10 mbrs; $15 non-mbrs; Full info, Tix via Eventbrite

> 10am to noon Sat Sept 22 Walking Tour:

Vancouver's West End Remembered

Tourguide: Isaac Vanderhorst / / Tix $10 mbrs; $15 non-mbrs; Full info, Tix via Eventbrite


Walking Tours:  -- Beginning in April: Fridays noon - 1:30pm & Saturdays 10am - noon, $12 incl. hst   

Join tour guides John Atkin and Maurice Guibord as they take you on fascinating and fun journeys through historic areas of Vancouver. Tour details are now up on the website!

> Art Deco, Friday August 10, noon-1.30pm, w/ Maurice Guibord

Meet NE corner of Burrard & Georgia Streets, rain or shine.

+ FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/walkingtours.html 

EVEN MORE INFO -- http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/wall.html


Places That Matter is a plaque project celebrating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city.

The VHF asked for the public™s help to identify and mark 125 sites commemorating people, places, and

events that have shaped the city.

List in last issue and see http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/placesthatmatter.html




2012 Haiku Northwest Retreat

Haiku, haiku, and more haiku . . . and maybe a wee bit of socializing! Join the Haiku Northwest group on the weekend of October 11 “ 14, 2012 (Thursday through Sunday), at the Seabeck Conference Center by the water on Washington State™s Kitsap Peninsula. Our featured speaker will be Paul Miller, current treasurer for the Haiku Society of America, and incoming editor for Modern Haiku magazine. Only $215 for a long weekend of meals, accommodations, and all the haiku you can carry! Enjoy the lagoon, waterfront, woods, mountain views, stimulating presentations and workshops, and fine haiku camaraderie. Early registration deadline: Must be postmarked by September 4 (rate increases after this date).

Follow this link to the registration form on the Haiku Northwest website:  


Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald plan to have the schedule sorted and online within the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, email Tanya at haikunw1988@gmail.com, or Michael at welchm@aol.com.

+ Vancouver Haiku Group

Britannia Centre, Vancouver; meets the third Sunday, Sept - Nov and Jan - Jun; 1 - 4pm. angelan@telus.net

~~~  MAIKU  ~~~

2012 August 24

pampered, presumptuous,

unrealistic --

European empire cracks

2012 September 3

sun has disappeared

leaving pink-peach stripes

at bottom of empty sky

2012 Sept 10/11

suddenly awake

black quiet before the dawn

untethered mind drifts

quotations / thoughts / puns

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.

-- Kahlil [Khalil] Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet, writer (1883 - 1931)

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

          -- William James, American doctor and philosopher (1842 “ 1910)

It's better to debate a question without settling it than settle a question without debating it.

-- Joseph Joubert, French moralist/essayist (1754 - 1824)

Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us. 

-- Malcolm De Chazal, Mauritian writer and painter (1902 - 1981)

I wanted perfection and I ruined what was working well.

-- Claude Monet, French Impressionist (1840 - 1926)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

-- Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist (1871 - 1922)

Love and time; those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.

-- Gary Jennings,  American writer (1928 - 1999)

The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.  -- Unknown

If you look at zero you see nothing; but look through it and you will see the world.

-- Robert Kaplan, US mathematician [b1933]

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. -- Chinese Proverb

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures.

Interest has such accrual way of accumulating.

With circular arguments the possibilities are endless.

The weather man said there won't be any rain for six months, but I drought it.

The experienced carpenter really nailed it, but the new guy screwed everything up.

Instead of engaging in my own hobbies, my wife has me constantly helping her in her garden. I guess you could say I am pistil whipped.

When I Was Your Age ...

The minister was passing a group of young teens sitting on the church lawn and stopped to ask what they were doing."Nothing much, Pastor," replied one boy. "We were just seeing who can tell the biggest lie about their sex life."

"Boys, boys, boys!" he scolded. "I'm shocked. When I was your age, I never even thought about sex."In unison they all replied, "You win!"