ASIC AGM on July 20

Get informed. Get involved. Attend ASIC’s Annual General Meeting, being held at Hacienda Pascalito, 2778 Vancouver Blvd, starting at 10am Saturday July 20, 2019.

Deadline for AGM Motions is 3pm Friday June 14, 2019. No extensions

ASIC members may submit a written Motion that proposes an action by the ASIC Board. The Motion will be circulated to members in the June Update so that members have a chance to think on the issue before the Motion is discussed at the AGM.

If you submit a Motion to ASIC, you will be required to read it aloud at the AGM in the words you had submitted, so that the meaning remains as submitted. The Motion may be amended at the AGM by a vote of members. Votes will be decided by a show of hands holding membership cards.

Motions are not accepted from non-members. For details on how to become an ASIC member, see the “Membership” item at the bottom of this Update.

ASIC members may email a Motion to info@savaryislandcommittee.ca by 3pm Friday June 14. Please note that mailed (Canada Post) Motions will be accepted only until this same deadline, regardless of when the Motion was mailed.

Outdoor Fire Bylaw Details

The proposed changes to the Savary Island fire bylaw will allow everyone to better anticipate burning restrictions, as well as reduce the risk of wildfire in the hot dry peak of summer. Here are some of the key revisions:
• A maximum penalty of $2,000 for violating any provision in the bylaw.
• Burn piles (i.e. backyard burns, contractor burns) will be prohibited during the months of June, July, August, and September.
• Campfires will be prohibited during the months of July, August, and September.
• Fire Chief can announce prohibitions at any other time of year if necessary.
• Fire Chief can prohibit high-risk activities if conditions warrant it. High-risk activities are clearly identified in the proposed bylaw.

It is hoped that this bylaw will reduce the fire callouts that still occur every summer on Savary. These 9-1-1 callouts require that the SIVFD attend and extinguish outdoor fires, incur costs to the department, and put the island at risk of costly and potentially dangerous wildfires. Download the draft bylaw here: Draft Fire Bylaw.pdf

The current draft of the bylaw has gone to the qRD’s Committee of the Whole and passed the first stage of approvals. It will now go to the Regional Board on May 23. There is an opportunity for the public to ask questions or voice concerns before it goes to the Minister’s office for final approval. Contact Ryan Thoms, qRD Manager of Emergency Services at RThoms@qathet.ca or 604-485-2260.

Public Meeting About FireSmart and Evacuation

The qRD will be coming to Savary on Saturday July 13. The exact time is not confirmed yet so we’ll let you know in the June Update. They’ll post it around Savary soon, too. The meeting is about a new FireSmart program for assessing your property for its exposure to the risks of wildfire. To get an idea of what that means, watch their YouTube video: FireSmart Your Home. FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert takes you through some basic steps you can take to reduce wildfire loss of your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLHFPpdXaBY

If you can’t do the branch and debris cleanup on your own, there is also a rebate program for property owners who make FireSmart improvements to their properties. For a free assessment and more information contact the qRD’s FireSmart Coordinator at firesmartpr@gmail.com or call 604-414-7839.

The evacuation part of the public meeting will provide information for you and your family about what to do and where to go in the case of a major emergency like wildfire or earthquake.

Support ASIC and Get a Calendar

Your $20 donation gets you a Savary Island calendar, The July 2019 – June 2020 calendars are available from your ASIC Directors, the Lund Water Taxi office, and Dulcie Macdonald across from the wharf. Only 200 calendars are printed each year so don’t wait too long to get yours.

Membership

There is no fee, and all Savary property owners (on title) and their spouses/partners are eligible to be members of ASIC. Send your email, tel/cel, home and Savary addresses to info@savaryislandcommittee.ca or mail PO Box 222, Lund, BC V0N 2G0

Help! Beach Cleanup This Sunday

The Great Savary Beach Cleanup needs your help on Sunday May 19 2019. If you can’t help on Sunday, eight volunteers are needed on Tuesday May 21 for one hour at the barge ramp to load all the materials onto the barge.

The cleanup is only a few days away and there aren’t enough people signing up yet. Bring your kids and your friends to help continue the success of this important recycling event. There’s plastic and styrofoam everywhere on Savary’s 18km (11 miles) of beaches, so much that it’s being found in oysters and other marine life.

What you can do:

  • Register with Ruth White.
  • Get on a Remote Beach Crew (cell phone required). Heroes required for the Sutherland Beach stairs.
  • Don’t want to clean the beach? Get on a Sorting Crew to help separate materials at the barge ramp.
  • Bring work gloves and knife (for cutting rope).
  • Got a Boat? Remote beach pick up is needed.
  • Got a Pickup? We need trucks to deliver materials to the barge ramp.
  • Meet at the Main Fire Hall 10:00AM Sunday (mid-island), where we allocate teams to needed areas, coordinate marine pick up locations & provide general program information.Something new this year is some items (e.g. plastic barrels, rope, trays) will be pulled aside and available for re-use by the volunteers and the general public. This “up-cycling” will help reduce the amount of materials that have to go off island. The access will be controlled so call Ruth or Paul to find out when this will happen.

    Registration and Information: 

  • Ruth White (volunteer coordinator) 604-483-6627 or ruthmoon.50@gmail.com
  • Paul Leighton (logistical coordinator) 604-483-6987, Facebook @savarysolutions or email savarysolutions@gmail.comNOTE: This program does not accept anything that is obviously not from the beach, such as personal household garbage, compost, wood or metal. It will not be picked up by the volunteer crews.

Free FireSmart Assessment

There is a new program available from the qathet Regional District for assessing your property for its exposure to the risks of wildfire. To get an idea of what that means, watch their YouTube video: FireSmart Your Home. FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert takes you through some basic steps you can take to reduce wildfire loss of your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLHFPpdXaBY

If you can’t do the branch and debris cleanup on your own, there is also a rebate program for property owners who make FireSmart improvements to their properties. For a free assessment and more information contact the qRD’s FireSmart Coordinator at firesmartpr@gmail.com or call 604-414-7839.

A Ton of Gravel. Actually, 5,000 Tonnes.

On the morning of March 18 we were told by MOTI they had approval to bring gravel to Savary. A lot of gravel. As the week progressed we were informed that heavy equipment was being barged over to lay that gravel on Savary’s main road from the wharf to Indian Point. By March 26 the gravel showed up on a very, very big barge and they starting unloading it onto the shore at the barge ramp early that morning. They came back a couple of days later with more. It was a mountain. Everybody on island saw the continuous convoy of dump trucks going back and forth for about 8 days. And by Friday April 5 they were gone.

This gravel event was a complete surprise to everybody, including MOTI staff. We don’t know yet how it was decided that Savary should get this gravel. We can only assume that the years of constant pressure from various ASIC Boards, its membership, the general public, the qRD and the SIVFD, finally made a difference. So thanks, and a hat tip to all.

The gravel they brought over is good gravel, not limestone. It’s around the same hardness as some types of granite, so it won’t be ground into powdery dust anytime soon. We should see improvements on a number of the problems we’ve faced for the last 20 years: far fewer pot-holes, better drainage, less airborne dust. It means we should have better roads and safer access for emergency vehicles. The new gravel will make it possible for better maintenance because the grader will no longer be pushing around mud and sand.

The last we heard from MOTI is that we can still expect spring road maintenance. That includes some grading, some roadside brushing to improve sight lines for safety, and dust control before summer.