January 2020 Waste Management
Once upon a time I worked at the Free Store and Recycling Center. It was an interesting, sociable, and gross job which caused me to despair for the world at the same time as it provided me with treasure.
Back then, I fantasized about having time to write inspiring, informative pieces about work in the waste stream on a remote and inconvenient island. Seven years later, my dream has come true! I’ve signed a one year long contract with the qRD’s Let’s Talk Trash team. (Many thanks to Julie Newton for filling this role since 2016). My new job is to publish monthly, innovative and relevant articles about recycling, use of the Free Store, and offering waste reduction tips while keeping Lasquetians up-to-date on how our waste management system is working and changing. I’m also to communicate regularly with the Waste Manager Mark Bottomley (known hereafter as WMM), which shouldn’t be hard since we live together and many of our conversations concern Lasqueti trash, how to reduce it and get creative with it.
Let’s begin this new year and new decade, by considering glass. Glass is made of sand. Besides air and water, sand is the most consumed resource in the world. Sand is primarily used as a concrete aggregate, though it also appears in toothpaste, windows, paper, plastics, paint and tires (to name a few). Though desert sand is plentiful, it’s also smooth, therefore not ideal for construction. The angular sand from the bottom of the ocean, or from beaches, is the perfect aggregate for concrete. Because of demand for this sand, machines are harvesting the sea floor and further endangering ocean health by disturbing the base of all sea-life communities, from micro-organisms to whales. Sand is such a hot commodity that a sand mafia has sprung up (see the Netflix documentary Sand Wars.) Some parts of the construction industry are now turning to crushed glass as an alternative to sand. Glass is plentiful in the waste stream and undesirable in a landfill. Though it’s inert, it’s also not biodegradable and it takes up a lot of space. When repurposed, it’s a resource. It can be crushed, (into various grades) for use in roadbeds, bedding for pipes, filler around retaining walls, and in polished concrete countertops and floors. Studies have found that finely ground glass aggregate, used in place of sand, can even increase the strength of concrete.
Last spring, a glass crusher was donated to Lasqueti (thanks to Cindy Mundy and her contact on Pender Island). WMM made some modifications to the machine and now the accumulating glass is turned into fine sand (though it needs to be screened to get out the labels and bits of plastic left on the bottles - be helpful - strip your bottles of labels and plastic). This Lasqueti crushed glass/sand is available to anyone who wants to experiment with it. This is a FREE local resource. Please, try it in a concrete project and let us all know how it worked!
Last fall, WMM stopped accepting glass refundable bottles when he realized that the time and energy it took to sort, store and transport them was not worth the minimal return. (Remember, accepting refundable beverage containers is not part of the WM’s contract). Now that the glass crusher is working, he and Aigul will accept all glass containers (no plates etc) but only during the hours the Recycling Depot is open. Please don’t leave your glass in the refundable area. (If you want a refund for your juice and wine bottles, take them over to Parksville).
From WMMark: Thanks to everyone for your effort and support of the waste management transition during the last nine months - you guys are getting good! This means our recycling is not ending up in a landfill. Also, I have a good little repair space in my office, so bring in your small jobs so we can try to divert products from becoming garbage. Also, I’m still trying to figure out the best opening hours, please give me feedback. email@example.com or 8601 or 250 240 9886
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Lasqueti Landfill is officially closed. For now, you’ll have to hang on to your large appliances, metal and tires until a potential future Round-up event.
Trash Removal System: first Thursday of the month, except for January 9th!! 11 am - 1 pm, at the Weldon Road Barge Ramp. WMM will inspect Lasqueti Island residential waste destined for the Nanaimo Landfill before its loaded onto a bin on Keith’s barge. No construction materials, renovation or demolition waste, prohibited waste, organics, recyclable material or stewardship materials. $5 per bag, $25 per truckload. Mattresses and box springs. Also, check out the BUY, SELL, and TRADE bulletin board beside the front door of the Free Store. Lot’s of people are using it!
Return-It Beverage Depot:
Open 24/7 Front left of Free Store.
Recycle BC Website: www.recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions for me and the qRd Let’s Talk Trash team please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org or 8601.
COMMUNITY HALL PROJECTS: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The LCA executive has identified a few projects that we want to proceed with as soon as possible. The following items are offered as paid work, unless someone comes forward to volunteer for any of them.
Playground Equipment Installation: The project is to install the playground equipment, including pouring concrete, assembly, removing burrs and sharp projections, and some welding.
Outdoor Stage Roof: The project is to install a post-and-beam log structure and metal roof to cover the outdoor stage. Concrete has been poured for the corner posts, and we have an offer of logs for the main structure.
Fencing Completion: The project is complete the perimeter fencing around the hall. Missing sections needed from the swamp, near the propane tank, to the corner of the willow fence nearest the generator shed; and from behind the outdoor stage, around the new well and barbeque area, to connect with the back of the hall.
Gate construction: The project is to construct 3 metal gates, large enough for vehicles. The front gate should have visual appeal; the other 2 gates can be utilitarian.
NEWS FROM THE LAST RESORT SOCIETY
To all Lasqueti builders:
The Last Resort Society is seeking expressions of interest from local contractors who want to learn more about building the upcoming duplex elder cottage. Preliminary drawings can be seen at judithfishercentre.com, and full working plans for construction are available to view upon request. We are now ready to move forward, and excited to make some progress over the winter.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to discuss this project with the LLRS building committee and directors. We would like to review expressions of interest after Friday January 10th, 2020.
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LLRS Building Committee
Lasqueti Last Resort Society | The Judith Fisher Centre
#1 China Cloud Bay Road, Lasqueti, BC V0R 2J0
YES...WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE LAST RESORT?
Some comments and observations regarding last months Last Resort article. Truly said..."there is much going on...even though much of it is behind the scenes." Very true words.
For all of you who volunteered thousands of hours to fund, design and build the Health Center, please take note. All is not rosy at the moment. I brought the following concerns to a board meeting recently (October) and nothing has changed. Half of them listened and half circled the wagons. This is a touchy subject to broach here publicly but I feel I must.
When the new board took over in June they thought they were cash strapped as the tax requisition had not arrived. After appointing the husband of the new chair to the board it took them a month to insult the integrity of the maintenance people to the point they gave two weeks notice and left. Before leaving they wrote out a detailed to-do list. Not once during the two weeks did any board member ask them anything about the operation or maintenance of the systems. This smacks of supreme ignorance, supreme arrogance, an unstated agenda, or some of them all.
With complete disregard for continuity or training the appointed board member, who was instrumental in getting rid of the maintenance people, took over the position. The board advertised the position, with the qualifications desired and received two applications. One met few of the requirements and the other met them all and then some. The board tore up the qualification requirements and hired the one with a few, to be trained by the board member.
The article states " the trusty wood-fired boiler....heats a great big tank of water which is then circulated...keeping the spaces cozy". Most people have batteries of some sort in their home power systems. Think of this 1400 gallon tank as a heat battery. The insulation around it was developed for space capsules--it does not conduct heat. The system was designed and built to operate the boiler at maximum efficiency and transfer all available heat to the water tank. The boiler and the storage tank talk to each other and when the storage tank is up to temperature it shuts the boiler down. The stored heat is now available when someone turns up a thermostat anywhere on the campus. The system will heat the current and future planned buildings.
The boiler system has a 30 year lifetime anyway when properly maintained. It was built as it is because we have access to wood here, most of it donated. The boiler takes a wheel-barrow load once/day, in very cold weather obviously more. Wood is a short carbon-cycle fuel. How short you may ask? Count the growth rings. Yes there are chainsaws and trucks involved using petroleum products to process the wood. So does the ferry, and the schoolbus and the trucks that deliver bicycles and shoes.
While the board says they are investigating possible alternatives to be ready when they decide to retire the current boiler, the appointed board member is pushing to run the whole place on propane. I left the board meeting mentioned in the first paragraph during a heated exchange between the sole surviving board member with any knowlege of the systems and the self-styled maintenance person. Close to nose to nose across the table he was saying that it did not look good to have the person who wants to get rid of the boiler system in charge of it. This same person considers the three buildings currently onsite to be poorly insulated. The chair complained they cannot get volunteers to help and the current guy is spending four hours a day to keep it running. Funny, in that this is just what the people running the systems for the last several years told them before leaving. She did not take it well when I told her this board is seen as toxic in the community. The board waited six months before publicly thanking Ben and Darcy for their efforts. Their PR situation was shown succinctly in the recent referendum: 53% for, 47% against. By contrast, Saturna's referendum for the same purpose, nearly the same amount and a similar number of votes passed 88% for, 12% against.
Stopping or slowing a monetary outflow by cutting maintenance of the most Critical Asset is mining the heart out of the JFC systems.
How can I say this stuff? As one of the half dozen or so who did the wiring, plumbing and heating systems, I have a very intimate knowledge of them. When you walk in the door, kick off your shoes and turn on a light we ran the wires, installed the switch and hung the light. When you turn the thermostat we installed it activates the pumps we installed to run hot water through the registers we built from the storage tank we built heated by a wood-fired boiler we plumbed and wired.When you turn on a tap or flush a toilet or take a bath we plumbed it. There are even unused connections to heat the domestic hot water from the boiler rather than with propane.
I have no problems with tweaking and modifications, but the near complete disregard for record keeping and proactive maintenance just pisses me off. As the current board continues with its agenda expect more shutdowns.
Sincerely... Karl Darwin
LIP SYNC 2020
Saturday, February 15th at the Community Hall.
It's never to early to start getting your act together! We'll be gathering at the hall to shake off the winter blues with individual and group performances, followed by music to dance to.
For more info on performing or volunteering, email email@example.com or call or text 250-607-7094
ARTS COUNCIL NEWS
Good news: as of our October 2019 AGM, we have some new, inspired, dynamic, pro-active directors on the board. Yay! (See list at end of article)
Plans are underway for a small alternative energy system to supplement and reduce generator use, heat exchange vents between buildings, a community pottery studio (!!!), as well as other improvements and repairs to this creative community space.
The Arts Council exists for the purpose of supporting and encouraging all forms of creative expression in the community. We host ARTSFEST as our annual fundraiser (Artsfest 2020 will take place on July 3rd and 4th; mark your calendars) and maintain the ARTS CENTRE as a community space for art making and art sharing. The studio space is available for working visual artists, either solo, group projects, or workshops. The gallery is a venue for all forms of creative expression: literary events, concerts, film screenings, small performance as well as exhibitions of visual art. The space is also available to rent for classes, workshops, meetings, and events. To rent either space please contact Valeria. To see what's happening and what times are available, check out the online calendar. Find the link at lasqueti.ca/culture/artscentre.
Please do peek in the gallery to see our current work in progress: 'Winter People / The Spring Within', a Valeria and Darzo collaboration celebrating the community spirit that keeps us happy and creative through the long winter nights. The show will be up until January 22nd. Many thanks to all the lovely people who donated their shadow to the project!
In February, magic comes to the gallery in the form of painted stories whispered by the earth...stay tuned fmi
SUMMER ART SHOWS
We have three shows lined up already for the busy summer season:
There are two spots available June 26th - July 9th and July 10th - July 23rd for summer shows, as well as space for longer shows in June and September, and even longer shows from March to June. If you think you want to show your work, please get in touch. I will facilitate however I can. I love our little gallery and am ever so grateful for the opportunity to bring amazing artwork out where it can be seen!
LIFE DRAWING: Life drawing takes place every Tuesday from 7-9 pm at the studio. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. If you are interested in modeling, call Sophia.
OPEN STUDIO WEDNESDAYS: We will start up again on January 22nd. Studio will be open from 1 to 5pm, bring your own project or I'll dig something up for you. A fun way to spend a winter afternoon in the company of artists of all ages. Snacks are welcome. It is getting to be lantern making time...
ARTS COUNCIL board of directors:
Jenna Macdonald, president
Violet Rosehart, vice president firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-333-8804
Jenny Vester, secretary
Shoshanah Ray, treasurer email@example.com
Board members at large:
Ronaldo Norden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaya Damaru, email@example.com
Valeria de Rege, firstname.lastname@example.org
250 333-8691, 250-240-0866
For questions or concerns re the Arts Centre, please contact Jenna or Violet.
The Arts Council has some funds available to support community-enhancing creative projects. If you have such a project and feel it could use a financial boost, ask any one of us, we might say yes. May the creative juices flow through our community as the light returns!
Valeria, for the Arts Council
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy wishes you a Happy New Year! We have some exciting events coming up, plus we need some help with a work party.
January 18: work party to begin a three-year project to remove Spurge Laurel, an invasive plant that is increasing around the south end fire hall. This year we'll work to pull or cut this plant from the borders of its infestation and consider an alternative planting. Could you afford a few hrs on Saturday the 18th to help us? Meet at the south end fire hall at 10:00, bring gloves and snippers and water. We will supply some tasty lunch snacks. If you want to know more about this plant, which looks like a rhododendron, is toxic to animals and people, and unfortunately is not eaten by the sheep, check this site out. https://bcinvasives.ca/news-events/media/articles/weed-of-the-week-daphne-spurge-laurel
February Films: We will be hosting some interesting films about people and nature. In the cold dark days of February, it will be fun to meet and share in some good flicks! We will post final details on the list and in the Feb. Isle & Times.
March 29: LINC Annual General Meeting and Hike! Mark your calendars and come get involved with LINC's work to conserve and steward nature here on our precious island.
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy, GD Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0
TOO “GOOD” TO NOT DO AGAIN
We have decided that we will offer a second presentation of (ahem) our latest bestseller, “Gone for Good”. Why? Because we got such positive feedback from those who came to the first one, and we had such fun doing the presenting, and we’ve re-realized just how valuable the information is.
We will review “Gone for Good,” which is a short and simplified information kit primarily focused on what to do in the immediate moments after someone dies here on Lasqueti. Our aim is to help reduce the stress and anxiety that people can experience when faced with a dead body. Also included are lists of other practical and legal obligations to be done later.
We will show the DVD “New Rules for End of Life Care,” that was quite well received and informative. The tea and cookies were also a hit, so they’ll be there again, too. What’s not to like?
We will also briefly review the “Good to Go” kit in case folks have questions about that.
Both “Gone for Good” and “Good to Go” kits will be available for sale. They are $5 each and are fundraisers for the Last Resort Society. We hope to see you at the Health Centre at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. With love from Annie and Terry
WINTER SESSION AT DENISE’S STUDIO
Welcome 2020 with Dance, Yoga, and Conditioning. Classes commence Monday, January 13th. Newcomers are encouraged and welcomed. Treat yourself to the many benefits movement offers. Movement is medicine!
Intermediate Modern - Mondays 9:30-11:30 am
January 13th - March 30th
Yoga Dance - Monday’s 6:00-7:30 pm
This class blends the mindfulness of Yoga, and the dynamics of Modern, Jazz, Latin dance and Ballet. We will focus on flexibility, core strength, balance, lengthening and toning muscles, increasing awareness, the use of breath and improving range of motion. Come try out this class and have fun! All levels welcome. February 3rd - March 23rd. Cost $120
Vinyasa Yoga - Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 am
This energetic flow yoga class offers a choreographed series of postures designed to still the mind, invigorate and cleanse the body while drawing awareness to the breath. This practice is designed to increase muscle tone, strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. All levels welcome. January 28th - March 31st. Cost $150
Bartenieff Dance Class – Tuesday 12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Are you constantly achy and stiff, and suffer from soreness or fatigue? Try this introductory Somatics class and learn some basic developmental movement patterns and Bartenieff Fundamentals that will help alleviate stress in joints and fatigue, offer ease in movement, increase balance, breath and body-mind awareness. Be prepared to feel grounded, connected, reintegrated and rejuvenated from this work. Jan.29th - March 25th. Cost $ 150
Conditioning: Wednesdays 9:30-11:00
This class blends floor barre, ballet, yoga, core work and Bartenieff Fundamentals. It is designed to build up your stamina, improve placement, strength, flexibility, focusing on moving more efficiently, alleviating stress in joints, preparing the body to move in a more healthful and vibrant way. Everyone welcome. Jan.29 - March 25th. Cost $150
Tango Classes: Tuesday’s 6:30-8:15 pm
Tango is a vibrant, playful dance between two people. It has very rich potential for expression, improvisation, connection and musical interpretation. Come check it out and have some fun! Jan.21st - March 31st. Cost $165
Dance Theatre Ages 9-12 - Wednesday’s 4:00-5:15
This fun filled class blends dance, physical theatre, voice, rhythm and French. The class encourages spontaneity, improvisation, full creative expression and play. February 5th - March 25th. Cost $120
Creative Dance Ages 3-5 - Thursday’s 11- Noon
Dancers will explore full expression through dance rhythm, song and French. This class will unleash your child’s creativity! March 12th-26th. Cost $45
All classes will be taught by Artistic Director Denise Lieutaghi, BA (Human and Social Development), certified teacher of the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance, and certified Radiant Health Yoga teacher.
For more information and for registration please call Denise at 250 240-0457 or email at email@example.com