MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Since this is the last report prior to Christmas, I would like to take a moment to wish all of you the Merriest of Christmas cheer and hope that your holiday season is one of the best ever. Enjoy your family and friends and forget the rat-race that is still going to be there when you get back. I very much appreciate being acclaimed as your Director and look forward to representing you for the next four years. This is the season of reflection for all of us and I certainly can say that I have so much to be thankful for and I know you do also. So celebrate all of those things and remember what is important: Long life, good health, peace and happiness. May the holiday spirit be with you now and for the rest of the year. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays (whatever is politically correct) and a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you!
Wendy and I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Seniors' Lunch that packed the Legion last week. It was a wonderful occasion with an incredible spread of home cooked food prepared by local seniors and friends. There was entertainment and door prizes and desserts to die for. I would like to thank all of the people who went to so much trouble and also those who invited us to share the meal with them.
Once again the Q. I. Truck parade was a resounding hit! Bigger and better with more participants and lots more lights. The weather could have been better but it wasn’t that bad. And then there was the Christmas cheer in the way of apple cider and hot chocolate, popcorn and sugar cookies back at the Fire Hall, along with Christmas carols by the “locals”. It was a great night with lots of fun and camaraderie. Our emergency service folks did a mighty fine job, as always, putting this on.
Ministry of Highways issues
I have spent many hours this month dealing with issues regarding our Highways (which are not in my Local Govt. jurisdiction , but are in the provincial jurisdiction). People come to me with their problems and I do what I can. The big one of course was the Heriot Bay Road slide / slump that has caused a great deal of concern for the upland property owners. I have been to the site more times than I care to remember with Highways personnel and Managers and geotechnical consultants and neighbours. So far three geotech studies have been done but at this writing they are not ready to release the results even though the draft reports are in. Supposedly they will be doing work on the remediation in the next week or two.
I also went to Bold Point with the Highways manager for a community meeting about a number of safety issues that many of you are aware of already. The worst one is the narrow passage on the north side of the Village Bay Rd. bridge, where the big round rock bluff comes to the road and the other side has a huge old growth fir. This section of road narrows to 10 feet at that point. Then there are two smaller but similar issues on Bold Point Road itself that will probably get attention sooner than later. About a dozen neighbours turned out to talk with the Highways manager. She is always accommodating and does what she can to help us.
The other issue that is ongoing is signage on the Granite Bay Rd. at a couple of deadly curves and in an area with lots of kids at play. Those are being worked on as I write.
As mentioned a number of times in the past, we are taking over the divested wharves at Surge Narrows, Owen Bay and Port Neville. We have had signing of the documents delayed 4 or 5 times but finally got through it last week. I was handed a cheque for almost 3 million dollars by Dr. James Lunney, MP on behalf of the government of Canada. So they are now ours and will be run efficiently and cheaply by our local people to continue access to the outer islands and the transportation of goods and people. This was a nine year process, start to finish, and I felt it was worth the effort to serve our outer island population and keep them thriving.
Inaugural Board meeting
Our annual meeting is this Thursday, Dec. 11th. We will elect a Chair and Vice Chair. I have had the pleasure of being the Chair for the past year and intend to run for the position this year. Who knows? We have quite a new Board now that the elections are over, with at least four new faces. If elected it will be my job to help facilitate cooperation among a group of 13 elected members. (Sound possible?)
Seniors' Housing Survey coming - Look for it!
I attended a joint meeting of our two seniors housing groups on last Thursday. They have joined forces to see if they can develop the “perfect survey” to canvass the public regarding seniors housing needs and desires. This is an incredible work of art that took many hours and incredible patience and perseverance. When it is mailed out, I sincerely hope that you will take the time to fill it out and get it back in by the deadline. Help will be available to fill it out if anyone needs it. This will help me greatly in my work on our Local Area Plan direction and tell all of us who is here on the island. Another survey will be done for other age groups, young families, etc. So don’t feel left out.
Well, that is about all the “oomph” I have left in me for today. 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!
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SR