November 2019 Waste Management
Happy Autumn, my favourite time of year. The closure of our Lasqueti landfill is underway. The Environmental Monitoring Plan will be in 2 phases: pre-landfill closure and post-landfill closure. On September 30th, 2019 pre-closure started with groundwater sampling wells installed and surface water sampling stations located and sampled. The first round of sampling has been completed with follow up samples scheduled for two times a year, for an undetermined amount of time (under Ministry of Environment direction).
The Request for Proposals for Lasqueti Island Residual Waste Transportation closed on September 27th, 2019 and was awarded to KGL Freight Services Ltd. The start-up of the new system is projected for early December 2019. The setup for this new service will be a barge at the ramp for garbage drop-off, once per month on the first Thursday of the month (weather date is the following Monday) for two hours. The Recycling Depot Manager will be at the ramp to monitor waste and ensure that materials comply with the Nanaimo Regional District Waste Bylaw. No Recyclables, Organics (food scraps) or hazardous waste permitted.
Once the new residual waste service starts the Landfill will be closed and remain closed. Metal and tires will need to be transported off Island by residents or stored on a resident’s own property until a potential 1 day round up event in 2020.
Please make a special note of our new Fall/Winter Hours for the Recycling Depot and new Fall/Winter hours for our beloved Free Store.
RECYCLING DEPOT - Fall/Winter Hours - Oct. 1st through Mar. 31st
RECYCLE BC WEBSITE: www.recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle
FREE STORE - Fall/Winter Hours - Oct. 1st through Mar. 31st
LASQUETI LANDFILL: CLOSED. Permanently starting December 1st, 2019.
RE-USE CLASSIFIEDS: post furniture and building materials at lasqueti.ca or Facebook’s Lasqueti Hotwire.
RETURN-IT BEVERAGE DEPOT: front left of Free Store. Accepts refundables: beer cans, cider and coconut water cans; boxed wine cartons; water jugs; and tetra juice paks. NO milk containers (take to Recycling). Bottles of any kind are no longer accepted. Open 24/7.
VISITORS AND GUESTS: please encourage them to take residual waste and recycling off the island. Bring it on. Take it Off.
WASTE MANAGER: Mark Bottomley, 250-240-9886, 250-333-8601
Julie Newton, Let’s Talk Trash
GONE FOR GOOD
After the overwhelming success of our "Good to Go" kit, it became obvious that Lasquetians could also benefit from having some guidelines to help us through the immediate moments when someone dies here on the Rock. It took us a while but eventually we put together "Gone for Good".
This kit presents 3 possible scenarios; an unexpected death at home, an expected "natural" death and an unexpected "accidental" death such as a drowning. We list the suggested steps to follow in each situation. Also included are some important tedious tasks that must be accomplished in the short term and over the long haul. At the very end is an appendix with forms and contact information.
On Wednesday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Judith Fisher Centre, we would like to present this kit, have a discussion and answer any questions that might arise. We would also like to show a short 25 minute award winning documentary called "New Rules for End of Life Care". There will be tea and cookies. Copies of "Gone for Good" and "Good to Go" will be available for $5 each as fundraisers for our health centre.
Terry and Anne
WEDNESDAY WINTER SOCIAL
We will be starting the 2019/20 season of the Winter Wednesday Social on November 6. If you haven't been to one, we gather weekly at the Community Hall to prepare and share a meal, as well as play board or card games, ping pong, socialize, or what have you.
There is no entry fee, meals are by donation, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. We take turns with clean up via games of chance, and collectively help each other get through the long nights well fed and a little less bushed.
Last year we started asking for folks to help out by taking on cooking tasks: Main course, soup, salad, and dessert, to help spread the work load, and this year we want to continue in the same vein. So....if you'd like to take on some of these tasks for one or more Wednesday this season, or for more information, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-607-7094.
Please note that we will take a break for Christmas and New Year's Day, which both fall on Wednesdays, but will otherwise run every week from November 6 to February 26.
-The Winter Wednesday Social Crew
TSK TSK REVUE
In the season of dark and wet on Lasqueti there comes an infamous celebration of sexuality for adults only. If you are over 18 and have a sense of humour then you are invited to the 13th Annual Tsk Tsk Revue, An Evening of Titillating Variety. On November 23, 2019 get into your fancy duds and head to the Community Hall. $20 will get you through the doors which open at 6:30 so we can mingle, watch the sexy slide show, buy tickets for the chocolate love organ raffle, taste some of Violet’s delicious sweets and savouries and wet our whistles with beverages from The Old Douglas Farm. Showtime at 8:00 pm. Expect the unexpected but also expect dancing, singing, skits and some special off-island guests.
If you are new to the Tsk Tsk Revue, here’s a tiny bit of the story. The show had its first ever run on Lasqueti thirteen years ago. From the early rough and ready performances to the current crackerjack acts taken on a little tour, it’s been an adventuresome ride. Over the years, I estimate at least fifty different Lasquetians have taken their turn on the stage to titillate and entertain. Some have been one timers and others keep coming back. The creativity that has been brought forward year after year inspires the next batch of performers to keep upping the ante.
All to say, everyone is welcome to conceive of an act and then bring it! If you’ve had an idea and have always wanted to make it come true then bring it! If you are seasoned and already practicing, bring it! Make your sassy, rollicking, provocative, edgy, educational, perverse, and funny dreams come true. Don’t be afraid to share! The audience packs into the room to eat it up.
To be part of the line-up, or sign up to volunteer contact me, JennyV @ 8601 or email@example.com
NEWS AND EVENTS:
Sat Nov 2nd: Volunteers wanted for Native tree
protection/fencing on Trematon.
We will meet at the hall parking lot at 10am and carpool from there. Please contact Hilary to let her know you’re planning to attend or if you have a post pounder or wire cutters to lend. You’re also welcome to just show up on Saturday. It would just be good to have an estimate on numbers so we bring enough tools and treats. Some snacks provided.
Sat Nov 16th: Wetland Walk and Presentation – Join special guest Barb Beasley, coastal ecologist (Ucluelet) and founder of the Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds (a non-profit organization that promotes habitat stewardship for amphibians) and author of COSEWIC status reports and management plans for the Northern Red-legged Frog and Wandering Salamander.
We’ll wander through a few wetlands on Lasqueti and then go to the Arts Centre to learn about the diversity of amphibians in coastal B.C., why they are important for ourselves and the planet & what’s being done to help them survive. Location: hike at 1:00 (tba) Presentation at 4:30 at Arts Centre.
Thanks to Larri Woodrow for leading the public land hike in October! Here’s a review according to Darlene Olesko: “It was a really nice, well-attended event, and so good to find new trails on our Public Lands. We hiked from the trailhead located on the road before you turn down to Cindy’s, through magnificent forests until we came to Salacia Bay. Followed by lunch and drinks at Larri’s cabin, and some informative studying of more Public Lands maps and potential trails. There’ll be more of these overland hikes to follow in the coming months, so stay tuned!”
ALL ABOUT FIRST AID TRAINING
The Lasqueti Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) traditionally sponsors a training each winter to train new first responders and help refresh the skills of existing responders. Training is paid for by the department for volunteer responders who commit to serving for 3 years. The department is currently looking at options for our next training course and is interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in improving their first aid skills. We are always looking to recruit new first responders, but maybe you need to take a CPR or first aid certification for work and you'd be thrilled to be able to do the course here on Lasqueti. For active responders who are already licensed, additional training is of course always beneficial, but only a written exam is officially required to maintain their license. Our local responders are required to have "First Responder" level training which is usually completed over two 3-day weekends. This is the level of training required for folks like firefighters, police, safety and security personnel at sporting events, staff in recreation facilities etc. to deal with medical or traumatic emergencies for the first few minutes after an incident, until an ambulance arrives.
The next level of training is "Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)" which involves an intensive 3 week course (15days/120hrs). This course focuses on the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies and includes the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology. EMR training is a prerequisite for further levels of paramedic training, but EMRs can and do provide fundamental emergency services, typically in rural and remote areas. It would be great to have more local responders trained to this level but that is a big time commitment to ask of our volunteers. Further levels of training include Primary Care Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic and Critical Care Paramedic, which are all months-long college level programs.
There are also various other options for first aid courses. CPR&AED training and certification can generally be done in a day. One day "Emergency First Aid" and 2 day "Standard First Aid" courses are commonly offered. Wilderness First Aid, for wilderness guides and outdoor enthusiasts, is offered as a 20hr(2.5 day) intro, 40hr(5 day) basic or 80hr(10 day) advanced course that includes general first aid as well as strategies for dealing with emergencies in more remote settings where more advanced care might take longer to arrive as well as how to manage with just the materials you would have on hand while out in the wilderness. Employers are also often required to have certified first aid attendants, the level of first aid services required for a workplace by WorkSafeBC being dependent on the number of workers, distance to medical aid, and industry hazard rating. Three levels of "Occupational First Aid" (OFA) are offered, as well as a "transportation endorsement" certification. OFA Level 1 is generally equivalent to a 1 day "Emergency First Aid" course. OFA Level 2 is a 35hr intermediate level course designed for urban first aid attendants at larger firms (a First Responder EMA license is now considered equivalent to OFA Level 2). OFA Level 3 is an advanced 70hr course, so a bit more than the First Responder training, but less than EMR. This is what would be required for first aid attendants working in remote areas or high hazard industries. There are also specialized courses for Marine First Aid and other specific situations (industrial workers, child first aid for babysitters and daycare workers etc.)
If you might be interested in improving your first aid training, please contact Hilary at 8674 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know:
Richard Carlson, Chief
Lasqueti Island Volunteer Fire Department
UPDATE FROM THE WASTE MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LIPMAC)
We’ve been holding monthly meetings for almost a year now and have ocused on the immediate needs of helping configure the new Recycling Depot, continuing work on the derelict/unwanted vehicle issue, and finding an alternative to our soon-to-be-closed dump.
RESIDUAL WASTE: In August, the qRD issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a contract to handle collection and transport of Lasqueti residual waste after closure of the landfill. The options proposed in the RFP included 4 potential locations, which we described in some detail in LIPMAC’s recent mailer. LIPMAC prepared to issue a community survey as soon as we knew what types of bids had been received, so we could provide qRD staff with feedback on community preferences regarding the bids. As it turns out, the only bids received were for collection at the barge ramp, which is the option originally proposed by LIPMAC. Since there are no alternative options on the table at this point, we decided to hold off on collecting community feedback until we have all had some experience with the new system.
Our landfill will be open for the last time November 3rd. Starting in December, residual waste will be collected once a month at the public barge ramp in False Bay and will be taken to the landfill in Cedar just south of Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Regional District (RDN) has graciously agreed to accept Lasqueti residual waste at a 20% surcharge over RDN rates for in-district waste. The agreement stipulates that our waste may not contain any recyclables, organic materials, hazardous waste, or other materials not accepted at the Cedar landfill. Our Waste Manager will be inspecting everything you bring. If your garbage contains recyclable materials or anything else prohibited under our agreement with the RDN, you will be asked to take your garbage home and separate it properly. Tipping fees will continue at $5 per bag and $25 per pickup truck load. Alternatively, you can also take your waste to the Church Road transfer station in Parksville. For details on what is accepted at Church Road, see www.rdn.bc.ca/solid-waste-banned-items.
Thanks to our waste management team, qRD and RDN staff, the folks who put in bids in response to the qRD’s RFP, and everybody else who pulled together to help our new system off the ground. The system will be implemented for one year on a trial basis. At the end of this period, we can re-evaluate and modify if necessary, or do something different altogether. As with the recent changes to our recycling system, we expect that there will be an adjustment period as everybody adapts to the new way of doing things. Please be patient, keep an eye out for announcements from our Waste Manager, and remember that he doesn’t make the rules. His job is only to make sure we abide by them, so our waste doesn’t become an even more serious environmental liability than it already is. Please don’t make our waste management staff a punchbag for your frustration, and please don’t ask them to do a crappy job by making an exception for you. Also, only ever bring your garbage to the barge ramp when the waste manager is present to receive and inspect it. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO DROP OFF WASTE AT THE BARGE RAMP AT ANY OTHER TIME. If waste left at the barge ramp becomes an issue, we are bound to see security cameras installed, and your performance in front of those cameras, choreographed or otherwise, may be reviewed and graded remotely by qRD bylaw enforcement officers.
RECYCLING DEPOT: The Recycling Depot was expanded significantly during the time between our previous and current Committees, and those plans were changed at the last minute with a lot of hard work done by our Regional Director (Thanks Andrew) and incredible flexibility by the Contractor (Thanks Sylvain). As a result, it is much better suited to our needs and saved many tax dollars by sharing the existing resources of the Judith Fisher Centre (Thanks JFC Board).
DERELICT/UNWANTED VEHICLES: Thanks to everybody who has responded to the derelict vehicle survey. We have summarized the results and sent them out in a separate mailer. Now that we have established support in principle for the one-off-one-on system, we will investigate operational aspects and then hold a town hall meeting to present and discuss implementation options in more detail.
For more details on where to take reusable/recyclable items or waste not accepted at the residual collection events at the barge ramp, please see lasqueti.ca/services/wasterecycling
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARBAGE AT THE FREE STORE/RECYCLING CENTRE OR THE FREIGHT SHED. Think about how it would feel if your neighbours dropped their garbage on your doorstep! And remember, the Free Store only accepts good quality, useful items. One brand new slipper/shoe/sock is not considered useful and that ripped t-shirt is not considered good quality.
Our next meeting is scheduled for November 18th, 5pm at the Judith Fisher Centre. As always, we welcome any feedback, questions, or ideas you may have about Reducing, Reusing, Repairing, Recycling or Disposing Residual Waste.
Hopefully you have received a flyer in the mail about the visioning gathering happening Sunday November 10th at the hall. Please take some time to reflect and fill out the back of the flyer and submit your concise input:
If that format doesn’t work for you though, please submit something that does! We would be so happy to receive your paintings, poems, prose, drawings, doodles, dreams, designs, rants, rambles or requests. It sounds like the Art Centre studio will be open Wednesday afternoons if you want some extra art materials to play with for this.
Any material submitted (anonymously or not) to the Post Office or Provisions in advance of the forum will be put up on display for the gathering on the 10th.
You are also welcome to bring your filled out flyer and/or any visual materials & put them up during the potluck, which will happen from 11:30 to 12:30pm or so. If you have larger artwork you’d like to display, or perhaps a song, dance or short skit (or something else?) you’d like to share, talk to Hilary or Shoshanah, or just show up early on the 10th with your contributions.
The main event/discussion circle will start at 1pm.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone contributed something? Dream Big! What do you hope our community will become? What vision flows through you from this special place we call home? On November 10th we will take all our ideas and begin crafting the phrases for the Vision Statement in our Official Community Plan, which I personally am really hoping won’t be just another boring government document!
--Hilary on behalf of the LCA’s OCP Review Steering Committee