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April 20, 2017
Anmore residents now have over 300 people on a CHANGE.org petition who want BC Hydro to put the increased high voltage BC Hydro lines underground in the 1.8 km residential stretch through the Village, just like it is doing through larger communities like Burnaby and Vancouver. MLA Linda Reimer has had every opportunity to support her constituents on this issue, but she has not. Instead she has toed the line with her Liberal masters and puts the projected higher costs of putting high voltage lines underground above the health worries of Anmore residents. The following letter has yet to receive a response from Ms Reimer, however NDP candidate Rick Glumac who was copied on the letter has requested a meeting with residents to listen to our concerns.
Dear Ms Reimer,
My letter is in reference to your e-mail to Dr. Urs Ribary, (Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Professor, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University; British Columbia Leadership
Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, Simon Fraser University) and the following quote from your e-mail:
"As you are also likely aware, there are a number of differing viewpoints on this issue, including both your views and the views of those in the Anmore community who do not want the new transmission line placed underground due to the disruption it would cause and the prohibitive cost. It is my hope that the community and BC Hydro can work together to address outstanding concerns and come to a place of commonality that respects the aesthetic, health and safety, and fiscal considerations under discussion." (Linda Reimer)
It is my understanding that an MLA should first and foremost represent the needs and best interests of their constituents, and not just toe the line with government or 'big' Hydro. I don't know who you are talking to, but the message from Anmore residents was very clear in the BC Hydro public meetings held in this community - at a minimum, put the high voltage power lines underground through the 1.8 kms in the Anmore residential area, just like what is
happening in Burnaby and Vancouver. The only different viewpoints that I have heard have come from you and BC Hydro - not another single person I know of in Anmore is on the record as being anything other than totally in favour of the solution to put the lines
As you may recall, in the March 17, 2017 article about Anmore's plight by Kerry Gold in the Globe and Mail, BC Hydro paid $1.00 for the right-of-way through Anmore in 1961. In exchange, it is exercising the right to further imperil the health of residents, especially that of our children by installing more high voltage carrying capacity through the Village. Does this seem reasonable to you? One child has already died of leukemia and Anmore physician Dr. Henry Bergman cited further evidence of cancers, thyroid disorders, and other health conditions likely attributable to the existing high voltage lines.
In a recent article in the Georgia Straitabout the unfairness of this situation for Anmore by Carlito Pablo, he references the World Health Organization which has designated the Electro-Magnetic Fields caused by high voltage lines as 'possibly carcinogenic' and urges governments to use the 'precautionary principle' in dealing with new installations.
In a risk management hierachy, health comes before cost every time. The courts generally recognize this hierarchy in determining outcomes of legal action - remembering Tsawwassen. I am hoping that in an upcoming meeting being planned with NDP candidate
Rick Glumac that he will be more supportive of our needs than you have been to date. This is no minor matter to the residents of the Village as evidenced in the Change.org petition...
Dr. Lynn Elen Burton, Founding Editor
Anmore Alternative News (2,028 Facebook Page friends)
February 13, 2017.
Anmore strongly opposes the "BC
Hydro's Metro North Transmission Project" and demands that the high-powered transmission lines go underground.
Anmore Alternative News,
have written a petition letter and strongly believe that this should be brought
to the attention of all our residents in Anmore (who may not have seen it yet).
petition letter is now placed online and ready for all residents to sign: "Anmore demands that BC Hydro's
high-powered transmission lines go underground".
are using a safe platform used by more than 100
million people in 196 countries. Please go to the following website
below (or get the link from our website protectanmore.com), just fill in your
name, address and email and then click "sign" (your name will be invisible).
If you like you can also add a small comment (optional, and will be visible).
In case you have used that platform before for other petitions, they may send
you an email for confirmation and you can then click and sign.Click Here
Goal is to get 1,000 signatures (but hopefully much more)! This is a challenge
and we all have to work very hard! Please do sign individually and not as a
family. Please distribute this message widely to all people you know in Anmore,
Belcarra, Heritage Mountain who live here or have children in Anmore schools
and further to concerned people in Port Moody and Coquitlam because this will
affect us all (environmental issues, health risks, health issues, traffic,
constructions, large trucks, helicopters etc.);
spread the word using emails, texting and social media ......!
we get enough signatures we believe that we can stop BC Hydro and have a safe
solution to protect our environment and avoid health risks and large financial
property losses affecting us all!
and best regards,
Marcus and Evelyne.
- Dr. Urs
Ribary, Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
Childhood Health and Development, Director, Behavioral and Cognitive
Neuroscience Institute, Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British
Columbia (UBC) and BC Children's Hospital;
- Marcus Schmieder,
Engineer, PEng, M.IE&M;
- Evelyne Ribary,
Co-founder and President, The Samanta S. Ribary Foundation (Charity supporting
orphans and children in need).
Was the BC Hydro Public Consultation with the residents of the Village Merely Window Dressing? December 5, 2016.
Editor's Note: Power was out in Anmore today. It came on for about an hour and then was off again all night. Overhead wires were down. How much does this ongoing maintenance cost? No problem with gas from underground pipeline. We wonder how the utility company managed to put the gas pipeline underground if the terrain is as difficult and expensive as BC Hydro asserts? High voltage lines will go underground through Vancouver and Burnaby - why not underground through Anmore and Belcarra like elsewhere in the world? It's a question of safety and of fairness. Editor's comments are shown in grey interspersed in the following letter from Judy Dobrowolski, Metro North Transmission Project.
With regard to building the additional line underground in Anmore, we’ve looked at two options:
1. Underground along the existing right-of-way through Anmore
2. Underground in city streets through Anmore and Port Moody
Here’s what we know:
To build the additional transmission line underground along the existing right-of-way through Anmore:
- We would need to acquire underground rights from property owners. (And your point is?)
- It’s difficult to excavate a trench in the uneven, rocky terrain along the entire existing right-of-way, especially at the west end where the topography is very steep. Extensive blasting would be required for new cable and casing. (Have you looked at how the gas company did it? Or what about Village watermains?)
- Cut-and-cover construction would cause greater environmental and property impact than overhead construction. (Explain please)
- Two properties would each have a large termination station on them – these stations house equipment necessary to transition the transmission line from an overhead line to an underground cable. (Why is this necessary given the large area with no houses?)
- The underground cable could only extend to Fern Drive at which point it would transition to an overhead conductor to safely cross the creek as horizontal directional drilling is very expensive. (Which is more important the cost, or the increased risk of health damage to residents and their children?)
- One property would have an underground cable vault with two ground level entrances. (Surely resourceful engineers can find acceptable alternatives as they do elsewhere?)
- One property at Fern Drive would have a very tall transmission pole so the wires can meet the clearance requirements (Make a different plan.)
- The existing wooden H-frame structures and the steel monopoles would remain within the right-of-way. (We understand that the distance near homes is approximately 2.5 km. Isn't it time to right a wrong?)
- Building this portion of the additional transmission line underground through Anmore is the most expensive option compared to building the line overhead or underground in city streets through Anmore and Port Moody. (Just exactly how much did BC Hydro pay these landowners for the right-of-way through their properties 40 years ago? Anmore has been an incorporated Village for less than 30 years.)
To build the additional transmission line underground along city streets through Anmore and Port Moody:
- The cable length would be about four kilometres to replace three kilometres of overhead line. (Cost, not health?)
- We would need to build a large termination station on private property at Legget Drive to transition from an overhead line to an underground cable. (Are there no other options?)
- We would need a second large termination station so the cable can transition to an overhead line and travel along an existing right-of-way to cross Burrard Inlet. (And what will be the costs of probable litigation not only in terms of time but also of money and any tiny bit of reputation BC Hydro might have left for doing the right thing?)
- The existing wooden H-frame structures and the steel monopoles would remain within the right-of-way through Anmore. (Do you remember Tswassen?)
- It would cost approximately 3.5 to 4 times more to build an underground cable than an overhead line. (With even the slightest possiblity that the magnetic fields produced by overhead high voltage wires are carcinagenic, would it be prudent for BC Hydro to continue with this plan? One child in this short space near the high voltage wires in Anmore has already died from childhood leukemia.)
Building the additional line underground is technically challenging, requires more infrastructure and is more expensive than building it overhead. It’s difficult for us to justify the significant cost increase to build the line underground when there is sufficient space in an existing right-of-way for the additional line.
In 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a component of the World Health Organization, showed Electro-magnetic fields as 'possibly carcinogenic to humans,' based on evidence from human studies in relation to childhood leukemia. In prudent public bodies health risks should always trump cost.
I’m available if you have any further questions about the project.
Metro North Transmission Project
December 3, 2016
Regarding Anmore Council's "branding exercise" please tell me that the $39,000 price tag was a joke. It was, wasn't it?
I mean we could have bought at least five Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs) for the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department but the list of what to do with $39,000 could go on and on. And anyway, who complained that we were so desperately seeking an identity?
How about this: taxpayers "identify with" spending money wisely?
Do we need consultants for - every - little - thing? A contest would
have been free!
It's Interesting that one of the proposals is actually a hummingbird,
tried and true, only this time it's a small bird with a very big bill.
November 29, 2016 Response Letter from Dr. Urs Ribary to Letter from MLA Linda Reimer Imploring Her to "Walk the Walk and Not Just Talk the Talk" relative to BC Hydro Metro North High Voltage Transmission Line Upgrades. Ms Reimer's letter is below Dr. Ribary's response.
Editor's Note: BC Legislative Assembly Identifies the first responsibility of an MLA as: "Representing constituents an MLA raises constituents' perspectives and concerns during debates, presents petitions, and asks government to take action on particular issues affecting their riding or the province."
(cc Anmore Community and Anmore-PortMoody-Coquitlam Council)
BC Hydro's final decision:
BC Hydro made its final decision ignoring all communities' inputs and concerns raised over the past year, to stick to their original-unchanged plans to boost their net-profit and construct additional overhead high-powered lines through private 1-acre properties in Anmore and through Parklands in Belcarra starting in 2018.
BC Hydro's misleading Strategies:
BC Hydro is continuously pushing ahead its project with hiding data, misleading the public, presenting wrong data in the wrong context, in order to cover up health risks and financial losses in affected property values.
BC Hydro is further ignoring:
- The facts of many health risks and serious concerns of affected residents;
- The fact that one child recently died of child-leukemia, who has been living adjacent to the high-power lines in Anmore;
- The fact that at least 2 adults (I personally know of) were diagnosed with cancer, also living adjacent to the high-power lines in Anmore;
- The fact of up to 30% losses in individual property values adjacent to high-powered lines according to the Wall Street Journal, affecting up to 144 homes in Anmore alone;
- The fact that BC Hydro is obsessively insisting in their Right-of-Way (RoW) through Anmore, which was established 60 years ago and bought for $1, at a time before the Moon-Landing when we had no personal computers, internet, cell phones, Wi-Fi, nor modern passenger jet planes;
- The fact that BC Hydro is overloading its current RoW and illegally expanding from contracted 66m to 75+m without mentioning to the public and property owners;
- The fact that BC Hydro will plant new large Monopoles in the middle of septic fields and close to 20m in front of people's living rooms on 1-acre private properties;
- The fact that the new larger 40+m Monopoles are designed to have a weak point to tilt in case of an earthquake and falling on people's homes 20m away, killing them instantly - such projects in earthquake country considered reckless in other countries around the world;
- The fact that BC Hydro, and the BC Ministries of MEM and Health do not indicate any responsibility for the causing potential health issues and property losses;
- The fact that Anmore residents voted and requested a safe underground line at the last Open-House with BC Hydro (June 23, 2016); but BC Hydro is going forward with their original plan of new over-head (not underground) high-powered lines through Anmore;
- The fact that BC Hydro's new upgrade through Anmore, Belcarra and Burnaby into Vancouver has to be diverted across the inlet because the new line needs to be separate from the existing one, possibly crossing through Parklands in Belcarra among others.
All these facts indicate that political action and support on your behalf would be extremely appropriate and very helpful for your community!
Again, I cc to the Anmore Community and Anmore-PortMoody-Coquitlam Council and apologize for overloading them with emails, but this is VERY IMPORTANT! Thanks!
Dr. Urs Ribary
November 28, 2016 Letter from MLA Linda Reimer to
Dr. Urs Ribary,
and BC LEEF Leadership Chair, Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (BCNI),
Psychology, Simon Fraser University (SFU),
Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC),
UBC Institute of Mental Health and Investigator UBC Brain Research Centre,
Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics (UBC),
University of British Columbia (UBC),
Children’s Hospital, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI),
Editor's Note: There are a number of highly qualified scholars and professionals who are telling you, Ms Reimer, that both from the health and safety, and risk management perspectives, they have huge concerns about the proposed high voltage lines through Anmore. "Doing everything
reasonably possible and prudent to reduce the effects of this
transmission expansion on our communities of Anmore and Belcarra" as stated in your letter means putting the high voltage lines underground here as being done through Vancouver and Burnaby.
Dear Dr Ribary,
Thank you for responding to my letter. My apologies for the late reply to your email. The purpose of my letter was not to leave you with the impression that I am "supporting" a decision to choose the Anmore option . That decision has not been made by BC Hydro, although it certainly appears this option is the least cost to provincial rate payers and least potential impact to property owners potentially impacted by the various options under consideration.
I sent my letter because I want my constituents to know that I am not standing back on this important issue. I have been engaged directly for months with BC Hydro and with the Energy & Mines Minister and his staff. My goal all along has been to ensure the voices of my constituents are heard in this process. That does not mean I can tell BC Hydro what decisions to make, but it does mean I can make certain that sufficient due diligence is done by BC Hydro to ensure a fair and evidence-based process and decision.
I've made it crystal clear to the minister and to BC Hydro that I expect all parties to do everything reasonably possible and prudent to reduce the effects of this transmission expansion on our communities of Anmore and Belcarra. To this end, the project will see a net reduction of 10 poles
along the existing right of way. There are also plans in place to have a landscape architect develop a landscape and restoration plan for affected properties.
With regards to the health issues raised, your views diverge from those of Health Canada and the World Health Organization. The magnetic fields even when they reach maximum rating will be far below the 2,000mG endorsed by Health Canada.
I have asked BC Hydro to continue to meet with property owners when requested and discuss how impacts can be minimized. And I will continue to engage with Hydro and the Minister on behalf of my constituents. Should you wish to arrange a meeting or ask questions to BC Hydro, you may contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or phone at 604-623-3839, or you are welcome to ask my office to help with that.
With kind regards, Linda
Linda Reimer, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Communities
Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow
Constituency (P): 604 469-5430
November 24, 2016.
Dear Ms Kolby, (Anmore chief Administrative Officer)
This letter is in response to your request for feedback on the branding options. As I indicated
at the presentation on Tuesday, November 22, in my capacity as Founding Editor of the
Anmore Alternative News, I have heard considerable feedback from residents on this topic -
mostly negative on not only the need for this exercise (that reportedly cost the Village twice
as much as the mayor's annual honorarium), but also on the hollow consultation process,
and the lack luster final product.
On the need for the exercise, many feel the brand is already the hummingbird. People have
purchased flags, door mats, and home décor to reflect this link to the community. They also
identify with the mountain horizon on the works trucks. The tagline 'Anmore-Nature's Home'
was adopted by the Anmore Elementary School children and is on the banners that they
produced for the 25th anniversary of the Village. One person commented that a community
design and tagline competition, engaging not only stay-at-home residents, but also working
people, and Anmore's youth, would have been a much better, and much less costly way, to
engage the full community
Residents are also critical of the consultation process which, with short notice and
inconvenient times, was largely inaccessible to working people. With all of the white heads
around the table on Tuesday night, I would venture to say that this observation is probably
correct. By only sending invitation letters to past participants and not advertising and giving
fair warning of the meetings, this concern was likely exacerbated.
On the designs, while the following statements in the Regular Council Meeting presentation might be correct, for
the group that was able to participate, they are not something of which to be proud. As the
presenter Rod referenced the 'wild west' with 'fiercely independent' people, one resident told me that
this is a euphemism for "We do what we damn well feel like, to the h*** with the rules and our
"1. If you are looking for a change of scenery, come to Anmore. If you are looking to change the scenery, stay away.
2. We are fiercely independent and socially connected."
As well, gates and fences are seen as exclusionary and not in the best interest of creating
The identifiers that residents seem to feel comfortable with are:
"3. We celebrate our community’s potential and protect the environment.
4. Anmore will grow, but the growth must be careful, deliberate and
considerate of our long-term view of preserving our unique, small, and semi-rural setting."
This has been almost always followed by "What's wrong with what we have?" "Why are we
doing this?" "We like the hummingbird"; "How much did this cost us?" No one that I have
spoken to likes Ion's stylized hummingbird. On Tuesday, people said it looked like a
marijuana plant and a bird with spikes. I have also heard 'indescript blob' and 'weird angel'.
The overall designs have been uninspiring. The one that seems to get a little bit of support is
the cursive writing (paint) one, but then that is followed by "You couldn't put that on the
trucks", and "It's hard to read."
The taglines are all seen as uninspiring.
"Set Apart – Naturally.
It’s Just Right Here.
Independent by Nature.
Set beside "Port Moody - City of the Arts" and "Belcarra - Village by the Sea", these ones that
leave out 'Village' (which many identify with) seem to be self-serving, boastful and
uninspiring. How about 'Village of Anmore - Nature's Home' (or Nestled in Nature)?
Kindly don't shoot the messenger - just reporting on what I have heard.
Dr. Lynn Elen Burton
Founding Editor, Anmore Alternative News
November 16, 2016
Good afternoon, everyone.
The Village is hosting an information session on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00pm in the new trailer (Council Chambers). The intent of the session is to share information regarding the current Village and School District's joint use agreement and the availability of the Council Chambers for use by various local community groups. School Trustee Palmer-Isaak will also be in attendance. Please note that, while the agreement is currently under review, the terms of the joint use agreement have not changed.
This email is being sent to those residents who have been involved in or lead a community group here in Anmore. I ask that you each forward this on to anyone in the Village who might find this session useful and RSVP to me at this email address so that we have an idea of how many people will be attending.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I hope to see you next week!
Juli Kolby, SCMP, CRM
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Anmore
p: 604-469-9877 | f: 604-469-0537
November 3, 2016
My wife Ann and I have owned the 1.5 acre parcel adjoining the Bedard property since 1989. Originally, it was 2.5 acres but we subdivided the front acre facing Sunnyside Road with a house on it and sold it.
Because my property is raw land, I hadn’t been on it in years. In January, after being contacted by the Bedard family, I visited the property to see what was happening regarding a watercourse there.
I was absolutely shocked to see works installed including a pond on the Bedard property that created a stream across their property and then onto my land. I was never aware of this. Nobody ever asked me if they could divert water onto my property. To date, we have been unable to get any meaningful response from the Village of Anmore.
Through a lawyer, the developer claims he had permission from Willie Bedard to build the pond.
I ask these questions:
- Where is the permission to create a watercourse on my property?
- Where are the permits that allowed anyone to build works on a road allowance owned by the Village of Anmore that diverts water onto the Bedard and Edwards properties?
- Who is responsible for doing this?
- Who is going to remove or modify these works so that there is no longer a watercourse on these properties?
- Why is the Village of Anmore not doing anything to assist property owners who pay taxes to it?
- Where are the elected officials who are supposed to look after the best interests of those who elect them?
- If the developer can claim the company that did this no longer is in business, why aren’t the principals of that company responsible for the damage to our properties?
We made the discovery of the watercourse on our property at a time when the Village of Anmore is considering allowing subdivision of one acre lots to allow for more infill. A watercourse that divides my property creates a new set of issues and requirements that may need to be met before subdividing or constructing any buildings.
It goes without saying that the Village of Anmore requires any landowner to apply and secure permits for any work or subdividing property. It is my understanding that I can’t even take a tree down on my own property without applying for and securing a permit. So it begs the question: Where are the permits for building works on the Kihna Estates and the Bedard property that created a new creek/river on our properties?
We have been forced by the inaction of the Village and lack of any meaningful response from the developer to secure legal counsel and launch a civil action against the Village of Anmore and the developer.
This is costly and annoying. I personally feel abandoned by the Village of Anmore, my elected representatives and the Village administrators who are, in part, paid with my taxes.
There is no question in my mind about seeing this through. I have no choice. The damage to my property with the potential limitations for subdividing and building created by this new watercourse is so onerous that the legal action will proceed.
I never expected to be forced to sue the Village in which I have owned property for nearly 30 years over a situation that it created or was negligent in allowing it to happen. I am available at any time to speak to you directly about this matter.
November 3, 2016
Subject: Bedard & Edwards property drainage issue
My mother Constance Bedard-Gilmore moved to Anmore in the late 40s. My father Wilfred Bedard also moved to Anmore in the late 40s. They met and started dating, got married, and moved to the property at 2110 Sunnyside Road in the early 50s where they raised a family. My father worked at the loco refinery. And my mother was at home when we were kids.
When we were kids the property was our playground. There never were any streams, creeks, or watercourses running thru our property. Around 2002-2003 a single house was built on the development site by a single home owner pre-development and there was a gravel driveway. The developer purchased the property, and re-sloped and added roads. Now all the water drains thru my mother's and Alyn Edwards' properties.
In 2006 my mother had a stroke so she cannot walk that well so she had no idea what was happening in the back of her property. And at the time, we are not certain, but my father was not himself. Later we would find out he had brain cancer he passed away in 2012.
I am shocked at the way my mother is being treated by the Village of Anmore. She and my father payed their taxes every year without compliant. Seems to me, Anmore cares more about developers than their seniors. My mother is worried sick about all this.
Where is Liberal MLA Linda Reimer When We Need Her? (28-10-16)
received your letter in the mail for again supporting BC Hydro's decision,
to construct additional overhead high-powered lines through our private
properties in Anmore and through Parklands in Belcarra starting
you working against your community? Why are you not helping us and supporting
our community? Why are you not standing up for our community against BC Hydro,
and confront them with the reality of health issues, large losses in property
last OpenHouse with BC Hydro including your presence, Anmore residents voted
for safe underground lines, as practiced world-wide. Why are you not respecting
our community's decisions and push BC Hydro for putting these new lines
underground, including the already existing ones?
I copy to
some most opposed Anmore residents, the Anmore Council, the Port Moody Council,
and the Coquitlam Council.
more information, background materials, health risks, concerns and various
letters on our website:
Dr. Urs Ribary,
and BC LEEF Leadership Chair, Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (BCNI),
Psychology, SimonFraserUniversity (SFU),
Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of British Columbia (UBC),
UBC Institute of Mental Health and Investigator UBC Brain Research Centre,
Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics (UBC),
University of British Columbia (UBC),
Children’s Hospital, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI),
Anmore residents are extremely disappointed in the following cavalier and dismissive response from the BC Ministry of Health to Dr. Urs Ribary's compelling letter of August 28th to Health Minister Terry Lake about potential health problems as a result of the BC Hydro Metro North Transmission Upgrade (below)
Ministry of Health Response
Dear Dr. Ribary:
Thank you for your follow up email of August 27, 2016, in which you request clarification on the responsibilities of the Ministry and BC Hydro in the Metro North Transmission Upgrade.
The Ministry of Health has a role in guiding public health policy and relies on the expertise of Health Canada to advise on extremely low frequency electric and magnetic field exposure limits. Guidelines are developed based on a weight of evidence approach in which both the quantity and quality of studies are evaluated. BC Hydro’s power lines are well below the 2,000 mG limit endorsed by Health Canada.
Health concerns associated with the installation and maintenance of the power lines and transmission lines are best directed to BC Hydro.
As the Ministry has provided all relevant information on this matter, I will advise that this will be the last response to your concerns regarding the proposed BC Hydro Metro North Transmission Upgrade.
Tim Lambert, Ph.D.
Ministry of Health
August 28, 2016
I have sent another email-letter to our Minister of Health (Honourable Dr. Terry Lake), with copies to MLA and MP (Honourable Fin Donnelly), and BC Premier (Honourable Christy Clark), which I would like to share with you (see below).
Dear Minister of Health, Honourable Dr. Terry Lake,
Could you please provide us with more specifics, especially with respect to the policy that makes BC Health legally responsible in all respects?
- Responsibility: Your response is critical for the many concerned Anmore residents, regarding the upcoming "BC Hydro’s Metro North Transmission Upgrade" through Anmore, who are completely ignored by BC Hydro; BC Hydro keeps misleading the public with wrong numbers and covers-up the dangerous health risks and losses in private property values of homes at 25-100+m distances from high-powered transmission lines, despite the fact that Anmore residents already demanded a safe underground line through Anmore at a recent Open-House with BC Hydro!
- Misleading Data: BC Hydro keeps referring to a "safe" limit of 2'000mG emission, which does not make any sense at all. They seem to falsely exchange a "long-term" production number with the "actual" emission safety number; the highest emission under the power line is at maximum about 190-200mG worldwide (BC Hydro's about 170mG), and the real concerning health-risks safety numbers are above 1-3mG according to the US National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), not 2'000mG.
In comparison, this would be like driving a Ferrari with 250km/h through Anmore with 10-20m distances to pedestrians; BC Hydro would say it is absolutely safe according to international safety guidelines to "produce" an engine for driving 320km/h, and that 250km/h would be way below. That is a "production" number, but in reality we know that this is not going to work out very well. Over time, we have established "safety" guidelines and numbers of 50km/h, 30km/h close to school areas and slowing to 0km/h when pedestrians are crossing the streets, as a BC law requires giving way to pedestrians! Moreover, BC Hydro mentions a "safe" limit of 2'000mG, that is more than10-times the absolute possible, average yearly emission number (190-200mG); in comparison, BC Hydro would probably argue for a "safe" 3'500km/h limit! This comparison hopefully illustrates the total absurdness and the enormous ignorance or purposely misleading strategy by BC Hydro ......!
- Solution: We have seen quite similar and several such situations in the past with Tobacco companies, with Global Warming Denials and recently with Mild Head Injury (Concussion) Denials, where staggering scientific facts, damages, people's death and resulting people's financial losses were simply ignored and covered up because of financial pressure towards higher profit and lower costs involved. However, human lives are the most precious assets we have and what we should respect and be responsible for! BC Hydro's behaviour is inappropriate, not ethical and definitely not Canadian. However, it is not too late; now, as already practiced world-wide, it is very timely for BC to also acknowledge the danger, health risks and financial losses in property values and to pressure BC Hydro for safer solutions. In the "BC Hydro’s Metro North Transmission Upgrade" there is indeed a much safer solution, namely underground lines, as the residents of Anmore have already demanded at the last Open House with BC Hydro! The fact is: EMF emission is a silent killer, like a "hit-and-run". It is difficult to correlate the damage with "whom who has caused it". Therefore, it is finally the time to be responsible and address the victim's perspective, as it is practiced daily in our justice system.
- Higher costs for safer solutions? BC Hydro states $9M for over-head and $35M for underground lines (for 4km). For a safer solution, a differential cost of $26M translates only into 0.09% of BC Hydro's 2015 reported assets, or into 0.04% of their total revenue, or into 4.47% of their net yearly income, AND will avoid health risks to about 144 homes, 550-700 people, and will avoid property losses of up to $86M in Anmore alone! Facts: BC Hydro published its 2015 Financials Statements with a total Assets of $28B, a total 2015 revenue of $5,7B and a net income of at least $581M in 2015 alone!
Thanks and best regards,
Dr. Urs Ribary,
- Professor and BC LEEF Leadership Chair, Cognitive Neuroscience Childhood Health and Development,
- Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (BCNI)
Department Psychology, Simon Fraser University,
- Department Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of British Columbia,
- Investigator UBC Brain Research Centre and Fellow UBC Institute of Mental Health,
- Faculty Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics (UBC),
- Simon Fraser University (SFU),
- University of British Columbia (UBC),
- BC Children’s Hospital, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI),
email (private): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cc: - MLA and MP, Honourable Fin Donnelly,
- BC Premier, Honourable Christy Clark,
June 24, 2016
Anmore resident Dr. Urs Ribary, Professor and BC LEEF Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience Childhood Health and Development, Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) weighs in on the June/23/2016 Anmore Open House with BC Hydro. He says "it was obvious that BC Hydro is ignoring and misleading (1) health risk data, (2) losses in property values and (3) opposes any recommendations on safer solutions, such as safe underground lines". To read Dr. Ribary's full letter Click Here.
June 7, 2016
Anmore Chief Administrative Officer Juli Kolby has written a letter in response to the May 2016 Update on the Metro North Transmission Study where the route through Anmore appears to be BC Hydro's choice over the three options presented. In this letter Ms. Kolby states:
"The Village of Anmore strongly opposes this expansion as it will have no benefit to the residents of our community. We request that B.C. Hydro pursue one of the other identified options."
September 5, 2016
Hello to all of our Anmore Alternative Friends!
accept an invitation on behalf of Gord and myself to this years Terry
Fox Run happening on Sunday September 18th at 11:45 am up in Village
Hall Parking Lot.
Fox Runs take place in over 9,000 communities across Canada every year
and are accessible to anyone with no entry fee, no minimum pledge and a
non-competitive atmosphere. Participants can run, walk, blade or bike
and most of all have fun while raising funds for cancer research.
year we are pleased to have our very own SVFD Member and Executive
Director Britt Andersen join us and share with us some of the many
amazing things that are occurring in the world of Terry Fox and Cancer
We would love to have you all join us with your families!!
If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or phone 778-990-0385
It would be great if you could share this with your readers and our Facebook Page Terry Fox Run 2016 - Anmore
Dave McCloskey (on behalf or Gord Bytelaar Co-Run Director)
May 17, 2016
Since BC Hydro is now focusing on the Anmore option in their Metro North Transmission Study, I would like to submit a serious statement of concern to the Anmore Alternative to be published.
Statement of Concern -
BC Hydro hiding Health-Risk Data: Start of Massive Power Expansion to boost Electricity in Vancouver
Over the past three years, BC Hydro laid out plans for 3 alternative routes in their Metro North Transmission Study for the needed massive power expansion into Vancouver due to the increasing demand of electricity. One of the most reasonable one along Highway1, and one of the least reasonable ones through private residential areas through Anmore, Port Moody into Burnaby.
First, we and many others have suggested many times to BC Hydro to consider a safe underground placement if the "Anmore - Port Moody" option is chosen, as it is commonly practiced all around the world in the 21st century. The massive expansion and addition to an already existing 15-stream high- powered lines on our private properties, built many years ago, could ALL be easily placed underground through these up-scale and expensive neighborhoods, the home of many families with many young developing children. This solution would enormously improve these private properties and BC Hydro would offer some incentives rather than posing a much higher health-risk and damaging and massively reducing the value of all these private semi-rural properties. BC Hydro could make the "Anmore - Port Moody" alternative a role model for a "green" power-line-free neighborhood across BC, as it is practiced in the USA, Asia and all over Europe for many years!
BC Hydro's answer: "This option is more expensive"!
Second, if the "Anmore - Port Moody" option is chosen with a massive 2 years construction and expansion above ground, to a total of 24-stream, large double-tower high-powered lines on these 1- acre PRIVATE PROPERTIES (not public nor BC Hydro owned space) AND in earthquake country: We and many others in these neighborhoods have expressed serious health concerns to BC Hydro on many different occasions in public meetings or via emails, but we never got any reasonable or honest answer. Many of us including myself have specifically asked BC Hydro many times over the past two years to release the data on these projected emissions and risks at distances of 20, 50, 75, 100, 200 m, which relates to the distances of all these many affected homes with respect to these planned high- power transmission lines: Up to this day we never got an answer or got to see any such data!
We also mentioned that there are some newer studies on low-frequency amplitude radiation affecting children and child development! Some residents further searched on the Internet on international guidelines set by the WHO (World Health Organization) and stated such results to BC Hydro in public meetings:
BC Hydro's answer on health risk and safety: "No answer, or, we have no guidelines in Canada"......!
Such a massive expansion of high-powered lines on private properties and in earthquake country does not make any sense to anybody living in the 21st century! Further, this massively reduces all these property values, generates a lot of property damages, losses, noise and poses an enormous environment, safety and health hazard and risk to all, especially for those who live right underneath and right next to these large double-towers placed right on their private properties, who would be instantly killed during an earthquake. BC Hydro can easily consider a more "reasonable", much safer and a much more efficient option such as along the Highway in non-residential areas.
BC Hydro's answer: "This option may be more expensive"!
Yes, we all do have increasing demands for electric power, but, the issues should and can be solved in the most reasonable, efficient and safest way! BC Hydro should strongly be reminded that health and safety issues to human life, to the most precious assets we have, can and shall never be overseen or neglected! Now in May 2016, BC Hydro is focusing to proceed with the overhead option through "Anmore - Port Moody": We are asking for safe and more "reasonable" and not just "BC Hydro profitable" considerations, as it is practiced all around the world, especially in the 21st century!
Dr. Urs Ribary,
Professor (SFU, UBC and BC Children's Hospital),
BC LEEF Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience Childhood Health and Development.
May 5, 2016
Anmore Village Council has all the imagination of your
average vegetable store. It cannot contemplate vegetables actually growing
in the soil and so they are contributing to the famous problem of Canadian
identity, which is particularly marked in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, where
demographic shifts have recently played a large role in growth and social
change. “Ma” Murray was a newspapering
landmark, and so too is the Murray homestead in Anmore (built circa 1916), seat of the Village Hall
ever since Anmore was incorporated in 1987.
Anmore Council has wanted the old Village Hall torn down in
its entirety for a number of years now, and it is no accident that the building
has fallen into further disrepair since it was decommissioned. But a recent study by an architect with
connections to Heritage BC has pointed out that the original 1916 building is still
in good condition and that it has heritage value. So what does Council do? It agrees to move the original building with
the hopes that ‘someone will take it on’ [their own property] and if not – it
too shall be torn down. Eliminated is
the idea of keeping the building in place.
Sidestepped is the notion of keeping the building on other civic
property. Instead heritage is to be
privatized, which is really a ruse.
Canada is really like a charming vegetable store. It contains many varieties, and colours, and
not many of these vegetables can claim that their grandparents come from the
same province – or even the same country.
So we need a bit of historical rootedness for the sake of cultural
integrity. Too bad Village Council sells
a lot of corn at their particular store, mostly GMO, so imagination is narrow
in scope. Margaret and George Murray had
the misfortune to plant their seeds in Anmore.
Anywhere else and their legacy would have thrived.
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.
February 24, 2016
Outwitted by some squirrels, Anmore council’s approach to the Village Hall does not match Brilliant Circle Group’s plans for the heritage site at IOCO. Lead architect James Cheng is quoted in the Tri-City News (Feb. 19, 2016): “We believe in the long term and building the community in a way that preserves the history and character of the area. The IOCO workers houses just down the road from the Village Hall are in a far greater state of disrepair than the Murray homestead (some of them have asbestos) and they are being restored! Irony of ironies! Village council pleads ignorance towards our cultural needs for architectural and heritage conservation while a mile down Sunnyside money is being spent on the preservation of the past.
Semi-rural. I hear that word bandied about: Anmore must maintain its semi-rural character. Well, with the Murray homestead gone no building in Anmore is going to look “semi-rural”.
Close to nature. Anmorites apparently live close to nature (and sometimes to a lot of traffic). But watch out, if nature gets too close to us, public buildings and an entire legacy can get ‘decommissioned’ at the drop of a dime.
Cost-effective. Everyone likes to save money, where they can, especially tax-payers. At one-quarter or a third of the cost, it’s far cheaper to restore the homestead than to build a brand new Village Hall but restoration is not ‘conspicuous’ enough for some. If Anmore tax dollars are to be spent, they must apparently be for something new, even if the costs are vastly greater. But things here seem to cost more if they are to be restored.
Heritage grant. Anmore did not get a federal grant at the invitation of James Moore (we are not the first ones his authority has disappointed – our heritage was not close enough to his heritage). This is not reason enough to tear down the Village Hall. It’s still cheaper to restore the village hall even without a grant from the former Conservative government. Besides its worth recalling that Moore was Minister of Disinheritage when he was responsible for that portfolio.
Respecting the past is a form of humility, apparently a challenging concept for quite a number of public officials, including Anmore council members, both past and present. Time erodes, but council justifies its own authority by building a new edifice, contributing to what Sir John Plumb, the distinguished social historian, calls in his book of 1969 the death of the past.
Why does “Ma” Murray’s history matter? Because she was a critic, and a woman to boot. Her newspaper writing was not about toeing the line, or being all for one; rather she contested the so-called truths of political and social life by means of humorous, sometimes salty, and constant columns.
If the Murray homestead had been regularly maintained so there were no squirrel problem, the Village would likely be utilizing the existing structure and keeping with the legacy of “Ma” Murray. Don’t you think 2.5 million dollars (the estimated cost for a new structure) is a bit rich to be spending on a squirrel problem? Those are pretty expensive rodents. At least thats how I see it.
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.
February 7, 2016
Did you know that Anmore distinguishes itself from the rest of the Lower Mainland by means of its inability to acknowledge its own past? For Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver heritage is heritage, but not in glamorous Anmore, where the Murray homestead languishes, awaiting Village Council future executions. Plans are afoot to give birth to a new Village Hall, as the old one (first conceived of a century ago) is not “pretty pretty.”
Part of the problem is that Anmore residents are victims of their own (material) success. Heritage conservation points to a sense of common humanity, to the original pioneers, those who settled the land, tamed the geography, and who, like Margaret and George Murray, brought about a sense of community – and humour - by means of their newspapering endeavours. Today modern homes in Anmore suffer from a dearth of heritage, aside from the ones featuring granite, built of the same material that compose our local mountains.
What is historical may not be always “pretty” by sparkling, modern standards. But this is all we have that passed before us, and it was our Village Hall, and the original homestead, credentials enough for heritage designation. Moreover, pioneering life itself was not always very “pretty”: “Ma” Murray, happened to buck the odds of female fatality, and outlived her husband by over two decades, making herself a national name in the process. Why there are even B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards in her honour. Simply put: bringing down the Village Hall would be the height of short-sightedness, and it’s pretty rude.
Joerge Dyrkton, DPhil.
January 28, 2016
Allow me to suggest that signs at the approach of East Road and Sunnyside now read: “Welcome to the Village of Ignore.”
The Village of Ignore is about to lose its history – and its only public place of memory. The founding “Ma” (and George) Murray homestead, which resolutely served as Village Hall, will meet the wrecker’s ball, after dodging it some years before, when the Village was incorporated. Too bad no one on Council today is familiar with the English nineteenth century literary giant George Elliot (a woman writing under a pseudonym – unlike “Ma” Murray) who eloquently explains in her landmark novel, Middlemarch (1872): “Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been.”
Spirit Park, adjacent to the physical culture of the Murray home, will be ever more devoid of meaning, as will “Ma” Murray Day - nothing but a wistful recollection of hand-me-down impressions of a woman who caught the nation’s imagination by publishing newspapers – a life today impaired by Ignore gentry.
There were efforts to find funding for restoration of the homestead, but the problem was that James Moore was a Conservative – and the Murrays were Laurier Liberals (George Murray even rode the Ottawa streetcar with Sir Wilfrid on regular occasions). No federal money was going to go to “lost” causes, so the Village of Ignore got ignored by the Harper Conservative’s pre-election largesse. And given the continual neglect over many decades of 24 Sussex Drive – the Prime Minister’s official residence – it’s no surprise that Ignore got low priority.
So it’s so long “Ma” and “Pa” - after a centenary! I particularly enjoyed the green moss on the uneven roof, the low slopes and crooked ‘character’, signs of time well-worn and passed. I hope you find solace in the fact that in the next hundred years everyone in Ignore will be forgotten too, just as the majestic trees here get reduced to ‘stumps’ in the mounting haste to replace what has been.
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.
January 5, 2016
This is a recent email that I sent to Anmore Council on the low financial return to the Community from development in Anmore.
I wanted to say that I
appreciate the work and effort you give to Anmore. I volunteer many hours per year in our
Village, but serving on Council is above and beyond what I am willing to do.
As I stated before, I am
opposed to the Bella Terra development in its current form. I don’t think it should have passed 1
and 2 reading in the ¼ acre proposal. Fortunately the developer agreed. I listened to, and agreed with some of the
reasoning for approving the development.
This development proposal was moving in the right direction. However, I believe this should have been
deferred, and sent back for more reworking.
As they say, that ship has sailed, and the opportunity to improve it is
My question is why are we
selling Anmore so cheaply? I admit that
I have limited experience in property development, but let me compare a recent
6 lot subdivision that I was involved in for Coquitlam, compared to
Anmore. In Coquitlam, the developer is
responsible for all costs for servicing the lots, regardless of whether they
extend beyond the property or not. This
includes all roads, sidewalks, street lights, water, Sewer, hydro, landscaping,
etc. There were no “credits” to the
developer for doing this. For the
privilege of creating 5 extra lots, the developer also gets to donate land, and
pay over $240,000 to the City. If my
facts are right, Anmore’s DCC is about 40% of Coquitlam’s. Why is that? There are no sewer charges in
Anmore, but I assume that the developer is paying the same $1,000 per lot to
the School District as in Coquitlam.
With this proposal, the
Developer has been able to minimize their costs, by compacting the area to
service, and maximizing his return with the extra lots. They should make a
profit from their work and risk. With
all the talk of financial sustainability in Anmore, why are we not reaping more
of the benefits from development that our neighbouring Communities are, rather
than maximizing Developer profits? I realize there is a large and valuable
green space component from this development, but I believe there should have
been a larger financial benefit to the Community from the huge increase in
revenue. As you know, Anmore is a very
desirable area, so there is no reason to be selling it short. Are our Development Cost and Community
Amenity Contribution charges much lower than our neighbouring Communities?
As I said, I have limited
experience in this, so feel free to enlighten me on the errors of my comparison.
December 15, 2015
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December 12, 2015,
A magical force has taken control of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue social media feeds for the holidays!
It appears that Prusik, An "Elf on the Shelf" has been posting every night, but instead of watching little girls and boys to make sure they are good, this elf has been posting about backcountry safety!
Try as we might, we haven't been able to figure out how the elf is doing this - perhaps this elf lives in the home of one of our volunteers who let's their computer logged in each night?
Prusik has been working through the 10 Essentials, and we're very curious about what he or she is going to post next - will the posts continue posting Christmas? What is the elf going to write about next? Follow along with us and we'll see!
All elves should know what to do if they find themselves lost in the woods. Does your little elf know how to hug-a-tree? Click Here
November 19, 2015
My name is Neil Belenkie and I am leading the SVFD fund raising campaign to enable us to purchase up to date breathing apparatuses. I’ve attached a few documents in the hopes that you can share these with your readers inside and outside our village.
I’ve also attached a press release thanking a major donor who has just contributed, Paul Droulis. It would be wonderful if we are able to communicate the support of our residents like Paul to help raise awareness of our campaign, and to help support those who support us ?.
If you have any questions or other ideas to help us, please contact me anytime. It would be a pleasure to take you for a tour of our hall and show you the differences between our old equipment and what the new equipment will mean to us.
Many thanks for your support!
604 839 5313
November 12, 2015
Exciting news, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash 5km run is back in the Tri Cities!
Saturday, Dec 5 11am
I thought you´d like to share this information with the Anmore community.
We are supporting The Children´s Wish Foundation of Canada. We have been paired upwith a local wish child "Hannah" who pre birth had multiple congenital heart defects and her first open heart surgery was at 16 months old. She is six now and loves to sing and
dance. Her family is waiting a few years for her to receive her wish. I´m personally meeting the family next week.
Thank you for all of your help in the past. We hope to work with you again this year and help little Hannah's wish come true.
Very best regards,
September 24th 2015
September 23rd 2015
Mayor John McEwen's response:
'Thank you for bringing this incredibly worthwhile cause to our attention.
Council is currently attending the UBCM and we will hopefully have a moment to discuss.
Further thoughts on ideas would be greatly appreciated.'
September 21st 2015
Open letter to the Mayor and Council from Dr. Christopher Sedergreen. Click Here
Residents of Anmore live in an environment that is beautiful yet very much at risk of devastation by wildfires. Rock Creek is another such village which was devastated by wildfire and I'm sure many of us feel great empathy with the inhabitants recent trauma. There is to be a benefit concert for these villagers on Sunday at the West Van United Church. A poster for this is attached. These are professional musicians, and yet the concert is free! There will be a collection for donations for victims of the Rock Creek fire. Who knows when we in Anmore may need the support of others from outside our community? Click Here for the poster.
Dear Anmore residents.
Are you really going to let all this small lot steep slope development happen? You were doing so well. The former mayor and the CAO are now gone and you are left with a $9 million infrastructure deficit and taxes going through the roof.
Now here we go again. How are you going to pay for all this new development on top of the mess you still have to pay for from before? What happened to protecting the semi-rural environment? You remember, the goal of the Official Community Plan you must abide by?
Maybe you could create a "comprehensive tax zone" in the "comprehensive development zones" to help avert any current and future Anmore financial disasters? Any area and any issue arising in or on any new developments would have to be paid for by the developers and the residents who purchase property in that area, forever!
Wasn't Anmore built on a "pay as you go system?" Why not take this one step further and have new construction follow those guidelines? Why should you, the Anmore taxpayer, pay for the pump station in a gated community, in a steep slope development, on a quarter acre property?
Why should you watch as houses are built on quarter acre lots when you the long-time Anmore resident obeys the one acre lot requirement? You don't even have the basic building block of a quality drinking water system and now developers are preparing to build even more houses requiring more new infrastructure? All the while, have any roads been fixed and paved? Do you have bear proof garbage bins at the bus stops? And what is happening with the municipal hall?
Starting to see the picture? I hope so before it’s too late, maybe it already is. Do the right thing Anmore and stop all development until a proper plan is in place, not one dreamed up by people no longer in power. The way I see it, right now you are on a path about as stable as the road up to Pinnacle Ridge.
A great man has left us. Aside from being a truly gracious and loyal friend Robert Tribe was one of the most accomplished men I have known. I wish I might have known him longer.
What impressed me even more than all his accomplishments, and they were many, stretching from rapid transit systems in Kuala Lumpur to a beautifully designed home and garden in Anmore, was his complete humility. He would listen, ask questions but only if asked, would he share his carefully formulated thoughts. Yet, most often Robert was the one in the conversation or gathering who had traveled to or lived in the places under discussion. He, often, had met personally the people about whom we were speaking or had experienced first hand the political and social challenges being examined. But, Robert certainly never pointed out to anyone how truly knowledgeable and experienced he was.
It took years to discover that in addition to being a world class engineer, he also excelled at skiing, tennis, horsemanship, jewelry design, boating, scuba diving, swimming, cooking, photography and the list could go on. He had a keen eye for fashion and art and he was in the true meaning of the word, a connoisseur of wine and fine food.
Best of all, he had the knack of being an unreservedly adoring grandpa. Last week he was in the middle of a special project - designing and building an enchanted forest at the edge of his garden for his two beloved granddaughters to play in.
With reference to the sad passing of Robert Tribe last Thursday, Robert for David and I was always the gentleman – so observant, so patient, so kind, so the gentle host. He bought a calm to our thoughts, a quiet chuckle, an understated remark and so Robert moved amongst us and so we enjoyed his presence, his being there, his essence – we shall miss him so very much.
David & Sue Butterton
My favourite memories of my recently departed friend Robert Tribe are from the days leading up to the election where he ran for mayor of Anmore against Heather Anderson. Ever quietly calm and intelligent, I ran in to Robert in Coquitlam and I was overcome with emotion.
Here we were, so lucky to have the offered services of this world-class engineer, a man who had managed projects with budgets much larger than that of Anmore, a man always fair and careful and kind, and I thanked him for running with tears streaming down my face.
He hugged me, his wife nearby, and softened my serious, over-the-top gratefulness with his delightful sense of humour. In that tiny encounter, as fresh in my mind as though it was yesterday, Robert Tribe, friend and neighbour, stands out for me.
I realize now I have not seen him since Christmas, where of course,
unannounced, our arrival was met, as always with his warmth as a host. I
will miss him, as well all my dogs, past and future companion canines, who
were welcomed into his home as warmly as the humans.
And I must also mention that he perfected the lemon-drop martini, which he always gladly made for me while others were drinking wine, to accommodate my wine allergy - always making me feel special in a positive way, rather than an interruption - and this from a confirmed oenophile.
Robert was truly a great man, above the ordinary, esteemed no doubt through his achievements, but also much so by his friends; he will be missed.
Clothing Drop Boxes at IOCO and First
April 5, 2015
An open letter to Anmore Mayor and Council and residents,
I noticed in your April 7th Anmore Council agenda you have a request from Simon Fraser Society for Community Living to place a clothing donation bin in Anmore.
Is it true that at present, Anmore does not allow street lighting ( aka - light pollution) per se, (so why should Anmore allow bin pollution?) You have no bus stop garbage bins do you? Is this a bylaw in Anmore? No bins allowed? You have no bear proof garbage cans/bins or garbage cans/bins at the bus stops (that I know of or have seen )...some of the strategic bus stops could also use a roof for the kids who stand in the rain...so why not have the Simon Fraser Society install bear proof garbage cans/bins at the bus stops WITH their donation bins and if they want to protect the bins they could install roofs on bus stops that require them. They can also maintain them all.
Seeing as Linda Weinberg lives in Anmore, her husband is an ex Anmore mayor, she knows Anmore is in desperate need of covered bus stops and bear proof garbage cans/bins. Its a win win for the residents and taxpayers of Anmore!
Editors' Note: At the April 7, 2015 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Mrs. Weinberg's request on a trial basis.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Metro North Transmission Study has been underway since 2013. Over the past two years, BC Hydro has been conducting studies and consulting with First Nations and the public on three routing alternatives for a new 230 kilovolt transmission line that would be built between Coquitlam and Vancouver, through Burnaby, to address electricity load growth while strengthening the reliability of the network.
BC Hydro continues to review the information gathered to date, including First Nations and stakeholder input, as part of identifying the next steps in the Metro North Transmission Study. Currently, we do not have a decision on a leading alternative but anticipate that it will be made in the near future.
We appreciate your patience while we progress through to the next phase of the study. If you have any questions about the study please contact us at email@example.com or 604-623-4472.
Metro North Transmission Study Team, BC Hydro
Wow. At a possible 9.5% Anmore has the second biggest dollar jump in taxes in the region that I’ve seen so far. Add that to the proposed TransLink sales tax and it’s a big cost for Anmore residents.
B.C. Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
March 15, 2015
Re: Anmore Alternative Interview with Retiring fire Chief Larry Scott
I am writing to tell you how interesting I found the Anmore Alternative interview with Larry Scott. What a remarkable, thoughtful and humble man he is!
In particular it struck me when Larry talked about volunteer firefighters as being "good people with strong values and integrity" that those words fit him perfectly. That he has worked devotedly for the Sasamat Fire Department for 37 years despite the inevitable challenges of life and local politics (in not just one, but two small communities) speaks volumes.
Larry has maintained a steady focus on doing the job for all these years not because of the salary (there isn't one), not because of the public glory and recognition (it has been little and late in coming) but because he has cared. He has cared so much that he gave freely of his time and personal life to serve us for a period of time that has been longer than many careers.
I would like to express my admiration for Mr. Scott and convey a huge thank-you for all he has given us and done for us.Thank you, Larry, for your dedication, service and keeping the Sasamat Fire Department alive and well.
Best wishes to you on a well deserved retirement. You are, for sure, a local hero.
March 5, 2015
The helicopters are not a part of the Metro North Transmission Study. A decision on the leading alternative is still underway. I will ensure that your contact information is on our stakeholder list so that you receive this information when it is available.
Metro North Transmission Study
March 3 2015
Dear Editors Anmore Alternative,
Our home in Anmore was constructed with a Glendon Biofilter septic system. We had problems with this system since day one which the owner/operator Dave Poltorak has blamed on us/ high BOD levels.
We commissioned an independent report which identified the wrong grade of sand as the issue of our failing and ‘swamp like’ septic field. Eventually with no other option open to us and no offer of assistance from Glendon we installed a new system.
I am currently going through small claims court re this issue and have to exchange documents by March 23rd, if anyone in Anmore would like to add a statement regarding issues with their Glendon system to ours we can include that as evidence - if we win our case (and there was a strong indication at the settlement conference that the Judge had support for our case) then it will open doors for anyone who has had issues with Glendon/ Dave Poltorak to do the same!
Many thanks in anticipation,
1065 Uplands Drive Anmore
604 603 4556
February 3, 2015
In case you missed it, you can watch the first installment of FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC with Tom Mulcair on demand:
Watching from backstage as Don Newman quizzed Mr. Mulcair about his vision for public broadcasting reminded me why CBC has such a well-deserved reputation for quality journalism. It also made me think that the Leaders Series interviews are an effective way to make the CBC crisis an issue in the upcoming election.
Please watch this video now and share it far and wide with your friends and colleagues:
With the election looming, what better way to show our political leaders that we support public broadcasting and expect them to do so as well? We must secure commitments from the opposition parties that they will undo the damage caused to our CBC by the Harper Conservatives.
I look forward to sharing details of future Leaders Series interviews as soon as they become available.
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
February 1, 2015.
I hope your readers will tune in to the first installment of FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC. The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, leader of the Official Opposition, will be in conversation with Don Newman about the NDP leader’s vision for the CBC on Monday, February 2nd.
Mark it on your calendar and be sure to tune in at:
Monday, February 2nd.
And, please share news about this important event with your friends, family and colleagues. You can also weigh in on the debate about the CBC’s future. Use the hashtag #wevoteCBC or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a federal election just around the corner, the future of the CBC hangs in the balance. Get in to the debate! Let’s take back the CBC now!
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
PS: Please mark this important event on your calendar now.
January 25, 2015
Dear neighbors and Anmore residents
As you might know BC Hydro is hosting an open house at the Anmore Elementary School on Tuesday, January 27 from 7pm - 9pm to present the Metro North Transmission Study option #2 running through Anmore village and through many private properties.
Please come to this public meeting to hear and see for yourself and to have your concerns heard. This is our last opportunity to ask questions and hope for answers, to address our concerns in regard to health, safety, environment impact, noise, damage, property value decreases and many more issues that arise from such a construction.
BC Hydro needs to hear from all Anmore residents.
Thank you and I am looking forward to see you on Tuesday.
"Will history triumph over technology? "Anmore - Anmore's Village Hall is not quite yet obsolete, but leaders - owing to a lack of imagination (coupled with the habit of neglect) - present it to the local public as if it has no history. One dimensional time rules here: it goes "forward" with "development," and anything oriented towards "the past" is considered "backward" (even if it saves taxpayers' money)." To link to the full letter to the editor from Anmore resident Dr. Jeorge Dyrkton in the Tri-cities NOW Click Here
EDITORS' NOTE:(08-01-15) We have received a letter in the mail from an Anmore "elderly retiree" who "has a difficult time getting out to public hearings." It is a very thoughtful letter about Riparian or SPEA areas. Unfortunately, we cannot publish it because it was not signed. Please make sure that you clearly identify yourself in your Letters to the Editors.
December 23, 2014
BC Hydro has postponed the decision on a leading alternative for the Metro North Transmission Study for additional First Nations and community consultation. A decision on the leading alternative is now anticipated by March 2015.
Metro North Transmission Study Team
December 3, 2014.
I am writing in response to the November 13th letter from Evelyne and Urs Ribary and to provide the following clarification.
The letter stated that Anmore residents were not invited to open houses and residents were not included in BC Hydro mail drops. BC Hydro sent notification about the Metro North Transmission Study open houses by Canada Post Unaddressed Mail Drop to every household within postal code V3H, Suburban Service 0001 (total distribution 769) in advance of the community meetings. This area includes Anmore, Belcarra and parts of Port Moody. While we do not know the exact date that these notices were placed in mailboxes, we do know that they were received before the open houses as several residents from Anmore participated in an open house that was held in Port Moody City Hall on the evening of January 30th. Furthermore, BC Hydro staff have also participated in two public meetings (March 11, September 30) with mayor and council to discuss the study and we have said that we are willing to continue discussions with the community.
The existing right-of-way through Anmore is one of three routing alternatives under consideration for the Metro North Transmission Study. We continue to study all three alternatives and we welcome the community's input. If you are not familiar with this study I encourage you to visit the study website at www.bchydro.com/mnt<http://www.bchydro.com/mnt> to learn more. You can also contact me directly at 604-623-3839 or email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Metro North Transmission Study
BC Hydro and Power Authority
Editors' Note: At the final meeting of the previous Anmore Council on November 25, 2014, this issue was discussed. Mayor Heather Anderson had written a letter to BC Hydro dated November 10, 2014. It had a number of outstanding questions that were raised by residents at the September 30, 2014 Meeting with BC Hydro. To read the letter Click Here. As well, at the November 25th Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor Anderson stated that BC Hydro had requested an in-camera meeting with Anmore Council for September 30th. She said that instead, Council had insisted on an open meeting. Approximately 60 Anmore residents attended. (The letter from Evelyne and Urs Ribary re: the BC Hydro consultative process, please scroll to below the next letter)
December 2, 2014
Dear Friends of the Samanta Ribary Foundation
The season for celebrations is fast approaching and we would like to bring
awareness to the importance to support children in need during this holiday season.
SSRF is run solely by volunteers. *The strength of this organization is YOU*,
our dear friends and donors. With your help, we are able to undertake targeted projects that have a lasting impact on the lives of many children.
This year our organization worked once again with “For his Children
Ecuador” to support the orphaned children, many with physical disabilities ranging from mild to severe in 2 orphanages, one located in Quito, the other in Latacunga, Ecuador.
In order to continue making a difference in the lives of individuals
supported by the work of the SSRF and FHC, it is vital for this holiday season campaign to be a success. By making a tax-deductible donation to our organization, you'll be directly contributing to children struggling to cope with their daily lives as orphans*.*
Here are just 3 examples of what your gift can provide:
*$25* will provide school and art supplies for a child like 3-year-old
Alondra. Alondra attends preschool on site at FHC. The pencils, paper, crayons, glue and stickers your donation provides help Alondra learn the skills she'll need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond!
*$50* will provide medication for 1 month for a child with special needs like 5-year-old Héctor. Héctor has a diagnosis of autism. His medications help him control his mood and behavior so his naturally sweet personality can shine through.
*$100* will provide formula for 6 months for a baby like Belén. Did you know that an infant assimilates nutrients better when physical touch is part of the feeding process? That's one of the reasons why all of the babies at FHC are held and cuddled by a caregiver or volunteer while they take their bottles.
Your generous gift ensures that we will be able to provide love, care and
hope to children like Alondra, Héctor and Belén into 2015 and beyond. Please consider making a difference in the lives of these children. *We desperately need your support during this Holiday Season.*
*Send your tax-deductible contribution to:*
Samanta S. Ribary Foundation
1068 Sugar Mountain Way
Anmore BC V3H 4Y7
International donors can make a donation by wire transfer in US$ directly
to the following Citibank account in Englewood, New Jersey:
Samanta S. Ribary Foundation Inc.
Account # 383829843 Swift # CITIUS33 ABA # 021272655
The Samanta S. Ribary Foundation (SSRF) is a volunteer run, non-profit
organization to improve the lives of orphans and children in need. For the last few years, the SSRF has acted as a lifeline to children in
orphanages in Ecuador and the SSRF has also supported educational, health-related and social programs. Thank you very much for your support.
With warmest Season’s greetings,
Co-Founder & President
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP MORE BC HYDRO HIGH VOLTAGE LINES THROUGH ANMORE!
November 13, 2014
Dear Anmore neighbours and residents,
As many of you hopefully already know BC Hydro is proposing an additional high voltage power transmission line through Anmore.
Hydro invited people from affected municipalities to an open house and
asked for the public's input. Unfortunately, Anmore residents were not
included in their mail drops and therefore BC Hydro received very little
or poor feedback from Anmore. Since BC Hydro is still collecting data
from residents, *I urge you to please send BC Hydro an email about your
if you already wrote to them before, please drop another note now. The
more they hear from Anmore's opposition the better the chances are that
may choose another route. We personally told BC Hydro in a letter that
if they will build this transmission line through our property that we
expect BC Hydro to compensate us for the loss of property value and if
they would not consider to compensate us that we will, together with
others, file a law suit.
Please forward this email to any neighbour or Anmore resident you know.
Please address your concerns to BC Hydro at
You can also call Judy Dobrowolski at: 604 623 3839 or fax your
letter to: 604 623 3937
Evelyne and Urs Ribary
November 13, 2014
In response to a Facebook post in the
Anmore Times about volunteerism and a profit motivated candidate line up (See letter from Bill Morrison below), I
would like to say a couple of things. Anmore has a dark history of divisive
behaviour and attacks on others' opinions without taking the time to understand
the basis of the differing points of view. In this case, lashing out at
candidates for any reason, is not the spirit I want for our community.
After observing the all candidates
meeting, and being proud of how we have evolved as neighbours in addressing the
issues of the day, I was disappointed that someone would start accusing people
they don’t know, of having any intentions other than honourable. I was hoping,
as a community we had put this all behind us, and we had finally arrived at a
point where we would all work together to solve important issues affecting all
I am deeply concerned that the views of
the individual engaging in these superfluous attacks, might be shared by the
candidates he is endorsing. I do not believe it serves our community to have
predetermined biases on our council.
Although everyone has a right to publicly
support, and endorse their chosen candidates, I think the moderator of the all
candidates meeting should refrain from attempting to influence the election
outcome, or alternatively refrain from being a moderator. I feel that at least
the optics of impartiality would be the most fair to all the candidates, and the
most productive for the electoral process.
To that end, I would propose that we
keep going in the new and more professional direction we started at the all
candidates meeting, and perhaps appoint positions like moderator or any other
positions designed to support all candidates with an impartial individual. We
could even invite someone from another community to fulfill such duties as
happens in other jurisdictions.
Let’s keep up the positive momentum of
change for our village.
Candidate for Anmore Council
November 12, 2014
After talking with a number of our highly qualified
candidates for municipal office in Anmore, I can tell you that they are as much
dismayed by the recent comments made by the All Candidates Meeting moderator,
Lee Vishloff, in the Anmore Times as I am. From my perspective, as someone who
has lived here from before Anmore was incorporated, it
is unfortunate that the old guard is still confused about that fact that Anmore
belongs to all of its residents, and not just a small group of the self
righteous and self appointed few.
Mr. Vishloff wrote the following:
I’m not surprised that
the pro-development candidates don’t know much about Anmore. Not surprised
because they don’t have a history of volunteering within the Village.
I heard candidates bring
out the, “We need a place for people to age in place” and the “We need small
homes on small lots for young families” tired old songs. This is, in fact,
adequately addressed within the Village of Anmore. During my term on Council we oversaw a unique (in BC) transition of the
Countryside manufactured home park that is continuing as I write. Have a look
around. There are 80 small homes to be built on small lots over time – good for
younger families or downsizing boomers (maybe me). There are just under 50 in
Anmore Green (1175 East Road)
and around 30 at the older McCullough subdivision. Seems like enough to me.
If one volunteers within
the Village or even attends community events you would notice that young
families do live here. How many? In the latest 2011 census Anmore had 585
under-18 residents of 2090 total, or 28.0 %. By comparison Port Moody has an
under-18 population of 24.0% and Coquitlam 22.1%. So it seems that not only can
we accommodate downsizing Boomers but young families as well.
Tell it like it is. You
want to build in-fill housing to make money. I am good with making money, but
not at the expense of Anmore’s low-density lifestyle.
Anmore Councillor 2002 -
From my perspective, I am not sure
to whom the moderator of the Anmore Times All Candidates Meeting is referring
when he talks about the "pro-development" candidates. Every
candidate, including the incumbents, appeared to support the overall vision in
the Official Community Plan. Virtually all pro-Anmore candidates want some form
of development, while at the same time maintaining the semi rural charm of our
community. This includes trying to address the infrastructure decay that if
left unaddressed will simply exacerbate a growing problem for all of us.
Perhaps if previous Councils had stepped
up to address the hard issues, or even inform the residents about our major
financial troubles, we would have had more choices by now.
Other than our current Mayor who told the
All Candidates Meeting that she had 31 acres of land to develop, I don't know
of any other candidate that stands to make large profits from development in
Anmore. It is true that I have heard a couple of candidates talk about hoping
to sub-divide their one acre properties when they retire. They say that one
acre is too much to maintain and on a fixed income a little extra money would
help them to keep their homes.
If you want to move out of your family home into
a new one in Countryside, that should be your choice not mine. Likewise if our
long-time neighbours want to stay in their homes, that should be their choice,
as well, and we should try to help them.
I think volunteering has great community
value, but I do not believe volunteering alone, qualifies one to be a productive
councillor. Although I believe in everyone's right to voice their opinion, I am
more than a little disheartened when an individual trivializes more than 90% of
the residents of Anmore, stating that only the chosen few who have volunteered
here can possibly understand the community. It is quite insulting to all the
residents, but particularly to those who give their time to other causes, such
as Victim’s Services, Community Block Watch, and Search and Rescue, outside of
As much as we can, we need to make Anmore
a place that welcomes people, all people, without the condition that we will
choose their homes for them. The matter of development is a matter of
preserving our way of life, not threatening it. If we cannot maintain our
infrastructure, we cannot maintain the quiet enjoyment of any property style we
Residents of Anmore have a right to truth
and strong leadership, not narrow protectionism and self-entitlement. Times are
changing, with or without us. I truly believe that we need to manage this
change for the benefit of all, and not try to stop it for the benefit of a
select and elitist few.
Lastly, Mr. Vishloff, please give the people of Anmore the credit they
deserve. You do not know what's best for us all. We will decide for our selves
through the democratic process.
Reference: Anderson Evasive on Human Rights Case about the hiring of the Anmore CAO
At the all-candidates meeting on Tuesday, November 4th,
I asked all of the candidates about their positions on
the employment of a person with
an acknowledged mental health problem, namely that of
‘depression’. In doing so
I noted the firmly established statistic that 6 to 8 persons
out of 10 will
suffer a depressive illness over the course of a life-time.
relates to an incident
which is in the public domain and has been well reported in
the media; and as a
result is not subject to ‘privilege’ in the legal sense.
In a nutshell these
are the reported
- With the departure of former
CAO, Howard Carley, there was advertising and a
competition to replace him.
- A large number of candidates
was interviewed, and while Mayor Anderson did not support him, the four councillors initially agreed that one candidate was best suited to the
job. He had experience in administration of a small
community like Anmore and was qualified.
- He was given verbal notice
that he was the successful applicant.
- Subsequently council members were told by Mayor Anderson and two other people that the chosen candidate had a history of
- Councillors Green and Palmer-Issak then changed their votes, as a
result of which the verbal offer of employment was
- This CAO candidate has filed a complaint with
the BC Human Rights Commission, and an initial hearing has
disclosed that Mayor Anderson and then Councillors
Palmer-Isaak and Green had voted to instead offer the position to the current CAO; while Councillors McEwen and Laidler voted not to
- In his initial comments on the
case, BC Human Rights Tribunal member Murray Geiger-Adams has implied severe
criticism and has even said that Councillors Green
and Palmer-Isaak had virtually the same wording in their submissions to have
the case against the Village dismissed.
- The full ‘hearing’ was set
to be heard in September, but was deferred
until January (safely after the election).
her attempt to
deflect attention from the question Mayor Anderson
attempted to portray my
question as ‘inappropriate’. While it is undeniably a painful
could be more
appropriate than to draw the attention of
voters to conduct which draws
down upon the Village costly and avoidable litigation.
I am not
trained in the law, it seems fairly clear that council’s
actions were in
violation of our Human Rights code, and that the litigant has a slam-dunk case
against us. As I commented above, this was certainly
there is any good
news in this story, it is that by rejecting him Anmore may
have done the top candidate
a favour: for I understand that he subsequently landed a more prestigious
CAO position with the
City of Prince Rupert. If so, their gain is our loss.
is not the first
time that the actions of Mayor Anderson have embroiled the
unnecessary litigation. Surely it is appropriate
to ask ourselves if we can afford a Mayor or Councillors
who make such
elementary errors of judgement?
Former Anmore Councillor
Port Moody, BC
October 30, 2014
The Environmental Committee of the Gaetan Royer for Mayor Campaign gave careful consideration to the issue of signs for the campaign. After much discussion, consulting with volunteers and the candidate, Gaetan Royer, known for his strong views on environmental advocacy, it was decided that plastic “bag” signs for lawns would NOT be used in the campaign.
Melissa Chaun, chair of the campaign Environmental Committee and longtime member of the Port Moody Environmental Protection Committee states, “I am pleased that the only signs we will have in the campaign will be large, reusable and mounted securely.”
“Disposable plastic signs carry a high environmental cost,” said George Assaf, a member of the Environment Committee and the Sign Committee.
“I was pleased to see that some municipalities, such as Whistler, will not be using signs at all,” adds Elaine Willis, campaign manager. “Signs, in addition to being the cause of environmental pollution, can be targets of vandalism and get blown about in high winds as well. This can distract from the real job of all candidates, that of contacting voters with their messages and listening to their concerns.”
Contact information for the Gaetan Royer campaign:
2801 St Johns Street at Moody
Some sage and timeless thoughts from Rudyard Kipling as you go into the upcoming municipal election in Anmore.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!
October 19, 2014
I see ElectionsBC is doing a new program for schools for the Municipal elections. I've always used the Student Vote program, it was always excellent, my kids (and many of their parents) really got engaged. My school was adjacent to 3 federal ridings.
I wasn't surprised when the 'Fair Elections Act' threatened the existence of this program - the federal candidates never participated in any way. They were very dismissive of the students when they were trying to organize school visits, all-candidates meetings, questionnaires etc. (and they rarely showed up at the community all-candiates meetings either). Needless to say, they hardly got any votes on our mock voting day.
It warms my heart that many of these kids are now of voting age. It's always a huge rush to fit it into the curriculum, but the materials are usually excellent (and current!) and are useful for Social Studies lessons on government. So if you know any middle/secondary teachers they might like to know about it.
Thanks so much,
Candidate for Anmore/Belcarra School Trustee
October 13, 2014
Have you wondered where the voice of the School Trustee has been
during the recent turmoil in education? Or during the last 18 years? How
is it that in this wealthy province, in 2014, we have an education system that,
even critics agree, is chronically underfunded… and School District 43,
universally recognized as a fiscally responsible, program rich district is in
such financial disarray that for two years huge numbers of staff
have seen layoffs, with all the stress,
disruption and loss of service that inevitably results.
We not only have no information, we have no
inkling of what the challenges or proposed solutions are.
No bus service?
The president of the BC School Trustees Association, Teresa Rezansoff,
comments, “At times over this past year, we have had to remind the Ministry of
our expectations of a respectful co-governance relationship.” Did you know that the BCSTA has prepared
‘the Stabilility for Students Action Plan’ following Justice Griffin’s ruling in favour of the BCTF? The goal being ‘to ensure immediate and
long-term stability in the provision of educational programs for
Their voice was ignored, and when their properly appointed
bargaining team, the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association, tried to do
their job as they believed the publics that elected them would have them
do, they were ‘dismissed’.
So I have to ask, WHAT IS THE POINT OF
HAVING A LOCALLY ELECTED SCHOOL TRUSTEE if they don’t/can’t DO anything?
There are serious questions to be asked
- how much should a school district have
to rely on ‘international students’?
- What is the situation for special needs kids?
- Is the technology in the schools up to 2014
- Do we have enough counsellors
to provide a safety-net for kids, especially teens, who are facing mental
health and other challenges?
- Isn’t Art
and Music important to every child?
happened to quality daily P. E.?
it crazy that the school district whose personnel is seconded to be ‘the
Superintendent of Reading’ has to eliminate 38 teacher-librarians?
- How do you teach for the trades with outdated
facilities and equipment (or none) – what tradesperson would want to take up
- Should school districts be
required to purchase sites at full market value?
- Will the new schools open with books?
- … and without portables??????( that’s just a few!)
This is a crucial election. Trustees need to make themselves
relevant again, and that can only be done with the support of well-informed
It is up to the Trustee to
invigorate that information exchange among parents, educators, and other
citizens all – so that good judgments and decisions can be
made as to what we, as a community, deem appropriate for our students to have
for a quality education system … for their benefit as individuals and our
benefit as a society.
When I was first elected in 1972, we had the autonomy and authority to set
policies, programs and budgets. Elections were annual, with half the Trustees elected for 2 year terms
which gave fairly immediate accountability. I made every effort to keep the community informed with bulletin boards,
newsletters and School Board Reports.
will always treasure the opportunity I had to play a significant role in the
building the highly respected, progressive and fiscally responsible School
District #43. Many of the policies I developed are still in effect and have
been adopted all over the province.
Now the next term is for 4 long years – there is a new
Secretary-Treasurer and a new Superintendent must be chosen.
Over my 24 years I worked tirelessly on your
behalf and was elected by my colleagues to many leadership positions in BCSTA,
BC Home & School (now BCCPAC), and others. As well I was involved in
setting up the first Anmore playschool, Children’s House Montessori Preschool, and served 3 terms on the Board
of Douglas College … my experience extends from pre-school to post secondary,
and my commitment and dedication as an educator, parent and trustee, runs deep.
It breaks my heart to know that the financial stress in the system is
undermining all the good work parents, teachers and support workers strive to
do for young learners everyday and that we have lost resources that so many
worked so hard to provide. We need to
examine how other jurisdictions solve the equitable funding conundrum.
I offer you proven LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION and CONNECTION, PROBLEM SOLVING and HARD WORK.
I hope you will give me your support.
Gwen Chute, Anmore/Belcarra School Trustee candidate
October 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to attend the special council meeting held on September 30 in Anmore regarding the Metro North Transmission (MNT) Study.
Please find attached a copy of the presentation from the meeting. Click Here.
Below you will find information that we have provided to mayor and council.
Open house feedback summary report. A summary of the feedback we received from our first round of open houses that we held earlier this year can be found on the study website, www.bchydro.com/mnt. Click Here. The report includes a summary of feedback from the public about each of the three alternatives as well as the storyboards from the open houses.
The existing right-of-way that runs through Anmore is approximately 73 metres wide.
Electric and magnetic fields
If you are interested in learning about electric and magnetic fields (EMF). The web page provides a link to the Understanding Electric and Magnetic Fields booklet, which provides an overview of EMF, typical magnetic field levels near transmission lines, answers to common questions and a list of resources where you can find additional information about EMF. We will provide baseline magnetic field levels and a magnetic field profile of any new infrastructure for the leading alternative, once selected.
Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm that prepares summary reports for BC Hydro on the status of research related to EMF exposure and health. The most recent report, a comprehensive review and update of scientific research on EMF, can be found in this link.
If you would like to be added to our e-mail list for updates on MNT or would like to talk about the study, please get in touch with us:
Metro North Transmission Study
October 6, 2014
This letter was published last Friday in abbreviated form by the Tri-City News. I am sending the full version to both news sources in Anmore, as well. I trust you will find it interesting.
As Chinese authorities continue to expel more and more missionaries – and repress the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong – School District 43 continues to recruit more students from China, who prefer the Coquitlam area because of the School District’s dubious partnership with the Confucius Institute, which receives its mandate from authoritarian Beijing.
Given chronic underfunding in the B.C. public school system, our school districts have come to depend on these overseas students, which means that SD43 is becoming financially addicted to its affiliation with the Confucius Institute – and its role in the English-Mandarin bilingual classes. It is a partnership with no foreseeable end. But is it also problematic for a few School Board Trustees?
The Tri-City News reported in December of last year: “During 2012/'13, the Chinese government paid for the SD43 board chair Melissa Hyndes and trustees Holly Butterfield (Anmore/Belcarra) and Keith Watkins (Port Moody) to visit the country as part of the district’s international education outreach. The trip cost about $9000 [each] but no provincial funds were spent on travel expenses.”
Our school trustees are supposed to be Canadian public officials. Yet three of them were given “all-expense paid” trips to China courtesy of its government, all while SD43 holds a partnership with the Confucius Institute which also contributes to the cost of Mandarin instruction at the Walton school.
Can the China trips be perceived as a form of conflict of interest? Certainly it is a problem of “accepting extra benefits”. In the B.C. Legislature “A member must not accept a fee, gift or personal benefit” so why should public School Trustees be the exception? And how much do trips to China shape SD43’s relationship with the Confucius Institute? Or affect Mandarin instruction in our public schools?
And what about funding priorities and the truly massive budget cuts? Do the trips not look excessive in light of every Middle School student in SD43 now forced to go the year without a cafeteria?
Furthermore, children in the Mandarin classes are being taught by hand-picked teachers from China who probably do not know about human rights, or Tiananmen Square (erased from public memory), and who do not know the democratic free vote, assuming they appreciate the concept.
So it appears the Canadian state, assisted by a few public school trustees at SD43, is contributing to the moral disarmament of our society as China becomes a single-party superpower.
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.
A letter to students and parents from SD-43 Superintendent Thomas Grant (23-09-14) Click Here
The following letter was sent to BC Hydro by Dr. Urs Ribary re: Possible Routing of the BC Hydro Metro North Transmission lines(08-09-14)
As residents of Anmore we largely and strongly decline your option for expanding
an already existing dense set of high-power lines directly on our private
property through Anmore, posing a major financial loss and security treat in an
Earthquake country. We already have a large 12-stream high-powered line with an
additional 3-stream high-powered line in parallel, which is all located on our
1-acre property! An additional large 12-stream high-powered line, a total of
27-stream high-powered triple-lines, to be located right on our private property
may probably be the most dense power line in the Vancouver area, and just does
not make sense and is completely inappropriate. BC Hydro has a "right-of-way"
but not an "own-of-way" and should rather plan such expansions along the highway
as posed as an alternative option.
If the option through Anmore will
be chosen, we alone will personally file a lawsuit of at least $1M to recover
all our losses; several neighbors mentioned to follow as well, which could
result in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against BC Hydro. My wife and I
personally worked very hard our way up in the past, a 6 days/week 12-15 hour
time-shift in the medical field in New York City over 20 years, in order to
afford a beautiful family home in Anmore
to raise our children.
absolutely no reasoning why BC Hydro should now choose a possible cheaper option
for them and make substantial profit on the cost of us private property owners.
We the owners will at least lose a $700-800K on our property-value each, plus
all the property damages, challenges and security treats during a long-term
construction around our houses .
Thank you for your
Sign the Petition to Premier Clark: Negotiate with Teachers to Protect Public Education (20-08-14) Click Here
I was very moved by the following letter from a student in support of quality public education and BC teachers. Perhaps your readers will be too. Thank you.
The Honourable Christy Clark, M.L.A.
Premier of British Columbia,
PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC, V8W9E1
Dear Madam Premier,
I hope that this letter finds you in good health and that you have been enjoying your summer amidst the numerous projects and bills that you have on the go. As a very occupied public servant and figurehead of our province, I am certain that you receive numerous letters such as this and quite frankly, most likely do not have the time to read them; especially concerning the topic that this is about. I wish to offer my opinion on the current state of the discussions that have elapsed as well as your proposals concerning the state of our education system.
No, I am not an upset parent. No, I am not a teacher nor someone who is related or closely affiliated with a teacher. I am a recently graduated French Immersion student. Though I may not hold any political, economic or sway of any other kind in the matter, I believe that my opinions represent a vast majority of the beliefs of the students of this province. No matter what conclusion is drawn from the continuing debating, at the end of the day, it is the students who are affected. It is the students of today that will become the voting population of tomorrow. Though our voices may be nothing but noise today, tomorrow they will be the voices that lead us.
I have wanted to write a letter on this topic for quite some time now, though I decided against it as I trusted that a settlement would have been reached by now. Unfortunately for you and I, this is not the case. I hear endlessly on media and other sources that “Striking hurts students.” Today, I can say that I have never felt so honoured to have been taught by the teachers and educators who stand up for what they believe in, so that students may be put first. They walk today, so that we won’t have to tomorrow.
If you would permit me to, I would like to share with you what it truly means to have someone care for you like a teacher, or an educator will.
From the students with dreams, there was a teacher who motivated them. A teacher who did not over or under promise. A teacher who was realistic, yet supportive. A teacher that showed the student exactly what they needed to do in life to achieve their goals.
From the students who “Just couldn’t get it”, there was a teacher who stayed after school to help them. There was someone who gave up their lunches, breaks, free time after school, and the early hours of the morning before and after school to stay behind and help that single student; so that they may succeed.
From the students who were bullied, harassed and teased by other children, there was a teacher who invited them to eat lunch with them. A teacher who would not judge them. A teacher who would not only speak to them as a student, but as a friend.
From the students who needed to find a part-time job to support their families, there was a teacher who drafted their resume and cover letter with them. A teacher who spent hours practicing interviews with them. A teacher who could sympathize.
From the students who were on the path to addiction, there was a teacher who showed them a new road to follow. A teacher who did not force them to succeed, but gave them the opportunity and tools necessary to do so. A teacher who was there when they were needed.
From the students who felt as if they could never live up to the standards set by their parents, there was a teacher who opened up to them, and shared their own stories. A teacher who could not only instruct the student, but a teacher who could be a mentor; helping them shape their own life.
From the students who were not in a passing position and felt as if they would never have a career, there was a teacher that helped them find their passion. A teacher whose gaze could see further than percentages, and who could identify what it truly was the student was capable of.
From the students who were forced to leave their homes, there was a teacher who opened their doors. A teacher who offered a warm bed, and a hot supper. A teacher who helped them get on their feet.
From the students who considered suicide, there was a teacher who helped them learn to love life again. A teacher who was there when no one else was. A teacher who refused to let them walk down a long and lonely road, and instead, vowed to walk with them side by side.
From the students who believed there is nothing more to life than following the “Status Quo”, there was a teacher who taught them that things can change. That the actions of today, can better the lives of the people of tomorrow. A teacher who taught us that it only takes a single voice to start a conversation. A single voice to take a step forward, so that others may follow. A single voice, to turn a noise into a song which can be heard. A song which fights for what they believe in.
Though change does not come easily, it is natural. Without change, women would not be able to vote. Without change, LGBT couples could not be married. Without change, many Canadians would be in chains and owned by another human being, simply due to the colour of their skin.
Budgets need to be balanced, and cuts need to be made. It would be silly for me to suggest that we can spend infinite sums of tax dollars on all the areas of government that we desire. However, just as cuts must be made, so must investments; not only investments which benefit the province on the short term, but investments that benefit the province in the long term. Students are long term investments. Today, we cost the province tax dollars. Tomorrow, we will be making the tax dollars. A better educated population, will always prosper.
Students and their families are not interested in a 40$ daily subsidy. Support is not bought, only earned. We don’t simply want a resolution, we want the resolution. We want a long term solution, that will build a better future for us all.
Please, care for our teachers as they have cared for us. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
August 5, 2014.
Reference: Update on BC Hydro Metro North Transmission Study
The study team has determined that additional time is required to further explore each of the three alternatives to ensure a comprehensive study. For the next few months we will:
- Continue to seek feedback from local governments and other stakeholders
- Continue to consult with First Nations
- Review the regional load forecast and the timing of the long term transmission needs
- Undertake additional geotechnical feasibility and routing studies
A decision on the leading alternative is now anticipated by late 2014. Additional open houses will be scheduled to review the leading alternative, once selected.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or comments.
Metro North Transmission Study Team
July 7, 2014
I think the following letter may be of interest to your readers. Thank you.
Dear Christy Clark,
I hate being an activist, far more than you hate me being one. Which is frankly a bit insulting, and falsely implies that you are important and I am not. I'm truly sorry if you, or I, or anyone else actually believes that.
I want to do my job, which I'm good at, and accept that you can do yours. I should be able to rely on the fact that our democracy was hard-won and is still evolving and that other people - whose jobs actually revolve around the working of democracy - care about it. But I can't. Do you know journalists ask for approval before they decide to cover a story? They want to get paid, and getting at the truth doesn't help them in the salary department. Nurses, teachers, and police officers - people who could wield power to equal the government's and big business's - are not coincidentally portrayed negatively 98% of the time in our mainstream media. Really? I'm sure not afraid of nurses when I need one. I don't think the next police officer I meet is going to start beating me for no reason. I'm so grateful for the kindness and hard work my boys' teachers show every day that it makes me feel humble every time I see them.
I don't want to do everyone's jobs. I really, really don't, but if the watchdogs of democracy - journalists and politicians - are doing the for-profit business leaders and CEOs jobs, that leaves a lot of work for unpaid activists everywhere.
I've written to your bland, form-letter, English Major minions before (regrettably less cool than the movie minions through no fault of their own), and I still think you're handling the teacher's dispute not just poorly, but disastrously. Please consider this.
40,000 people with one or often more university degrees each (you don't have one) think you're wrong. You might actually be wrong.
40,000 people who live close to BC's median wage (far below yours) think you're wrong. You might actually be wrong. Incidentally, please stop counting administrators in those wages because they're not in our union, and don't do our job.
40,000 people who are fighting for the rights of children who don't have rights of their own and can in no way provide compensation for the past, present and future sacrifices of time, energy, money, psychic health, physical health, emotional health or personal happiness made on their behalf think you're wrong. You are fighting for the so-called 'rights' of private industry to be subsidized by public funds. You might actually be wrong.
40,000 people with specific training for their job and a regulatory board to oversee them (you have neither) think you're wrong. You might actually be wrong.
I'm not unsympathetic to your plight. When I was in Grade 10, my class took a field trip to Parliament where we witnessed a Question and Answer period that had a profound and lasting effect on me. I was so shocked and appalled, disillusioned and dismayed, that the echoes of it reverberate within me as disgust and horror to this day. It was like watching a room where all the worst-behaved kids in the entire school had been gathered bereft of any kind of adult supervision or rules. I was fifteen, and I really just wanted to wade in there and protect you all from each other. Either that or vomit or cry. I'm truly sorry if you think that's normal behaviour for anyone, or if you're conditioned to think that everyone who disagrees with you is an unreasoning attacker to be beaten.
I disagree with you. I want you to restore public funds to public endeavours. I want you to give teachers the raise they're asking for and to return the money you illegally (however you may want to rationalize it, it was and continues to be illegal - everyone's just waiting to see if you'll get officially called on it, even if it means waiting through another decade of court cases, by which time you'll have moved on to another job, so a safe bet is no downside for you unless you consider what it's doing to everyone else you're responsible for) back into class size and composition. BC does have the money.
Enormously rich corporations and CEOs do not need my tax money. Professional sports and their buildings do not need my tax money. Amateur athletes who can afford to train and travel and compete for a decade or more to reach their goal of the Olympics do not need my tax money to create ever-more Olympic venues, although I'd be happy for my money to subsidize talented athletes and their coaches through that training, travelling and competing.
In short, I disagree with you about oh, so many things. But I'm not your enemy. I'm an educated, rational, hard-working, respected, much-liked woman. If you think about it, I'm exactly the sort of person who should be your ally.
You're the leader of my province, the leader of your opponents as well as your supporters now that you've been elected to that position. You're my leader. We don't need a CEO. We don't need a government furthering the agenda of private corporations. We do need a government, though. One who takes care of those who can't take care of themselves. One who preserves and rations natural resources so they exist for future citizens. One who looks at sustainability and the long term, not just the next election and their own private benefit.
You can be that leader. You can be that government. You can be a shepherd instead of a reaper. You can be a worthy steward of our children, our resources, our lands and our future. You can be a leader, the kind we teach our children about, the good guy in their movies, the one who fights for others. That's why we have a government. You're uniquely placed to take advantage of all of that, and be the leader that we need.
Please, be our leader.
Sincerely, a $58,000 a year, two university degrees and a librarian diploma, nationally ranked athlete, reluctant activist, teacher-librarian, French Immersion specialist, IB-trained teacher with a full IB diploma, author, world traveller, Pratchett fan, friend, citizen, and single mom of two wonderful boys.
July 6, 2014
I think the following letter may be of interest to your readers. Thank you.
I sent a letter to Christie Clark's office, Peter Fassbender's office, and my MLA about two weeks ago. I got a response just today. It was addressed from the Premier's office, but it was not signed and there was no name connected to it. It was the most bland, uninformative "yes, thanks for your input, we're doing our best, yada, yada, yada" kind of letter. So I sent this back:
Hm. I would address this to an individual, but no one signed the form letter that was sent to me. I do thank you for at least replying to me. But I find the content of your reply to be quite empty and void of real concern or discussion. I am an open minded individual, and I like to pride myself on listening to both sides of any story, but I am angry right now, angrier than I've ever been as an adult citizen of Canada.
You see, I feel that the provincial government's actions at this time in history are unconstitutional. I feel that my son's years in school have been decimated, specifically and directly as a result of decisions that have been made to support the wealthy via tax cuts at the expense of our educational system.
Your very large, very expensive ads to denigrate the teachers' position in the negotiations included incorrectly done math!! Is it that the people you had construct these ads are incompetent, or is it that you think the people of BC are stupid enough to believe the incorrectness of the ad? Either avenue does not bode well for the perception of the Liberal government.
I have heard the analogy used, and I think it's a pretty good one, that if a family needs to "tighten its belt" financially, it doesn't go buy a Lamborghini then say it can't afford groceries. This seems to be what the choices of the Liberal government reflect. It's not that the money doesn't exist, clearly if we can spring for a roof on a stadium to the tune of 514 Million dollars, there is money available, the only question is, what will we spend it on?
I believe, from what I have read, what has been shared with me, and from what actions I've seen the Liberals take, that there is not only a personal vendetta against teachers, but an all out war on proper education for the masses. I think you are making every effort to create a two-tiered educational system. High end for the wealthy, low end for the economically struggling. And I don't like it. And I will stand up against it.
You are taking advantage of teachers' good hearts, their empathetic natures, their unselfishness, because you KNOW that what they are responsible for isn't a product on an assembly line. IT'S OUR KIDS. It's MY kid, with his double challenges of giftedness/learning disability. He's a BRILLIANT BOY and he's being allowed, like so many other wonderful Canadian kids, to fall through the cracks in an overcrowded, underfunded school system.
Does Ms. Clark want to go down in history as the heartless human she's appearing to be, remembered for her attempt to assassinate quality education? Or does she want to be remembered as the politician who truly put the most noble ideals, education and healthcare, FIRST, for Canada's kids and for BC's future?
You see, I used to blame teachers too. I couldn't figure out why my son hated school so very, very much. Then I started going in to the school (which I wish more parents would do). Spending time there. Talking to teachers. Watching them cope under the most awful, awful conditions. I've seen so many kids so much worse off than my son. And slowly, slowly I began to realize that this wasn't their fault.
My son is a good kid. Polite, quiet. Smart, mostly. But he often became "the straw that broke the camel's back" because of his need, REAL need for one-on one teaching with an adult, in order to succeed. And he was one of those kids that would've qualified for a full time aid years ago, which means that his entire young life would have been different, if different decisions, decisions that showed some concern for our children, had been made.
I have had teachers cry with me over my kids' challenges and celebrate with me over their successes. I share my parenting role with these people, as do most of the voters in BC. I recognize and respect that they are almost as important in influence as I am in my children's lives. Why, please tell me, why would you not care about these people? As a single mother, Ms. Clark, surely you know that taking care of, nurturing, watching over and educating children is a grueling, often thankless job. Most of us struggle with the role even when we only have to deal with our OWN kids, let alone 30 of them, day after day!!
I WANT my taxes to pay my children's teachers WELL. I want them to have excellent health benefits, plenty of time in the summer to connect with their own families and hone those "kid" skills. I want them not to be overstressed, not overburdened, not burned out, as ALL of us get when there is simply too much asked of us with too few resources! I want the person co-raising my kids to be at their absolute BEST. They are helping me, and all of us average Canadians, raise our children. Is there a more important job??
Now, does my statement put me on the Liberals radar as someone to be feared? Silenced? Or do you see the folly in pursuing what will be a guaranteed defeat politically for this government if they don't heed the message of the province's people?
I don't want you to "negotiate". I don't want you to work out some compromise with the teachers. I want you to give them EXACTLY what they are asking for, because what they are asking will change the lives of every child and every caring parent in British Columbia for the better and for the long term. And I want to see you stand up and accept a lot of accolades for finally, FINALLY doing the right thing. For BC. For our children. For the future.
I expect and demand a reply. From an individual that will sign their name to the paper. My sincere thanks in advance for your attending to this matter immediately.
June 12, 2014
I'd like to talk about 'what Mayor Anderson doesn’t want Anmore
voters to know!" From my first entry into the hall at the public
meeting for the Official Community Plan (OCP), it was clear that the room was
packed with developers. There were at least 10 beside and behind me, and many
more in different parts of the room.
As the meeting unfolded it became evident that this is
not so much an Official Community Plan as a Developers’ Charter. While the
documents pay some lip service to the existing residents and their needs and
aspirations, there is absolutely no substance.
Developers on the other hand are salivating at the
prospects of being allowed to build on lot sizes much smaller than 1 acre.
And just who on council stands to benefit?
When she filed her nomination papers on October 4 2011, Mayor
Anderson completed the mandatory Statement of Disclosure under the Financial
Disclosure Act. She listed herself as holding shares in Marida Holdings Ltd.,
which was further described as a “Land Development Company”. One estimate
suggests that she has more than 25 acres of developable land under her
control. With lots currently selling for between $700,000 and $800,000, one can quickly see that she may become a very wealthy woman, if development under the new OCP goes
When I tried to question her on this at the public hearing, Mayor Anderson shouted me down in her inimitable way. Clearly she
doesn’t want her secret becoming public knowledge.
Dr. Christopher Sedergreen, MD
Former Anmore Councillor
June 8, 2014
Please link to a copy of my June 5, 2014 letter to Mayor Anderson and Council members re: the Official Community Plan for the Public Hearing to be held on June 10, 2014 at 6:30 in Anmore Elementary School. I do not understand and am concerned about many of the proposed directions. Thank you.
Dr. Lynn Burton
Sugar Mountain Way
May 14, 2014
The following is an excerpt from an e-mail that I recently sent to Anmore Mayor and Council when my previous e-mail was not in the package, along with the other letters from residents, for Council to discuss relative to the Official Community Plan deliberations. Council appears to be favouring developers over long-time residents. Developers will continue to be permitted to use lot sizes much smaller than one acre but residents will not be.
In the Village of Anmore Financial Sustainability Plan by Vann Struth Consultants "Only 47% of the 637 developed lots are 1 acre or larger in size. The other 53% are less than 1 acre, including 35% that are less than .5 of an acre...
In Mayor Anderson's Report in the May 2014 Anmore Times, she says
"the majority of the flat land in Anmore has been developed, so the lands on the hillsides will be the focus of future developments. The Financial Sustainability Plan highlighted that when the Village takes over the responsibility for infrastructure then we have to plan for the replacement of that infrastructure. One acre developments tend to have longer road lengths, water lines and if they are located on hillsides they often require water booster stations. This infrastructure will have to be replaced by Anmore taxpayers in the future. If we can find a way to cluster housing developments so the infrastructure is more efficient, then we will put our Village in a better financial position in the years to come."
While not necessarily a bad move for Anmore, I would venture to say that it would also put developers (such as Mayor Anderson who is a principal in a development company with considerable acreage on a steep slope) in an easier position to develop this infrastructure if houses are clustered.
Also relative to the above statement by the Mayor, I reiterate the premiss of
my previous e-mail. There is more flat land in Anmore that has not been
adequately considered in this equation. If the Village moved to an across the
board half acre designation for both residents and developers, residents on
existing prime flat lots could subdivide, doubling tax revenue sources from
these properties which have existing municipal infrastructure. Such a move
would allow not only developers but also residents with a vested interest in
the community to profit from their holdings and age-in-place.
Finally, I would draw your attention to the advice from Village lawyer Chris
Murdy, and reiterated by the Supreme Court of British Columbia decision on the building and stratification of two independent houses on one acre in an RS-1 zone, Docket S74407 by the then Anmore Manager of Public Works Tim Harris' (now CAO) . Full text is available on the B.C. Supreme
"(Item 57) I think that Mr. Murdy (Village lawyer) hit the proverbial nail on the head in his letter of January 23, 2002, when he expressed concern that the Harris proposal was simply intended to avoid the current provisions of the Village bylaw, and it appears to me that the Village council may have made the policy decision he spoke about that it wants to allow, in effect, two principal residences on each one acre parcel without going through the proper procedures for change in the zoning."
In conclusion, I wish Anmore Council the very best as they try to sculpt an equitable vision for the Village of Anmore that truly reflects the wishes of the
community. Thank you to the CitySpaces planners and to the residents
who served on the Advisory Planning Commission for all of their efforts on
Dr. Lynn Elen Burton
1020 Sugar Mountain Way
Which makes more sense?
Half acre on good land already on municipal services
Double or more potential taxes without new infrastructure responsibility
Steep slope development in environmentally sensitive areas
Already 2 washouts on Pinnacle Ridge, additional water and road infrastructure maintenance and replacement requirements.
May 11. 2014
May 5 to 11,
Mental Health week as proclaimed by The Canadian Mental Health
The BC Division of this association
had a number of events to celebrate
this. Other organizations also showed leadership in raising
awareness regarding issues pertaining to mental health. For
example our local
Global TV channel hosted the Enter to win with Global BC and Ride
Don't Hide for the June 22 activity
in association with Shoppers Drug
mart: for more details go to www.ridedonthide.com
Thank you for providing some publicity about this important topic through the Anmore
Alternative News. Hopefully it will go
some way to counteracting the black eye that our Village received
in the media
arising from it’s ill-conceived decision not to employ the top candidate for the position of Chief
This was reported
by the Tri-City
News to have happened on the basis that he was said to have had
a history of a
depressive illness and is likely to bring further shame on the
Village when it
comes to theHuman Rights Tribunal.
Anmore Family Physician
May 7, 2014
Does Mayor Anderson have no shame?
Most Anmore residents will not be aware that there was a Special meeting last night, Tuesday May 6th; nor, more importantly, what was on the table for discussion. This is because the Agenda was at first billed as being an in camera (i.e. closed to the public and in secret) meeting, then altered twice on the day before the meeting.
A little background for your readers: all council meetings are subject to a ‘procedural’ bylaw. Notice of general meetings must be posted no later that the Friday prior to a Tuesday meeting; and all Agenda items must be submitted on the Thursday prior to the Tuesday meeting, so that the Agenda can be posted with the notice of the meeting the following day. Agenda items may subsequently be added, but only by consent of the councillors at the Tuesday meeting after it has been called to order.
‘Special’ council meetings require only 24 hours public notice. One might reasonably assume that this would be because of a matter arising of an emergent nature, that could not possibly wait until the next regularly scheduled public meeting.
The original agenda for the meeting last night was, as stated above, posted as an in camera meeting to discuss the Anmore Tax Rates Bylaw No. 529 2014. Let’s just skip over the fact that it seems unconscionable that a meeting pertaining how our councillors intend to tax us should be held in secret away from the eyes and ears of the residents. Let’s also skip over the fact that no evidence was presented to the effect that this was of an emergent nature and couldn’t be delayed until a regular public meeting – a probability which seems highly unlikely. We know by now that this is how the present council does things. The less public scrutiny they have the better for them.
In the early afternoon of Monday the Special meeting agenda for the Special Meeting had been changed. It was still to be held in secret, but now an item pertaining to the OCP had been added. The OCP has clearly become a contentious issue now that residents know that their municipal tax rates are going to increase by 15% over the next three years, and who knows by how much after that? Questions of ‘density’ and lot size are now being asked, to see if the $9 million deficit (2012) in anticipated infrastructure costs can be spread amongst a broader base of tax payers. How then can council in conscience consider matters pertaining to the OCP in secret?
By late Monday afternoon the Agenda had changed yet again, this time removing the provisions to close the discussions to the public.
When I rose to ask the Mayor about the various postings of the Agenda, she boldly stated that my statements were untrue. Fortunately, only a few moments later Manager of Corporate Services, Christine Milloy, interjected to the effect that I was in fact telling the truth and that Mayor Anderson was not. Mayor Anderson made no response to Ms. Milloy’s comment, but effectively left her hanging out to dry, to take responsibility.
But let’s not be under any illusion as to who was responsible. As Mayor it is Heather Anderson and she alone who determines the Agenda that is placed before council. The Corporate Manager is merely the messenger and doesn’t deserve the treatment meted out to her by the Mayor. A Mayor with integrity would not allow a staff member to take the blame for confusion that (s)he had created.
Residents of Anmore have been treated shamefully by this disinformation and deserve an apology; the wronged staff member doing her best deserves an abject and public apology by Mayor Heather Anderson. Did I hear someone say that hell will freeze over first?
Editors' Note: Dr. Sedergreen is a family physician in Anmore and a past member of Anmore Council.
April 30, 2014
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments (attributed variously to Mark Twain and Benjamin Disraeli).
Anmore residents were given an example of this aphorism last night (Tuesday April 29th 2014) at the public meeting regarding the proposed Official Community Plan (OCP), when one of the consultants to the project informed us that approximately 49% of Anmore residents were in favour of retaining 1 acre zoning versus 51% against. When challenged about his confidence in the statistical validity of these numbers, he was forced to confess that he wasn't. He admitted that the sample size was much too small to allow those figure to be extrapolated as a reflection of the population of Anmore as a whole.
Moreover, he acknowledged that the expressed opinions of residents were not informed by the Vann Struth Consultants Report* regarding the lack of financial sustainability of the Village. The plight of Village finances has already resulted in a 15.5 % increase in municipal taxes.
The sustainability study commissioned by the Village of Anmore has uncovered the reality that there is an current deficit of $9 million, largely due to the need to maintain existing infrastructure (including $2.35 million to build a new community centre/municipal hall). The way I see it, conservatively this would amount to about $3900.00 for every man, woman and child living here. (Since it's unlikely that the children will have over three thousand dollars to give to the Village in taxes, we may as well say that it will cost the adult tax-payers double that amount).
For the wealthier residents that may be little more than pocket change; but Anmore is made up of residents from many walks of life and degrees of wealth. Such a taxation structure may well have the effect of driving all but the very wealthy out of Anmore, leaving it as an enclave for the rich and privileged.
What became abundantly clear last night was that there remains a dearth of reliable information on which Anmore residents can form their opinions about the Official Community Plan (OCP). If we assume for a moment that there may be some validity to the approximately 50/50 opinion regarding one acre versus half acre, or other density questions, we must ask how many of those in favour of one acre would now change their minds, in the light of the knowledge that they are certain to experience substantial increases in their property taxes? I'm guessing that many of the 49% in favour of one acre would recoil in horror and vote for increased density so as to lessen their personal tax exposure. Indeed, some actually said this at the meeting.
A member of the Advisory Planning Committee that has been responsible for developing the Official Community Plan suggested that Anmore residents need more time to digest and understand the implications of the presented proposal, especially since there remain many unanswered questions to important issues that will affect all of us. This seems eminently reasonable. True the planning for the OCP has already taken a significant amount of time, but is that any reason to risk enshrining a flawed plan in municipal legislation, when spending the extra time needed could make it better? After all, we are already almost 5 years over due in producing this document.
I believe that all Anmore residents (not just those who come out to meetings) need three things:
1) full disclosure of all the implications of the proposed new OCP;
2) sufficient time to digest and debate those implications;
3) the opportunity to communicate their derived opinions to the elected representatives. Will those councillors give Anmore residents what they need? Or will they simply dictate to them what will be?
One final comment. The OCP as currently proposed would continue to create an unjust playing field in favour of developers and against existing residents on lots of less than 1.5 acres. The 'big money' will continue be able to use innovative CD and cluster density zoning to create smaller lot sizes making themselves even more money. While the little guys, the residents on less than 1.5 acres who might have an ideal piece of land to subdivide into a half acre and so fund their retirement would be prevented. This is patently inequitable. But it does show whose side council is on.
Dr. Chris Sedergreen, MD,
Former Anmore Councillor
* "In order to balance the
municipal budget over the next 20 years, the average Anmore household would
need to contribute in the range of $20,000 to $25,000 in additional property
tax, depending on the scenario. In annual terms the additional tax required is:
under Scenario 1 (an increase of 80%)
under Scenario 2 (an increase of 76%)
under Scenario 3 (an increase of 69%)
under Scenario 4 (an increase of 62%)
These hypothetical tax increases illustrate the size of the gap between revenues and
costs that must be filled by the Village of Anmore over the next several
decades in order to move toward financial sustainability. They are not recommendations for actual tax increases, which are
determined through a comprehensive budgeting process that takes into account
many other factors on an annual basis." (Anmore Financial Sustainability Report, Vann Struth Consulting, October 2013)
April 21, 2014
This letter is in reference to Anmore Council, Mental
Illness and Employment Law. The reports to the effect that Anmore Village Council
denied a candidate, for the position of Chief Administrative
Officer (CAO) on the basis that he was said to have had a history of a depressive
illness, is troubling for a number of reasons. Judging by information
circulating within the Village and local media, it would seem to have been
based on a prejudiced and uninformed understanding of the nature of this mental
illness; and perhaps to have been encouraged by questionable legal advice.
The rejected candidate is now reported (Tri-City
News, Friday April 4th) to have brought a Human Rights Tribunal complaint
against the Village. If the suit is successful, in my informed opinion the actions of council
will have brought shame upon the residents of Anmore, as well as have brought
unnecessary cost to the tax-payers.
Let's start with some facts. The life time prevalence
for a depressive illness in North America
is 17%. This means that almost 1 person in 5 will have an episode of depression
over the course of their life time.  
Similarly In North
America the probability of having a major
depressive episode within any year-long period is 3–5% for males and 8–10% for
females.  
If we look beyond the statistics for depression and
include all mental illnesses, then
nearly half of all North Americans (46%) will experience some form of mental
disorder over the course of a life time. 
On this basis it might not be unreasonable to
speculate that close to half of our elected officials themselves have had, or
will have in the future some form of mental illness. Yet apparently they chose
to reject a candidate who, by all reports to date, was eminently suited for the
position of CAO; and certainly far better qualified than the person they
subsequently did choose.
Such prejudice belongs to the dark ages. There are now
many examples of persons in 'public life' from TV personalities, to
politicians, to writers, to scientists, who have had the courage to be frank
about their personal histories of mental illness. Such disclosures do not
diminish those persons, but rather earn our respect for them.
A history of past treatment for mental illness is no
more predictive of future functional capacity than a history of HIV infection,
heart disease or asthma. As such it should not be a determining factor in
fitness for employment. Indeed if it were, almost half of us might be deemed
If it is morally and ethically reprehensible to deny
employment to someone on the basis of a past history of mental illness, it
seems highly probable that it is also illegal to do so.
Mariana Bracic is an
employment law expert who began her legal career in 1994 at a prominent Bay
Street law firm advising clients on
employment law issues.
In a recent pamphlet she wrote: "Do not be misled into believing that
you are somehow less exposed if you delay offering
a successful candidate a contract in writing. As soon as that applicant receives
and accepts an oral offer, they get all of the considerable benefits of a "common law" contract, which
is dramatically pro-employee and anti-business. ... (You) effectively sign a blank cheque in the form of
unwritten common-law contracts."
Did the lawyer have 'informed' consent for the disclosure of this information?
From whom? Was the candidate's right to privacy violated?
If there is any good news in this sorry tale it is
that we understand the candidate accepted the position of
Corporate Manager to the City of Prince
Rupert (pop. 12,500) last Fall. Their gain and
our loss? You the reader should decide.
Meanwhile Anmore residents should be asking the
Will our council members tell
us the whole truth about what really happened? Who said what? Who voted how?
And why? Was information that might
have been 'privileged' inappropriately shared by Anmore's lawyer with Anmore
Is this one more in a series
of examples of seemingly gross incompetence by our Village councilors?
If the Human Rights case goes
against the Village will those councilors be accountable? Will they do the
honourable thing and tender their resignations?
Dr. Chris Sedergreen, MD
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March 27, 2014
Here are the remains of a fire from the side of the road
on Summerwood Lane. This is on Village property and appears to be the
burning of the remains of an invasive weed cleanup from the summer. My
concern is the burning was left unattended. It is by the side of the
forest. Japanese knotweed is presenting more hazards to us than just as
an invasive species. With the use of chemical control , that is Roundup,
and fire, I am seeing great dangers in our village.
March 18, 2014
Dear Dr. Burton,
Thank you to the Anmore Alternative News for being such an excellent source of community information and sharing. I thought that you and the readers might be interested in the attached correspondence on theft from the community mailboxes in Anmore. Keep up the good work.
Chris Sedergreen, MD (Former Anmore Councillor)
2014 02 16
As we wait to rebuild, this is the Mossom Winter walk along the trail from water intake to the site - for those who can't get here! We'll see if I can do this again as the site and the seasons change. (set to 720 HD - Music was "borrowed " from U2). To view the video Click Here.
January 29, 2014
Recently, drivers travelling on Sunnyside Road may have noticed some new, rather large, colorful signs. These signs were provided by ICBC and the installation courtesy of the Village of Anmore. It is anticipated that these signs will focus driver’s attention to the approaching school zone.
Coquitlam RCMP – Rural Section, would like to thank Kathleen Nadalin from ICBC., and Kevin Dicken from the Village of Anmore for their assistance with this project.
Cst. Colin Kent
January 28, 2014
I have been made aware of a dog with Megaesophagus that needs help. He is Audie, he is a 3.5 year old born to a chihuahua, mixed with (?) looks like border collie. He is 12 pounds should be 15. His owner has struggled to keep his weight up and him healthy for the last 3 years.
She is asking for help. She is looking for a volunteer or volunteers that can take him during the day and help with his mid day feedings. He needs a stress free environment. She is hoping for a few days a week. She will drop off and pick up and provide his food and supplements. She will show the volunteers how to feed him.
She works full time and has been doing a great job but it is taking
its toll. Audie is drinking water and his food intake is good, and she wants him to have a full life. He is very sweet and gets along with female dogs and cats. He seems to have a problem with male dogs. If he barks or gets too excited, he will start to bring up food.
Ideally he should be fed 6 times every 2.5 hours or so and he has to eat sitting or standing up on his hind legs so that gravity can push his food down because the muscles in his esophagus can not do that.
She can feed him 3 of his meals, but needs some help for the 3 in the middle of the day. She lives in Anmore and is looking for a volunteer in Anmore, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and will go to Coquitlam too. She will drop off before work and then pick up on the way home.
Any number of days would be appreciated. Audie is such a cuddle bug and she is not ready to surrender or give up on him at this time in his young life.
If you can send this out to your awesome network of caring people perhaps someone knows someone who can help. They can reply to Anmore Alternative News or Pets Matterand we will try to get you in touch.
Via Elaine Willis
December 23, 2013
I know I am not alone when I express my disgust with MP James Moore's insensitive and shameful comments with regards to child poverty not being his problem. Perhaps instead of apologizing, MP James Moore will consider hosting a breakfast for malnourished children. With 153,000 poor children in B.C. alone, he need only rent Rogers Arena eight times to serve each child just one breakfast.These children are not just hungry. They do not have adequate housing, proper clothing or school supplies. But who cares? Clearly not James Moore. Shame on you.
December 13, 2013
I am indeed, like probably thousands, saddened by what happened Wednesday at Mossom Creek Hatchery. I know it has been especially hard on those that founded the hatchery and volunteered there regularly. I am really sorry to see this magical place burn down. I have passed by on occasions with my son since he was 2 years old (he is now almost 6).
However, the silver lining, as Ruth Foster alluded to, is that Mossom Creek Hatchery was not just a physical structure, but a community. That community has survived completely intact, and I have a feeling it will even have bolstered the community. Strong communities band together in time of need, and I can see this happening here as well.
I look forward to starting to rebuilt the hatchery and donate my time and help where I can.
Hugs to everyone
Tri-city Green Council
We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our sister hatchery at Mossom Creek. Ruth Foster and Rod McVicar and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly for nearly 40 years to educate our children in the importance of protecting our environment and providing an essential service to our community by providing a place of warmth and love for all.
What can we do? To help rebuild, people may deposit directly into their account at any TD Canada Trust branch, account 539-5000965; businesses can be issued receipts. Note that they will not be doing door-to-door donation requests.
If you have photos or newspaper clippings (they lost all of their albums and scrapbooks in the fire), please forward digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Port Moody Ecological Society
300 Ioco Road Port Moody
BC V3H 2V7
P.S. A fundraiser will be announced in the New Year once the shock and sadness have eased.
November 13, 2013
Reference: Anmore’s Financial Crisis.
Your elected representatives
spent a number of tax dollars to commission a ‘Financial Sustainability Plan’ by the Vann
Struth Consulting Group Inc. The 79 page document was released last
month, and may be a bit of a slog for the average busy resident to wade
through. So here is the bottom line: we willexperience major property tax
increases. The numbers vary according to several different scenarios,
but are estimated at between $1000 and $1300 a year for every residence. This
amounts to an approximate 20% to 30% increase in taxes for the next 20 years!
After the resignation of
former mayor Weinberg just one year into his term (did he see this train wreck
coming?) there was an election for his replacement between two contenders: Mr.
Robert Tribe and Ms. Heather Anderson. Mr. Tribe had served as a board member
for a large international engineering company and knew a thing or two about
money management on a large scale. During his campaign he told us repeatedly
that Village finances were unsustainable and required urgent attention. He was
held to ridicule by Heather Anderson and a gang of buffoonish supporters,
including the never impartial Anmore Times.
In fact Ms Anderson boasted
about her large number of years on council and the fact that she had
participated in keeping taxes at an unrealistically low rate. She was proud of
her actions that have now resulted in the financial crisis in which Anmore
Last night when challenged
about this during the public question period of the council meeting she lamely
replied “We didn’t know”. This is of course not true: we did know. Robert Tribe
knew. Moreover Heather Anderson should have known – that’s her job
as an elected official. Her claim that she didn’t know amounts to an admission
Unfortunately, Mayor Anderson
had neither the grace to admit that she had been wrong nor to offer an apology
to Mr. Tribe for the shabby way in which she and her supporters treated him.
Editor's Note: In a December 2009 letter to the Residents of Anmore, Ms Anderson stated, "I was a member of the Advisory Planning Commission and I attended every Council Meeting and wrote the Council summary for the Anmore Times for three years. When my dad decided not to run for re-election in 1993, I ran and was elected and subsequently I was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2005. I decided not to run in 2008 because I felt that a break would be good, although I did intend to run again in 2011. As a result of this upcoming by-election, I am looking forward to the opportunity to again work on behalf of the residents of Anmore."
October 23, 2013
Mail Theft - Warning to all residents of the Crystal Creek Drive Area
If you don't pick up your mail every day, you may not be aware that all of our mailboxes were broken into for the 3rd time that we know of in the 2 years weve lived here. My husband and I stopped at 8AM on the Oct 23 to get our mail, only to find that the every mailbox had been pried open at the bottom and every piece of mail taken. Later that same evening after dark, while driving back home, there was a Canada Post Employee fixing the mailboxes. Gord stopped to chat with him. He said that this is a major problem and he had made multiple recommendations to move these boxes to another location not so attractive to thieves. He commented how out of the way it is not to mention no street lighting and easy access to the road for thieves to escape. That very next morning when we drove by, they were repaired as if nothing had happened with ZERO notice to residents that their mail was stolen! Here is why this is inexcusable and we need to make sure to make are concerns known so that something is finally done about this.
1) Identity theft is a huge and growing problem. As a victim of an organized Identity theft ring last year, the amount of time and aggravation it took to change all bank accounts, Visa Cards, pre-authorized payments etc was enormous. If you receive CCRA information via mail it is also very possible the thieves now have your SIN #. With not to much effort, thieves could put together your whole profile to sell to whomever.
2) We did report it to the police on the morning of the 23. We spoke to a Constable Ryan Smith, who said it was very serious. He suggested that all the residents be notified and to contact your financial institutions if your mail is missing as you may have to close your accounts if they got a hold of financial information. The police file # for this incident is 13-31406. He also recommended that all residents contact Canada Post as well as Anmore City Hall and make your concerns known. The plan was for the police to finger print the boxes but whether that was done before they were fixed we dont know. He also said that most people dont report the crime or they report it to late for anything to be done about it and they are looking for your personal information.
3) As mail theft is a Federal Offence, I would think that Canada Post has a legal obligation to notify all residents that their mail has been stolen. Why this hasnt happened I have no idea, my conclusion is that they dont want the backlash as its happened too often before. The last time this happened they assured us that they were dealing with this issue and were planning on putting in cameras etc. to make sure to deter any further thefts. Clearly this hasnt happened.
4) Again, this is the 3 time in 2 years that we are personally aware that this has happened. If we hadnt stopped the morning of the 23, we would have no knowledge that there had been another theft. This is very concerning as I wonder how many other times there has been a break in that we didnt know about. We only stop for the mail approx. once a week. Both the Constable and the Canada Post repair guy seemed to indicate that this was an ongoing problem. If you are like minded and feel that these is in-excusable to not do anything about a known problem than please call Anmore City Hall & Canada Post. Canada Post repair person said to contact Steve Rizzo Ph 604-936-5515 although there may be someone better to contact. We personally would love to see street lighting for a number of obvious reasons that living in a more secluded area entails, including theft and wildlife safety. Thieves look for dark secluded areas as its much easier to work and get away unseen. We live in a gorgeous area and just want to help make it a safe place for all of our families. Gord Karpinsky & Kim Robbins- Crystal Creek Drive Kim Robbins
The Buck Stops Where…? (It’s all about integrity).
Harry S. Truman, President of the United States from 1945 to 1953, is famous for having a prominent sign in the oval office which read “The Buck Stops Here”. It referred of course to his understanding of the concept of executive accountability. Sure you can take the praise when things go well, but you stand up and take the blame and all the consequences that come with it when things go wrong.
We’ve seen a lot of buck passing in recent weeks in the Village of Anmore about the failure of the municipal water system. On CBC radio this morning Mayor Heather Anderson, in a desperate attempt to escape accountability for high coliform counts which have imposed a ‘boil water advisory’ on Anmore residents, even tried to blame the hot summer weather. (Had it escaped her notice that we and much of the rest of the province has had long, hot spells of weather in the past?)
Incredibly it now transpires that the Fraser Health Unit has been warning our municipal administrators since 2005 or even earlier, that our water system was in jeopardy. There was even a grant given that far back for a chlorination station; money that was never used and which would have, in all likelihood, prevented the situation in which Anmore residents now find themselves. Indeed it now appears that there was systematic determination not only to ignore the warnings, but to minimize their exposure to elected officials.
As Mayor, Heather Anderson must shoulder the burden of executive accountability. In a situation where the health of a community has been put at risk, the only honourable course of action is resignation.
But she is not alone in this obligation. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tim Harris (the one who receives over a hundred thousand dollars of taxpayers’ money) has also been closely involved with the monitoring of our drinking water for years, as the former Manager of Public Works. Correspondence addressed to him, and obtained from public documents, show that he knew clearly for some years the gravity of the situation. Yet he failed to impress on the elected officials how serious the situation had become.
Meanwhile the residents of Anmore, whose health has been in jeopardy, have been the last to be informed. The principle of executive accountability applies equally to Mr. Harris and he should also be tendering his resignation.
But wait: Council who appointed Mr. Harris to the position of CAO (and the fat pay-cheque) knew when they did so that he didn’t have the customary qualifications for the job. One of those Anmore councillors, Tim Laidler, was honourable enough to recognize that this was wrong and – appropriately – resigned from his elected position after barely a few months on the job. The implications are clear: the entire council with the exception of Councillor Thiele (who was elected to replace Councillor Laidler) are responsible for that decision. Does the principle of executive accountability requires that they too should resign?
Usually I write you about some urgent issue where FRIENDS is responding to a major problem in Canada's audio-visual system. This note is different.
For eleven years now, FRIENDS has sponsored the Dalton Camp Award, an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS' founders in 1985.
This year, we have increased this Award to $10,000 in order to encourage more Canadians to think and write about the links between media and democracy.
Please take a moment to consider persons you know who might be interested in this Award – and pass this opportunity along to them.
The deadline for entries this year is November 15. The official rules, past winning essays, a video biography on Dalton Camp, and other details about the Award are available from the Dalton Camp Award website: Click Here
Best regards, and thanks for your help in communicating this opportunity within your circle of friends!
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Monday September 16, 2013
To Everyone Concerned:
Not sure what to say or how to say it, so I'm just going to lay it out as best as I can. As a resident and taxpayer in Anmore I am worried about the health and welfare of all who live here. We now have a boil water advisory in Anmore and have for almost a week now.
CAO Harris (former Village of Anmore Public Works Manager) and the Village of Anmore were told in 2005 by Fraser Health to install a 'booster station'. Mayor and Council and all Village Staff should know this fact. (letter attached). To date the 'booster station' is not operational and residents are now getting sick. Does ANYBODY care?
Recently Mayor Anderson in a article in the TriCities Now dated Sept 13 2013 states: "It's so unfortunate this happened within two months of the station being completed" adding with " the new booster station, a similar event shouldn't happen again". She also said " the tests were a surprise " and " she drank water all weekend and has not been ill" She also said she "couldn't remember the Village ever having a problem with its water before"! Did she not read the letter?
We need qualified people in Anmore who know what they are doing...
People are getting sick and they have done nothing to instill any sort of confidence in their ability. In fact they have done nothing but tell us to boil water!
CAO Harris is MIA! No reports or replies or anything from this guy, he just disappears. Is he even qualified to do the job? Mayor Anderson is in denial, you just need to read her comments...meanwhile residents are sick.
This is not all that goes on in Anmore, there is lots more, but our water quality is a vital concern for the safety of the Anmore residents.
I urge action today. Something needs to be done before someone else gets sick or worse!
Anmore was given a grant award of $44,667 which was 2/3 of $62,000 to build the required chlorine booster station for Anmore water. Eight years later the total cost of the station is $414,583.15 and the Village has a 'Boil Water Until Further Notice' in effect.
Monday, September 9, 2013
I appreciate any assistance in letting people know. Thank you.
August 25, 2013
I would be very grateful if you or the Anmore Alternative News readers would sponsor me and together we can help save the worlds last remaining gorillas. It is very quick and easy to do, just click on the link and make a secure online donation using your credit or debit card.
The Gorilla Organization works internationally to save the world's last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction, by funding grass-roots projects run by local African partners aimed at tackling the very real threats to the gorillas' long term survival.
For more information about the work of The Gorilla Organization or how you can join in this fabulous event please click here.
Thank you for your support!
Thanks to the Anmore Alternative News for drawing attention to the invasive
plant work the Village of Anmore has undertaken with the Invasive Species
Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV). The ISCMV is a non-profit conservation
organization that is working to minimize the environmental, economic and
safety impacts of invasive species in Metro Vancouver.
To clarify, the plant photo in the article and one of the links is for an
invasive plant called giant hogweed, a perennial herb that contains a highly
toxic sap that can cause hypersensitivity to sunlight resulting in burns,
blisters, and scarring when it comes into contact with skin. Although at
one time this plant was known to grow in Spirit Park, we do not believe it
currently exists in Anmore. This plant is not to be confused with knotweed.
As indicated in the inventory report from 2013, Anmore does have a number of knotweed sites, on municipal and private property. Knotweed, one of our
priority species and one of the world's worst invasive plants, can
completely devastate ecosystems and also poses considerable risk to land
owners as it can impact building foundations and increase the risk of
erosion on slopes.
Last week, the ISCMV crew conducted 3 days of treatment on knotweed, orange hawkweed and other priority invasive plants in the Village of Anmore. ISCMV uses the latest scientific research to choose appropriate treatment methods for infestations. We apply herbicides in specific instances when a plant species cannot successfully be treated any other way or if a plant species poses a risk to our crew using other forms of treatment.
We do not take the requirement to use herbicide lightly and ensure that the lowest impact tools possible are used and that all risks to non-target plants, wildlife, the environment, the public and our crew are minimized. We adhere to all the strict government regulations that are in place to ensure that herbicides are used safely and sparingly.
Our work in Anmore required use of a couple of different types of herbicides and application techniques. Our highly trained crew makes decision about what products are used and how they will be applied on a site by site basis considering an ecological perspective to allow for habitat recovery. Herbicide signage is placed at our treatment sites to notify and alert the public of any precautions. The ISCMV crew will be back for one additional day of follow-up treatments later this season.
Anmore has a Pesticide Regulation Bylaw for public property that
specifically prohibits cosmetic pesticide use on municipal owned property.
Under this bylaw, treatment of designated noxious weeds and invasive plants is permitted, as this falls outside of the definition of cosmetic use.
Other municipalities have similar bans which limit the use of herbicides for
cosmetic purposes only. For more information on Anmore's bylaw, please
consult the staff at the Village Hall.
Anyone with questions about this project, management techniques, or invasive plants in general are encouraged to contact us. We can also provide information to residents who may be managing invasive plants on their properties.
Our congratulations to the Village of Anmore and some of its residents who
are taking steps to make Anmore invasive plant-free!
Education & Administration Manager
Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver
Editors Note: Clearly invasive plants are a problem, but there is considerable controversy surrounding the use of commercial herbicides, no matter how competent the ISCMV crew is at its application.There is an interesting discussion on Facebook on the AnmoreAlternative CommunityNews. One comment was from Maggie Moss who referenced the recent Sierra Club Fact Sheet. She said, "Glyphosate used to be 'touted' as being as safe to drink as water. Please read the fact sheet and make up your own minds!"
This letter is in reference to a Saturday, August 10, 2013 article on the front page of the Vancouver Sun. Let me start out by saying I do not condone violence or war in any shape or form.That being said, I also understand that conflict is unfortunately, inevitable, it always seems to be. That is not what this is about. I don't want to hear reasons why or why not, who's to blame or not, its the USA's fault, etc,etc,etc.
I want you to think about the following. As a country we send our troops to war/conflict. We (our politicians and bureaucrats) send our men and women into conflict. They are sent into conflict while we, our politicians, and bureaucrats, sit safely at home, out of harms way! These men and women go because that's what they are trained to do. Think about it, they are willing to die for us, at any given moment....and how do we treat them?
We ignore them, we do not provide properly for them when they come home. When they come home, and they are sick, injured, disabled or worse... and this has to change! In my opinion we need to speak up..to show our support !
All I ask is that you read the following article, it will take a few minutes (Vancouver Sun Saturday August 10th - link attached) and if you feel the urge, send a letter to your Federal MP, and demand action on behalf of our military personnel. After what we ask them to do, they deserve it!
I'm hoping that you will be able to help. I am taking part in a very special event this coming September and just prior to that, I'll be down into Africa to live in habitat, sketch and eventually paint a picture of the critically endangered 'Black Rhino', helping to bring it international attention and funding, and to teach classes in the local remote areas.
Now having said this, as you may realize, my wife and I support these venues by creating funds from out of our own pockets. Conservation does not pay for such as everything is through donations. This time around we wish to create funding for the expedition through another source - through an auction of this special 'Mountain Gorilla' giclée signed print on canvas (with its authenticity paper).
If at all possible could you promote this auction through the 'Anmore Alternative News'? The proceeds from this will directly go to supporting the expedition costs. If so I would like to start the bidding at $500. The winning bid will also be notified, during the Black Rhino Expedition, on the going-on's along with accompanying photographs. I'm hoping that I'm not reaching too high with this request and that there may be some interest in it?
July 29, 2013
The Future of Anmore is Still in Our Hands
Re-Submitted by Glen Coutts June 11, 2013
I used to support Comprehensive Development zones in Anmore. Comprehensive Development Zoning was used in Anmore as a tool for maintaining our semi-rural character by gaining more green space and or amenities, such as community facilities, from a developer, in exchange for increased densities in their development (from the normal 1 acre, up to 1.5 lots per acre if the green space retained within the development was in the 30% range).
When Comprehensive Development Zoning was first conceived in Anmore, 1 acre developments only had to provide the Provincial requirement of a 5% parkland dedication to our Village, so a potential 25% increase in green space was attractive. Today, RS1 (1 acre zoning) developments now have to retain 20%+ of each acre in green space under the Tree Management Bylaw as well as still providing the 5% parkland dedication.
When Comprehensive Development Zoning was established, our Village did not have a Tree Management bylaw and it was disturbing to see how some developers, even at a one acre level, cut down all of the natural vegetation when they developed their properties. Anmore now has a Tree Management bylaw that ensures that significant portions (20%+) of all developed properties retain the original native vegetation or replant new vegetation. Furthermore we also have bylaws in place to better protect riparian zones.
As such, I no longer support Comprehensive Development Zoning because the trade off of the higher densities is no longer warranted for just a potential 5% more green space. I would like to see the eventual development of the Ioco lands under RS1 zoning (1 acre). For the 150 acres of the Ioco lands that are located in Anmore, 7.5 acres would still have to be provided to Anmore for parkland under provincial requirements; significant acreage would have to be retained in a natural state for riparian protection zones; and after roadways are built on the remainder of the development I would be surprised if 100 one acre lots could be created (and those lots would have to each retain 20%+ green space).
With the creation of only 100 lots, our population would not be unduly impacted and the need to extend David Avenue across Mossom Creek would not be required for the extra 200 or so cars. Moreover, lots could still be developed with innovative sewage systems so that the Village would not have to consider a move to a sewage system for a portion of the Village.
Based on past experience with our water system, a sewage system would undoubtedly require negotiation with Port Moody rather than Metro Vancouver (resulting again in extra levies from Port Moody that other municipalities in Metro Vancouver do not face).Contrary to the beliefs of many, lower densities will actually maintain lower tax rates for our residents.
The less infrastructure that is built in a development, the less the Village has to put aside for future capital replacement and maintenance. Once a development is completed the assets become the responsibility of the Village to maintain and replace. For instance, if a bridge is not built over Mossom Creek and a sewage system is not required for the development, then the Village does not have to put funds aside for the maintenance and eventual replacement of those assets. Moreover, a low density Ioco development would hopefully not require an increase in Village staff to support the nominal population increase.
For the upcoming Official Community Plan review I hope that we will consider reverting to our original one acre concept by removing Comprehensive Development Zoning as an option in Anmore. I for one no longer believe that our Village derives a benefit by allowing higher density developments. We just need to enforce our existing Tree Management bylaw and better protect riparian zones.
Comprehensive Development zoning also included riparian zones in the green space calculations. I always felt that this was inappropriate. By reverting to strictly RS1 or RS2 zoning, the riparian zones still exist but are just a part of the development. Furthermore, Anmore should ensure that the land provided as a park dedication by the developer is useful land, rather than steep slopes that are not suitable for the Village to develop into useful park space or trails.
The review of Anmore’s Official Community Plan is an important process. Our input, as residents in our Village, is required to shape the collective vision we have for our community. I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to express what their vision is for our beautiful Village. I expect that our residents will have a much different view of Anmore’s future than potential developers. Let’s preserve what we have! See the Village of Anmore’s website for more information about our bylaws. Glen Coutts
April 5, 2013
The attached piece, 'Anmore: This is your Village Hall (An Historical Story by Excepts)' should be of interest to the community, so I am sending it to both Anmore News Sources. Click Here
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil
With a minimum of public consultation the Village of Anmore has decommissioned its Village Hall into the “Old” Village Hall. Chances are the building can still meet the wrecking ball, if “presentdayism" continues to hold its sway. If the building is demolished, Anmore starts off with the arrogance of Year Zero, as if history has no meaning, because it is considered too primitive and backward (and not worth the effort).
Just wondering, if you can't get the spelling of Glenda Treffry-Goatley's name right, how much of the rest of your "news" is correct?
Editors' Note: We apologize for misspelling Ms. Glenda Treffry-Goatley's name. Mr. Cathcart was referring to a two year-old article 'Did you know?' Linked Here.
Further to your inquiry, a few basic facts about how heritage conservation works in B.C. The provincial government has devolved heritage powers and responsibilities for heritage conservation to local government, largely under Part 27 of the Local Government Act. This includes powers to provide temporary and permanent protection, inspect and register any property. In the current case, I understand that the Village of Anmore owns the property in question which in one way makes things much simpler. On the other hand, if the Village is set on demolition, it reduces your options if you are a heritage advocate. And if the village government has no heritage conservation program or policies in place, it is very difficult to tackle this kind of situation.
The Village answers to no higher power in this circumstance, other than public opinion. That is an option, as I am sure you know, but it sounds like it it’s rather late in the day to build public support. In a case like this, if the issue appears to be turning on technical information, as your message suggests, it could be possible to argue for delay in order to get another opinion, and possibly include some expertise from the heritage sector that could advise on ways to rehabilitate such a building. This would involve a cost, of course, and any funding support from heritage sources for technical studies have dried up over the past few years.
Not knowing much about the situation, I can’t offer more than this at this time. I would be glad to discuss the situation if you thought it might be helpful.
I’ve read with interest the information concerning the current state of the ‘Murray Homestead Residence’ and the potential loss of this historic building. You may know that the Port Moody Heritage Society (PMHS) has been asked to temporarily archive certain artifacts from this site as part of steps that Anmore Council has taken to vacate the building at this time.
It surprises me to find that Anmore Village has never registered the Murray Residence on Canada’s Registry of Historic Places. The provenance of this residence is part of Anmore’s history but more-so of British Columbia's considering the legacy of Margaret Lally "Ma" Murray.
Preservation and restoration of historical sites is not a low cost activity. PMHS has learned from firsthand experience at our Museum the cost of maintenance and challenges with making upgrades while at the same time maintaining the historic integrity of the building.
I hope that Anmore Council takes time and due diligence while considering future plans for the Murray Residence. Once you lose physical connections to a community’s history it is impossible to recover. Preservation of the complete structure is not a small task but it’s one that should be seriously evaluated before taking any drastic steps that cannot be reversed.
Port Moody Heritage Society
Editors' Note: For 26-02-13 article in the Tri-city News Click Here
Have you noticed on the Agenda for the February 12th Council meeting that Anmore pioneers, Order of Canada recipient Margaret and MLA George Murray's grandaughter sent a letter to Mayor and Council about preserving the Village Hall which was the Murray homestead in Anmore?
Christina Ayer (11-02-13)
Editor's Note: The letter the Murray's grandaughter is linked here.
Anmore Alternative Photo of Dump Trucks on Hummingbird Drive in Anmore heading to the SD-43 Heritage Woods Middle School construction site
It's another early morning as the SD-43 construction crew break the local bylaws by starting work a few minutes after 6 AM, dump trucks, air brakes, joy, joy. Day after day they ignore the law. At least this morning, the workers didn't blast the music as they set up. It shouldn't be a surprise as the dump trucks take the STOP signs under advisement. They must be for cars and other people - not this very busy construction crew.
It's every day, six days a week, such a nice way to wake up even on Saturdays. Construction workers yelling at each other, trucks idling so that they can use their headlights to see because they are there 6ish.
Doug and Heather Morneau
Editor's Note: Anmore Council recently gave fourth reading to a new Noise Control By-law. Not much use if it is not enforced.
This is for Oma - my beautiful and lovely lady that I know. Thanks for being so good to me. It makes me cry everytime that I heard this song. I know you're happy now with The Lord. Click Here
Thanks for the kind words about the fundraiser. You're right about it being a collaborative effort. A lot of people (including yourself) made this
happen. They say that giving is about time, talent and "treasure", and
everyone involved was certainly generous in at least one of these ways.
Along with the money that came in through the donation boxes, the total
raised is $6,050. This is far more than I think anyone had imagined we'd
raise. I'm finding myself quite overwhelmed by the response, and I imagine others are, too...
Councillor Ann-Marie Thiele
Editors Note: The final tally as reported by Councillor Thiele at the November 27, 2012 Regular Council Meeting is $6200. She also reported that the fundraising website link is still open. Click Here
We are stronger together!
There has been an extraordinary assault on so many things that Canadians cherish. This year, Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol. Tar sands expansion has become a national priority. Omnibus budget bills are gutting environmental protections. Transparency has been lost. Public consultation limited. Scientists muzzled. David Suzuki and our supporters have been accused of being un-Canadian!
"Each person, group or organization working towards a different goal may seem powerless and insignificant – but all of them together add up to a force that can become irresistible."
– David Suzuki
It's time to come together. The good news: you can see it happening now. In the last few months:
- Hundreds of thousands took to Montreal streets in the largest environmental demonstration in the history of Canada.
- Scientists gathered on Parliament Hill to speak up for important research programs
- Thousands marched on the B.C. legislature to defend the coast from pipelines and supertankers
- More than 24,000 of you signed our letter asking for examination and debate on the long-term consequences of FIPA (the China-Canada investment agreement)
- A poll conducted this month found that 88% of Canadians want the environment protected, even if it slows economic growth!
Will you join in asking our leaders to take a different path? Let's ask them for careful decisions about shared resources, respect for democratic participation, and investment in the low-carbon economy and green jobs of the future. Just yesterday, we celebrated a major victory. Thanks to public pressure, some of Southern Ontario's very best agricultural land has been saved from becoming a massive industrial mega quarry.
Over the next four weeks, we're seeking 1,000 people to join us by making a donation. As 2012 comes to a close, we will be working hard to connect with as many of you as possible. By making an online donation to the David Suzuki Foundation now, you can join people who want to protect Canada's natural legacies and know it's important to act now. Your generous gift will help the David Suzuki Foundation find solutions to the most pressing environmental problems we face today.
Together, we can create a better future. Thank you for being part of this community.
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation
12 November 2012
I felt a great deal of sadness that the tragic accident occurred on East Road near my home. I also would like to add my condolences to the family of Mr. Kamara for their loss. I would like to point out to the Village Council members, staff and others who have commented on this accident, that there was another person who was severely impacted by the tragic loss of life that occurred. That person is the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. Based on my experience as a police officer and knowing the young man involved you can be assured that he is a much a victim as was Mr. Kamara. The difference being is that as the driver he will have to live and relive the tragic moments over and over again during his life. It saddens me that although Mr. Kamura has been , the plight of the driver has not.
What concerns me however, is that some commentators are assuming certain facts and coming to premature conclusions about how the accident was caused. Councilor Thiele stated during the Council meeting that neither the police report nor the coroner's report will be completed for up to eight months. It would seem to me in the absence of those reports it is difficult to know exactly what occurred and what were the causes of the accident. So I find it difficult to understand how it could be said that neither the delineators at the crest of the hill nor the hill itself contributed to the accident. Similarly the implication that speed was a factor would seem to be premature.
However, both of these factors need to be examined by Council and staff, as both in my opinion are extremely dangerous in their own right. So what is Council proposing to do to reduce speed on East Road and Sunnyside? Is better signage required? Should effective speed bumps be considered? Can the RCMP do more speed enforcement? Should the delineators be replaced with a wire barrier, as proposed for the Pattullo Bridge? Has a Traffic expert examined the way the road goes from room for two cars to one? I know there are painted lines, but are they sufficient to prevent an accident?
In conclusion, I would suggest that before causes for the tragic accident are assumed that one waits to obtain the full facts based on the reports that will be forthcoming. In the meantime our condolences should go to both victims.
(Former Anmore Councillor, Retired Vancouver Police Department Officer)
Please find my letter attached expressing my concerns re the Proposed Rezoning of the McCullough property. Thanks. (Former Anmore Councillor) Tim Laidler
"I would like to bring my concerns to the Villagers of Anmore, the Advisory Planning Commission(APC), and the Environmental Committee, regarding a twenty acre development in Anmore. The plan to rezone 20 acres from one acre to RS-2 (.6 of an acre) neglects to provide a cost benefit analysis for the Village. Also, omitted is any reference to holding a referendum for this change in zoning. While I was on Council, and this proposal was first suggested, I asked what actions were being taken to protect wildlife habitat. This seems to have been ignored in the current proposal. This seems to be a plan for the developers to maximize their profits at the cost of a rural Anmore." To read the full letter from former Anmore Councillor, retired Vancouver Police Department officer, Tim Laidler Click Here
Editors' Note:Referenced in the above letter from former Councillor Laidler
- June 15, 2012 letter of concern from Anmore residents to Council Click Here
- Details of the first RS-2 proposal for Anmore adjacent to Mayor Anderson's land for development Click Here
Comments on Councillor Laidler's Letter of Concern (09-11-12)
The way I see it, former Councillor Laidler has raised ten very important points in this letter
1. no cost-benefit analysis for Village
2. no protection for wildlife habitat
3. first RS-2 zoning so villagers need to be notified
4. first cluster home housing so villagers need to be notified
5. tax implications of land remaining after .6 acre pieces are cut out
6. does the village benefit in any way from this action?
7. has council ensured that compensation is adequate (due diligence)?
8. will this trigger any excess - above that designated in OCP?
9. what about the planned road at top edge?
10. what other habitat will be affected?
Anmore is designated Rural on the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. The Village is required to show how it plans to fulfill this requirement by July 2013. Makes one wonder if all of the rampant development is to beat this deadline. Planner Michael Rosen told Council:
" According to the RGS, the intent of the 'Rural' land use designation is to 'help protect rural landscapes and character' and 'to protect areas unsuitable for urban development due to topographical and other environmental constraints and help to prevent small-lot subdivision outside of the Urban Containment Boundary.' ...
Strategy 1.4 of the RGS is to 'protect the region's rural lands from urban development', and notes that municipalities will be required to identify policies that:
-maintain the low density and rural character of the 'Rural' area
-discourage sub-division, and
-support agricultural uses."
Just how does all of the current development fit with this commitment to a Rural designation in the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy?
Dr. Lynn Elen Burton