Long Road North: Film viewing: Sat Feb 28

A showing of “Long Road North” will be on Saturday February 28, at 7:30 pm, at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Admission by donation to the Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association.

The Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association is pleased to present its first event to raise awareness and a little money for upcoming trail projects. Filmmakers Gwendal Castellan and Tania Lo will be present to tell even more stories of their adventure.

Film summary: Seen from the handlebars of a bicycle, the world is a lot smaller than they ever thought. Leaving behind his office with no windows, a young Canadian dreams up an adventure to travel halfway across the planet at a human pace and experience the story of the road. From the mountains of Patagonia, through Latin American mega-cities and small-town America, to the sparse reaches of the Canadian arctic, the people and places he comes to know will forever change his perspectives about the world and the choices he decides to make.

Film trailer:

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian heleno@rogers.com.

posted February 2015

Family & Community Wellness Discussion: Thu Mar 5

Mayne Island Health Centre Association is hosting Salt Spring Island Community Services for a discussion of what is vital to the mental and emotional well-being of our community. What is already working well and what is your vision for the future?

Come join the discussion with Anglea Koetzle, Youth Addictions Counsellor; Cindy Clark, Family Counsellor; and Don McGinnis, Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor at the Agricultural Hall on Thursday, March 5th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

We welcome all Mayne Island residents who hold an interest in the health of the community. Treats and refreshments will be served.

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

posted February 2015

Winter Hoot presented by MI Music Society: Sat Feb 21

Come out and listen to some music;
Come out and play some music;
Come out for a fun evening!

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, start at 7:30
Tickets: $10 -- available at the door.

Please call Don at (250) 539-3700 to sign up, or for more information.

posted February 2014

First Annual Gulf Islands Unfringed: Feb 13 & 14

Years ago, people on the Gulf Islands used to travel back and forth to attend each-others events. The islands' populations were smaller than today, yet visiting other islands was a common community practice.

Nowadays we live more isolated lives. We rarely attend each-others events. And yet, a live theatrical performance is a moment of magic between the performers and the audience. A performance makes us suspend disbelief, and in that vulnerable space, it becomes a powerful medium for building community. But if we can't bring islanders to the entertainment, then we can bring the entertainment to the islands. And what better than an All Island Tour?

The Islands Trust considers the islands a federation of independent islands within an archipelago. CRD's Economic Development Commission coined the buzz word 'region'. At a meeting of the EDC in the spring of last year, Brian Crumblehulme was approached by Arnie Bell of Galiano Island who suggested that following on from the success of Emotional Creature, a collaborative all-island tour of short, island-derived plays should follow. And that got us organizing (On Mayne we had a play writing contest, our fall production show cased five of these the eight plays submitted and we selected The Audition to be our contribution to the 4 Island tour). Therin Gower joined in as the organizer from SaltSpring Community Theatre and Pam Janszen joined us as the organizer for Saturna’s Theatre on the Rock.

And here we are, in February, about to launch the First Annual Gulf Island Unfringed Tour. Four plays written by islanders, played by island actors. Two short-short plays from Salt Spring (The Worst Thing and Western Music in the Meringue) and one act play each from Mayne (The Audition) and Galiano (A Shaggy Cow Story) make up this inaugural event.

It will be a lively evening of entertainment by three islands' worth of traveling players. The show will be performing two nights on Mayne: Friday February 13th and Saturday February 14th at the Ag Hall, Doors at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Advance Tickets available at The Trading Post & Farm Gate. Watch for more information on the plays on the Mayne Island Little Theatre Facebook page in the coming weeks.

The tour will also visit Saturna Island on Feb 12th, Galiano on Feb 20th & 21st and Salt Spring on Feb. 27th & 28th. Be sure to let your friends on our neighbouring islands know about the dates in their communities.

For further information please contact Deb Foote organicdeb@shaw.ca.

posted February 2014

Please Sign the Petition!

Island Health recently eliminated the First Call Nurse position on Mayne Island, leaving us without on-site medical care at weekends.

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association is actively protesting this move, which we believe will jeopardize the health of both islanders and visitors — and result in increased costs to the Health Care System.

You can help! Petitions to re-instate weekend coverage are ready for your signatures at the Health Centre and most business locations around the community.

Please sign the petition only one time — and encourage your friends and relatives to do likewise. Let’s not take this lying down!

Petition Updated Information:
Petitions to re-instate weekend coverage will be available for a few more days at the Health Centre, Home Hardware, the Post Office, FarmGate, The Trading Post, the Bakery, Tru Valu and The Bennett Bay Bistro. Deadline for submission of mail-in Petition signatures is February 28th.

Please sign the petition only one time, and encourage your friends and relatives to do likewise.

Anyone who is a BC resident can sign:
The petition (to the Legislature) must include original signatures of BC residents. If you are not currently on Mayne Island and have an interest in signing the Petition, please contact info@mayneislandhealth.ca. Subject: Send me a petition. We will then send you an electronic copy of the petition that you can print, sign and mail to:

#100 – 526 Felix Jack Road
Mayne Island BC. V0N 2J2

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan lindsayallan100@gmail.com.

posted February 2015

Family Day Weekend Hot Dog Sale: Sun Feb 8

Tru Value Foods and the Mayne Island Firefighters are teaming up once again for a Family Day Weekend Hot Dog Sale.

Come on down to the Maynestreet Mall on Sunday Feb 8th from 11 am - 1 pm for a hot dog and a drink and some friendly chit chat. Don't forget to bring your family!

One hundred percent of proceeds go to the Meredyth James Fund. Donations over $20.00 are tax deductible. For further information please contact Kyle Stobart (250) 539-0880.

posted February 2015

Spring Fling - A Silver Maynes Event: Thu Feb 26

The Silver Maynes Society on Mayne Island will hold its annual Spring Fling at the Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay, on Thursday, February 26.

Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner is served at 6 pm. It will be a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Cost: $10.00.

Silver Maynes members should buy their tickets at the Maynestreet Mall, on Saturday, February 7th or a week later, on February 14th, between 10 and 2 o'clock.

This is a time to say goodbye to winter. Good food, good friends, good fun!

For further information please contact Kit Mitchell kitmitch62@gmail.com.

posted February 2015

History of Mayne Island Deer Committee

In 2013 the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources requested input to a proposal to re-introduce hunting on Mayne Island where there has been no hunting for 40 years. In response to this request, the Conservancy Society (MICS) and the Residents and Ratepayers Association (MIRRA), working together, began a consultation process to ascertain the views of islanders on this issue.

Throughout 2013 the two organizations held town hall meetings, hosted information tables at the farmers’ market, sponsored many small discussion groups and consulted their own members. Approximately 300 individuals participated in meetings and 150 written survey forms were returned.

It became clear that while there was no consensus around the re-introduction of hunting, there was a growing recognition that Mayne Island has a serious over-population of deer, in particular the non-native Fallow deer who are adversely impacting the ecological diversity of the Island.

In September 2013, a volunteer Deer Committee was struck to liaise with the Ministry, obtain additional special permits for experienced local hunters and keep islanders informed about the ecological threat to our island and our way of life. Since that time the Committee has met several times and its work is continuing.

For further information please contact Tom Masters masters9@telus.net.

posted February 2015