11th May Day Celebration: Sat May 21

MI Conservancy’s 11th Mad May Day: starts at Farmers’ Market: Face painting, wand/garland making; Morris Dancers, Merry Procession, Maypole dance, May Queen coronation, dancing, games, delicious refreshments, raffle.

Free event, everyone welcome: especially elves, fairies and others.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian helenobrian47@gmail.com.

posted Apr 2016

Ferry Facts May 2016 Update

Representatives of the Ferry Advisory Committees (FAC) from Mayne, Galiano, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands met with BC Ferry staff on April 5 to review more schedule revisions. The most contentious issue is the Off-Peak Friday PM Route 9 (Tsawwassen/Gulf Islands) schedule. The option presented at the meeting provided some improved service to Salt Spring Island but had a major negative impact on the remaining 4 Islands. Following the meeting, changes were made and 7 new schedules emailed to the FAC members. 6 of the new schedules are equal to or an improvement over existing schedules for Mayne Island. The latest Friday PM Off-Peak Route 9 schedule is an improvement over the April 5 schedule, but is not as good as the one presented on March 3. Arrival on Mayne is 30 minutes later than the current schedule. Considering the difficulty with loading on Friday nights, the Queen of Nanaimo frequently arrives late on busy days. If the new ferries can hold to the schedule, the difference from old to new schedule arrival times may be negligible. Overall, Mayne Island has more positive than negative outcomes from the new schedules. The same cannot be said for Galiano, Pender and Saturna.

Some good news for foot passengers. BC Ferries has announced the expansion of the pilot project for foot passenger reservations. From April 11 to September 5, walk-on Passengers will be allowed to make reservations in both directions for Route 9. The rules are: no fee for reservation, pay at the time of the reservation, can reserve up to 2 hours prior to scheduled sailing time and must check in 30 minutes before the scheduled sailing time. To make a reservation, call 1-888-BC FERRY. This new initiative will be most helpful for those wishing to take the 4:20 pm Sunday afternoon departure from Mayne to Tsawwassen.

Progress regarding the through-fare system in Swartz Bay has stalled. The problem is - how can the system be revised to ensure that travellers to and from the Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen have priority loading on the first available sailing? BC Ferries staff have identified several complications that are difficult to resolve. What appear to FAC members to be simple solutions does not seem to be acceptable to BC Ferries. We are told that staff are actively working on the problem and we will be advised when a solution is found. The next FAC meeting is scheduled for May 9 but there is no guarantee that an answer will be forthcoming.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new sign located at the bottom of the ferry terminal near Berth 1 which identifies the destination for the ferries leaving from each berth. This should remove any confusion in the minds of foot passengers visiting Mayne Island as to which ferry they must take. Although announcements are made regularly by BC Ferry staff, some travellers do not hear them for a variety of reasons.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 (p.sywulych@shaw.ca). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

posted May 2016

Mamma Mia Night — Terry Fox Fund Raiser: Sat May 28

Mamma Mia '3' Evening of fun!--Dress-up and Sing along to the music! All going to a great cause -- Terry Fox Run Fundraiser! Come out and enjoy a great evening!

When: Saturday, May 28
Time: Doors open at 6:30, Fun starts at 7:00
Where: Ag Hall
Tickets: $15 Available at Trading Post and Bennett Bay Bistro — ticket price includes Door Prizes, Popcorn and Dessert.

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

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 7

The second annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament is fast approaching! Information on the tournament is below. If you have any questions, please email smile_gal@shaw.ca.

Tournament date: May 7th, 2016. Location: Dinner Bay Park, Mayne Island BC. Start time: All players must register between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. All score cards must be handed in by 3 pm, no exceptions. Winner announcements will be completed by 4:15 pm.

Division levels (all players receive a disc as part of their registration fee):
Youth 12 and under (men) $10. Youth 12 and under (women) $10.
New player men $20. New player women $20.
Novice men $25. Novice women $25.
Intermediate men $30. Intermediate women $30.
Advanced men $35. Advanced women $35.
Ace pot $5.

Format: One round of 18 holes.
Prizes: Youth categories will receive non cash prizes. Women/men divisions receive cash prizes.
Food: There will also be food available for purchase on site (cash only please).

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill smile_gal@shaw.ca.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Tennis Society AGM: Sun May 15

Mayne Island Tennis Society will hold their AGM on Sunday, May 15th at the Mayne Island Community Centre at 9:00. This meeting will be followed by the Grand Opening of the tennis season for tennis members (weather permitting). There will be tennis activities, door prizes and a barbecue. Hope to see you at the meeting and on the courts.

For further information please contact Carol Ashwell carolashwell1@gmail.com.

posted April 2016

MI Music Society Presents Scott Cook: Sat May 7

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Scott Cook.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Ag Hall
Time: 7:30 (doors open at 7:00)
Tickets: $15 -- available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, Farm Gate (kids under 12 free)

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.

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

posted April 2016

Active Pass Festival Mayne Island Sampler: Sun Apr 24

Active Pass Nature and Arts Festival 2016: The Mayne Island Sampler

Friday April 22, 2016 in honour of Earth Day the National Film Board’s docudrama Hadwin’s Judgment. Based on the book The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Mayne Island Library Society. Donations at the door.

Sunday April 24, 2016 “The Mayne Island Sampler”. Miners Bay Community Park. 11 am to 5 pm.

Centred in the commercial/retail/historical/cultural heart of Mayne Island at Miners Bay you will be treated to multiple opportunities to explore the island. Using Miners Bay Community Park as the centre you will find food, displays and live music throughout the day. Look for us under the tents.

“Active Pass Inspirations” Featuring the Works of 24 Mayne Island Artists and Musicians. Sponsored by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council. At the Mayne Island Library. The Library will be fully open as well on this day. Open All Day. Donations at the door.

“From the Gaol to the Churchyard” Exploring the History of Miners Bay. Join Helen O’Brian as she takes you through time exploring the historical hub of the Southern Gulf Islands. Walk leaves Miners Bay Park at 1:00 pm. By Donation.

“Explore Mt. Parke Regional Park” This is a guided birding and natural history walk with Michael Dunn to explore Mt. Parke Regional Park. Participants will get to explore the forests and ridges of this park and be treated to outstanding views of the surrounding islands. A moderate level of fitness is required. Photographers welcome. Walk leaves Miners Bay Park at 1:30 pm. By Donation.

“The Japanese Community on Mayne Island” Join author Sarah Jefferies on an engaging exploration of the gardens that commemorate the Japanese Canadian families who lived on pre-war Mayne Island. Bus connection leaves Miners Bay Park at 2:45 pm. By Donation.

Festival Active Pass Banquet Package – Mayne Island. This year’s Festival Banquet looks to be an amazing event and the Mayne Island Conservancy has arranged with the Mayne Island Community Bus to provide transportation for interested Mayne lslanders to and from the banquet venue. This will be using the BC Ferries schedule between Mayne and Galiano leaving Mayne Saturday April 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm and returning from Galiano on the 9:50 pm ferry. All you need is a donation to the bus and a banquet ticket. Banquet tickets are available at the Mayne Island Conservancy Office in the Root Seller building and at the Farm Gate Store. Ticket price is $50.00.

Festival goers can access Mayne Island from Galiano using BC Ferries service from Sturdies Bay to Village Bay and back. On-island transportation will be provided by the Mayne Island Community Bus. By donation.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn (250) 539-5745.

posted April 2016

Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast: Sun May 8

Come Join us for the 44th Annual Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighter's Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast. Sunday May 8th, 9 am to Noon at Dinner Bay Park.

For 45 years, Firefighters have been making breakfast for Mayne Island's Mothers (and everyone else!) The menu has changed over the years, as have the firefighters who prepare and serve the breakfasts.

Thanks to your donations to Tru Value's 1% program, over the past few years we have been able to generate some of the revenues which go back into the community for purchase of equipment, and maintenance of the Old Schoolhouse. This year, any revenues generated will be spent on the improvements to the Schoolhouse. We will be selling our "I Support Mayne Island Fire Rescue Tee Shirts in children and adult sizes and we will be accepting your donations of pennies and Canadian Tire Money as well.

Thanks for your support and enjoy a great breakfast. Still only $10 per adult!

In addition, if anyone has old photo's or stories, we would like to add them to our archives. For further information please contact Bill Jamieson mivffa@shaw.ca.

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Mayne Island Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 23

2016 Notice of Annual General Meeting. The Improvement District will hold its Annual General Meeting Saturday, April 23rd at 1 pm in the meeting room at the Fire Hall, 520 Felix Jack Rd.

At the AGM, three Trustees must be elected; Two must be elected to serve a three year term, one must be elected to serve a two year term. To nominate someone to serve on the Board, the form below must be filled out by the nominator and the candidate. The form may be delivered to the Fire Hall office. Nomination forms are also available at the Fire Hall office. For further information, please contact the office of Mayne Island Improvement District at (250) 539-5116, or Trustee Doug Walker, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at (778) 351-3544.

For further information please contact Katherine Somerville ksomerville@mayneid.ca.

posted April 2016

How Mayne Can Help Syrian Refugees: Sun May 8

How are the 160 Syrian refugees who have landed in Victoria doing, and what can Mayne Islanders do to help them? Ali Hamado of Victoria's Immigrant Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) will speak at the Ag Hall on Sunday May 8, 1:30 - 3 pm. Free, but donations welcome.

Sponsored by The Mayne Island Syrian Refugee Support Group, which is fundraising for ESL classes for the refugees, planning a Family Day on Mayne Island for them (TBA), and arranging billeting for a VIRCS staff working retreat on Mayne. (Let the Mayne group know if you might be able to billet any VIRCS staff, date still to be arranged.)

For further information please contact Brian Crumblehulme briarycottage@gmail.com.

posted April 2016

Start Summer Swimming with the Otters: Fri May 6

Otters Swim Club Registration.

Friday, May 6 is registration day and the first practice of our summer 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 club practices on Fridays until the end of June when we switch to Tuesday to Thursday workouts. We welcome members from all the Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include, Learn to Swim, 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 penderislandotters.webs.com and contact us at penderislandottersswimclub@gmail.com.

For further information please contact Jennifer Simmer asimmer@shaw.ca.

posted April 2016

Banquo Folk Ensemble: Sat May 14

Banquo Folk Ensemble presents The Aulde Alliance: Ancient and Traditional Music of Scotland and France.

Banquo Folk Ensemble performs in period costume, on voice, recorders, bagpipes, cittern, shawm, mandolin, hurry-gurdy, harp, percussion and more! Musical performances are interwoven with stories about the ancient, sometimes volatile, alliance between Scotland and France - two nations bonded by their shared enmity with England.

Saturday May 14, 7:30 pm.
St. Mary Magdalene Church.
Tickets $15, at the door or from Farm Gate Store.

For further information please contact Lael Whitehead lael@gulfislands.com.

posted April 2016

Silver Maynes Annual Plant Sale And Tea: Sat May 7

Every Saturday before Mother's Day, the Silver Maynes holds its famous Mother's Day Tea, Baked Goods sale and Plant Sale. The plants for sale are donations from Mayne Island gardens, and the baking comes from Mayne Island kitchens.

Come to the Agricultural Fair Grounds at 1 pm to purchase the plants you've longed to have! Relax at afternoon tea in the historic Ag Hall! Buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful hanging basket!

Donations of plants and baking for our sale counters are gladly received. Bring them to the Ag Hall at 9:30 am where Silver Maynes volunteer vendors will receive them with a grateful smile! Raffle tickets are on sale at the Maynestreet Mall on April 23rd and 30th, 10 am - 1:30 pm.

For further information please contact Jill Hansche dosamigos88@hotmail.com.

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Jahren & Cropper in Concert: Sat May 7

Join Elisabeth Jahren and Stephen Cropper for an evening of piano and voice. Mostly Classical Repertoire to make your Spring Come Alive!

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm.
390 Navy Channel Rd., Mayne Island (The Vet’s).
Tickets: $20.
Available from the Trading Post, Farm Gate, Home Hardware, and the Vet.

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

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Mayne Island Reads: Talking Circle: Thu Apr 21

Please join us for our first Talking Circle to discuss Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese at the Mayne Island Library from 7 - 9 pm. Or, if you simply have an interest in discussing the subject of Residential Schools in Canada please come along. All are welcome!

Like last year's challenge, John Aitken will facilitate the 'talking circle' and is the contact for any questions.

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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Mayne Island Speakers Series Presents: Thu Apr 21

The House That Brian And Curtis Built.

A few months ago Brian Deardon and his son Curtis agreed to build a Canadian wood framed house in south central Chile. The deal was.....it had to be up in two weeks with the roof on, doors and windows in, and a happy customer. Oh, by the way, the nearest phone was two hours away down a dusty dirt road on the side of a volcano.

Come to see the photos and hear the story of how this was done.

Thursday, April 21st at the Ag Hall at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm for coffee, tea and treats and conversation before the talk. As always the Speakers Series is by donation. For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Little Theatre Presents: Apr 14, 15, 16

Our Spring 2016 Show, All In A Day (adult content).
April 14, 15 & 16 at the Agricultural Hall.
Doors 7:30 pm - Show 8 pm.
Tickets $15 available at Home Hardware & the Trading Post.

Five one act plays that will have you glued to your seats. Introducing five new actors to Mayne Island`s stage. Watch our Facebook Posts for details. Get your tickets before they are sold out.

For further information please contact Andrew Smith ndrwgsm@gmail.com.

posted April 2016

Hadwin's Judgement (Golden Spruce) film: Fri Apr 22

The Mayne island Library is showing the film, Hadwin’s Judgement, Friday April 22, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Ag Hall.

Inspired by John Vaillant’s award-winning book, The Golden Spruce, Hadwin’s Judgement interweaves speculation, myth and reality to explore the possible motives for Hadwin’s unprecedented crime and the consequences of his actions. The film charts his emotional crusade against the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest, a crusade that ends tragically with a mystery—and a prophetic warning—that seals Hadwin’s fate as both madman and visionary.

Admission by donation. Free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase maynechase@yahoo.com.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Recycling Society AGM: Tue Apr 12

The Mayne Island Recycling Society’s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday April 12, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Church House.

Hear about the changes to recycling in BC. Elections will be held. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Memberships will be  available at the door. For further information please contact: Maeva Lightheart mflightheart@gmail.com.

posted April 2016

Active Pass Inspirations — Opening Fri Apr 8

The next Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council exhibition opens 7 p.m., Friday, April 8th, at the library. Everyone's invited to view the art, listen to original music, and enjoy a spread of treats.

Many Mayne Island artists draw inspiration from living at the shores of the Salish Sea. To showcase their connectedness to the local land and water, SGIAC has mounted this exhibition titled, Active Pass Inspirations.

The show, held to help celebrate this year’s Festival Active Pass (the Annual Southern Gulf Island Nature and Arts Festival), features the work of over twenty-four island artists. It reflects their appreciation and their interpretation of living in this part of the world.

The show runs until Wednesday, May 4th.

For further information please contact Bill (maylone@shaw.ca).

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Beach Cleanup: Sun Apr 17

Join us on Sunday April 17th at 10 am to help cleanup our shores. Contact our beach captains for your choice of location below. For more information see the Mayne Island Conservancy website.

The 2015 Cleanup total was 2,108 pounds (957 kilograms).

Bennett Bay — Mike Nadeau — (250) 539-0123
Campbell Bay — Elisabeth Whitelaw — (250) 539-5582
David Cove, Oyster & Reef Bays — Irene and Nigel Barrett — (250) 539-5070
Edith Point — Peter Askin — (250) 539-2199
Gallagher & Piggott Bays — Kim Harris — (250) 539-9878
Horton Bay — Sue Duncan — (250) 539-3640
Kadanaga Bay — Marian MacLean — (250) 539-9995
Lighthouse & Maude Bays — Len Epp — (250) 539-3111
Miners Bay — Mayne Elementary School — Michael Dunn — (250) 539-5745
Village Bay — Al Cannon — (250) 483-4225

Co-sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Recycling Society. For further information please contact Vicki Turay vturay@hotmail.com.

posted April 2016

Ferry Facts April Update

(Originally published in the April 2016 MayneLiner)

Representatives of the Ferry Advisory Committees (FAC) from Mayne, Galiano, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands met with BC Ferry staff on March 8 to continue to review the most recent options to the proposed schedules. The Friday Route 9 schedules have been finalized although concerns were raised regarding potential overload situations on some weekends. Solutions include encouraging travellers to take earlier sailings and extending the shoulder season. Mayne Islanders will have Friday afternoon and evening options to and from Tsawwassen year round except for Off Peak departures from Mayne Island. The second noon ferry Monday to Friday from Mayne to Swartz Bay is back on the table. The Off Peak Sunday departure from Mayne Island to Tsawwassen will not allow for foot passengers on what is now the 4:20 departure. However, the late ferry is moved up from 8:05 pm to a 7:00 pm departure. As work progresses towards solving the 12 identified problems, it becomes obvious that some compromises are required and not everyone will get what they want for their Islands. We are scheduled to meet again on April 5th.

The data from the Mustel telephone survey was made available to the FAC representatives. The results were similar to the on line survey conducted in November and December, 2015 as mentioned in the March Ferry Facts. A total of 367 ferry customers were contacted, 29 of whom are from Mayne Island. Mayne Islanders were generally satisfied with all schedules, with satisfaction scores from 3.4 and higher out of 5. For Route 5, the highest satisfaction scores were for the mid-week service to Swartz Bay, with the lowest scores for the weekend service. For Route 9, the lowest satisfaction scores were for the Sunday service to and from Tsawwassen. As expected, the most common request was for more direct routes to destinations.

Discussions have taken place regarding improvements to the through-fare system in Swartz Bay. On an ongoing basis, the islands most affected by this system are Salt Spring and Saturna. In addition, anyone wishing to travel to and from the Southern Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen on a Wednesday from January 6 to March 2 would have been affected. The desire is to have some form of a guarantee for making a connection. The current system doesn't provide a means of identifying and establishing priority loading for through-fare customers.

There is nothing new to report on the mid-life upgrade to the Queen of Cumberland. April 17 remains the expected return to service date.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych (250) 539 5274 (p.sywulych@shaw.ca). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych p.sywulych@shaw.ca.

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A Forum on Health Services on Mayne: Wed Apr 13

Mayne Island Health Centre Association presents a forum on health services on Mayne Island and preparation for hospitalization and emergencies.

Learn all you need to know about:
• Health Centre services
• Hospital pre-admission and discharge planning
• Home & Community Care services

Wed. April 13th; 1 to 3:30 pm at the Ag Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Registration: Please email info@mayneislandhealth.ca with “MIHCA Forum” in the subject line. Please include your phone number. Or, sign up on the clip board at the Health Centre. This presentation is free.

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

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Planning for Desolation Sound: Sun Apr 17

Are you thinking of heading north this boating season or sometime in the future? If so, this is the course for you.

Desolation Sound offers an experience beyond civilization, within the sheltered, warm waters of the Salish Sea. Desolation Sound Marine Park is considered by many boaters to be one of the top cruising grounds in the world. The waters of Desolation Sound are calm and sheltered with lots of protected anchorages and plentiful oysters, clams, crabs, prawns and salmon. Warm waters make Desolation Sound an ideal May or September destination. That is when you can have the sound of whales blowing, the taste of freshly caught fish and crab and the sight of foraging bears all to yourself.

Find out what awaits you at Prideaux Haven, Tenedos Bay, Okeover Arm, Grace Harbour, Pendrell Sound, Roscoe Bay, Teakerne Arm on the Redonda Islands and Mansons Landing and Squirrel Cove on Cortes.

This four hour planning session will cover tips, techniques, equipment and anecdotes from those who have cruised these waters. You will learn everything you need to know to plan your successful trip.

Instructor: Blair Smith
Dates: April 17, 2016
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: 423 Fernhill Road (across from Garage)
Cost: Free to AMIB members, $10 for non-members.

Please contact Bryan Westby ( bcwestby@shaw.ca ) by email or phone (250) 539-3412 to register.

posted April 2016

Bennett Bay Waterworks District AGM: Sun Apr 17

The Bennett Bay Waterworks AGM will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, April 17, 2016 in the downstairs meeting room, Heath Centre, 526 Felix Jack Road. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact: Ted Colley bbwdmail@gmail.com.

posted April 2016