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General · 3rd July 2018
Jim Abram
I hope that all of you enjoyed a wonderful Canada Day with family and friends. The weather cleared long enough for a great community gathering at the Spit with entertainment and BBQ'd food along with huge amounts of donated potluck dishes. My thanks to all of the volunteers that keep this celebration of our great nation alive. This was the 17th year they have been doing it!

Connectivity
I am reminding you that the SRD has launched a website for the “Connected Communities” initiative which will connect all of our communities with high speed fibre optic internet from Prince Rupert to Vancouver. Check on the progress!

Stuart Island AGM
I attended the AGM of the Stuart Island Community Association on the 21st and had a great discussion with them about the School district property that is being divested to the SRD and the future of the water lease that adjoins it. I continue to meet with the Ministry responsible to try and get a reasonable rate for the lease. Transportation to and from the meeting was generously provided by Rupert Gale (a previous Quadra resident). Discussions will continue on agreements between the Association, myself and SRD.

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
I have mentioned this in the past but am now providing you with the actual link so you can read the entire detailed account of what it entails. It is a good read and will be great to have this project in process within the next months. It will include Quadra and the outer Islands and will hopefully provide some clear community driven direction. The link is on our web site.

Public Hearings
June was a busy month for public hearings. The one for Quadra Links was held on the 19th, Swanson on e 20th and Mallis on the 20th (double header).

The minutes have been produced, so I assume all three will be coming back to the Board this month. Results to follow.

Connected Coast Subsidiary Corporation (Strathcona Connected Coast Network Corporation)… the official name
I provided the website for the Connected Coast initiative above. Now I am providing the link to bring you up to date on the major part of that initiative: the formation of the corporation that will do the work. It is all explained in the information on the website. This is a really big step and means we are on our way to actually making this happen. The sooner the better! Visit the site.

Surge Narrows Community Association AGM and consultation
I will be attending this meeting on Sept. 21st at Surge Narrows. The outer islands have been having more than their share of problems lately with issues such as oversize boats docking at the Hoskyn Channel Landing dock (an SRD facility) and tearing out anchors and breaking chains, other boats staying for long periods of time making it difficult for access and egress from the islands for residents, some illegal activities taking place in some of the more remote areas, absolute overload in the parking lot at Hoskyn Channel Landing, largely due to increased tourist traffic, etc., etc. So I am sure there will be good discussions at the meeting and I look forward to it.

Ferry news!
I mentioned in the last issue some unconfirmed news about our schedule being returned to the old schedule. Well, we got almost all of it back. See the schedule. It has been in effect since June 27th.

The second part of the previous news was about the number of vessels: one 100 car ferry or two 47 car ferries. BCFS is leaning towards the two 47’s but want to do some more “consultation” through surveys of customers. They will be on the boats and around the community gathering information. So, if you are asked, I hope you will vote for the two 47’s ! We had this system in place in 1984 - 85 and it was great. Let’s get that in place again!

Medical Clinic retention update
As you will have read in the last report and other articles, we are facing a crisis with our Quadra Island Medical Clinic closing (not to be confused with Harbourside medical clinic). Work has been continuous since then by the ad hoc committee and myself. Many thanks to everyone who wrote asking the Ministry of Health and Island Health to maintain the existing level of medical services on Quadra. There are definite signs that you are being heard and that Island Health is responding to our request. No details are available as yet but encouraging discussions with Island Health have started and ideas tossed around. It is becoming clear that evidence of community support for maintaining existing and improved services is crucial so it is important that people keep writing.

That’s it for this report. Feel free to contact me between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends or holidays, 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