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General · 25th May 2011
Jim Abram
What a beautiful warm and sunny Victoria Day! Hope you have all enjoyed the time off and have those gardens underway. There are a few items that you should be aware of coming up.

Heriot Bay sewer meeting

The long awaited Heriot Bay sewer meeting will take place at the Community Centre on June 22nd at 7pm. This meeting will give the residents the information they have been waiting for regarding the options for having a sewer system in Heriot Bay and the detailed engineering costs associated with the system. The two options looked at were a treatment plant in Heriot Bay with discharge of highly treated water into the Bay off of Rebecca Spit and, alternatively, the possibility of pumping the effluent to the existing plant in Quathiaski Cove. I can tell you right up front that the costs are high. But I will leave the details to be presented to the public at the meeting.

BC Ferries update

I would like to thank all of the people who have taken the time to write to the Minister of Transportation and the Premier regarding the effect of the cost of ferry travel on families and on business and jobs. Your letters are having an effect and I ask that you keep them coming. The more the better! As you may have heard, the Minister and the Commissioner have announced a far reaching review of the system. This is part of what I talked to the Minister about when I met with him in late April. I have talked to him since the announcement and applauded his efforts. I continue to push to have the ferry system treated just like the rest of the highway system, and as you may have heard him say on TV, "all options are on the table". I did an interview on CHEK TV, which aired on all newscasts that night and on Global TV that night and on CBC radio all day the next day and then a talk show on CKNW, live. I was joined by Nancy Allwarden who did a great job, both on TV and on the radio talk show, stressing the impact on real estate and families and jobs. The reporters did a comprehensive job of relaying the story and gave us lots of air time. So the story is out there. Keep those letters flowing non-stop. They (the Premier and the Minister) need to hear from everyone that uses the system. Please address all letters to the Minister, blair.lekstrom.mlaleg.bc.ca, but also to the Premier, Christy Clark, Premiergov.bc.ca, and also please copy me.

Gowlland Harbour Dry Land Sort

Since we are between public hearing and consideration by the Board, I cannot say much about the issue due to the Local Government Act rules. I can tell you that it will be on the agenda for the Board meeting this Thursday, May 26th, for a decision by the Board.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

I will be attending the annual meeting of the FCM which is being held in Halifax this year. Sustainable Communities will be big on the agenda as well as reaction to the Federal election results and the impacts on local government. This meeting is always very enlightening since we get the chance to exchange views and ideas with representatives from all corners of our country. I will be leaving the day after Mayday and return on June 7th. I will be available by email but not phone.

I hope to see everyone at Mayday this year and also hope for great weather. I have the honour of being the MC this year!

Except for the period between May 29th through June 7th, feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at jimabramxplornet.ca , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.

Please note my new email address.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Abram
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD