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General · 20th August 2014
Jim Abram
Hello to everyone on this glorious summer day!. The weather has been so cooperative that I have been able to do all of the chores on my house that I have neglected to do for the past 10 years. Politics! Gotta love it, unless you are a wooden house! All is good.

Wharves

So I am going to start this very short report with a very ironic little story. I reported in the last two reports about the great signing of the documents with Transport Canada to take over the Surge Narrows, Owen Bay and Port Neville wharves. This action would effectively give control (and money!) to local government to run the wharves as community facilities. If we didn’t do it, the wharves could have been removed, cutting off many island constituents. So, we went through all of the negotiations over the past few years and many years before that in the previous round of Federal divestiture and came to a satisfactory agreement!. A wonderful agreement (totally in our favour). We were scheduled for a signing ceremony last Thursday (Aug. 14th) with all the head honchos and the media. Really big deal! On Wed. (Aug. 13th), the Regional District was notified that a Transport Canada barge and tug, contracted by them to do some repairs at Surge Narrows, had run into the wharf at Surge Narrows causing considerable damage. We, being a bit shy about taking over a wharf that had just been damaged, decided that maybe we should postpone the festivities. We did. So, nothing signed, but full agreement by Transport Canada to do the repairs or pay us to do so. I suggested that we get all of that in writing, signed by their lawyers and ours, before we proceed. That process is in progress. More to follow!

My intentions!

I would like to thank all of the people of this beautiful area, labeled Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets, Area C of the Strathcona Regional District, for all of your hard work on behalf of this community and for all of the support you have given me in the job of representing you. It is truly an honour.

It gives me great pleasure to share with you that I will be seeking one more term as your Director in the November elections. I have no intention of boring you at this time with all of the good things that I want to see accomplished on your behalf, but I do want you to know that I truly enjoy representing you locally, Provincially and Federally when necessary. I cannot think of anything more rewarding than continuing in this role. I hope that you will support me in supporting you. We really do live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and have so much “wealth”. I have always said that my goals as your Director are to bring more local control to the people and to encourage more participation at the local level. I stand by that and am proud to say that we are looked at across this Province as a model of good governance. Without you, I could have never helped this to happen.

I look forward to your continuing support and involvement. We still have so much to do.

I am going to leave it at that for now. 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… or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JimAbram…. If it is important, my cell is 250-830-8005… Lots of choices.

Please do not use my residential phone number for SRD calls. All business calls should be on 285-3355. Many thanks!

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Abram

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