Monitoring Climate Change in the North: Sat Jan 10

David Barrett, PhD student, Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre, University of Victoria, will present “Monitoring Climate change in the North”. Jan 10th 2015, 7 pm at the Ag Hall, Mayne Island.

David will discuss the methods used to monitor a remote, harsh environment and the implications for climate change.

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted January 2015

Come Join Monday Morning Tai Chi: Starts Mon Jan 5

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?
Come join us for Tai Chi.

On Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:15 - 10:15 am, Experienced Beginners 10:30 – 11:30 am, New Beginners 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.

$25 for the Winter Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee, plus a 2015 MICCS membership. Winter Session begins Monday, January 5th.

For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 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 shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted January 2015

Christmas Lights at the Japanese Gardens: Fri Dec 19

Bring family and friends to see the annual, magical display of lights at the Japanese Gardens, Dinner Bay.

We are open: every night from 5 - 7 pm from Dec 19th, up to and including, Jan 1st. Closed Christmas Eve.

Sneak preview after the Santa Ship, on Saturday, Dec 13th from 5 - 7 pm.

Volunteers have worked hard to adorn the gardens with thousands of lights and ornaments to make this a special experience. Come join us for hot cider, cookies, and holiday ambiance. Donations appreciated.

For further information please contact Ingrid (250) 539-5024

posted December 2014

Last Chance Christmas Market: Sun Dec 14

Merry Crafters — Last Chance Christmas Sale at the Ag Hall from 10 am - 2 pm this Sunday.

Mayne Island produced and hand-crafted.

For further information please contact Cecila

posted December 2014

Island Health Eliminates On Call Nursing on Mayne Island

Island Health has eliminated on call weekend nursing coverage on Mayne Island.

 Island Health has announced that a realignment of nursing services to increase home and community care support means that there will no longer be a first call relief nurse on Mayne Island during weekends. This announcement is being published in its entirety in the next issues of Driftwood and Island Tides and is posted on the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) web site and the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

We have been advocating for increased home and community care nursing coverage on Mayne and welcome this part of Island Health's announcement.
We were not, however, expecting this increase to come at the expense of our on call nursing services. That possibility was never discussed with either Mayne's medical team or the MIHCA board. In fact, we have been lobbying for and awaiting a permanent replacement since our on call nurse retired in the spring of 2014.

We were taken completely by surprise when Island Health gave us two weeks' notice that our on call nursing position would be eliminated effective November 21st, 2014. Galiano residents have also lost their on call nurse under the same circumstances.

What does this mean?
 With the exception of one weekend in four - when Dr. Losier will be available on island - all on call coverage will be by provided by phone. Barb Edwards, Mayne Island’s Unit Chief for BC Ambulance Services, notes, “This reduction in on call coverage will greatly increase the number of medical emergencies that need to be sent off island by either water taxi or helicopter, at significant cost to the health care system.”

What happens now?
 While we are very disappointed with this decision and the process by which it was reached, we will continue to work with Island Health, our medical team and our counterparts on Galiano to look for creative ways to fill the gap created by the elimination of this position. We will also make every effort to have a strong voice in any future decisions that affect health care delivery on Mayne. —Your MIHCA Board

Comments or questions? Island Health Ministry of Health

Phone or write to Island Health:
Island Health 
1952 Bay Street

Victoria, British Columbia 
V8R 1J8 Toll-free phone number: 1-877-370-8699.

You can also contact our local MLA Gary Holman in person or by mail:

Saanich North and the Islands Community Office

2393 Beacon Ave.
Sidney BC, V8L 1W9

Telephone: (250) 655-5711. Toll-Free: 1-855-955-5711. Fax: (250) 655-7398. Email:

MIHCA would like to hear from you too! If you have contacted or plan on contacting any of the above, please send us a copy to or drop a copy off at the Health Centre, Attention MIHCA.

A message from Dr. Losier regarding the elimination of our on call weekend nursing coverage.

It is very unfortunate that after 15 years of dedicated nurses serving our community, we have lost our on call weekend nursing coverage as of November 21st.

I strongly disagree with this decision to eliminate our on call nursing position. As the practicing physician on Mayne since 2001, I have spent over 2000 nights on call — something I could not have done without the support of a nurse.

I am also deeply concerned that Island Health Rural Health managers made this decision without any prior consultation with or input from our medical team.

The elimination of this position is being offset by increased home care nursing, but I believe the on call position could have been combined with more home care nursing hours.

At a meeting after we were informed of elimination of the on call position, I provided the Rural Health Managers with what I felt were strong and valid arguments to incorporate the on call role into the new home support nursing position, but Island Health was firm in its decision.

While I am extremely disappointed in this turn of events, I remain committed to our community and my patients.

With care and respect,
Juliana Losier, MD CCFP.

For further information about the contents of this announcement please contact MIHCA Board member Lindsay Allan

posted November 2014

“Wassail”: Fri Dec 19

“Wassail” with Elisabeth Jahren & Stephen Cropper and Friends.

Songs to drive the cold winter away. Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm - Doors open at 7 pm. At St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Tickets: $15 (including beverage and snack) at the door, or to be sure from Happy Tides or Miners Bay Books.

For further information please contact Stephen (250) 539-2206.

posted November 2014

Lions Club Christmas Bingo: Sat Dec 13

The Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas Bingo at the Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay, on Saturday, December 13th, after the departure of the Lions Santa Ship. Doors open at 7 pm.

Combine a visit to meet Santa Claus with an evening of fun playing bingo.

Proceeds from the Lions bingo games go to support the Lions scholarship program. So your evening of fun and games at the Lions Christmas Bingo will assist the further education of Mayne Island youth. Prizes for Bingo are generously donated by Mayne Island businesses and individual donors. Everyone is welcome!

For further information please contact Dennis Watts

posted November 2014

Lions Santa Ship Comes To Miners Bay: Sat Dec 13

The annual Christmas Santa Ship, sponsored by the Mayne island Lions Club with the Parks and Recreation Board and the Thrift Shop as co-sponsors, will dock at Miners Bay on Saturday, December 13.

It is scheduled to arrive at 2:45 pm. Mayne Island Firefighters in full gear and Lions Club members masquerading as reindeer will escort Santa, riding in a fire truck, to the Agricultural Hall, where he and Mrs. Santa will distribute gifts to the children of our island community.

Bring your children and grandchildren. Santa is scheduled to leave Mayne Island at 4 pm, and after his departure, there will be a bingo in the Ag Hall sponsored by the Lions Club. Everyone is welcome, and a Merry Christmas to everyone from the Mayne Island Lions Club.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

posted November 2014

Your Emergency Program on Mayne: Wed Dec 3

Sessions on Wednesday, Dec 3rd 2014, 11 am to 4 pm. Lunch is included. At the Mayne Island Community Centre.

Many questions are asked: What is Emergency Social Services (ESS)? What is a Reception Centre? Why do we need it? Who reports to whom? Who is in Charge? What is my Role? I am already a Neighbourhood Contact; should I have ESS Training? What is a telephone tree? Where do ESS volunteers and Neighbourhood Contacts fit into the overall plan? What buildings are safe? What about our children? What about Evacuation Plans?

While possibly we can't answer them all, we are going to try: Wednesday, Dec 3rd 2014.

11 am - Noon: Overview of the Emergency Program on Mayne Island and how we fit into the regional and provincial structure.

12 - 1 pm: Lunch.

1 - 4 pm: Pat Haugh, Deputy Area Co-ordinator, will conduct a training exercise, designed to help volunteers learn and practice procedures during an incident. The topic for this exercise is "Longer Term Power Outage". Most of us can cope with 2 days but what if it is a longer term?

Come & learn about the planning to cope with this situation and to help us determine our "readiness" to help ourselves, our families, and our Community Members.

We would like to increase the overall knowledge and understanding of the Emergency Program as well as offer more training for Emergency Social Services (ESS). ESS volunteers assist those who may be displaced by a house fire or in the case of a larger scale event, operates a "Reception Centre" for registration, family re-unification, lodging, food, or emergency clothing. Although these jobs are rarely called upon, we do need trained volunteers to to perform them.

Can’t make the whole day? If you are only able to attend the morning or the afternoon session please let us know which session(s) you will attend.

We need to count you in for lunch so please reply by Dec 1st to or Gerrie Wise, (250) 539-5148 or Irene Barrett, (250) 539-5070. For further information please contact Gerrie Wise

posted November 2014

Is there a cougar on Mayne Island?

Is a cougar making a stop-over visit to Mayne Island? Expert opinions vary.

On Tuesday, November 18, at about 4 p.m., one of Mayne's two permitted fallow deer hunters was checking out the old deer farm with a partner, who saw a yearling fallow chased by an animal. The grass was tall, so he only saw the top of its back. He described it as, "a little darker than a golden retriever", which the hunter confirms is the colour of a cougar. Ten minutes later, they found a carcass of a freshly killed deer. "It was a classic cougar kill," the hunter said, "they'll grab the animal by the front shoulders, pull it down, bite the neck and squeeze. They actually suffocate them."

He believes the puncture wounds in the neck are too far apart to indicate it was a dog's canine teeth. He explains, "Dogs usually hamstring an animal. I'm out there virtually every day. If there were any wild dogs running around and had the capability of doing that to a deer, I'm sure we'd have seen it by now. I'm fairly experienced with kind of stuff, and I'd give [the odds to be] 90% cougar and 10% something else."

The hunters took photos of the carcass and sent them to the RCMP.

We contacted the RCMP asking for their response to the report and for suggestions on precautions islanders should take if there is a big cat on the island.

The RCMP forwarded our email to Peter Pauwels, a Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Environment with twenty-one years of experience who had already seen the photos, and he quickly got back us by phone.

He stated: "On Southern Vancouver Island, we are called out to verify unknown predator kills twenty to thirty times a year. It is my opinion that the deer was more likely to have been killed by a dog than a cougar. It is difficult to verify species predation by photos alone. In this case, the puncture wounds to the throat are consistent with either cougar or dog, but the way it was fed on is much more indicative of a dog."

Further, he explained, "I can advise that we have received no recent cougar sightings on Mayne Island. In my experience if there was a cougar on a relatively small island, such as Mayne, we would have received multiple sightings by now. If a cougar makes it to Mayne Island there would very likely be dead sheep showing up as well. Sheep are much easier to hunt than Fallow Deer. However, it is impossible to prove anything one way or the other based on those photos alone."

With two experts expressing mainly differing views, where does that leave residents? Constable Jon Lane of the RCMP advised that, "At this point, notices have not been officially put out, however, to err on the side of caution, I've contacted the school."

After being contacted by the RCMP, Mayne School Principal Matti Girardi got in touch with BC Wildlife. “They recommended we exercise caution, so we sent out a notice to parents and have set limits to where the students can play in the woods around the school.”

The local hunter who found the carcass believes there is no reason for any action to be taken at this time. He told us that if it’s found that livestock are attacked, people are threatened, or pets are attacked, then the Ministry may attempt to track the animal. However, this may be unsuccessful because cougar are secretive and difficult to find. The hunter believes that the cougar will leave the island of its own accord when it needs to mate.

Best advice: if anyone spots or photographs a cougar, or finds an unusual kill, contact the RCMP.

In the meantime, the public is advised to visit the Ministry of Environment's web page called, Safety Guide to Cougars, which offers good advice about how to avoid cougars, how to keep children, pets, and yourself safe.

Article by Bill Maylone & Jim Traversy

posted November 2014

A Medieval Christmas: Sat Dec 13

Banquo Folk Ensemble celebrates the Yuletide season with an afternoon of festive Early music, performed on vocals, fiddle, flute, recorders, smallpipes, cittern, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, xylophone, surpeti, percussion and more!

Saturday, December 13th 2:30 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Tickets $15 at the door, or in advance at Farm Gate and Happy Tides.

For further information please contact Lael Whitehead (250) 217-8533.

posted November 2014

4th Annual Christmas Light Parade: Sat Dec 20

Photo by Toby Snelgrove
Dress up your truck, car, horse, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle or sleigh with bright colourful lights & decorations! All motorized vehicles and two or four legged creatures are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 6 pm on Saturday, December 20th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, in front of the school, at 5 pm. The parade will proceed down Fernhill to Miners Bay and end at Maynestreet Mall with refreshments and treats for the kids and adults. Santa & Mrs. Santa will be there, and we’ll be offering prizes for the best lit floats!

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the local food bank. Sponsored by Sunny Mayne Bakery, Home Hardware, Tru Value Foods & J. Griffin Hauling.

Please contact John at (250) 539-0887 or Rose at (250) 539-2820 for more information.

posted November 2014

Roy Forbes - Saturday, December 6

Mayne Island Music Society Presents Roy Forbes on Saturday, December 6, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall, (doors open at 7 pm).

Tickets are $20. Tickets available at the door and at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, & Farm Gate Store. Children under 12 are free.

The Mayne Island Music Society is very pleased to have Roy Forbes perform for us on Dec. 6. Roy is a well-recognized Canadian musician, performer, and song writer whose music has been performed by many artists over the years. Roy will be entertaining us with a wonderful selection of great songs and anecdotes. Don’t miss this Canadian Music Icon!

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

Mayne Island Election Results: Nov 15 2014

Illustration © Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs
The results for all local government elections that pertain to Mayne Island will be posted here as soon as they're available.

Unofficial Results

Islands Trust -- 2 to be elected from Mayne:
Jeanine Dodds 426 - Elected
Brian Crumblehulme 328 - Elected
David Maude 190

Capital Regional District -- 1 director to be elected:
David Howe 1988 - Elected
Stephen Cropper 869

Gulf Islands School District 64 -- 1 to be elected from Mayne:
May McKenzie 330 - Elected
Jan Nicol 169

Voter turnout numbers will be posted here if available.

11:58 pm:
Not a peep for any of the local elections yet, CRD, School District and Islands Trust haven't posted anything. News services are ending their coverages now that Vancouver is all done.

12:28 am:
Results from Islands Trust and CRD in. Nothing from School District yet.

Nov 16, 11:37 am:
Still no results from SD64. We know votes were counted locally, just not reported by SD64 officials yet, for some reason.

Nov 16, 12:30 pm:
May McKenzie reports that the reason for the SD64 delay is there was a glitch in the mail-in vote totals coming from the CRD to the School District. May says that local numbers give her a vote advantage that mail-in vote numbers won't be able to affect, so that she "is the winner".

Civic Info BC can't say when unofficial results will be available or why delay happened. It may not be until tomorrow.

Nov 17:
School District 64 results were made available - see above.

Nov 21:
An election official with the CRD has said that they are working on getting voter turnout information for Mayne Island and will provide that information "as soon as possible". MayneNews will post this info once it becomes available.

Nov 21, Voter turnout numbers for Mayne Island:
Voter Turnout: 522
Total Eligible Voters: 990
Voter Turnout Percentage: 52.7%

This voter turnout information is routinely available for most communities and is reported in the media on election night along with voting results. For our local government elections this information was not being made public, so MayneNews made several enquiries to Civic Info BC, the Islands Trust, Trustee Brian Crumblehulme and the Capital Regional District to find out this public information and make it available to Mayne Islanders.

The voter turnout percentage averaged for British Columbia was a very low 33%, so while Mayne Island’s is higher than most communities, it’s still not really a stellar reflection of voter engagement.

Voter turnout numbers for the other Gulf Islands have not been made publicly available, so we don’t know how well we did compared to other island communities in our area. It is the hope of MayneNews that this information will be more readily available for our next local elections.

Fashion Show Fundraiser: Sat Nov 15

The Tree Frog Gallery is pleased to sponsor a Fashion Show on November 15, 2014 as a fundraiser for MIALS (Mayne Island Assisted Living Society).

There will be a live auction (with great items to be bid on), Quilt Raffle and draws, and also a 50/50 draw. All the funds raised will go direct to MIALS.

This is a fun evening for all. Female and male models.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Tree Frog Gallery, Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm. Get your tickets early as it was sold out last year!

Bring your husband/partner/significant other for Christmas Gift ideas.

For further information please contact Bob (250) 539-3551.

posted November 2014

Gulf Island Sketches – The View From Mayne: Nov 20-22

5 Short Plays by Mayne Island Writers. At the Ag Hall - Thursday November 20, Friday November 21 & Saturday November 22. Doors 7:30 pm, show time 8 pm. Tickets $10 advance $12 at the door. Children 10 and under free. Tickets available now at Farm Gate, Home Hardware & The Trading Post. Get your tickets early so that you don’t miss out on an evening of terrific entertainment

These 5 plays have been written by Mayne Islanders about their island home and what makes it so special. Each piece is unique, highlighting some of the interesting characters who call our island home. You will not be disappointed.

The Authors have each been involved in the development of their creations with the ultimate goal of seeing their piece carry on to be a part of the 5 Islands tour this winter.

Gulf Island Sketches – The View From Mayne includes:

The Audition – By Brian Crumblehulme. Starring: Shaye Steele, Haylee Stobart & Mark Smith.

On Patrol – By Miranda Brown. Starring: Miranda Brown, Kim Darwin & Bill Bender.

Thin Ice – By Amber Harvey. Starring: Linda Dzus, Marcus & Sam Israel.

Lean on A Gulf Islander – By Leanne Dyck. Starring: Mary Crumblehulme, Mike Nadeau & Deb Foote.

Car Stops – By Amber Harvey. Starring: Karen Noyes & Georgia Johnson.

For further information please contact Deb

posted November 2014

Silver Maynes Annual Christmas Dinner: Sat Dec 6

The Silver Maynes annual Christmas Dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, is a highlight of the Christmas Season on Mayne Island.

The dinner for 2014 is held at the Mayne School Gymnasium, on Saturday, December 6th at 6 pm. The doors open an hour earlier so that members can come, visit and enjoy a drink before dinner.

The dinner is free for all Silver Maynes members paid up for 2014, but members should be sure to make a reservation before November 25th, so that we can have a place set for you. For reservations contact Kit Mitchell, A limited number of 2014 memberships are still available for purchase by contacting Neil Howard at (250) 539-3658 or Memberships for 2015, still only $10.00 each, will be for sale at the Dinner itself.

Will you need a ride? The Community Bus is available. Call (250) 539-0851 a day in advance.

posted November 2014

Association of Mayne Island Boaters AGM: Sat Nov 15

The Association of Mayne Island Boaters are holding an Annual General Meeting:

When: Saturday morning November 15th 2014.
Time: 10:00 am

Where: Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road.

Members and non members are invited to attend:
● review recent events and activities
● learn about programs and activities planned for the next boating season
● learn recent developments and changes in our current marine infrastructure
● we welcome your thoughts and ideas of how AMIB can better meet the needs of Mayne Island boaters
● please consider joining our Executive. We currently need to elect 2 Directors. (A Director carries on the work intended by the Association through committees).

Our current Directors have a calendar of exciting events already planned. Please contact Sharon Bunnin, Secretary, if you would like to get involved. Memberships and refreshments available at the meeting.

For further information please contact Sharon Bunin (250) 539-2311.

posted November 2014

Bones, Beaks and Teeth: Fri Nov 14

Friday November 14th, 2 pm at the Mayne School Library.

This talk is a hands­‐on look at different animal skulls including mammals and birds. Presented by Becky Wigen, Senior Lab Instructor of Anthropology at University of Victoria. If you have bones you would like identified, please bring them.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted November 2014

Author Reading at the Library: Mon Nov 24

The Mayne Island Library is pleased to present Christine Lowther reading from her new book, “Born Out of This” at the Library (411 Naylor) on Monday, November 24th at 7 pm.

Chris is the daughter of well-known poet Pat Lowther. She describes Mayne Island as her “oasis during a troubled childhood.”

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted October 2014

Mushroom Afternoon: Sat Nov 8

Please join us for a Mushroom Afternoon, Saturday November the 8th, 3:30 - 5 pm at the Ag Hall.

Bring down some of your favourite fun-guy friends and we will lay out your discoveries and strive to identify them. There will be prizes for Largest Mushroom and the Most Variety.

Specimens will be easier to identify with an accompanying spore print. Simply place your mushroom cap (one that isn't too old) on a piece of white paper. The spores dropping from the underside of the cap will land on the paper displaying it's colour. If you suspect light coloured spores place your the cap on a black or dark piece of paper.

We will provide resources, talks, and examples of mushroom growing, cooking, and preserving as well as a few short videos on the mighty mushroom. So come down and celebrate the secretive mycelium.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted November 2014

Updating the 2015 Mayne Island Phonebook

Have you been walking around thinking to yourself, gosh, it must be time to update my listing in the Lions Mayne Island Phone Book? You are absolutely right. It is time to make our phone book perfect. So do not hesitate. Do it right this minute. The deadline for changes is now December 1st.

And guess what? Fixing your listing just got way easier. Here’s all you have to do:

1. go to the Mayne Island Lions webpage: (or just google Mayne Island Lions).

2. click on the link that says, “White Page Listings for new/changes”

3. click on “SUBMIT” (Easy peasy, eh.)

If you prefer a paper copy, here’s what you need to do: turn to page 44 of the 2014 book and rip (yes rip) out the whole page; correct any errors, add your e-mail address if it is missing; fill in the whole page if we don't have you listed.

If you do not have a phone book or page 44 is gone, you can pick up a blank form at the Trading Post.

Please submit a form only if there any changes from 2014, or new listings. You don't need to submit anything if the listing is to remain the same.

Then you have two options: you can take the completed page and drop it in the box at the Trading Post or you can mail the page to 615 Williams Place, Mayne Island, V0N 2J2. All changes and additions must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted October 2014

Fire Department Auction: Sat Nov 1

The Mayne Island Fire Department needs to dispose of several surplus assets and to do so, we're holding a silent auction on Saturday November 1st at 1 pm.

The items can be viewed at 520 Felix Jack Road on the Saturday and photos are available on our Facebook page

Advance viewing of these items can be arranged by calling the Fire Chief at (250) 539-5156 or email For further information please contact Fire Chief, Steve DeRousie

posted October 2014

2014 Artisan Christmas Studio Tour: Nov 7-9

Seasons Greetings! The artists and shops of this years Christmas Studio Tour invite you to a glorious weekend discovering the diverse artistry of Mayne Island.

Our Artisans offer pottery, art cards, soap, jewellery, photography, paintings, silk works, food, clothing, leather goods, glass sculpture & much more.

Dates: Friday November 7, Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2014.

Pick up a map at participating vendors or the usual places. Click the following link to download a map posted on the MayneNews blog.

For further information please contact Richard De Armand
Brochure/Map: Click on image to view larger, 
then right-click "save image" to download

Lafayette String Quartet: Sat Nov 8

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present the Lafayette String Quartet.

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 (doors open 7:00 pm)
Where: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 360 Georgina Pt Road
Tickets: available at the door and at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, & Farm Gate Store (children under 12 free)

Since 1986, the Lafayette String Quartet has divided their time between entertaining audiences all over N. America & Europe, & teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances & community involvement. Their concerts in Canada & abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riveting, and with flawless ensemble.”

Indeed the LSQ are passionate about everything they do whether it is performing new music, delving into the great classics or giving master classes and workshops. Passion and commitment are the hallmark of the LSQ. They are the only all-female ensemble in the world to comprise the four original members – a distinct rarity, regardless of gender and regardless of profession.

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

posted October 2014

All Candidates Meeting: Sun Oct 26

A moderated All Candidates Meeting. Sunday October 26, 1 pm - 3 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 530 Fernhill Road.

Bring your questions for all candidates for CRD, Islands Trust and School Board.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Residents and Ratepayers Association

For further information please contact David (250) 539-2128.

posted October 2014

Life's An Adventure — Become A Firefighter

Now accepting applications for 2015 volunteer firefighter positions! Application deadline — November 30, 2014.

The fire and rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service as volunteers, paid on-call firefighters, or career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks and almost any other possible emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. These factors contribute to our profession being personally very rewarding.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a person is rescued, compassion for accident victims and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.

What can I expect as a Paid On-Call Firefighter?
You will receive widely recognized & credited firefighter training including:
Structural, Vehicle, & Wild land firefighting training
Emergency Medical Aid - First Responder, CPR & Rescuer skills
Emergency Vehicle Driver / Operator training & so much more!
Benefits: dental, extended health, accident, life & WSBC coverage
All required training, firefighting equipment & uniforms are provided.

What is the cost of the required training?
The required training for Paid-on-Call Firefighters is provided by the Department. Transportation to and from accredited additional training is also funded by the Department.

Upon successful completion of Recruit Training, how much time could a Paid-on-Call Firefighter expect to devote to being an active member? Time requirements may vary, but the average training and call-out time is at least 10 hours per month. There is no limit on the time you may spend on optional or volunteer duties.

Pick up an application at the Fire Hall - 520 Felix Jack Road or visit to print an application form. Successful applicants will begin training January 2015.

Firefighting offers rewarding challenges - personally and professionally. Becoming part of Mayne Island Fire Rescue can change your life!

For further information please contact Fire Chief Steven DeRousie

posted October 2014

Library & Conservancy Movie Night: Fri Oct 24

Vanishing Point: Friday October 24, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall. Admission by donation. A joint presentation by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Library.

The NFB film Vanishing Point is a 2012 National Film Board of Canada documentary directed by Alberta filmmakers and environmental scientists Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, chronicling life in the Arctic for two remote communities linked by a historic migration from Baffin Island to Greenland.

The film is narrated in Inuktitut by Navarana K'avigak' Sørensen, a polyglot Inughuit linguist who is the great-great-great-niece of a Baffin Island shaman who led the migration in 1860. The filmmakers accompanied Navarana on three hunting trips across the remote north and what we see contrasts traditional life on the tundra with life in modern-day communities.

Through Naravana the film draws inspiration and hope from the ties that still bind the two communities to face the consequences of rapid social and environmental change. This is an excellent film!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted October 2014

Mayne Island Lions Charter Night: Sat Nov 8

Like Lions Clubs everywhere, the Mayne Island Lions Club celebrates the anniversary of its charter with a dinner and dance, and so on Saturday evening, November 8th, it will mark the special occasion of its birth, forty-three years ago, with a dinner and dance at the Mayne School gymnasium.

The doors will be opened shortly before 6 pm and dinner will be served at 7 pm. There will be a sumptuous banquet of roast beef expertly prepared, followed by some abbreviated speechifying, then the presentation of the Mayne Islander of the Year Award for 2014, and finally, when our dignitaries have nothing more to say, you may dance the night away.

Lions members are offered first chance to buy tickets until October 15 (contact Peter, or call (250) 539-5850). Then the sale is opened to the public. After October 18th, Mayne Islanders may buy tickets at the Home Hardware, or at the Sunny Mayne Bakery, where we shall deposit unsold tickets which will be available for purchase until November 2, unless the supply runs out earlier. Tickets cost only $25.00 each.

We are delighted to welcome non-Lions to our Charter Night and we hope to see many new faces at the school gymnasium which will be transformed into a banquet hall for our gala evening.

For further information please contact Peter

posted October 2014

Prairie Fall Supper: Thu Oct 23

Join us for an old-fashioned Prairie Fall Supper at St Mary Magdalene Church House on Thursday October 23.

The menu is roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, Veggie, perogies, cabbage rolls and home made pies. All this for just $15.00.

We will have two sittings, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. No one will go home hungry, we are making most dishes from scratch. The perogies will be made with cheddar cheese and potatoes and the cabbage rolls will be rice, tomato and dill.

Tickets will be for sale at the Mayne Street Mall Saturday October 18 or contact J. Merinuk.

For further information please contact Jeannine Merinuk (250) 539-9998

posted October 2014

Monday Painters’ 5th Annual Show: Opening Fri Oct 17

On Friday, October 17th, at 7 pm, the Monday Painters will open our 5th show of recent works at the Ag Hall to accommodate the larger works that some artists will be showing, as well as allow space for all the artists. This year’s show will continue to feature watercolour, and in addition, acrylics, oils, pastels, coloured pencil, ink, and graphite and perhaps more. Pieces will range from quite small to very large.

The Monday Painters are looking forward to seeing our work displayed together in one big room, and yet still have space to showcase individual work. This year, some long established painters have joined the original group. New participants have brought experience, encouragement, and fresh ideas.

We appreciate the support and encouragement of our many friends in the community, and look forward to sharing our recent works with you. Artists showing work include Cilla Brooke, Dell Maxwell, Elisabeth Whitelaw, Jeannine Merinuk, Marta Izsak, Mary Cooper, Maureen Pearl, Pat Seebach, Tracey DeRousie, Sally Ireland, Bev Whitney, and Yosh Tanaka.

Join us for the opening on October 17th at 7 pm at the Ag Hall for appi’s and refreshments. The show runs Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th, 11 am to 3 pm.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney

posted October 2014

Adult Table Tennis Starts Fri Oct 17

Table Tennis is back! Starting on Friday, October 17, Adult Table Tennis will resume in the school gym. Sessions will run between 3 and 5 pm every Friday afternoon.

Come out and enjoy this healthy and fun activity! Membership for the season is still only $10. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing (250) 539-5817

posted October 2014

Oktoberfest: Sat Oct 18

The Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighter's Association presents the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest, Saturday October 18th, 2014, at the Community Centre, 6:30 pm.

Tickets $20.00, includes sausage, fresh made pretzel and a beer.

Tickets are available at Sunny Mayne Bakery, Home Hardware and at the door. Firefighter Glass Steins will be on sale (with one beer included). Come with an appetite!

Additional food and beer tickets for sale at the festivities. Vote for your favourite style of sausage. The community bus will be available for rides home.

Prizes awarded for Best Stein, Best Lederhosen, Best Dirndl, Best Yodel and the second annual Pickle Eating Contest. Come out and support your Firefighter's Association as they raise funds to restore the "Old Schoolhouse".

For further information please contact Bill Jamieson (778) 886-5110.

posted October 2014

5th Annual Community Apple Squeeze: Sun Oct 12

Date: Sunday October 12, 10 am to 1 pm.
Where: Ag Hall grounds. Rain or shine!

What an amazing year for fruit as well as just about everything else the earth provides for us! There are certainly a lot of apples out there waiting to be turned into sweet, delicious juice. The community chopper and press have already been cleaned and put to good use and will be set up waiting for you and your apples Sunday October 12, 10 am to 1 pm at the Ag Hall.

As well as apples, don’t forget to bring your own containers along with a donation for the care and maintenance of the press. If you want to participate but do not have apples there may be some for sale on the day. Another possibility is to help someone with lots of apples pick them and then share the juice. Or, if you’re not interested in putting away juice for the dark days of winter and just want to watch and taste please bring your own cup.

Besides the juice there is a lot of pulp produced. This is excellent for your compost and/or your pigs, chickens or other apple-loving animals so . . . bring containers to take it away. Your compost should not miss out on this opportunity! If you bring your apples in plastic bins these can be used to take away the pulp.

To borrow the community press please contact Helen O’Brian at (250) 539-5619 to arrange a date. We prefer the press to be away from its storage shed for no more than a day and to be returned clean and ready for the next person. If you want to use the equipment for the first time you need to find a helper who has had experience. Don’t know of anyone? We can help. Donations by cash or cheque payable to the Mayne Island Farmers Market can be left at the freemail at Gulfport Realty or mailed to Helen at 622 Gallagher Bay Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted October 2014

Music Society Presents Moody Amiri: Sat Oct 11

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Moody Amiri.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Where: St. Mary Magdalene Church (360 Georgina Pt Rd).
Time: Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30.
Tickets: $20 available at the door or at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate (children under 12 free).

The Music Society is pleased to present Richard Moody (viola) and Amir Amiri (santur) for a wonderful concert at the Church; blending east and west in their eclectic music inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training. Amiri and Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing the elements and balancing tradition and innovation.

Don’t miss this concert – these two have been gaining international recognition!

For further information please contact Don (250) 539-3700

posted October 2014

Earthquake! Are We Ready? Sat Sep 27

Mayne Island Emergency Program is sponsoring an Earthquake presentation on September 27 at 1 PM at Mayne Island Community Centre.

Come and learn how earthquakes might affect our community, and how to prepare for them.

Listen to a first-hand account from Captain Brock Henson, Saanich Fire Department and Saanich Emergency Program Officer, who assisted in the recovery process after the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquakes.

Light refreshments, information handouts, and door prizes will be available.

There is no charge for this presentation.

We live in an extremely active earthquake zone. Records show that 6 of the 10 largest earthquakes in Canadian history occurred in BC. Recently, we have experienced many earthquakes locally, including a 6.7 in April, 2014, off North Vancouver Island, and smaller earthquakes in Victoria (2.4) and Sidney (3.3). Over the past 3 years, major earthquakes have occurred in Alaska (7.5 and 8.0), Haida Gwaii (7.7 and 6.2), Japan (9), New Zealand (6.3) and last month in Napa Valley, California (6.0).

We all know that the “Big One” is coming. It may not be for another hundred years, or it could happen 5 minutes from now. But when it hits; depending on the epicentre, it will likely cause devastating widespread damage to our infrastructure and have immense physical, psychological, and economic impacts on all our lives.

Join us September 27th to learn more.

For further information please contact Gerrie Wise

posted September 2014

Truth and Reconciliation Discussion: Wed Sep 24

John Aitken hosts a relaxed discussion on rebuilding and renewing the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. 7 - 9 pm, Wed. September 24th, Agricultural Hall.

The official commission is over: now what? What does Truth and Reconciliation mean to you? What can we do in our community?

Truth and reconciliation commission of Canada website.

For further information please contact John Aitken (250) 539-3437 or

All welcome!

posted September 2014

Movie Night - Award Winning Short Films: Fri Sep 19

The Mayne Island Library presents 5 short films September 19th, at 7:30 pm.

The Danish Poet. This whimsical animated short about a young poet’s search for inspiration and love will amuse and delight both young and old! Oscar 2006 Animation 15 min.

Flamenco At 5:15. This visual and emotional thriller is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada. Oscar, 1983 Documentary 29 min.

Bob’s Birthday. Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honour is turning 40! When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband, Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. Oscar, 1994 Animation 12 min.

The Sand Castle. This charming and humorous fable tells the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Oscar, 1977 Animation 13 min.

Neighbours. Two neighbours live side by side in harmony until a flower grows on the dividing line between their properties. Who does it belong to? Oscars.1952 Animation 8 Min.

At the Ag Hall. Admission by donation. Free Popcorn!

For further information please contact David Chase

posted September 2014

Mayne Island Community Choir: starts Wed Sep 17

The Community Choir begins meeting at the Community Centre, weekly at 7 pm from Wednesday September 17th.

New voices are wanted for all parts and we'll welcome anyone who is keen and can sing in tune. It's likely that enthusiasm will carry you a long way as we will work on individual parts as needed. We plan on learning some new music (yes, including a short chorale by J.S. Bach) and relaxing with the well known tunes from Les Misérables.

If we can increase our numbers just a little we would like to stage a concert made up of four part arrangements of popular carols sometime before Christmas. We will be booking the date at the Church in mid October if it's a "go."

A new element in our weekly routine is that we plan on having a visiting expert to help us rehearse once a month. Stephen Cropper will be our guest in September and Gail Noonan will drop by in October; we're delighted that they have agreed to help us out. Lauren Underhill will be our accompanist on most Wednesdays.

If travel or other business means that you cannot come along on the 17th, just join us when you can. For those who don't drive after dark we can arrange car pooling!

Remember - every Wednesday at 7 pm.

For further information please contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673.

posted September 2014

Terry Fox Run - Miners' Bay: Sun Sep 14

This year's 14th Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research is on Sunday, September 14;

Time: registration starts at 10:30 / run starts at 12 Noon.

Everyone welcome -- there's no entry fee -- just come out and enjoy the day and share in Terry's legacy. Pledge forms are available around the island -- no minimum pledge -- all donations welcome.

Thanks to all the generous volunteers who help to make this event successful and fun! Hope to see you there!

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

posted September 2014

Fans & Motor Supply Co. - Sat Sep 13

The Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present a great band Fans & Motor Supply Co. -- on Saturday, September 13.
Time: 7:30 (doors open at 7:00)
Date: Saturday, September 13
Tickets: $20 (children under 12 free)

Southern Soul, Rock, Rhythm & Folk with Dan Wisenburger - Electric and Baritone Guitars, Daniel Tate - Organ, Oliver Swain - Upright Bass, Matthew Pease - Trap Kit.

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

posted September 2014

Meredyth James Fund Fundraiser: Sat Sep 27

The Mayne Island Community Centre and the Meredyth James Fund present: "All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go”. A formal evening event featuring dancing, drinks and appetizers. Other entertainment includes a photo booth, raffle draws and themed games.

This is a chance to dress to impress. Break out that old wedding or prom dress, tuxedo or top hat! This is an event not to be missed.

Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014 at the Community Centre, 7 pm and 19 years +.

For further information please contact Jillian Rice (250) 539-2070.

posted September 2014

Tai Chi - Sessions begin Mon Sep 15

Tai Chi - 24 Form Yang Style.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes? Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health? Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:30 - 10:30, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45. $25 for the Fall Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 15. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 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 shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted September 2014

Art Show: Sat Sep 6

"Recent Works" by Nikki Spooner and Donna Williams runs September 6th - September 30th at the Library.

Please join us for the opening on Saturday September 6th, 7 pm - 9 pm.

For further information please contact Donna

posted September 2014

Iris Collective Free Film Screening: Sat Aug 30

Iris Film Collective presents a rare screening of: Edward Curtis' In The Land Of The War Canoes. It will be preceded by a series of short experimental films by members of the collective.

Saturday August 30, 9 pm
Georgina Point Park and Lighthouse
Bring blankets and/or chairs!

More Iris info: or on Facebook

For further information please contact Lisa

posted August 2014

MICS Photo Contest Deadline: Sun Aug 31

The countdown is on! There are only 8 more days until the Mayne Island Conservancy's Nature Photo Contest is closed to entries.

Check out the photos you have taken on Mayne since March 2014 (or hurry out and take some new ones!); if they fit into any of the categories below send them to us for a chance to win a free calendar featuring your photo!

Categories for the contest are: Native Plant(s), Native Animal(s), People Enjoying Nature, Ocean/Beach Scene, Forest Scene, and Kids Only.

To enter, check out the contest rules, tell us the category into which you are entering your photo or photos, and send them in the highest resolution possible to prior to August 31, 2014.

For more details and rules, check out our website (, Facebook page, or one of our posters.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Underhill at:, (250) 539-5168, or visit our office at 478 Village Bay Rd. (The Root Seller).

posted August 2014

Grant Buday Book Launch & Reading: Tue Aug 26

Mayne Islander Grant Buday will be reading from his latest book, The Delusionist at the Agricultural Hall on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30 pm.

The Delusionist has received great reviews in the Vancouver Sun (above the fold!) and BC Bookworld.

Anvil Press, when interviewed by Canada Reads, had this to say: "...Grant Buday is a brilliant storyteller, a master crafter of the self-contained worlds in which he places his characters. The characters in Buday’s fiction are real, everyday people that readers can relate to; they are people you pass by on the streets of your community.

The Delusionist also shines light on an under-examined atrocity in world history, that of the Holodomor, in which millions of people in the Ukraine were systematically starved to death by Stalin and his communist regime.

And, Grant Buday has a wonderful sense of black humour. The Delusionist is a funny, sad, and heart-warming novel about love, loss, creativity, and coming to terms with the horrors of history.

Refreshments will be served, including, of course, Eden's culinary delights.

For further information please contact Lynn (250) 539-3346

posted August 2014