Everyone is welcome to attend a Save Howe Sound reception being held on Friday May 31st at the Lions Bay Art Gallery beginning at 6:30 pm. We will be drawing the lucky winners of the beautiful art pieces generously donated by ABoriginArt and the Lions Bay Art Gallery during the event.
Running from May 8th until June 2 at the Squamish Adventure Centre is an art display featuring the talents of local painters Sonia Richardson and Leilani Finch and glass artist Jennifer Blair. This is part three of a series of shows organized by Squamish’s local artists society (VISUALS) in cooperation with the Squamish Sustainability Corporation and the Gift Shop at the Adventure Centre.
Join us for another year of celebrating the beauty of Lions Bay through our gardens, art and music on Sunday May 26th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm sponsored by Odlum Brown STM Wealth Management. There will be a hosted reception following the Festival, everyone is welcome!
Lions Bay Volunteer Groups and Local Activiites - April - June
Sunday Trail Blazing - Sun 9am @ various locations/Brigitta
The Rainforest Ramblers |Sun Run (Apr21) Training- Sun @ various locations/Rose
Hiking Club - Mon 9am @ various locations/John @
Brownies - Mon 6:15pm - 7:45 pm, Village Hall/Cynthia @ 604-922-5053
Lions Bay Volleyball - Mon 8pm @ Village Hall/Pat @ 604-921-9623
Volunteer Gardeners - Fri 9:30am @ Lions Bay underpass. Bring your gloves!
Pitch-In Canada - April 21- 27
Emergency Preparedness Week - May 5 - 11
Lions Bay Council Meetings/7pm in Council Chambers: Apr 2nd & 16th, May 7th & 21st, Jun 4th & 18th
Situating Howe Sound in an Unsustainable World
How shall we understand the state of affairs in which we find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century? Evidence is looming that the limits of the earth’s natural systems are on a collision course with the growth-minded economy of a globalizing world. Despite widespread signals that the health of the planet is in steep decline, there appears to be minimal effort toward preserving and protecting our sacred places of biodiversity. Howe Sound is no exception. On the contrary, the near 7-billion of us are hand-by-hand, mouth-by-mouth, and quarry by quarry, consuming the planet into environmental consequences that we may never fully understand. One might be perplexed to ask the question, “How did we arrive at such a state?”
One response, among others, is the Western (and increasingly global) notion that humans are somehow excused, even separate and apart, from the natural laws and limitations of the physical universe. Still, despite some common awareness of environmental instability, and the desire for a healthy environment, many of us feel powerless to change directions. According to some economists, we are living in a “perpetual state of forced dependency” on the global economy.
Please mark your calendars to attend the Community Safety Forum on Wed. June 5th at the Village Hall 7-9:00. This is the annual Block Watch training and much more. This year the focus of the forum will be on Fire Prevention - preparing for a safe summer should it be a hot one. Speakers include:
Call for Artisans and Musicians
Artisan Festival Saturday June 8th, 10-4
The Gleneagles Rec Centre is holding its first Artisan Festival. It will feature local "higher end" artisans and crafters selling their wares, product demonstrations and workshops, and musicians passing the "hat'. Workshops, demos and plays will be an important part of the festival.
It's an exciting month of May at the Brankendale Art Gallery (BAG). Check out the great line up in this article and on the poster.
Fri. May 10 7-11:00 pm
Squamish Montessori School presents Young at Art.
Featuring Live Music with
Violinist Yuko Iwanaga & Guitarist, Singer Songwriter Dean Reorda
Wine & Tapas. Auction of Artistically Decorated Rain Barrels!
A fun, social evening enjoying the display of children's art! All welcome!
Tickets $15 for Montessori family members (includes a framed piece of your child's art) $10 for guests.
Available at http://www.eventbrite.ca and SMS 604 892 1180
Howe Sound Gravel Mine an Environmental Catastrophe
There is a new axiom in BC, evidently, which says, ‘You can’t be against EVERYTHING."
Unhappily, this had led the NDP and Energy critic John Horgan to support Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants in northwest BC for export. This is turning out to be an unmitigated disaster and my prediction is that there will be no LNG plants in BC thus no market.
But this new axiom, so critical to those who would take away our heritage, is also permitting a gravel pit to be developed in Howe Sound at McNab Creek. This is not for want of private opposition – it is alive and very well indeed. What it’s lacking is public awareness.
Howe Sound is a world-class area. It’s taken a hell of a beating since my Dad, Mom and I fished it back when if you didn’t get a fish you must have forgotten to put a hook on your line. Eagles have returned to how they were in the days when I was a boy and so have porpoises. Whales are being sighted again. Salmon runs, except the ones dependent on the Ashlu, which has been ruined by a private power company, are returning. Howe Sound is for boaters, canoeists, and a paradise for kayaks, as it may well become again for fishermen.
The El Nino, a fifty foot wood boat was found to be sinking slowly off of Anvil Island recently. It was located near the old decommissioned BC Ferry that was being scrapped in over 250 feet of water. The El Nino was abandoned, and has become a hazard to navigation and is leaking pollutants into Howe Sound. Despite contacting Coast Guard who visited the foundering vessel while it was still precariously tied to the shore on Anvil Island, it was left alone. DFO, Transport Canada and BC Ministry of Environment also declined from taking any action.
This vessel came loose and drifted over to Sunset Marina. The vessel came very close to drifting into the BC Ferry lanes and still poses a potential hazard for both navigation and the environment in Howe Sound. Local resident John Buchanan and his son took the time and effort to remove 800 pounds of material off of the hulk. It seems that derelict vessels seem to be falling through the cracks of all of the government departments.
Meanwhile Bowen Island residents seem to be suffering from the same problems with abandoned vessels coming loose and ending up on shore or sinking. This seems to be a Canada wide problem on both of our coasts. Proper registration regulations could work towards creating the accountability required for action to be taken.
The question remains whether any government department is willing to take on the responsibility of dealing with this important issue. Will it take a BC Ferry to have a collision with an abandoned vessel before something is done?
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Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website