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General · 16th October 2014
Jim Abram
What a weekend for the Abram family! The deadline for nominations for Director of Area C has passed with my position being uncontested, it was Thanksgiving, and today is the five year anniversary of my successful prostate surgery! I am so lucky to be alive and to have a wonderful, supportive family and to be your representative again. My thanks to the gods, goddesses, the universe and to you!

A reminder to all men...
So about that prostate… Men: Are you being tested regularly? If not, why not? Don’t be stupid. It is no big deal. Make an appointment and get it done. Your life could depend on it. No one has to remind most women to get their annual mammograms. Maybe they are smarter as a gender. Think about it. Get it done. (This public service reminder brought to you by a five year cancer survivor.) 'Nuf said!

Thank You, Area C!
I would like to take this opportunity to convey my most heartfelt thanks to all of you in Area C for putting your trust in me to represent you for the next four years (we are now in four year rather than three year terms). It has been an extreme honour to represent you in the past many years and I look forward to all of the challenges and rewards of the next four years. I will continue to work at keeping Quadra Island and the outer islands as the places that you came to because of what they are: pure beauty! We are all so lucky. Our day to day lives don’t always allow us to take note of that, but it is true. We are blessed with beautiful places and beautiful people. Try and always remember that.

The future
So, what can I offer you in the next four years? My endless energy to start; my belief in you as human beings with common goals; my tenacity; my experience in every facet of this position; my connections with other orders of governments (First nations, Federal and Provincial); my involvement in other local government organizations (UBCM and AVICC); my continuing participation in every planning and advocacy group in this province and federally; etc.!

Just a note on BC Ferries
We have been totally preoccupied with BC Ferries and believe me, it has not let up a bit. The fight continues. The strategizing continues. I wake in the night with new ideas and jot them down so I can deal with them in the morning. Right now I have two aces up my sleeve. One is a commitment by the Premier to meet with me personally on this issue. This is a separate meeting from the one she promised us as Regional District Chairs later in November. The other stream I am pursuing needs to be kept under wraps for a bit longer, but I can say that it a Federal approach to looking at this situation. I will know about that this coming week and keep you informed. We are also insisting on a Ferry Advisory Committee meeting at the end of this month and the FAC will meet regarding the ridiculous ferry schedule we have all come to hate so much. This will be a key meeting.
I have to chuckle a bit, because when we win this overall ferry battle with the government, they are going to have to change the schedule again anyway! (We are going to win, ya know)

Telus. Yes, Telus!

Life beyond Ferries! I am setting up a meeting with the Regional Manager for Telus in Victoria in the next weeks to discuss the fibre optic connection project here on Quarda. This comes out of my meetings with Ministers and Ministries over our internet / cell / data issues. I had extensive meetings at UBCM on this topic and they obviously did some good.. Just how much good, we will find out after my meetings with the top man. This file is an obsession with me, so don’t think that I have given up on it. Not a chance. I, along with other directors, even managed to get it as a Strategic Priority of our Regional District! I can only push them as fast as they are willing to go, but I will keep pushing.

Seniors Housing, etc.
One of the files that I feel is going to be all consuming for me is the seniors issues that are being dealt with so capably right now by Quadra Circle and the Seniors Housing Society. Hopefully soon they will be joined into one, even more effective group of committed advocates! I intend to work at their sides to make seniors housing, assisted living, independent living and housing for all age groups a “top of the list” priority. Work goes on as we speak and I will now be devoting far more of my time to making it work through SRD involvement and finding money to make it happen through whatever sources we can come up with. I really look forward to making this happen as one more piece of the Local Area Plan puzzle for Quathiaski Cove.

Services to Cape Mudge Village
Last but not least, I have had some interesting conversations about services being provided to Cape Mudge Village. I see this as an extremely fortunate opportunity to have our local First Nation and our non-first nation communities partner on some basic services that will improve island life and make things better for all of us. I am speaking of the provision of water to the Village from the south end of the reserve and my suggestion was that if a right of way (ROW) for water needs to be created, why not be creative and look at a sewer line in the same ROW and extend it on the upper bench all the way to the Noble Rd. area, connecting the Village with our Q. Cove sewer system. Then the thought came to my mind, that we are seeing Green Road along the water going to the Cape, erode annually, so why not make that ROW on the upper bench include a road, sewer and water service??? I will be trying to set up a meeting with the Band Council to discuss this and if they are agreeable then I will talk with the Ministry of Transportation to see about the feasibility of the project and willingness to go along with it. There will need to be serious talks with the Federal government regarding funding since the entire project would be on reserve land. I am just thinking out loud here based on a few conversations that suggest that there is willingness to at least have a look at this project. All suggestions and comments welcomed! Stay tuned!.

That’s it for this Thanksgiving Monday!. 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