Mayne Island Seniors Driving Proposal on CTV

For those who may have missed it on TV yesterday, CTV News did a feature on Bill McFarlane and John Glover's proposal for BC allowing restricted area driver's licenses for seniors. Below is the text from the CBC website.
MAYNE ISLAND – A group on Mayne Island says it has a “positive solution” that would allow seniors to drive longer.

They’re calling for a restricted area licence that would give drivers over the age of eighty the ability to pursue a restricted licence if they failed the province’s current DriveABLE test.

The group argues the test is “all-or-nothing” and isn’t fair for seniors, especially those not used to urban driving conditions.

While restricted licensing is in effect in California the province says it will not be looking at geographic restrictions.

Mayne Island does not have a taxi service or bus making it difficult for those without a licence to get around.

Drivers over the age of eighty face the potential of a driving test every two years. A failing grade means drivers lose their licence immediately.

The group hopes their solution will help lessen what is becoming a growing fear on the Island.

Below is an embedded YouTube video of the CTV news story and some photos taken from that.

Click the "play" button in the embedded video above to play it. If for some reason the embedded video
doesn't work you can see it on the YouTube site here.

2011 Census - Mayne's population decreases

Canada's 2011 Census information was released Wednesday, including the data for Mayne Island. While the general population growth for British Columbia as a whole was 7% between the 2006 and 2011 Censuses, Mayne Island's population fell by 3.7% during that period.

Mayne Island's population in 2006 was 1,112 and in 2011 it had fallen to 1,071. The total number of private dwellings on the island was 1,246 and the number of occupied dwellings was 569. The population density of the island was 47.9 persons per square kilometre.

The Census data shows that population declined on all the Southern Gulf Islands with the exception of Salt Spring Island and with the Penders staying almost the same. Galiano Island decreased to 1,138 from 1,258, a decrease of 9.5%. Saturna's number decreased to 335 from 359, a decrease of 6.7%. The Penders (adding South and North together) increased to 2236 from 2232. Salt Spring's population grew from 9,640 to 10,234, an increase of 6.2%.

You can find more information on Statistic Canada's exceedingly difficult to search web site -- if you are blessed with an abundance of patience. At least we can rest assured that Stats Can isn't spending excessive tax dollars on web designers who might actually craft a usable user interface.

Update Thursday February 9th: A MayneNews subscriber wrote to me this morning about Mayne Island in 1943. "When I arrived on Mayne there were l50 people, no hydro, no B.C. Ferries just the C.P.R every Saturday, mail only arrived on Saturdays and it was a big event, every one sat outside the old store (where Wayne's is now) and waited for the mail to be sorted before going home after the boat had come in." Must have been quite the weekly party!

MILT Auditions for The Clean House - Mon Feb 6

MILT auditions
for a comic drama
The Clean House
Monday February 6
Ag Hall – 7:00 pm

Director, Carol Munro is looking for a cast that includes one woman aged 20 – 30; two women and a man in their late 40’s or 50’s and one woman in her 60’s.

Ideally, the younger and older women can speak some Spanish or Portuguese –but not completely necessary (you will learn!).

Production dates: First  two weekends in May.
If you would like to obtain a synopsis of the play and/or an e-copy of the script in advance, or if you are willing to be part of the production crew, contact Carol at