From Our Regional Director:
(a) Residual solid waste (aka garbage): The first day of residual transfer at the barge ramp in Dec worked very well. It started quietly, but several people arrived just before 1pm closing, so it ended up being close to an average day. Mark and Aigul checked and collected bags, which were efficiently moved by Keith and his crew into the bin on the barge.
Thanks to the people who also cleaned up some of the garbage at the top of the barge ramp, leaving the ramp cleaner at the end of the day.
Note: For January, the dump day has been moved to Thursday the 9th. Same time: 11am to 1pm. Generally, it is the first Thursday of the month.
(b) LIVFD pagers: Rogers notified the Lasqueti Island Volunteer Fire Department (LIVFD) and qRD that their paging service, used by LIVFD, will end on March 1, 2020. The LIVFD and qRD are looking into alternative paging services, in particular from Radioworks. At this point, the LIVFD doesn't expect any changes will be required to the emergency call-in numbers, but the public will be notified of any changes as soon as possible as this is sorted out.
(c) LIVFD on-island communications: In consultation with the LIVFD fire chief and deputies, I am requesting that the qRD put out a request for quotes for a Radio Coverage Analysis. This was one of the key recommendations in Dec 2017 from the expert Chris Kellett in his evaluation of the Emergency Dispatch Advisory Committee report. A Radio Coverage Analysis would explore options for an on-island VHF communications system so that LIVFD is not reliant on commercial paging services. This study would be funded via the LIVFD service in the 2020 budget.
(d) qRD Meetings: Starting in 2020, there will be new “Finance Committee” meetings, on the 3rd Wed of the month (Jan-Mar to help with the budget, and quarterly the rest of the year). This is in addition to the monthly Committee of the Whole meetings (2nd Thurs of the month at 4pm) and monthly Regional Board meetings (4th Thurs of the month at 6:30pm). The Board was finding that the Committee of the Whole meetings were too long (which sometimes had 400 page agendas and were 3+ hours long…).
Please feel free to contact me. I am honoured to be your regional representative.
Director Andrew Fall, qathet Regional District
Contact: Tel: 250-333-8595
Peter Johnston, Islands Trustee:
Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that the holiday season has been good for you all. It’s great to reach the time of year with increasing hours of light.
In the December Isle & Times I wrote extensively about the Islands 2050:
The Future of the Trust Area consultation project to amend the Islands Trust Policy Statement, which sets out how the Islands Trust various bodies (Local Trust Committees, Trust Council, Executive Committee and Islands Trust Conservancy) will carry out the Object of the Trust, “To preserve and protect the trust area and its unique amenities and environment for the benefit of residents of the trust area and of the province generally …”
This consultation is ongoing, and we would like everyone to participate.
It is difficult for those without internet connection to receive information and to give feedback. I am happy to set up my computer at the Health Centre (which has internet connection) for anyone to come and explore the information available and give their input to the process. Please let me know if you would like me to do this, so I can make arrangements and let you know what days and times I would be there for you to come and participate. We could do this individually and/or in groups, especially with the video projector and big screen.
We had an Islands 2050 Open House at our Community Hall on the evening of November 21. I found it informative and interesting, and the information display encouraged lots of discussion and thought about the trust area, and especially our island. I will see if we can hold another similar event on Lasqueti this spring.
I’ve posted printed copies of the Islands Trust Policy Statement and the information display boards on the ferry, at Provisions, the post office and at the community hall.
It’s easy and convenient for people to participate over the internet. Go to http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/trust-council/projects/islands-2050/ where you will find lots of information and several ways to contribute your points of view.
The “Thought Exchange” has two questions for you to think and write about: What do you value about the Islands Trust Area? In the context of a changing climate, what concerns do you have for the region over the next 30 years? After you contribute your thoughts and concerns, you are able to see what others have contributed, and indicate your level of agreement with each.
You can download and read the information boards at: http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/media/348185/open-house-boards-web.pdf
Send your questions, thoughts and ideas directly by email to Islands2050@islandstrust.bc.ca
Our next scheduled Lasqueti Trust Committee meeting is Monday, February 24, which seems like a long way off right now, but will be upon us soon.
In the new year, and probably for the next several years, our Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw review process will be our major Lasqueti project, and we should give it similar thought and feedback to the Trust-wide process on the future of the trust area. What sort of legacy do we want to leave for the future, for our children and their grandchildren, and for the natural areas that will remain?
The 2008 Lasqueti draft build-out map showed that there were then potentially 1236 lots, each currently entitled to have a dwelling and a guest house. Recent censuses show that there are about 425 residents and a few more dwellings, about half occupied only part-time. We should think about the likelihood that the growth in the number of dwellings, clearings, people and our impacts on the land will carry on expanding.
Donald Gordon and I met with Sheila Malcolmson, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Environment George Heyman, who has responsibility for marine debris, to see if the government could and would work to put a stop to the flow of plastic, especially polystyrene, into the ocean and onto our shores, where it breaks down and becomes impossible to clean up and remove. She was very encouraging and supportive, and told us that a report on their consultation would be released early in the new year, and recommendations for regulation in the spring. We, and particularly citizens in the Salish Sea, need to be ready to work to make sure that the actions they propose, and then the decisions they take, are as strong as possible.
This new year leaves me with three more years to serve as one of your local trustees. When the term finishes, at the end of 2022, I’ll be 75 and won’t seek another term. It’s time to start thinking about whether you would like to stand for election, or to encourage someone else to consider offering their service to the community. I’m happy to help anyone who is interested to learn what’s involved. Please talk to me if you want information or assistance. I’d like to see at least three good candidates stand for election, so voters have alternatives to consider and a choice to make.
Contact me if you have questions, comments or concerns about this or any other (Trust or community-related) issue.
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