Monday, August 30, 2010

Bob Schantz appointed to new position August 30 2010

The Westerly News reports that Bob Schantz has been appointed to the position of Manager of Public Works and Building Inspection.This will be a permanent,full time position.Best wishes to Bob at his new role at the District of Tofino.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

electric truck !! August 28th 2010

I didn't think the electric truck would generate so many comments ! most can be found on the August 24th posting....I have to agree that it is probably a good vehicle for meter reading or other slow speed tasks.....check out for details.....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26 2010

Howard McDiarmid R.I.P.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Auditor' report update july 23,2010

Just spoke with District staff and I was assured that I will be able to view the Auditor's report as soon as possible.It was explained that the District is still catching up from being short staffed and that in the future there will be a greater degree of transparency......I accept this explanation and hope to have a post with information soon.......

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ucluelet Auditor's report !! Public !

The Ucluelet Auditor's report was presented at an open council meeting and reported on in this Westerly News article:

Auditor's report !! August 23,2010

District staff refused to let TofinoNews see the Auditor's report today.....they cited that the report was received at an "in-camera" meeting and thus must remain secret....I'll try again tomorrow or the next day. It is very important that this document be made public as it is with the Provincial and Federal Auditor General's reports.....the whole concept of the audit process is to make public any problems that might need to be addressed !!! You may recall on August 19,2010 BC Auditor General John Doyle brought down a scathing report on the BC Liberal's financial reporting....he stated that the "government has not followed Generally Accepted Accounting Practices"
One wonders what council is trying to keep secret in this Auditor's report.....I will have an update on this story soon unless I am forced to make a "Freedom of Information " request in which case it will take at least six weeks......I was recently refused an FOI with the District citing third party privacy....instead of getting a document that had any third party information removed,the document was withheld altogether !!!

The public BC Auditor General's reports can be found at
The public Federal Auditor General's reports can be found at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Westerly article on Mckinnon Aug 21,2010

In case you missed it, the Westerly News ran a good article on why we didn't get the sewer grant.......

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tofino for sale ? August 20 2010

This isn't really news but I had a call the other day from a friend asking why there are so many properties for sale in Tofino.....acreage at Tonquin,Gibson Street,the Heubner lands,Rosie Bay and Tofino Inlet add up to over 100 acres !!! all within the town borders....The Sushi Bar is for sale,Duffin Cove Resort,Pacific Breeze Motel are all for sale....the Wilson Building, The Adams Building,Cedar Corners,Sugar Shack property are also for sale......
There is also a huge inventory of residential properties for sale.....lots still available at Yew Wood subdivision at around 150K.....
The average price of a single detached home in Tofino is still above half a million dollars......not many sales though.....less than 7 years ago you could buy a great house for 250-300 K.....

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16 2010

Persistent rumors of expansion of camping facilities and washrooms in Pacific Rim Park.....all adding to the sewage problem in Tofino as we have agreed to accept waste water from the park......let's hope these rumors are unfounded.....lots of response to lowering the speed limit out to the park boundary to 50 kmh.....

Friday, August 13, 2010

August 13 2010

sorry no new posts.....was out in the sun today.....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunny ! August 11 2010

This just in ! It's sunny in Port Alberni ! just thought you should know.....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

speed limit

there is discussion on changing the speed limit to 50kmh all the way to cox bay.....your thoughts ?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

new treasurer august 5 2010

Nyla Attiana has taken the job as treasurer.....glad to see the district hiring wishes with the new job !!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lennard Light foghorn August 4,2010

Seeing as how summer has been canceled this year I was wondering if the federal government would consider reactivating the foghorn at Lennard Island Lighthouse ?? I know some tourists found it's tone offensive but I miss it !