Festival Active Pass: A Nature and Arts Festival - Apr 17 - 19

Imagine the Agricultural Hall grounds on Mayne Island covered with large event tents surrounded by local food vendors and live music. This is Festival Central, the place to gather during the festival and it will become a reality Friday April 17 through to Sunday April 19, 2015.

Festival Central is the hub of the festival from which you can choose to go on guided explorations of the marine shorelines, the forests or the bird communities of Mayne Island. You could do that and still have time to view the inspired multi-media works of our local and regional artists at the Library, the Agricultural Hall or the Mayne School Auditorium. If you wish to do a bit of shopping look to the Community Centre where an Artists Market will be in full swing or you can visit the many studios and galleries that will be open to welcome you – just follow the signs. In addition, there will be workshops on writing, photography and watercolour painting. Adventures to our neighbouring islands and outstanding tours of our marine waters are also offered. As are two mini festivals – authors’ readings and a film festival. Interested? Then look no further than www.festivalactivepass.com.

For those who want to improve their skills we have included some incredible workshops on writing and connection for women with Katherine Stevenson, on nature photography with Mike Yip or on field sketching and watercolour painting with Rob Butler.

If you want a little adventure off Mayne Island, the festival is offering many trips around Active Pass and to the Belle Chain Islets. This is the peak season for diverse and abundant bird sightings as well as marine mammals to photograph or just to watch. Our island neighbours are also providing great opportunities – we have guided tours of the Forests, Wildflowers and Birds of Pender Island, a Hydrophones, Whales and Trails tour of Saturna Island and a Music in Nature tour on Galiano Island. All will be made accessible using small boat water taxis.

We are also pleased to provide two mini festivals within the larger festival – an authors’ festival and a film festival. Our Mayne Island Library is sponsoring the former and has a schedule of regionally and nationally known authors who will read portions of their works as well as participate in discussions afterwards. This will be a very unique opportunity to have this many authors available in one place. We are very fortunate to have in this region and on Mayne Island, film makers and animators whose works have been and are classics in the genre. The Festival Active Pass film festival will be a selection of short works from these artists, some of who will be present at the premiere for your questions.

Special events will be an added feature of the festival and all involve locally sourced or made food. The Food Fair will be the most visible being set up around the Festival Central tents providing a selection of great food over the lunch period. In addition, every day, live music will fill the tents for your pleasure and entertainment. Our Festival Feast is a culmination of the celebration of where we live and what is around us. This is a local food feast prepared by a host of volunteers and professionals that you will not want to miss. Entertainment will be provided by the Three Worlds Band from Galiano, and a performance by the winner of our festival song contest. On the Friday evening we will host an Opening Reception available to all with locally-made finger foods accompanied by a performance of the Mayne Island Singers under the direction of Dale Rasmussen.

More detailed information and an easy to use on-line registration system are available on our website www.festivalactivepass.com. You can register for everything from there. If you wish to register manually, a mail in registration form can be printed from the website. There will also be an opportunity to register in person at Festival Central during the first two days of the festival. Tickets for the Festival Feast evening can be purchased directly from the Mayne Island Conservancy, Farm Gate Store or the Trading Post.

This festival is a first for this region and at its core it is a celebration of this exquisite place and the people inspired by it. Come for the day or stay for the weekend.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn ed@conservancyonmayne.com.

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Mayne Island Animator Travels to Dawson Short Film Festival

Learn about Prediabetes and Diabetes: Thu Apr 9

Mayne Island Health Centre Association has invited Chuck Pusateri, a volunteer from the Canadian Diabetes Association, to present the information we need to know about prediabetes and diabetes. 1 in 4 Canadians are affected by this disease. Prediabetes offers a warning that gives us the opportunity to change our future. Come and learn about early identification and possible interventions.

Please join us at the Ag Hall on Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Healthy refreshments available.

If you need a ride or for further information please contact Jess (250) 539-5155.

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MLA Mayne Island Community Forum: Wed Apr 8

Gary Holman, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, will be doing the first round of 2015 southern Gulf Island tours at the end of March and beginning of April. He will be on Mayne Island on April 8 to meet with constituents, local businesses, and various interest groups to discuss important local and provincial issues (including cuts to on-call nursing, BC Ferries, and Gulf Islands recycling).

Gary will also be holding a community forum at the Mayne Agricultural Hall from 6:30 - 8 pm, to discuss what he and the official opposition has been doing in the legislature. This includes, as part of Gary's role as spokesperson for Democratic Reform, his introduction of bills aimed at making democracy more fair, and government more accountable in B.C.

All are welcome to attend this non-partisan event. We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information please contact Gary Holman’s Constituency Office at 1-855-955-5711 or email gary.holman.mla@leg.bc.ca.

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Lions Easter Bingo: Sat Apr 4

Bring your family, friends neighbours , grandkids and any one else you can drag out with you, and come and play Lions Easter Bingo, at the Ag. Hall on Saturday April 4th.

Win hams, door prizes and the $100 Black Out Bingo. Don't forgot to bring your winning bingo dauber, lucky charms and plan on getting there for 7 pm when the doors open, to avoid the rush. The last bingo was a sellout, so get there early.

Eyes down? Then lets play bingo Saturday night, 7 pm at the Ag. Hall.

For further information please contact Dennis gordon.lewis20@yahoo.com.

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Natural Inspirations: Fri Apr 3

The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council on Mayne announces their third show of the year at the Mayne Island Library, exhibiting April 3rd - 20th.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding area, and in conjunction with the upcoming Festival Active Pass, the show focuses around themes of flora and fauna in and around the Salish Sea region. Mayne artists show their love and appreciation for this place we call home through a variety of artistic techniques and nature-inspired imagery. A must-see show for nature and art enthusiasts alike.

For further information please contact Andrew Ferneyhough bedowynn@gmail.com.

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Mayne Island Assisted Living Society AGM: Thu Apr 9

Mayne Island Assisted Living Society will have their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10 am at the Church House. There will be an Election of Officers.

We welcome new faces and we encourage you to become a member of our society.

As we enter into our 10th year of providing volunteers, to help their fellow islanders, come out and help us celebrate our accomplishments and plan for the next year. You will be treated to Colleen Ming’s wonderful scones, Barbara Baker’s chocolate puffs and a surprise treat from Judy Kiyooka.

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to long time board members, Jessica Easton, Libbie Bake and Judy Kiyooka. Their dedication to our society has been invaluable.

Please give us a call, if you would like a ride to the meeting.

For further information please contact Colleen Ming (250) 539-9877.

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Gulf Islands Pirate Regatta 2015: Sat Jun 6

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10 am

Calling All Gulf Island Sailors, Skippers, Crew and Scallywags!

The Race will run using "Saturna Rules with Galiano Variations".

Broadly speaking the race is won by generating fun for yourselves and other boats. Sailing as fast as you can is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect for your opponents (if you have any respect for them to start with) or at the expense of how much fun you and the rest of your boat's crew are having.

Boats get 'karma points' for ...
i) entertaining the other boats
ii) introducing people to the sport of sailboat racing
iii) being responsible for bringing other boats to the race
iv) nailing the start without nailing competitor's boats
v) including young people in the operation of your vessel
vi) being from far away
vii) doing additional laps of the "intermediate island circuit"
viii) crossing the finish line as close as possible to the predetermined finish time (without using any fancy tricks like heaving-to in front of the line).

On offer this year: "Courtesy Safety Inspections" from the Coast Guard Auxiliary (http://rcmsar.com/)

More info here: http://activeislands.com/piratesregatta

For further information please contact Christian Nally info@sticksallison.com.

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MI Conservancy AGM: Sat Mar 28

Mayne Island Conservancy Society’s Annual General Meeting will be Saturday March 28, 2015, 2 to 4 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Hear reports on the many Conservancy activities in 2014 and our plans for 2015. Our Review Engagement (Financial) Report for 2014 will be presented together with our Budget Reports for 2014 and 2015. An amendment to the Society’s Constitution & Bylaws will be presented for approval. Memberships will be available before the meeting. Refreshments will be available.

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

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Town Hall Meeting: Sat Mar 21

You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting, 7:30 pm Saturday March 21st at the Agricultural Hall.

Over the past few months, many people and committees have been hard at work on a variety of local community projects. Do come, listen and participate in the discussions and find out what is happening.

The format will include short presentations of community projects followed by a Q & A with CRD Director, David Howe.

The agenda includes:

  • Miners Bay Dock
  • Horton Bay & Anson Road Dock
  • The Village Bay Road Trail
  • The Community Bus
  • Water taxis
  • Food & Agriculture Plan
  • Broadband Service with Beacon Wireless owner, Sig Luft
  • The Active Pass Festival
  • Recycling & Kitchen scraps
  • Miners Bay Herring Project

For more information please contact Brian (250) 539-3027.

Sponsored by the CRD Economic Development Commission. Refreshments will be provided.

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Deer Impact On Island Ecology

A feral population of Fallow deer have roamed free on Mayne Island for the past two decades. Their number is currently estimated at around 500 to 1,000 individuals. They compete for food with the native population of Black-tail deer whose numbers are believed to be about the same.

Wildlife biologists estimate that a normal, sustainable population of deer on an island the size of Mayne, in the presence of natural predators like wolves, cougar and bear, would be about 200 individuals. Mayne Island today has no predators at all.

This very large population of deer, all herbivores, has resulted in a number of significant changes to the island’s ecosystem. The dietary preferences of these deer are changing as favourite foods, such as Arbutus shoots, Snowberry, Oceanspray, Red Flowering Currant and many varieties of ornamental flowers, become more scarce. The range of palatable shrubs and herbaceous plants the deer will eat is increasing.
 Native Black-tailed deer, having different nutritional needs, are opportunistic browsers, taking what they need here, there and everywhere. The invasive Fallow deer, on the other hand, are grazers and if left alone will strip the ground bare.

Long time residents of Mayne Island report there used to be large numbers of wild flowers along road sides in summer. Not any more. Farmers, many of whom have lived and farmed on the island for decades, report that where in the past they used to enclose their fields with split rail fences, today it is necessary to construct deer-proof fences sometimes at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Fallow deer, who are particularly fond of grasses, can wipe out a hay crop in a matter of days.

Recent studies by island biologist Rob Underhill and others have shown a direct correlation between the condition of Oceanspray bushes and the presence of deer in areas of the island that are hunted, not hunted, and fenced.

As the growing population of deer compete for food, there has been a detrimental impact on the forest understory where trees are being stripped from ground level to a height of about five feet and in some cases plants and grasses are being pulled up and destroyed, leaving areas of exposed dirt and roots.

Among the effects of this heavy grazing is a threat to the diversity of native birds and insects due to loss of habitat. These effects are ongoing and cumulative.

The known abundance of deer on Mayne Island is far too high if we are to maintain anything like the historic plant and animal diversity. For these reasons the Mayne Island Deer Committee is currently engaged in negotiations with the provincial government with a view to obtaining assistance in dealing with this very serious threat to our island ecosystems.

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

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MLA Gary Holman presented our petition against nursing cuts to the Legislature

The MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, Gary Holman, presented a petition from Mayne and Galiano Island residents in the BC Legislature today. The petition is protesting the cuts to nursing positions made recently by Island Health.

As Mr. Holman stated in the legislature these cuts were implemented without any consultation, they put the health and lives of islanders at risk, and they will not generate cost savings for Island Health. In fact, if this results in more emergency evacuations, it may cost Island Health more to have done this.

Read the article in the Victoria Times-Colonist:
Health groups on Galiano and Mayne islands say they have protested to Island Health and to the Ministry of Health about the nursing cut to no avail. “We cannot understand why Island Health would want to cancel a service that was so important to our island communities and very cost-effective,” said [Galiano Health Care Society President, Michael] Hoebel.
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Around Cape Horn: Fri Mar 20

Association of Mayne Island Boaters (AMIB) invites you to a presentation by AMIB director and Mayne Island resident, Allen Slade, on his sailing adventure aboard the 52 foot ketch Northanger. The spectacular photos follow the path of Charles Darwin as he explored the waters and mountains around Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel in Southern Chile.

Doors open at 7 pm and the presentation starts at 7:30 pm.

Open to everyone. Admission is free to AMIB members. Donations welcome from non-members. Refreshments will be served. For further information please contact Allen Slade (250) 539-2684.

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First Aid Training Reminder: Wed Mar 11

Date & Time: Wednesday March 11, 2015. 11:30 am – 4 pm.
Place: Mayne Island Community Centre.

Basic first-aid "A" is a 4 hour fast-paced hands on introduction and refresher course.

This program teaches emergency scene management, spinal injury management, adult CPR and obstructed airway procedures, as well as simple treatment for bleeding and broken bones. You will also learn how to deal with heart attacks, strokes, sprains and strains. This course includes an orientation on the Philips Onsite AED (automated external defibrillator).

To register: email info@mayneislandhealth.ca Please include your phone number, or call: (250) 539-2238. Registration fee: $25 – Payable to First Alert on March 11th. (The registration fee is normally $50 per person. Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is sponsoring half the cost.)

Class size is limited to 21 people. Please wear loose “old” clothing as you will be spending quite a bit of time on the floor. Please bring a sandwich or something to eat for lunch.

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

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SGI Food and Agriculture Strategy: Sat Mar 14

You are invited to attend a community workshop for presentation of the Land Use Inventory mapping highlights, conducted in August 2014, and the Situational Analysis findings to date.

Following the presentation, a discussion will take place to address the question, "What is the state of food and agriculture in the Southern Gulf Islands and on your Island?" An opportunity to speak with the consulting team and to review the maps and Situational Analysis will follow.

Please plan to attend this important community discussion, an initiative of the CRD Economic Development Commission.

Location: Agricultural Hall
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 2 to 5 pm

Light refreshments available. For further information please contact Heather Dow dow_heather@yahoo.ca.

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Skin "Spot Check" Day: Sat Mar 7

Event: Mayne Island Health Walk-in Clinic – For Your Skin.
Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 10 am to 4 pm.
Place: Mayne Island Health Centre.

Drop in for a “Spot Check”.

Do you have a mole, blemish, skin discolouration or wart you wonder about? To find out if it needs further investigation, drop by the Health Centre on Saturday March 7th between 10 am and 4 pm and participate in Dr. Losier's Skin Screening Clinic.

She’ll be able to see a limited number of people – join us for coffee and cookies if there is a wait.

Dr. Losier will be using a newly acquired Dermascope -- a non-invasive painless screening device. This new device – donated by the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is an example of the kinds of affordable technologies that can add huge value to health care delivery in communities like ours.

So, if you’ve been in the dark about that mole and keep forgetting to ask, bring it in to be screened. Warts are welcome too, or any lumps and bumps you’ve been meaning to check and don’t know what they are. And of course any spots, discolouration or other marks you’d like to have checked out.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan info@mayneislandhealth.ca.

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Library Movie Night - Everything Will Be: Fri Mar 6

Date & Time: Friday March 6, 7:30 pm.
Place: Ag Hall

This feature documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood—Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory and legacy. Night and day, a neon sign that reads “Everything Is Going To Be Alright” looms over Chinatown. Everything is going to be alright. The big question is—for whom?

Admission by donation. Includes free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase davechasesummer@yahoo.com.

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Talking Circle: Thu Mar 5

Event: Talking Circle
Facilitator: John Aitken
For those who have read the Inconvenient Indian as part of Mayne Island Reads thus far.
Date & Time: Thursday March 5, 2015. 7 - 9 pm.
Location: Mayne Island Library.

What is a talking circle? Why does John like this format?

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 MITandH@shaw.ca.

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