Regional Director’s Report July 2013

As summer gets underway the number of meetings slows down, which is as it should be. First up were the Canada Day celebrations at Folklife Village: music, a barbeque, and good friends were the order of the day. From there a Gertie bus load of people went down to the annual Canada Day potato canon shoot at Brickyard Beach. This year’s entries were interesting and showed innovative design. Thanks to the Gabriola Rod, Gun and Conservation Club for carrying on the tradition.

The Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee (POSAC) met on July 2 .We received a draft of the Mudge Island water access planning report for comment before it is finalised. There was a lot of input from Mudge islanders and the finished report will come to the POSAC meeting in November.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) had dinner with the Snuneymuxw First Nations (SNF) on July 3. These dinners are to help build our relationship with the SFN and the Snaw-naw-as First Nation. The local government act section 795.1 outlines the relationship with treaty First Nations and the RDN. One day First Nations in the regional district may join us on the board of the RDN.

The Sustainability Select Committee (SSC) was presented with two reports: the phase one water budget project report on Gabriola, De Courcy, and Mudge islands and the water budget report for Vancouver Island portion of the RDN. They were very good reports and it will take some time to go over the one for Gabriola. These reports may be downloaded from the RDN web site.

The SSC has also been working on a renewable energy best practices guidebook and I’ve received a draft copy. There are lots of good ideas, and information on alternatives to being on the grid. I will let you know when that is available to the public.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting of July 9 the smell of the possible Metro Vancouver (MV) incinerator was in the air. Director Diane Brennan put forward a motion expressing our desire to not have an incinerator. So many hands when up to second the motion it was surprising no one got hurt in the rush. The motion passed. MV is looking to shortlist sites, then buy or lease the land, and then start and environmental review process.

The POSAC open house on the management plan for Huxley Park went well, with about 50 people attending and filling out the survey. Most of the talk was about maintaining and improving what we have and that there is a lack of youth facilities on Gabriola. Two topics that came up were, first, improving the current skateboard park or building a larger one at the top corner of the property next to the Commons, and second to build a skateboard/ bike trail around the park. There is a survey on the RDN website under Huxley Park Management Plan if you missed the open house, and we will be reporting back later in the year in time to get ready for the 2014 budget.

Still having fun.

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