This has been a very busy few months. Meetings have taken place with the recycling folks, the bylaw enforcement team, the Islands Trust Trustees, and the Economic Development Commissions. The Mayne Island Trails Society is working on the Miners Bay dangerous roads section, the Active Pass Festival has come and gone, broadband for the islands is still being pursued and we’re meeting with various bodies to work towards inter-island transportation. There was also an age-friendly planning workshop recently held at the Pender community hall.
Meetings continue between the CRD and the island recycling centres in order to find a long term, sustainable solution to waste disposal on the gulf islands. As you’re aware, the CRD has agreed to continue funding the centres throughout the next 4 years while together, we pursue a long term solution.
The bylaws that are in place in the Capital Regional District & on the Southern Gulf Islands are not always easily understood. In the near future, we hope to post all applicable bylaws to our EDC sustainable islands website in order to make them easier to find.
To get more clarity & coordination between agencies, we invited the Bylaw Officers from the Trust & the CRD, to join our Fire Chief, Charlie Boyte & Seargeant Pick, RCMP, for a discussion at the Legion.
The conversation was wide-ranging and gave us an opportunity to get a better understanding of each of our agency's responsibilities and some of the challenges that we face. Over the course of the 2 hours a number of items began to emerge that would benefit from our collective attention. Click here to read an overview of the meeting.
Active Pass Nature and Arts Festival (Michael Dunn report)
In a nutshell, the Active Pass Festival was a whole community undertaking and when it was just being conceived, the need to have community organizations embrace it was identified and many did just that.
Using the attendance numbers as an indicator we had between 300 to 400 people who attended at least one activity or event. An unintended achievement was that the festival within the community elevated the general mood of its citizens and visitors. The diversity and number of events happening throughout the island and the focal point of Festival Central with its large high peaked event tents, touched everyone who attended. The sense of pride in this natural place and the community in which we live was increased as a result of the festival. Read the full report…
The Broadband Working Group of Mike Hoebel, Brian Crumblehulme and Peter Midgley met in April to continue its pursuit of broadband coverage for the southern gulf islands. They are in discussions with Beacon Wireless, SaturnaNet and Rogers to see what options exist if any. For their updated report, click here.
Age Friendly Community Workshop
The Islands Trust hosted a workshop at the Pender Community Hall, which was attended by about 30 Pender residents. Saanich Councillor and CRD Director, Judy Brown was the special guest as she has had years of experience with age related concerns. James van Hemert, Consultant for the Age Friendly Plan, moderated the workshop, and Trustees Masselink and Barber as well as myself, were present.
Presentations were given by Wendy MacDonald, Andrea Mills and Niall Parker. Café style conversations were held at each table which resulted in lively discussions. A few main issues resulted…..transitional/affordable housing, transportation and health care were the top three concerns.
Check the EDC sustainableislands website often for updated news and events throughout the gulf islands.