Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Sun Apr 8

Illustration by Jim Traversy / Artifact Designs - Mayne Island
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Dinner Bay Park (sponsored by the Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission)

Place: Dinner Bay Park
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm

Bring the kids and join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Lots of prizes and chocolate.

Create a 'bonnet' for the Easter Hat Parade.

Enjoy the games and races for everyone!  Fun for all ages!

For further information contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-2399

Photography Course at the Community Centre

How to Make Snapshots into Photographs.
Workshop for any keen photographers with Toby Snelgrove.
A Mayne Island Community Centre sponsored program.

A 5 Week workshop series putting you in charge of your camera.

Limited to 10 participants
3 spots open.

5 Wednesdays, 4-6 pm, Fireplace room at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

$100 plus $5 for MICC Membership

Bring your camera and a willingness to learn.
Pre-registration required

Details at Toby's web site.

See a higher resolution version of this photo here.

MIHCA Funeral Planning Workshop - Wed Mar 28

Mayne Island Health Centre Association has invited Cliff Eschner from First Memorial Society to present the Advanced Funeral Planning workshop to be held at the Agricultural Hall, Wednesday March 28, 2012 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.

Come join us and learn how some pre-planning can be a great gift to our families and ourselves. Cliff has done many such workshops and will share with us a variety of options and information.

For further information contact Pat (250) 539-3022

March Health Centre Notes.

PAC Cookbook submissions due by Sun Apr 1st

Final call for recipes for the Mayne School PAC cookbook: April 1st deadline.

If you have a recipe or two to send our way please email Claudia Schulenburg at or Eden Buday at You can also phone Eden at (250) 539-5566 to arrange pickup at Gulfport freemail. We're  looking forward to more delicious reading!

Mayne School PAC (Parent Advisory Council) has been working on a fundraising cookbook featuring Mayne Island children's art and delicious island treats. We now hold a fine collection of recipes given to us by islanders responding to our announcements in the MayneLiner, school newsletter and by word of mouth.

This is a gentle reminder to anyone still pondering which recipe to send that we have a final day for submissions: Sunday April 1st.

Spring Tai Chi Sessions Begin March 26

Come join us for Tai Chi - Monday mornings at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

Experienced 9:15 - 10:15
Experienced Beginners 10:30 – 11:30
New Beginners 11:45 – 12:45

$25 for the Spring Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee.

Spring Session begins Monday, March 26.

For more information or to register contact Dell at 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shorten form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

Movie Night - Mighty Jerome - Fri Mar 30

The Mayne Island Library is presenting the new release, "Mighty Jerome", which tells the compelling story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, track and field star and one of Canada's greatest athletes.

"Mighty Jerome" will electrify sports fans, history buffs and all those with an appreciation for tales of courage and achievement.

The movie is 83 minutes in length and shows at the Agricultural Hall, 7:30, Friday March 30

Admission by donation to cover hall rental and popcorn. 

For further information call (250) 539-3084

Trailer for Mighty Jerome.

MI Conservancy's AGM & "Raising the Green" - Sat Mar 17

Saturday March 17, at the Ag Hall, is a big day for MICS.

Our AGM will take place at 3:30 pm. There has been a lot going on over this past year so come and hear a summary of it all in our project reports.

All are welcome and members (join or re-join at the door!) may vote in the business & elections part of the meeting.

Then, at 6 pm, to honour St. Patrick's Day, we will be hosting Raising The Green, a FUNdraiser.

This event will be kicked off with a  Community Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 pm (please bring table ready dishes as the facilities and space in the Ag Hall kitchen are limited) followed by a community dance to the music of Compassion Gorilla.

Compassion Gorilla is an 8 piece troupe of musical magicians, including a MICS staff person, Chris Fretwell. They play a unique concoction of world beat and latin folk and, I am told, they might just have a few Celtic numbers in their box of tricks.

There will be prizes for "Best in Green," a silent auction, 50/50 draw(s) and more.

So mark your calendars, put on your (green) dancing garb and come out for a fun-filled evening while supporting MICS.

Tickets at the door are $15. Children under 12 are welcome and free!
Tickets to "Raising the Green" are available, in advance, at the Farm Gate Store

For further information contact Alan Ryder at (250) 539-2673 or at go to the MI Conservancy Society's web site

Compassion Gorilla performs "Solid as Stone"

See more Compassion Gorilla at their web site:

MI Speakers Series - Dr. Simon Dalby - Fri Mar 9

Please join us for our first speaker of the spring season, Dr. Simon Dalby, Professor of Geography, Environmental Studies and Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Dr. Dalby will speak on Environmental Geopolitics in the 21st Century - peace, conflict and environmental Change. His research deals with how the world is portrayed in political discussions of contemporary conflict, security and environmental change. Simon Dalby divides his time between Mayne Island where he is finishing his house and Carleton University.

Where: The Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Rd.
When: Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.
Admission: by donation

Please join us after for informal discussion and light refreshments.

For further information contact Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574 or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027

Robo-calls in Saanich-Gulf Islands

Prime Minister Harper posing with Guelph Conservative
Campaign organizer Michael Sona, who is under investigation.
The issue of fraudulent calls to voters during the 2011 federal election has become a huge national controversy, with boatloads of speculation, but very little known about what actually happened or who was responsible. Elections Canada has received a record 31,000 complaints about calls made in May 2011, but has said little about the extent of its investigation or when they might be completed. The only reason this has become known to the public at all is because of a groundbreaking story by Postmedia reporters Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor on February 22nd reporting on Election Canada's investigations into the Conservative Party call centre company, RackNine Inc.

Back in October 2008, complaints were filed after that federal election, making a small splash in the media at the time and quickly forgotten. Elections Canada investigated the specific issue of fraudulent "robo-calls" made to Saanich Gulf-Islands residents on the evening before the October 14, 2008 election.

The calls came from an unknown source but "spoofed" the caller ID showing the phone number of the NDP campaign organizer. They urged voters to vote for Julian West of the NDP, although Mr. West had dropped out of the campaign, too late for his name to be taken off the ballot and too late for the NDP to nominate another candidate. It is believed by many that these calls may have affected the vote enough to ensure Conservative Gary Lunn's win against Liberal Briony Penn, but Elections Canada does not agree. They ruled that they had no proof that anyone had been influenced in their vote and admitted that their investigator could not determine the person or persons who made the call. In Elections Canada's final report on the 2008 federal election, while many issues and problems are mentioned, the complaints around the Saanich-Gulf Islands fraudulent calls nor the agency's failure to find the perpetrators of these calls is mentioned anywhere in the report.

Check this out on Chirbit
 A recording of the 2008 robo-call provided by a Mayne Island resident who received it.

A Mayne Island resident who received the robo-call spoke with investigator Tim Charbonneau of Elections Canada and was told by Mr. Charbonneau that they had no way and no hope of ever tracing the call. If this was the case in 2008, it appears that somehow Elections Canada has been able to improve on that in 2011 because they identified the Conservative-linked firm that placed a robo-call going to a Guelph riding and also tracked it to an obvious bogus name, Pierre Poutine of Separatist St, Joliet Quebec.

Former candidate Briony Penn believes that "[n]one of this today would have happened if we had an Elections Canada that had properly investigated, had clamped [down] on any of the loopholes if they indeed even existed,” the Salt Spring Island resident said. “Why is it that we can uncover spy rings and WikiLeaks can do this, and we can’t find one little source of a robocaller? I mean, that was ridiculous. We don’t know what the investigation consisted of. And we can’t get that information.”

Saanich-Gulf Islands MP, Elizabeth May, who defeated Gary Lunn in the 2011 election alleges that more attempts at misleading voters through phone calls were made during that election and believes that the 2008 robo-calls were a trial run for the more extensive fraudulent calling that occurred in 2011.

Former CRD Director for the Southern Gulf Islands, Ken
Hancock reports that he received a suspicious call in May 2011
Former CRD director for the Southern Gulf Islands, Ken Hancock who resides on Pender Island, has reported a fraudulent call that came to his home on election day 2011. This was a live call and Mr. Hancock reports that the person, who said she represented the Conservative Party, tried to convince him that to vote he needed to take a ferry to Vancouver Island and drive 30 kilometres into Saanich to cast his ballot. Upon further questioning Mr. Hancock reported that the caller then hung up on him.

There have been media reports of 3 whistle-blowers who worked for the telemarketing firm Responsive Management Group who have said they filed complaints in May 2011 with both the RCMP and Elections Canada regarding what they felt was misdirection to voters that they were ordered to make around telling them of polling station changes. The firm is now under investigation by Elections Canada and has done millions of dollars of business with the Conservative Party of Canada. Responsive Marketing Group (RMG) is identified, both in their Canadian and US operations as working for both Conservative and Republican candidates in elections and in fund-raising. A long-time Conservative organizer and strategist named Stewart Braddick is connected to both RMG and the US affiliate Target Outreach.

In the House of Commons, our Prime Minister, whose party has pled guilty to breaking election laws and paid a fine and whose party has been sanctioned by the speaker for making misleading robo-calls into Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's riding, has denounced the whole affair as an "unsubstantiated smear campaign" by sore losers.

To those who have received these calls both across Canada in 2011 and in Saanich-Gulf Islands in 2008, they have evidence of attempts at voter suppression and illegal actions as defined by the Canada Elections Act. Stephen Harper should be showing Canadians that he takes these issues very seriously rather than playing at hyperbolic rhetorical games during Question Period and slandering those who are honestly complaining and want to see some action against those who committed these crimes against our democracy.

Update March 5th: Former Liberal candidate Briony Penn, who ran against Conservative Gary Lunn in Saanich-Gulf Islands in 2008 and came within 2500 votes of winning has written a piece published in the Ottawa Citizen today. She talks about her campaign's complaints to Elections Canada around the robo-calls that occurred here and what she considered insufficient follow-up from the federal agency.

I was the first robocalls victim     by Briony Penn

My name is Briony Penn — I am a journalist and lecturer, and I ran as a political candidate in the 2008 federal election. My other claim to fame is apparently being the first “victim” of illegal robocalls.

We tried to warn Canadians what was coming up in the next election, but our complaints were inadequately investigated by Elections Canada and ignored by most media. If they had been investigated properly, then the outcome of the 2011 election may well have looked very different.

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Mayne Island Library Community Survey

We want to know how we are doing at the Mayne Island Library. Please help us understand how we are meeting your needs by completing our community survey during the month of March.

Copies are available at the Library or an online version can be completed at the Mayne Island Library web site: (then click on "click here to complete the library survey").

Please only complete one survey per person, either paper or online.

For further information email Judi Walker