Mayne Island Public WiFi

This list was last updated in February 2014, so it’s time for a re-post.

Village Bay Ferry Terminal — This is a Shaw "Go WiFi" hotspot. Available to Shaw internet customers. Shaw internet customers can register their laptops, tablets or smart phones to connect automatically in any Shaw WiFi hotspot. More info available on Shaw's website.

Mayne Island Community Centre — 493 Felix Jack Road. Open public WiFi signal.

The Groove Restaurant — 454 Village Bay Road. Open WiFi signal available to anyone.

The Mayne Island Reading Centre (Library) — 411 Naylor Road, next to Miners Bay Park. Open public wi-fi signal.

Gulfport RealtyMayne Street Mall. Open public WiFi.

Shavasana Cafe — 457 Village Bay Road - free WiFi available for customers.

Agricultural Hall & Grounds — 430 Fernhill Road - open public WiFi signal.

Farm Gate Store — 568 Fernhill Road - free WiFi available for customers, ask for the password.

Fernhill Centre — 574 Fernhill Road - open public wifi available.

Bennett Bay Bistro — 494 Arbutus Drive - free WiFi available for customers.

If there were other WiFi hotspots that were overlooked, please email and this post will be updated.

post edited January 2016

Otters Swim Club Winter Registration: Fri Jan 8

Friday, January 8 is Registration Day and the first practice of our winter/spring season. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool at Panorama Rec Centre to sign up. Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm ups and pool times between 11 am — 2 pm.

Our Winter/Spring Session practices are on Fridays, January 8 through April 29. (We have reduced lane practices in the main pool for home school members and masters swimmers on dates that School District 64 is in session, as well as optional practices during Spring Break.)

The Otters Swim Club welcomes members from all the Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive and Masters. Our membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around!

For registration forms and more information check out our website and contact us at or phone Helen Lemon-Moore on Pender Island (250) 629-2020 or Laara Jarvey on Mayne Island (250) 539-2205.

posted December 2015

Mayne Island Library Reading Challenge 2016

Continuing on the success of 2015's 'Reading Challenge’, Mayne Island Library has chosen a new book for the 2nd Annual Reading Challenge. This year we will be reading "Indian Horse", a fictional novel by Kamloops author, Richard Wagamese.

Copies of 'Indian Horse' can be purchased at cost at Miner's Bay Books. Also, more information will be in the January Library Notes section of the MayneLiner. Continue the journey and be part of 2016's Reading Challenge. The dates are between January 1st to June 21st. (National Aboriginal Day).

For further information please contact the Mayne Island Library or Judi Walker

posted December 2015

MILT's Calendar Girls Video-Fundraiser: Sat Jan 16

Did you miss out on seeing MILT's fall performance of Calendar Girls? Come on out and see the video version. Saturday, January 16. Showtime is 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm, at the Ag Hall.

This was a sold out event that left many smiling for days. Refreshments, goodies, silent and live auctions. Admission by donation — this is a fundraiser for the Meredyth James Fund. The Meredyth James Fund is a community fund in memory of Meredyth James, that provides short-term financial support to Mayne Islanders with a critical illness.

For further information please contact Glenda Goodman

posted December 2015

Sailors, Boaters, Kayakers Radio Course Jan 13, 20, 21

Boater’s Radio Course (Mayday Mayday Mayday).

Take advantage of this three-day course taught by Blair Smith. This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. The certificate is good for your lifetime.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

The Maritime Radio course is offered through the Canadian Power Squadron, and teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques.

Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS).
Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

Instructor: Blair Smith
Date: January 13 and 20 with a test on January 21
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: Church House
Cost: $100

Please register by December 31, so the course materials can be ordered. There is a maximum of 10 participants, so register early. Call or email to register or for further information: Bryan Westby (250-539-3412, or Cliff Kiyooka (250-539-3256, ).

posted December 2015

Christmas Eve Bonfire: Thu Dec 24

The 24th of December is fast approaching, which means the Christmas Eve Bonfire at Miner's Bay Park is almost here.

Come out to this event sponsored by the Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce for treats, cider or hot chocolate (please bring your own mug), and carol singing around the fire.

Please join us at 6:30 on the 24th for joy, camaraderie, and fun!

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

posted December 2015

5th Annual Christmas Light Parade: Sun Dec 20

Yes, the Parade IS on!

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 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 20th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, at the Home Hardware prior to the starting time. The parade will proceed on Fernhill to Bennett Bay and then back up to Miners Bay.

For further information please contact John Griffin (250) 539-0887.

posted December 2015

BC Ferries Survey Deadline: Mon Dec 14

There is still time to make your thoughts known regarding the proposed new ferry schedules for Routes 9 (Tsawwassen/Gulf Islands and 5 (Swartz Bay/Gulf Islands). The new schedules and survey are available at the BC Ferries web site until Monday December 14th.

The revised schedules more closely resemble the current schedules than what was presented last August.

But two areas of concern are immediately apparent for the winter Tsawwassen to Village Bay route: the potential for an overload situation on Friday nights to the Gulf Islands and Sunday nights returning with a new 145 vehicle capacity ferry replacing the Queen of Nanaimo (192 vehicle capacity).

If you haven’t already done so, please have a look at the schedules and complete the survey.

Additional comments about the schedule (that are not covered by the survey) can be sent to with copies to Mark Collins, Vice President at and the Mayne Island Ferry Advisory Committee members Diana King (, David Maude ( and Mike Sywulych (

For further information please contact Diana King

posted December 2015

Humanists on Mayne: Thu Dec 17

You are invited to Mayne Island's new Secular Humanist group's meeting and discussion: 2 pm Thursday December 17 at 514 Felix Jack Road.

Secular humanism values reason, ethics and science as ways to gain knowledge and solve problems. Secular humanists emphasize the importance of human rights such as gender equality and dying with dignity. If this resonates with you, or you'd like to learn more, join us. Refreshments to follow.

For further information please contact Neena Hasel or Anita Bates

posted December 2015

Wassail: Mon Dec 21

Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away! Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling. With Stephen Cropper, Elisabeth Jahren, Sara Partridge, Lael Whitehead, plus Chris Redsell and a special guest.

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). At St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Tickets: $20 (including beverage and goodies) available at Farm Gate Store or The Trading Post.

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

posted December 2015

Mayne Island Community Refugee Meeting: Sat Dec 5

Saturday December 5 from 1 to 3 pm at Church House the community is gathering to discuss how Mayne Island might help support refugees from Syria. Everyone is welcome. We need to figure out what our role could be.

Speakers who have expertise in this area will provide information and then we'll see who is ready to help in some way. Bring your hearts and minds.

For further information please contact Eric Partridge (250) 514-1017.

posted December 2015

Folk Music Video filmed on Mayne Island

Folk band Aerialists have released a new video filmed atop cliffs over Campbell Bay, Mayne Island last June. Enjoy some great music.

posted November 2015

Honour A Life At The Japanese Gardens: Fri Dec 11

Honour A Life at the Japanese Gardens.

The holidays are a time of wonder but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones or pets in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season. The Board of Mayne Island Assisted Living would like to invite the community to join us in our fourth annual Honour A Life event.

Please join us on Friday, December 11th at 4:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree.

The Mayne Island Singers will be singing and there will be refreshments.

For further information please contact May McKenzie

posted December 2015

Mayne Island Fire Hall Grand Opening: Sat Nov 28

Saturday, November 28th, 2015
1 pm to 3 pm
Ribbon Cutting 1:30 pm

Everyone's invited to join us at the Grand Opening and meet the Trustees, Staff and Firefighters, and be among the first to see and tour your new fire hall.

Everyone Welcome - Coffee, Tea, and Cake will be served.

For further information please contact Steve DeRousie, Fire Chief

posted November 2015

Agricultural Society AGM and Membership: Fri Nov 27

On Friday November 27th we will hold the AGM for the Agricultural Society, 10:30 am in the Ag Hall. At this meeting we will hold our yearly election of new officers for the upcoming year. We will then hold our regular monthly business meeting followed by a light luncheon.

We really want the involvement of more members of the community and we are asking people to come out and join the society. Yearly membership costs are only a twoonie ($2).

The Agricultural Society plays an important role in the community and we need input from all, The society runs the annual Fall Fair - coming up this year #91, the Ag Hall and museum, the Thrift Store and programs to promote agricultural and well being on the island. All moneys raised by the society are returned to the island in the form of grants to various groups and activities or individuals for education and personal development.

Please come and join us. For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted November 2015

Whisky Minstrels: Fri Dec 4

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present the Whisky Minstrels for Friday, December 4!

When: Friday, December 4, 2015.
Where: Ag Hall.
Time: 7 pm doors open (show starts at 7:30).
Cost: $25 (kids under 12 free).

Award winning Canadian songsmith (Bruce Coughlan) and American award winning multi-instrumentalist (Nolan Murray) team up to share music and stories from nearly 4 decades on the road. Songs of life, love and passion. The music (as the name suggests) possesses a smoky flavour and a smooth finish.

This is going to be a fun-filled evening -- two fantastic musicians and some great music! Please come out and support the Mayne Island Music Society for our last performance of the season.

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

posted November 2015

Flu Season - Immunization Information

The best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza (the flu) is to get immunized. For more information or to find out if you are eligible for a free influenza shot:
• visit
• call the local Public Health Unit toll free at (250) 539-3099
• call Health Link BC at 8-1-1.

If you are eligible for a free influenza shot, please bring your Care Card to the local Mayne Island Influenza Clinic on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

If you are not eligible, please contact your family physician or nearest pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost.

Coffee, tea and cookies provided compliments of the Mayne Island Community Centre Association.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted November 2015

Village Bay to Miners Bay pathway update

As many of you know a survey of the route for the proposed path was completed in early 2015.
Representatives from CRD and Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association (MIPATA) met on site in June 2015 to review the route and requirements.

Subsequently CRD has appointed an Engineering and Design company to complete the next phase of the project which is to deliver a plan for the pathway. At this point we do not have a definite timeline for completion of this phase. The contract is between CRD and the engineering company.

The pathway is to be within the public road allowance on the north side of Village Bay Road. Along the route are a number of difficulties to overcome such as change in elevation, ditches etc. One big issue is preservation of as many trees as possible. To assist the engineer/design company it was requested that trees of significance be flagged for addition to the survey map. It is intended that the flagged trees be preserved if at all possible.

We would like to stress and clarify to the community that the flagging does not indicate trees slated for removal.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments about the project please do not hesitate to contact MIPATA – Irene Barrett – Our local elected commissioner David Howe is supportive of this project and is working closely with CRD on our behalf.

posted November 2015

Mushroom Open House: Sat Nov 21

Photo by Martijn Roos

Mushroom Afternoon
Saturday November 21, 2 to 4 pm at the Ag Hall.

It's fun-gy time! Bring as many mushrooms and fungi types as you can find. Assisted by guide books and local experts, we'll do our best to identify them.

There will be a prize for the largest collection and another for the largest fungi. Mike Nadeau is making chaga chai, said to be one of the most beneficial herbal drinks available. Don't miss it!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian, or visit the Mayne Island Conservancy’s web site.

posted November 2011

REDress Project: an Invitation: Sun Nov 22

On Sunday November 22. Emma and Felix Jack Park will become part of the National REDress Project. The Project, started in 2008 by Jamie Black, a Metis artist from Manitoba raises awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women across Canada by hanging empty red dresses in public places. The project is a thought provoking way of addressing the issue of the murdered and missing women.

Red dresses are showing up in locations on the island in advance of the installation on Sunday. These offerings are how some in the community have chosen to participate.

Many of us have experienced the effects of violence directed towards women, in our families and in our communities. If you feel inspired to be a part of the project you can contact John Aitken to contribute a Red Dress, or you can meet up at Emma and Felix Jack Park on Sunday at 1:30. The dresses will be hung at that time and a ceremony will be held at 3:00 to remember the women and girls. The installation will remain up over night and will be removed on Monday. All are welcome.

For further information please contact John Aitken

Below is an interview with REDdress Project creator Jaime Black.

posted November 2015

Correction: Gary Holman Community Hall: Wed Nov 25

Please join local MLA Gary Holman for a community meeting, on Wednesday November 25 at 3:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Please note that the date in the MayneLiner calendar and the date in Gary Holman’s MayneLiner ad is incorrect. The correct date is as above.

For further information please contact Gary's Community Office (250) 655-5711

posted November 2015

Garden Club Year End Potluck Luncheon: Wed Nov 18

We are wrapping up this year's garden club activities with our annual year end luncheon. The potluck luncheon will begin at 12:30. Please bring a dish to share.

Our guest speakers are the ladies from Botanus, a successful mail order company in Langley. They specialize in all bulbs, the unusual, new introductions and old favourites. They are bringing stock for sale and there is still time to get them into the ground for next spring.

For further information please contact Trish Hoff

posted November 2015

Silver Maynes Annual Christmas Dinner: Sat Dec 5

The Silver Maynes will hold its annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 5, in the Mayne Island School Gymnasium. Doors open at 5 pm. Dinner follows at 6 pm.

It will be a traditional Christmas dinner hosted by “Dinners by Design”, under the direction of Sue Duncan. Desserts will be donations from Mayne Island kitchens, and the Christmas dinner is famous for its dessert table.

Relax and enjoy the music of Gerry Karagianis before and after dinner. Sing Christmas carols with Allan Evans at the piano while we wait for Santa Claus and Mrs. Santa to arrive. Purchase raffle tickets for an assortment of prizes, and please bring a Food Bank donation. Make Christmas merry for someone else!

The dinner is free for paid-up members but reservations are necessary! E-mail Marie Wright ( or phone (250) 539-3534 if you plan to come or for further information.

posted November 2015

Remembering with Words, Art, and Film: Nov 6 & 8

Two Remembrance themed events will be staged next weekend...

Art Show: The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council's show, "Remembrance", opens Friday, November 6, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Mayne Island Library. An exhibition about war and peacekeeping, the show includes stories, photos, art, and objects that evoke memories of military engagements, of the people who served, and of the personal attitudes, responses, and emotions connected with making war and making peace.

Julie Emerson will also read from her newly published collection of poetry about war through the ages, "Twenty Seven Stings". Live music will be provided by Jim Heshedahl and friends. Recorded music from WWII will also be played. Refreshments will be served. The show runs through December 2nd and can be viewed during library hours.

For more information, call Peggy Robertson, (604) 868-0552.

Film Screening: The Mayne Island Library celebrates Remembrance Day with the film "Love & Duty" on Sunday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

”Love & Duty" is the inspiring documentary about 641 women who travelled overseas to volunteer for the Red Cross during WWII. Personal danger intensified feelings of commitment, sacrifice and love. The adventure changed the lives of these women, changing them in profound ways and ultimately altering the perceived role of women forever.

Our special guests are two people from Infinity Films: scriptwriter, Sue Culver and director and executive producer, Shel Piercy. Come and discuss the film with them!

For more information, email Eleanor Cocker,

posted October 2015

MILT presents Calendar Girls: Nov 13, 14, 20, 21

Calendar Girls – A comedy presented by Mayne Island Little Theatre and directed by Brian Crumblehulme.

A group of women get together to implement a risqué idea to raise money for a cancer facility.

Friday, November 13 and Saturday November 14. Friday, November 20 and Saturday November 21.

Ag Hall 8 pm - doors open at 7:30. Tickets $15 at the Trading Post, Home Hardware, Farm Gate.

For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme

posted October 2015

Monday Painters 6th Annual Art Show: Fri Oct 30

The Monday Painters have been meeting at the Community Centre on Monday afternoons since January 2008. Our group has morphed over the years, this year having a dozen or so participating. In the fall of 2009 the group felt confident enough to present our painting to the public. We began having a yearly show at the library. A couple of years ago we needed a larger venue.

On October 30th we'll present our 6th annual show at the Agricultural Hall. We hope you can join us. October 30th. 7 pm, October 31st. 10 am to 4 pm.

For further information please contact Dell

posted October 2015

AGM - Association of Mayne Island Boaters: Sat Oct 31

Association of Mayne Island Boaters 15th Annual General Meeting.

When: Saturday, October 31st
Where: Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road.
Time: starts at 10 am

We hope you can attend:
● all members and non members invited to attend.
● opportunity to join and renew memberships.
● elections for officers and directors.
● director positions are available for election (get involved with a great boating club).
● hear the year in review and get updates on existing Mayne Island docks and the proposed community dock at Anson Road, Horton Bay.
● the Mayne Island Harbour Commissioner will be there to answer your questions about the docks.
● enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

For further information please contact AMIB Secretary, Sharon Bunnin (250) 539-2311.

posted October 2015

An Evening in the Great Bear Rainforest: Thu Oct 29

Salon Movie Night: An Evening in the Great Bear Rainforest. Thursday October 29, 2015, 7:30 pm in the Mary Jeffery Resource Room (upstairs at the Root Seller). Admission by donation.

Three films about the Great Bear Rainforest: Bear Witness, a 22 minute film by BC's Coastal First Nations about trophy hunting in the GBR; Spoil, a 44 minute documentary on the threat to the GBR from dirty tar sands; and, if there is time, Groundswell, a 22 minute amazing and beautiful surfing film set in the GBR.

For further information please visit the Mayne Island Conservancy Society web site or contact Helen O'Brian

posted October 2015

Lions Club Gala Dinner & Dance: Sat Nov 7

On November 7, the Mayne Island Lions Club will celebrate its forty-fourth anniversary with its famous annual gala, Charter Night. You can enjoy a feast which is a little different, dance to the music of Bob Connolly and mingle with your fellow islanders who have dressed up for the occasion. And there’s a live auction, too.

Members of the Mayne Island community are all welcome – this not an exclusive event! But you must have a ticket! Tickets will be sold at the Maynestreet Mall on Saturday, October 24th, from 10 am until noon, or if you miss the sale, telephone (250) 539-5850. Desperate customers (only) may call (250) 539-9876.

Cost? A mere $25 each. The place to gather for the great event is the Mayne Island School gymnasium, which will be transformed into a festival hall for the occasion.

Time: 6 pm, and the dance continues until all the dancers are weary. The Mayne Island Community bus is available for transport. Rides by donation only. We appreciate all donations!

For further information please contact Allan Evans (250) 539-9876

posted October 2015

MIECS Trunk or Treat Event: Sat Oct 31

Come to the Mayne Island Community Centre from 4:30 - 5:30 pm Halloween Night and enjoy a central location to trick or treat or hand out candy.

Held in the Community Centre parking lot (493 Felix Jack Rd) will be the first "Trunk or Treat" event organized by the Mayne Island Early Childhood Society. If you'd like to participate with your car/truck and give out candy, here's what you need to do:

Call to reserve your space.
Decorate your car trunk or truck bed in the Halloween Spirit. (See the Mayne Island Early Childhood Society Facebook page for decor examples).
Show up Halloween Night to see all the costumes and hand out candy.

When you're done at the Community Centre, head over to the Firefighter's Annual Halloween festivities - just down the road.

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

posted October 2015

Fish Don't Do Drugs: Sat Oct 17

All prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements & natural health products in oral dosage form are now part of a new stewardship program — the BC Medications Return Program. Its purpose is to recover unused or expired drugs before they are disposed of in garbage or poured down drains.

Mayne Island residents can return unused medications to the Health Centre on October 17th 10 am — 3 pm. Bring medications in their original containers (plastic bottles or blister packs, but not outer packaging). Remove any personal identification, such as your name. Dr Losier and a medical student will be on hand to answer questions.

Medications can also be returned to participating pharmacists. Visit for more information.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted October 2015

Weekly Table Tennis at the School Gym: Fri Oct 16

Weekly adult table tennis begins Friday the 16th of October from 3 - 5 pm in the school gym. The cost is $15 per person. Drop in is $2 per person.

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

posted October 2015

Incorrect Information on Mayne Island Voter Information Cards

(Updated Oct 4th below)

It’s been reported this week by many people that the information on Voter Information Cards for the upcoming federal election is incorrect.

It appears that all cards have the address of the Church House, where advance polls will be held, as 776 Beachwood Road. The correct address of the St. Mary Magdalene Church House is 360 Georgina Point Road.

There has also been at least one report of a Mayne Island voter receiving a card directing them to cast their ballot on Galiano Island. This is definitely an error. In addition, many voters have received 2 Voter Info cards in the mail.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Elections Canada office in Saanich. Call toll free 1-866-546-7620. Deb Foote has taken on the task of reporting much of this personally to Elections Canada. At the time of this post, I have not heard what Elections Canada’s response to these problems is or whether they intend to issue new Voter Cards. New information and local discussion can be found on the Mayne Island Info Facebook group. Information will be updated on this post as it becomes available.

These problems with Voter Info Cards are not restricted to Mayne Island, but appear to be happening across the country as has been reported in the news. It’s difficult to understand how this is possible since Elections Canada has been aware there will be an election this fall for a very long time. No explanations have been offered at this point why Elections Canada offices seem so ill-prepared for this election. It is hoped that these problems will not adversely affect anyone’s ability to cast their ballot in the federal election.

Update October 4th: Via Deb Foote we have information from a meeting with Elizabeth May's staff, other candidates representatives and Saanich Gulf Islands Elections Canada staff.

Elections Canada is aware of the mistakes on Voter Information Cards that were delivered to Mayne Island. They are also aware that some voters were directed to vote on Galiano Island and also on Saturna Island. Elections Canada confirmed that no one on Mayne Island will be required to vote on a different island.

No detailed explanation for why these mistakes have occurred or if new voter cards will be mailed out, but Elections Canada promises they will correct any problems. It was revealed that for the first time Voter Cards were printed at a central location for the whole country. Speculation was offered that possibly Mayne Island's new(ish) postal codes may have something to do with mistakes.

For those who are registered to vote but have yet to receive your Voter Information Card, Elections Canada says it may still be on the way. But anyone who has any concerns over their status should call the Saanich Gulf Islands Elections Canada office at 1 (866) 546-7620 without delay,  because they stop revising the voters list on October 12th.

Voters can still register at the voting place on Election Day with identification, but if anyone is concerned about their status to vote or worried that their ID may not be sufficient they should go to the Advance Polls to vote, because if there is a problem, they still have a week to try to fix it. The advance polls are at St. Mary Magdalene Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road, on October 9, 10, 11 & 12, noon to 8 pm.

MI Music Society Presents Backspin: Sat Oct 17

Backspin band plays a mix of traditional and contemporary music with a distinct bluegrass style, taking from their own repertoire of originals and covering other songs.

Five members comprise the band: Colin Goldie on Mandolin; Randy Golding on guitar; Jay Buckwold on banjo; Kate Main on the bass and Hugh Ellenwood on the fiddle.

It's going to be a lively and fun night! Come out and enjoy it!

When: Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00).
Where: Ag Hall.
Tickets: $20 (children under 12 free). Available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, Farm Gate Stove

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

posted October 2015

All Candidates Forum: Tue Oct 6

An All Candidates Forum will be held on Mayne Island on Tuesday, October 6th, at the Agricultural Hall from 1:30 - 4:30 pm.

Attending will be the candidates for Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands to be elected on October 19th, 2015. Elizabeth May (Green Party), Alicia Cormier (NDP), and Tim Kane (Liberal) have confirmed their attendance. Please come to hear responses to pre-determined questions, ask your own questions, and support your candidate. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

For further information please email

posted October 2015

Mayne Island Deer Education Committee

Following a community meeting in September, 2014, the work of the committee dealing with invasive Fallow deer was divided into four groups with responsibility for education, hunters & permits, political lobbying and long term planning.

In March, 2015, members of the committee met with representatives of the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, the Capital Regional District, the Islands Trust and the Ministry of the Environment. The purpose of the meeting was to look at long term solutions to the deer problem since, despite the best efforts of our hunters with special licenses, the Fallow deer population continues to thrive. In the past dozen years, since the special licensing system has been in place, 1,079 Fallow deer have been killed.
As part of the efforts of the Education sub-committee, the following guide to identifying the two deer species is presented to enable residents and visitors to distinguish between them.

Native Blacktail deer and the invasive Fallow deer are distinctly different species. The coat of the Blacktail is generally a uniform brown on the head, back and sides with a lighter shade, almost white, on the belly and throat with a patch framing the distinctive black tail. Adult males typically weigh about 35 kilograms, females 25 kg. Bucks develop forked antlers between April and September, shedding them in late winter. Life expectancy is 6 to 8 years.

Fallow deer exhibit the widest variety of colouration of any species of deer, ranging from very dark brown to nearly white, with many shades and patterns in between. A common variant in the Southern Gulf Islands is the medium brown coat with clearly visible light-coloured spots on the sides and back, some merging into a horizontal line along the flanks between the shoulder and the hind quarter. (Note: a spotted coat is also typical of Blacktail fawns.)

Antlers displayed by male Fallow deer are of a type known as palmate, somewhat resembling those of the moose. As shown in the accompanying illustration, perhaps the most reliable mark of distinction between the two species is the Fallow deer’s black, horseshoe-shaped stripe surrounding the white patch framing the tail. Fallow are larger and heavier than Blacktail and have a slightly longer tail. Males weigh around 60kg, females 40kg. Life span is 12 to 14 years.

For further information please contact Tom Masters

Evening Fitness Classes start Mon Oct 26

Evening Fitness Classes at the Community Centre. We are planning a six-week set of 2 evening classes per week, starting Monday, October 26. A commitment of 6 participants for each class is needed to run the proposed evening classes, so spread the word.

Evening Class Schedule:
Mondays 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Interval Circuit Class – With Dave Ewanchuk.
A self-paced workout that is designed to meet individual needs; offering intervals of cardio, resistance and flexibility training.

Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. High Energy Conditioning Class – With Deanna Stobart.
An energetic workout involving high intensity moves to improve strength, cardio, balance and coordination.

The Community Centre will also be open for drop-in use of the cardio equipment and weight room from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM on these Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cost $75.00 for 12 prepaid classes – cash or cheque accepted. Unless you are an existing fitness member who has already prepaid for classes. $5.00 annual Community Centre membership fee is required for non-members.

Pre-registration is required, so let us know if you plan to participate.

For further information please contact Deanna, or Dave,

posted October 2015

Broom Removal Event: Thu Oct 8

Are you looking for a bit of exercise, some interesting conversation, and some tasty goodies? If you are, we are looking for volunteers to join the Mayne Island Conservancy on our next broom removal day at Henderson Park. It is on October 8th from 10 am - 12 pm, and will involve a hike up to Vulture Ridge and pulling young broom. There's a great view up there and we’ll provide some snacks to keep you going.

For more information and/or to let us know that you will be coming please email Rob at

posted October 2015

6th Annual Community Apple Squeeze: Sun Oct 11

Date: Sunday October 11, 10 am to 1 pm.
Where: Ag Hall grounds. Rain or shine!

The apples, and just about everything else, have been very early this year but there should still be plenty of fruit on October 11 for the annual ‘Squeeze.’ With or without apples a squeeze is promised!

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, including deer, 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. You can use the equipment on the grounds or take it to the source. If the latter, the press should be away from its storage shed for no more than a day and 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. A fee of $20.00/day can be paid by cash or cheque payable to the Mayne Island Farmers Market. This can be left in the freemail at Gulfport Realty or mailed to Helen at 622 Gallagher Bay Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact Helen O'Brian

posted September 2015

Talking Circle: Wed Oct 7

Final talking circle to discuss "The Inconvenient Indian".

When: October 7, 2015, 7 - 9 pm.
Where: Mayne Island Library.
Who: All are welcome!
Facilitator: John Aitken.

A talking circle creates an open, undivided space that enables all to be seen and heard in a respectful way that honours that we are all individuals, with something to say. Also, it is a space where someone can simply sit and listen. An object is circulated around the circle, whoever has this object is speaking. There is no cross talking and if you do not want to say something, simply pass the object to the next.

John likes to use this format because it is inclusive and there is no judgment. A Talking Circle creates an opportunity to share and heal in tandem.

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted September 2015

Highlighter: Sat Oct 3

Highlighter features new artwork by artist, Brigitte Lochhead. Through this body of text-based work Lochhead plays with language through the use of light, reflections, and architecture. Highlighter marks out influential moments in literature and language heard within Lochhead's everyday lived experiences that have shifted her perspective and visual practice. Please join us on Saturday October 3, 2015 from 7-9 pm for the exhibition opening at Mayne Island Library. Highlighter will be on display from October 4-November 4, 2015 during library hours.

Opening reception October 3, 2015 7-9 pm at the Mayne Island Community Library. Hours: Wednesday 11 am - 3 pm, Friday 11 am - 3 pm, Saturday 11 am – 3 pm.

For further information please contact Brigitte Lochhead

posted September 2015

MIHCA Operation AED 2015

Help save a life! Support Operation AED 2015.

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is raising $10,000 to purchase five additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in strategic locations around the island. Currently we have three AEDs — outside Gulfport Realty, the Ag Hall and the Community Centre.

In the case of a cardiac arrest, an AED provides a “shock” to restore the heart’s normal pumping function. The “shock” should be delivered within 3 minutes of the arrest — hence our goal to have more AEDs available in other areas around the island. An AED is safe and easy to use and over 150 Mayne Islanders have already received training through the First Aid Courses we sponsor every year.
To donate please complete a donation form (available outside Tru Value or at the Health Centre), drop it off at the Health Centre or mail it to MIHCA, #100 - 526 Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2. Please note on both the form and your cheque that your donation is for “Operation AED 2015”.

Donate on-line at Click on: “Donate Now” (bottom right hand corner of the home page). Then click “General” and select the “Operation AED 2015" option. Thank you for your support.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted September 2015

Seeds: Planting, Harvesting, Storing - Sat Sep 26 & 27

Seed photo by Dawn on Flickr

Dates & Times: Saturday September 26th & 27th.
2 pm tour at the Community Gardens and 7:30 pm presentation at the Ag Hall.
Sunday Sept 27th 10 am seed gathering workshop at the Ag Hall. Bring dry seed heads, mature tomato fruit, etc., and your own bags to put seeds in.

Tour, Talk, and Workshop presented by Mojave Kaplan, aka Seed Warrioress, of the Planting Seeds Project. Mojave is a community educator and seed saving advocate who is passionate about sharing her knowledge on harvesting and storing seeds wherever she travels. She & her partner Martin Faucher operate an organic farm in Lytton BC.

Brought to you by the Mayne Island Conservancy, the Agricultural Society and the Garden Club. Admission by donation.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted September 2015

Community Centre Fitness: Open Mondays starting Sep 21

The Community Centre will be open for Drop-in Fitness on Mondays from 5 pm - 6:30 pm starting Monday, September 21.

Come by and make use of the cardio equipment, including our new Elliptical machine, free weights, bands, balls and mats.

Dave Ewanchuk will be there to answer any questions and assist as required.

For further information please contact Dave Ewanchuk

posted September 2015

MI Pathways & Trials Assoc AGM: Tue Sep 22

Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association AGM. Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:15 pm at The Church House.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Everyone welcome. Membership $5.

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted September 2015

Fall Tai Chi Classes Start Mon Sep 21

Come join us for Tai Chi.

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. $25 for the Fall Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 21st. Times to be announced once registration is complete.

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 September 2015

Otters Swim Club Fall Registration: Fri Sep 18

Friday, September 18 is Registration Day and the first practice of our fall season. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool at Panorama Rec Center to sign up. Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm ups and pool times between 11 am - 2 pm.

Our Fall Session practices are on Fridays, September 18 through December 11. (We have reduced lane practices in the main pool for home school members and masters swimmers on dates that School District 64 is in session.)

The Otters Swim Club welcomes members from all the Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive and Masters. Our membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around!

For registration forms and more information check out our website and contact us at or phone Helen Lemon-Moore on Pender Island (250) 629-2020 or Laara Jarvey on Mayne Island (250) 539-2205.

posted September 2015

MIQG host Trunk Show & Tea: Tue Sep 8

Judy Irish will be visiting from Arlington, Washington, and she calls herself a fabric/quiltaholic. Quilters on Mayne have “stashes” but Judy’s fabric stash fills a 1600 square foot studio. The studio also houses a long arm quilting machine and several other sewing machines.

Judy will share her travel adventures and teaching travels which all include, of course, shops and vendors to help build that stash. Judy will also share her long arm quilting experiences for quilt book authors Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy and Freddy Moran and she will have many of her quilts to show and share with our group. Yes, Judy is responsible for the quilting on all those quilts you see photos of in all of their books. Judy can produce more quilts in a week than most of us do in a year!

Not a quilter? Like fabric and colour? Maybe you sew/quilt part-time? You are invited to join the MIQG for the Judy Irish “Kaffe Kolour“ Trunk Show and Tea on Tuesday, September 8th from 2 pm to 4 pm. Non-members $5 for the Tea/Trunk show.

For further information please contact Sandra Sandvik

posted August 2015

Phantasms: Thu Sep 3

Andrew Ferneyhough will be exhibiting his third solo show in as many years, since moving to Mayne in the Mayne Island Library for the month of September. Andrew's work ranges from science-fiction to surrealist wildlife to personal pieces dealing with themes of loss, love, solitude, awe and the unconscious.

"Phantasms" is a new body of work tied together by a loose narrative, often left up to the viewer for interpretation. Working in acrylics and aerosols and while incorporating reproduction methods and found objects, the pieces are a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques.

Please join us for opening night on Thursday, September 3rd 7 - 9pm. The show runs until September 30th.

For further information please contact Andrew Ferneyhough

posted August 2015

Music Society presents Jenny Ritter: Fri Sep 11

Mayne Music Society is pleased to present Jenny Ritter on Friday, September 11 at Ag Hall. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $20 available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate.

We are very fortunate to have Jenny perform for us. She's a talented, energetic, engaging musician performing pop tinged landscapes; an accomplished instrumentalist.

And performing with Jenny will be Rachel Ries; lyrical singer-songwriter with electric guitar. Don't miss this show!

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

posted August 2015