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from left to right: Lloyd Muckle, Sea Roamer Services, Director Jim Abram, Ian Roberts, Marine Harvest Canada
General · 3rd June 2009
Jim Abram
Hard to believe it is already June 1st! Great weather for all of the outdoor work I still have to do from the past few years of being too busy to look after my own place! Hope you are all enjoying the wonderful season. It doesn't get much better than this.

Granite Bay Park Wharf grand opening

Saturday, May 30th, turned out to be a gorgeous day in Granite Bay. A bit of north west wind, but sunny and warm. A modest sized crowd attended and enjoyed touring the new facility and also the delicious lunch that was supplied by the Strathcona Regional District. Many of the volunteers that worked on the project were there along with many of the donors that gave so generously to this project. My comments were short (the best kind!) and we did the ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially open the facility. It is finished! And no one could be more pleased than me. That was a long time coming, let me tell you!. Since including it as a priority in our Official Community Plan in 1995 / 96, through the bureaucratic maze of applying for the lease of the water and land areas and all of the other bits and pieces, then to phase one, the wharf head and the new aluminum ramp, and now phase two, with the best floats ever imagined now in place.. it is finished! Yahoo!. I hope that all of you get up there at some point to enjoy it and make use of it. It is there for generations to come. I will be trying to get some minor upgrades to the boat ramp in June. It has been incredibly popular and well used and is a victim of its own success... needs a bit more rock to even it out.

In the photo, from left to right: Lloyd Muckle, Sea Roamer Services, Director Jim Abram, Ian Roberts, Marine Harvest Canada
(Photo courtesy of Wendy Abram)

Granite Bay Hydro project
The hydro service to Granite Bay is slowly working its way closer to its final destination. There have been a few snags along the way with the horrible weather we had this past winter and other minor issues, but all in all it is coming along nicely. I came across some federal funding after meeting with our MP, John Duncan, two weeks ago, and a Granite Bay resident has done most of the work to get it completed by this week so that I can get it into the process and help "usher" it through to Ottawa. If we get the money, the work will get done sooner than later. A lot of dedicated people have worked long and hard on this project and will be acknowledged in a later report.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting

I will be attending the FCM from June 5th to June 8th in Whistler. The meeting is held in different cities across the country annually. This year is BC's turn and most of the local government folks will be there. It is a great opportunity to network with representatives from both urban and rural settings and to learn from their mistakes or follow their examples. There will be lots of talk around sustainable communities and climate issues. I am looking forward to bringing home some of that information and energy to put to good use in our community.
One of the great things about this forum is that many Federal Ministers will be in attendance and it will give me an opportunity to do some lobbying on your behalf for things like high speed internet service to all areas, affordable housing, seniors' housing and climate action plans.
More on all of this when I return.

That is it for this issue... Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices!

Respectfully submitted,
Jim Abram
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD
Granite Bay Wharf
Comment by Debbie on 3rd June 2009
Been up to see it with visitors. What a great wharf!! Makes me wish I owned a boat.

Thanks to Jim and all the volunteers.