Emergency Program Evacuation Exercise: Sat Jun 4

Mayne Island Emergency Program and Mayne Island Fire Department are conducting an Evacuation Exercise on Sat. June 4th 2016 to help the community prepare for potential evacuations, especially during periods of high/extreme fire rating.

The exercise scenario is a simulated wild fire in a preselected area; Fire department vehicles and firefighters will be in the area to notify the residents of this exercise.

Those residents who are willing to participate by voluntarily evacuating their homes will be directed to proceed to the Reception Centre. Anyone else on Mayne Island who wishes to participate as an evacuee or a helper with the Emergency Program is welcome to join us. Volunteer evacuees will provide the staff at the Reception Centre invaluable experience in the process of providing appropriate assistance to people if and when they have to evacuate.

If you would like to participate in this exercise please contact Eden at musgiq@gmail.com (250) 222-0285 by May 30th so we can order sufficient food for all participants. Please provide your name, address, phone number and any special dietary requirements. Participants should expect a phone call on Saturday to advise them of the commencement of the exercise.

Thank you on behalf of Mayne Island Emergency Program. For further information please contact Eden Buday musgiq@gmail.com.

posted May 2016

Ceilidh at Ag Hall: Fri Jun 10

English, Scottish and Contra Dancing at the Ag Hall. Doors open at 7.30 pm and admission is just $5.

Everyone is welcome to come and join members of Mayne Island's Dance group for a fun and lively evening.

For further information please contact Sheila Dunnachie sdunnachie@shaw.ca.

posted May 2016

Mayne Island Chamber of Commerce AGM: Wed May 25

The Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce's AGM will be held on Wed. May 25th this year at the Agricultural Hall. Starting at 7 pm, the past year and future of Chamber activities will be discussed, and a talk will be given by Doug Wedman, from the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. Elections will be held and membership forms will also be available.

Please contact Lauren Underhill if you have any questions, executiveofficer@mayneislandchamber.ca. It would be great to see you there!

posted May 2016

Gulf Islands Sexual Safety Survey ends May 31st

Consent and Sexual Assault Study in the Southern Gulf Islands.

Your input is needed. A community wide survey is requesting your feedback during the month of May focusing on our understanding of consent and sexual assault. All community members age 14 and over are invited to participate and share their thoughts on these matters.

Your feedback will provide a better understanding of community awareness of these issues and the services that pertain to them for Mayne, Galiano, Saturna, Salt Spring and Pender Islands. The Gulf Island Sexual Assault and Consent Project is a three-year initiative funded by Status of Women Canada, conducted by Salt Spring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse (SWOVA) Community Development and Research Society and its community partners.

The survey can be found and completed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TGGRPP. The survey will end on May 31, 2016.

Any information or thoughts shared will be completely anonymous and confidential. For further information please contact the SWOVA office, (250) 537-1336.

posted May 2016

Author Guy Dauncey: Fri May 27

Mayne Island Library and Mayne Island Conservancy are happy to present author Guy Dauncey.
When: Friday May 27 at 7:30
Where: Ag Hall
Cost: Free but donations to help with expenses are welcome.

Guy Dauncey's new book, "Journey to the Future" is a mix of utopian fiction, science, philosophy, instruction manual and murder mystery. It is set in Vancouver, 2032, a city that has become the greenest city. Now, can the lessons it has learned be taken to the wider world?

Scientists, activists and politicians, from David Suzuki to Tzeporah Berman to Elizabeth May are vocal in their praise of this book. Come hear Guys's inspirational message: a better world is possible!

Books will be available for sale. For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker iecocker@shaw.ca.

posted May 2016

Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting: Wed May 18

Calling all Silver Maynes members and would-be members!

The Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at the Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay. Free lunch at 12:30; meeting at 1 pm.

A new executive for 2016-17 will be elected. We welcome all Mayne Islanders, whatever their age or hair colour, to the meeting. For further information please contact Barb Baldwin john.baldwin@shaw.ca.

posted May 2016

Jim Marsh Art Show: May 20 — 22

Come and enjoy "Through My Eyes", a show of new paintings by Jim Marsh on display at the Ag Hall. Opening night is Friday, May 20th from 7 - 9 pm and the show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

For further information please contact Jim Marsh (250) 539-5024.

posted May 2016

Cob Building Workshop: May 16 — 20

This 5 day workshop will have us working on building up the walls of Pam's dream cob home located on Mayne Island.

We will be learning all the ins and out of mixing and building with clay, sand and straw, turning this material into walls, shelves and benches. We will be installing windows and building directly from the foundation up.

During daily morning instruction times we will be learning about all different aspects of natural building from design to roofs and plasters and everything in between.

Join us, learn, get dirty and have fun all.

Cost $350 (lower income options available). Food, camping and childcare Included. Please send an application located on mudgirls.ca to Molly Murphy at mollsmurphy@gmail.com, or call (250) 653 4031 or email for further information. All genders welcome.

posted May 2016

11th May Day Celebration: Sat May 21

MI Conservancy’s 11th Mad May Day: starts at Farmers’ Market: Face painting, wand/garland making; Morris Dancers, Merry Procession, Maypole dance, May Queen coronation, dancing, games, delicious refreshments, raffle.

Free event, everyone welcome: especially elves, fairies and others.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian helenobrian47@gmail.com.

posted Apr 2016

Ferry Facts May 2016 Update

Representatives of the Ferry Advisory Committees (FAC) from Mayne, Galiano, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands met with BC Ferry staff on April 5 to review more schedule revisions. The most contentious issue is the Off-Peak Friday PM Route 9 (Tsawwassen/Gulf Islands) schedule. The option presented at the meeting provided some improved service to Salt Spring Island but had a major negative impact on the remaining 4 Islands. Following the meeting, changes were made and 7 new schedules emailed to the FAC members. 6 of the new schedules are equal to or an improvement over existing schedules for Mayne Island. The latest Friday PM Off-Peak Route 9 schedule is an improvement over the April 5 schedule, but is not as good as the one presented on March 3. Arrival on Mayne is 30 minutes later than the current schedule. Considering the difficulty with loading on Friday nights, the Queen of Nanaimo frequently arrives late on busy days. If the new ferries can hold to the schedule, the difference from old to new schedule arrival times may be negligible. Overall, Mayne Island has more positive than negative outcomes from the new schedules. The same cannot be said for Galiano, Pender and Saturna.

Some good news for foot passengers. BC Ferries has announced the expansion of the pilot project for foot passenger reservations. From April 11 to September 5, walk-on Passengers will be allowed to make reservations in both directions for Route 9. The rules are: no fee for reservation, pay at the time of the reservation, can reserve up to 2 hours prior to scheduled sailing time and must check in 30 minutes before the scheduled sailing time. To make a reservation, call 1-888-BC FERRY. This new initiative will be most helpful for those wishing to take the 4:20 pm Sunday afternoon departure from Mayne to Tsawwassen.

Progress regarding the through-fare system in Swartz Bay has stalled. The problem is - how can the system be revised to ensure that travellers to and from the Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen have priority loading on the first available sailing? BC Ferries staff have identified several complications that are difficult to resolve. What appear to FAC members to be simple solutions does not seem to be acceptable to BC Ferries. We are told that staff are actively working on the problem and we will be advised when a solution is found. The next FAC meeting is scheduled for May 9 but there is no guarantee that an answer will be forthcoming.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new sign located at the bottom of the ferry terminal near Berth 1 which identifies the destination for the ferries leaving from each berth. This should remove any confusion in the minds of foot passengers visiting Mayne Island as to which ferry they must take. Although announcements are made regularly by BC Ferry staff, some travellers do not hear them for a variety of reasons.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 (p.sywulych@shaw.ca). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

posted May 2016