Mayne Island Assisted Living Society AGM: Thu Apr 9

Mayne Island Assisted Living Society will have their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10 am at the Church House. There will be an Election of Officers.

We welcome new faces and we encourage you to become a member of our society.

As we enter into our 10th year of providing volunteers, to help their fellow islanders, come out and help us celebrate our accomplishments and plan for the next year. You will be treated to Colleen Ming’s wonderful scones, Barbara Baker’s chocolate puffs and a surprise treat from Judy Kiyooka.

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to long time board members, Jessica Easton, Libbie Bake and Judy Kiyooka. Their dedication to our society has been invaluable.

Please give us a call, if you would like a ride to the meeting.

For further information please contact Colleen Ming (250) 539-9877.

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Gulf Islands Pirate Regatta 2015: Sat Jun 6

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10 am

Calling All Gulf Island Sailors, Skippers, Crew and Scallywags!

The Race will run using "Saturna Rules with Galiano Variations".

Broadly speaking the race is won by generating fun for yourselves and other boats. Sailing as fast as you can is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect for your opponents (if you have any respect for them to start with) or at the expense of how much fun you and the rest of your boat's crew are having.

Boats get 'karma points' for ...
i) entertaining the other boats
ii) introducing people to the sport of sailboat racing
iii) being responsible for bringing other boats to the race
iv) nailing the start without nailing competitor's boats
v) including young people in the operation of your vessel
vi) being from far away
vii) doing additional laps of the "intermediate island circuit"
viii) crossing the finish line as close as possible to the predetermined finish time (without using any fancy tricks like heaving-to in front of the line).

On offer this year: "Courtesy Safety Inspections" from the Coast Guard Auxiliary (

More info here:

For further information please contact Christian Nally

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MI Conservancy AGM: Sat Mar 28

Mayne Island Conservancy Society’s Annual General Meeting will be Saturday March 28, 2015, 2 to 4 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Hear reports on the many Conservancy activities in 2014 and our plans for 2015. Our Review Engagement (Financial) Report for 2014 will be presented together with our Budget Reports for 2014 and 2015. An amendment to the Society’s Constitution & Bylaws will be presented for approval. Memberships will be available before the meeting. Refreshments will be available.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Town Hall Meeting: Sat Mar 21

You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting, 7:30 pm Saturday March 21st at the Agricultural Hall.

Over the past few months, many people and committees have been hard at work on a variety of local community projects. Do come, listen and participate in the discussions and find out what is happening.

The format will include short presentations of community projects followed by a Q & A with CRD Director, David Howe.

The agenda includes:

  • Miners Bay Dock
  • Horton Bay & Anson Road Dock
  • The Village Bay Road Trail
  • The Community Bus
  • Water taxis
  • Food & Agriculture Plan
  • Broadband Service with Beacon Wireless owner, Sig Luft
  • The Active Pass Festival
  • Recycling & Kitchen scraps
  • Miners Bay Herring Project

For more information please contact Brian (250) 539-3027.

Sponsored by the CRD Economic Development Commission. Refreshments will be provided.

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Deer Impact On Island Ecology

A feral population of Fallow deer have roamed free on Mayne Island for the past two decades. Their number is currently estimated at around 500 to 1,000 individuals. They compete for food with the native population of Black-tail deer whose numbers are believed to be about the same.

Wildlife biologists estimate that a normal, sustainable population of deer on an island the size of Mayne, in the presence of natural predators like wolves, cougar and bear, would be about 200 individuals. Mayne Island today has no predators at all.

This very large population of deer, all herbivores, has resulted in a number of significant changes to the island’s ecosystem. The dietary preferences of these deer are changing as favourite foods, such as Arbutus shoots, Snowberry, Oceanspray, Red Flowering Currant and many varieties of ornamental flowers, become more scarce. The range of palatable shrubs and herbaceous plants the deer will eat is increasing.
 Native Black-tailed deer, having different nutritional needs, are opportunistic browsers, taking what they need here, there and everywhere. The invasive Fallow deer, on the other hand, are grazers and if left alone will strip the ground bare.

Long time residents of Mayne Island report there used to be large numbers of wild flowers along road sides in summer. Not any more. Farmers, many of whom have lived and farmed on the island for decades, report that where in the past they used to enclose their fields with split rail fences, today it is necessary to construct deer-proof fences sometimes at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Fallow deer, who are particularly fond of grasses, can wipe out a hay crop in a matter of days.

Recent studies by island biologist Rob Underhill and others have shown a direct correlation between the condition of Oceanspray bushes and the presence of deer in areas of the island that are hunted, not hunted, and fenced.

As the growing population of deer compete for food, there has been a detrimental impact on the forest understory where trees are being stripped from ground level to a height of about five feet and in some cases plants and grasses are being pulled up and destroyed, leaving areas of exposed dirt and roots.

Among the effects of this heavy grazing is a threat to the diversity of native birds and insects due to loss of habitat. These effects are ongoing and cumulative.

The known abundance of deer on Mayne Island is far too high if we are to maintain anything like the historic plant and animal diversity. For these reasons the Mayne Island Deer Committee is currently engaged in negotiations with the provincial government with a view to obtaining assistance in dealing with this very serious threat to our island ecosystems.

For further information please contact Tom Masters

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MLA Gary Holman presented our petition against nursing cuts to the Legislature

The MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, Gary Holman, presented a petition from Mayne and Galiano Island residents in the BC Legislature today. The petition is protesting the cuts to nursing positions made recently by Island Health.

As Mr. Holman stated in the legislature these cuts were implemented without any consultation, they put the health and lives of islanders at risk, and they will not generate cost savings for Island Health. In fact, if this results in more emergency evacuations, it may cost Island Health more to have done this.

Read the article in the Victoria Times-Colonist:
Health groups on Galiano and Mayne islands say they have protested to Island Health and to the Ministry of Health about the nursing cut to no avail. “We cannot understand why Island Health would want to cancel a service that was so important to our island communities and very cost-effective,” said [Galiano Health Care Society President, Michael] Hoebel.
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Around Cape Horn: Fri Mar 20

Association of Mayne Island Boaters (AMIB) invites you to a presentation by AMIB director and Mayne Island resident, Allen Slade, on his sailing adventure aboard the 52 foot ketch Northanger. The spectacular photos follow the path of Charles Darwin as he explored the waters and mountains around Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel in Southern Chile.

Doors open at 7 pm and the presentation starts at 7:30 pm.

Open to everyone. Admission is free to AMIB members. Donations welcome from non-members. Refreshments will be served. For further information please contact Allen Slade (250) 539-2684.

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First Aid Training Reminder: Wed Mar 11

Date & Time: Wednesday March 11, 2015. 11:30 am – 4 pm.
Place: Mayne Island Community Centre.

Basic first-aid "A" is a 4 hour fast-paced hands on introduction and refresher course.

This program teaches emergency scene management, spinal injury management, adult CPR and obstructed airway procedures, as well as simple treatment for bleeding and broken bones. You will also learn how to deal with heart attacks, strokes, sprains and strains. This course includes an orientation on the Philips Onsite AED (automated external defibrillator).

To register: email Please include your phone number, or call: (250) 539-2238. Registration fee: $25 – Payable to First Alert on March 11th. (The registration fee is normally $50 per person. Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is sponsoring half the cost.)

Class size is limited to 21 people. Please wear loose “old” clothing as you will be spending quite a bit of time on the floor. Please bring a sandwich or something to eat for lunch.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

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SGI Food and Agriculture Strategy: Sat Mar 14

You are invited to attend a community workshop for presentation of the Land Use Inventory mapping highlights, conducted in August 2014, and the Situational Analysis findings to date.

Following the presentation, a discussion will take place to address the question, "What is the state of food and agriculture in the Southern Gulf Islands and on your Island?" An opportunity to speak with the consulting team and to review the maps and Situational Analysis will follow.

Please plan to attend this important community discussion, an initiative of the CRD Economic Development Commission.

Location: Agricultural Hall
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 2 to 5 pm

Light refreshments available. For further information please contact Heather Dow

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Skin "Spot Check" Day: Sat Mar 7

Event: Mayne Island Health Walk-in Clinic – For Your Skin.
Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 10 am to 4 pm.
Place: Mayne Island Health Centre.

Drop in for a “Spot Check”.

Do you have a mole, blemish, skin discolouration or wart you wonder about? To find out if it needs further investigation, drop by the Health Centre on Saturday March 7th between 10 am and 4 pm and participate in Dr. Losier's Skin Screening Clinic.

She’ll be able to see a limited number of people – join us for coffee and cookies if there is a wait.

Dr. Losier will be using a newly acquired Dermascope -- a non-invasive painless screening device. This new device – donated by the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is an example of the kinds of affordable technologies that can add huge value to health care delivery in communities like ours.

So, if you’ve been in the dark about that mole and keep forgetting to ask, bring it in to be screened. Warts are welcome too, or any lumps and bumps you’ve been meaning to check and don’t know what they are. And of course any spots, discolouration or other marks you’d like to have checked out.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

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