Regional Director’s Report June – July 2014

This report will cover me for June and July. The Snaw-Naw-as invited the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) to the opening of their new health center on June 18. The opening of this building has been a long time in coming, but now that it’s here, medical and other health service will be in one place – something the community has work years to achieve.

For National Aboriginal Day, the RDN was invited to a ground breaking for a new community building on the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s (SFN) land. After that it was off to lunch and a chance to see friends and talk to people of the SFN. There were rides for the children – or that was the way it looked until Chief Wesley was challenged by the band manager to ride the big slide.

Canada Day celebrations started at the Village with the dance tunes rolling out from Dinah D’s Contraband Swing band. There was also about a dozen of the Brave Girls walking around on stilts. When you’re on stilts you have to keep moving or hold onto some one or the building.

From there it was a ride on GERTIE to the potato cannon contest at Brickyard Beach. The competitors this year had some new designs, and boy did they work! The Gabriola rod and gun club did their usually good job running the event and fun was had by all.

I was at the opening of the new library in the north end of Nanaimo as the RDN representative on the Vancouver Regional Library Board. If you’re out that way it is a wonderful facility, with lots of new things for libraries.

Mail-in ballots for remote areas (DeCourcy and Mudge Island) will be used in the local elections in November. The mail-in ballot can be used by residents, property owners, and people with a disability that prevents them from attending the polling station. There will also be a registration form with the ballot so it can be all done at one time .This will mean the end of people coming to Gabriola to vote when the weather is bad and boating is no fun.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) has taken on studying the economic impact of the BC Ferries cuts to services in our remote community. I am sure this report will show how devastating the ferry cuts have been on ferry-dependent communities. One wonders why BC Ferries did not do this study before cutting service.

We should hear from UBCM near the end of September, will BC Ferries care??

Still having Fun.

Howard

Regional District Director,
Area B.

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