Sunday, October 30, 2011

Overseas Readers

Just like to thank all our overseas readers !! Thanks also to our local readers and our many readers in the States.If there is a story or thread you would like to see just leave a comment.All candidates are welcome to post their campaign items.....
Please consider writing a guest editorial for the blog....

Committee to Approve Public Events

The Committee to Approve Public Events (CAPE) will meet on Friday November 4th in Council Chambers at 7 PM.
Area Liquor Inspector Wayne Brown will be in the area to discuss, with the Committee, the following:
Update CAPE membership
Security Plans for larger events
Update Protocol for SOL applications
Update District of Tofino Guidelines for 2012
If you are interested in the role of the Committee in your community or plan to hold an event or fund-raiser requiring a Special Occasion License then this meeting is for you!
For those unable to attend, the meeting report will be posted on the District website after the meeting. For further information you can also read the SOL Brochure: or
the SOL Handbook:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Exit Interviews

An anonymous commentor suggested that I was on a "witch hunt " and that former Treasurer Jennifer Robb had been asked for an exit interview. I just spoke to Jennifer Robb and she assured me that she had not been asked for an exit interview.
I feel that when competent,qualified staff leave the District, Council should know why !!!

Editorial by Ken Gibson

Why are we running the new Ahmaksis water treatment plant in October at perhaps-Four times the
cost of pure /clear / Sharp creek water,Is it because -we "blew " a 'million & half dollars '
on this chemical digester ? we feel it necessary to use it ? For what ? .It will take along time for Tofino to pay for it at Tilitzky's contribution -Any way the "Levy " has fetched over 3 million .. So lets mark it down to a BAD period in Tofino History .
The crowd was as large at the candidate's meeting as when we told "the engineers " .,There is No water under Tofino Airport .. Oh yes that was after we built a Million gallon tank 6ft too high
at the six mile at about 3 million dollars for development further East ? May-be
its time for the "incumbents " to Bow out .. Ken Gibson

Why Tofino Didn't Get The Sewer Grant in 2009

In response to many questions asked regarding my question at the All Candidates Meeting: Why Didn't Tofino get any grant money during the largest Infrastructure Grant Program in Canadian History ?
I didn't expect Perry Schmunk to have an answer to this but I did expect a better answer from Michael Tilitzky as he was on council at the time.Tilitzky gave a vague answer and didn't address the facts presented below from previous TofinoNews blog posts from 2010:

even more sewer grant stuff July 14,2010

from the sewer grant application:
"Phase 2 of the project will include Integrated Resource Management to generate heat and electricity from wastewater treatment,will consider anaerobic digestion of wet ,organic waste in combination with biosolids(to generate biodiesel/biogas) and will consider reduction/gasification of solid wastes (including digested biosolid residue and wood residue from logging and land clearing(hog fuel) to generate energy and heat."
"Phase 1 of this project will recover heat from a proposed sewer lift station and will use this heat to offset heating costs in proposed Fire Hall and RCMP public buildings. Solar hot water heating will be explored to offset some of the remaining energy costs. Although only considered in preliminary form at this time, the opportunity to generate energy from a future turbine installed in the outfall pipe of the proposed Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) will be considered together with opportunities to generate heat,biofuels and electricity from the Phase 2 of the project that will include design,construction and commissioning of the future STP."

posted by Ralph Tieleman at 12:56 PM 10

even more sewer grant info July 14,2010

From a letter from Don McKinnon (Tofino Public Works Superintendent)dated March 16, 2009 regarding the the sewer grant application: " I have,however not completed a construction cost estimate (yet) based on the alignment proposed in our Project # 23010 Feasibility Assessment (please refer to Appendix A of initial submission), and cannot complete it in time to meet the March 16,2009 deadline. We respectfully request that you factor our challenges into your evaluation criteria and do not penalize our community because we have staff time and budget challenges."

I guess these challenges were overcome with regards to the traffic roundabout that became a beautification project at the North Chesterman's Beach parking lot as the District of Tofino was successful in securing a grant for that project.

posted by Ralph Tieleman at 9:00 AM

more sewer grant info July 14,2010

from the Westerly News : "The utility corridor is directed through undeveloped land owned by the District of Tofino," MacKinnon said, "how the province interpreted we were building the corridor to access new development lands is beyond me, based on all the information placed into the grant application."
from the Sept.2008 Utility Corridor Feasibility Study:" Construction costs for that portion of the revised Arnet Road Utility Corridor through DL122,are anticipated to be paid for by the property owners.These costs will include the proposed intersection and highway widening at future Arnet Road and Campbell Street,the proposed Sewer Lift Station, the proposed Water Pump Station,the 200mm diameter watermain,the 200mm diameter Sewer Forcemain and the Arnet Road (Utility Corridor),all constructed as DCC projects.Following the construction,District of Tofino would then offer a DCC rebate for the incremental portion of the costs beyond the local requirement, as described in the Development Cost Charge Bylaw Amendment 2008.
from an obtained document "Project Benefits District of Tofino Sewage Treatment Phase 1-Arnet Road Utility Corridor" : page 2. "Facilitates future development of more than 100 ha or (sic) land presently inaccessible and undeveloped (Dl 114,117,118 and 121 ).
It should be noted that DL 121 is being considered for development by local First Nations.

posted by Ralph Tieleman at 7:37 AM 2 Comments
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sewer Grant information July 13,2010
Here's an excerpt from a July 8,2010 interview with the Tofino Public Works Superintendent as it appeared in the Westerly News:
"The utility corridor is directed through undeveloped land owned by the District of Tofino," MacKinnon said, "how the province interpreted we were building the corridor to access new development lands is beyond me, based on all the information placed into the grant application."
However documents obtained by TofinoNews show the proposed utility corridor passing through private lands;DL 122 !!

"Where the revised alignment of the Utility Corridor may terminate at Campbell Street is shown on attached Figure 7.This alignment shows a conceptual layout of turning lanes,acceleration lanes for southbound traffic, a left-turn lane for northbound traffic with sufficient area to accommodate an estimated 18 to 20 vehicles (130 lineal metres), all adjacent to DL122 frontage,which is currently at rezoning,OCP amendment and imminent subdivision stages." The attached figure 7 shows the utility corridor intersecting with Campbell Street over private lands just south of the ambulance station.
The original plan for the utility corridor had it connecting to Campbell Street by means of the existing Industrial Way.

I don't think anyone on Tofino Council took the time to read this grant application before it was submitted.Tofino Council was responsible for this failure.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baert clarifies pay parking position

Glad to see so many at the meeting and many really good candidates.
On pay parking-Because I feel so strongly that there should not be pay
parking in downtown Tofino or at the beach accesses, and because I
fought it at every stage, including organizing a meeting of forty
downtown business owners and residents to protest when pay parking was
being proposed for downtown, I feel that I must correct your report.
As there will be a new parking plan, and for this I would encourage
lots of public input and participaton, there may be nodes of pay
parking, as there are in the gravel lot presently, that address long
term parking needs. I could support this as I don't think Tofino
residents should pay for off shore parking lots and because it is the
duty of a member of Council to keep an open mind on issues.
I also don't think the present system of penalizing small businesses
by charging for unowned parking works either. I think there is a
fairer, affordable and more equitable way to do this.
For safety reasons, I question the promotion of having RV's parked
around the Village Green, where children are playing and I think the
paved parking lot by the Distrcit office should be free for time
limited parking - that is, not long term. I hope this clairfies.
While I am at it, I'll also clarify my position on the mobile vendors.
The bylaw that was put forward was in my view, not a good solution. I
am committed to finding a resolution to this issue and I did make
every effort to see that not only did they get their temporary use
permit renewal but I tried to get them the maximum term, three years.
Council has recently adopted a policy that reduces the fees for a TUP
renewal. I support small business and diversity and have worked to
create a business friendly environment so that young entrepeneurs have
opportunites to contribute to the economic fabric of our community.
Dorothy Baert

Storm Warning Issued

Some of the highest tides of the year combine with a storm warning to make for some potentially dangerous conditions.Please proceed with caution if engaged in marine activities or even if you are just at the beach.Expect some storm surge.

Forecast Winds
Issued 04:00 AM PDT 27 October 2011 Today Tonight and Friday

Storm warning in effect.

Wind northwest 10 to 15 knots diminishing to light early this morning then increasing to southeast 15 late this morning. Wind increasing to southeast 20 early this afternoon and to 30 late this afternoon. Wind increasing to southeast 35 to 45 early this evening except 50 northwest of Estevan Point after midnight. Wind becoming south 35 overnight then diminishing to west 20 to 30 Friday morning.

Issued 04:00 AM PDT 27 October 2011 Today Tonight and Friday

Seas 3 to 4 metres building to 3 to 5 near midnight.
Extended Forecast
Issued 04:00 AM PDT 27 October 2011

Wind southwest 10 to 20 knots increasing to south 20 to 30 in the afternoon.


Wind south 25 to 35 knots diminishing to northwest 15 to 25.


Wind northwest 20 to 30 knots.

Weather & Visibility
Issued 04:00 AM PDT 27 October 2011 Today Tonight and Friday

Rain beginning late this evening changing to a few showers Friday morning.

Tsunami Siren Installed

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Synopsis of Candidates Meeting

Perry Schmunk came out on top in the race for Mayor as Tilitzky stumbled with his defense of the hundreds of thousands spent on the Tofino Housing Corporation....When asked about water rates Tilitzky didn't win any support when he pulled out his water bill of sixty dollars...."What do you people do with your water ?" he asked an incredulous crowd...
No major issues arose with the councilors...many in the crowd were happy with what Bernard Kromka had to say....Audible groans from some as Dorothy Baert voiced her support for pay parking " in some nodes"....Garth Cameron wants no pay parking anywhere....Ray Thorogood got the most applause of the evening.....all in all a good meeting but no open debate between candidates.....a good sized crowd with standing room only....


Tilitzky has his water bill out ! Defends water rates but notes shift in levy . Garth Cameron says no pay parking ! Baert speaking to parking .wants pay parking in some areas !!


Cathy Thicke supports multiplex.
Ashton says referendum necessary

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dorothy Baert -Candidate's Platform

I am passionate about Tofino and Clayoquot Sound, the environment and those who strive to safeguard it. I’ve been a resident and business owner for twenty five years, enjoying active community participation including the creation and sponsorship of a number of cultural events. I am a big believer in public process on all important community matters and appreciate the diversity that enriches our town dialogue. I am a proud grandparent and the experience of seeing the world anew from the eyes of children is a wonderful and enlightening gift. It also keeps you aware of the state of the playground and early child care needs.


Tofino residents share a strong interest in the well being of our community. I will uphold civility, transparency and accountability in my role as Councillor by continuing to advocate for every avenue of open communication including having alternating day and evening Council meetings; a 15 minute comments/ question period at the start of a meeting so the public can speak to matters on the agenda before decisions are made; all information, including FOI releases posted in an easily accessible form on the District website so everyone has the same information; continuing to adhere to strict criteria for In-Camera meetings and for full and timely disclosure.

Infrastructure is a high priority. I propose re-establishing the Water Advisory Board, review of the existing sewage treatment plan and any options that bring our costs in line with our ability to pay. I support water and sewer infrastructure upgrades and will renew the discussion on how to finance them starting with a review of the current water levy policy and water fee structure.

I commit to again keeping taxes to a ‘cost of living increase’ level and spending RMI money on projects that have been prioritized by the community. I also support the creation of an Arts, Culture and Heritage Master Plan; the maintenance and repair of District buildings; the completion of a Parking plan as part of Downtown Vitalization, review of the OCP, the seeking of Economic Development opportunities through improved relationships with the local business community and outreach to regional and provincial government bodies. Attainable housing for seniors and families without cost to taxpayers can be achieved as there are creative solutions when the political will is there.

I support public postings for all District Jobs and the creation of an Citizen Oversight Committee that would make recommendations on appropriate remuneration for Mayor and Council, timely and proper Performance Evaluation of the CAO and Exit interviews for outgoing senior staff. I will encourage the Mayor to have regular open door times for all residents including District staff. I will also encourage the Mayor to publicly acknowledge the achievements of all levels of staff and community volunteers.

As we near Treaty settlement I will advocate for regular and meaningful dialogue with Tlaoquiaht and other First Nation Councils to ensure that we continue to enjoy a respectful relationship while doing the hard work of creating mutually acceptable service and other agreements.

If you choose to return me to Council, I promise to listen to your comments, queries and to do what I can to address your concerns.

Dorothy Baert

250 726 5565 cell

250 725 4222 wk

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bernard Kromka ,Candidate's Platform

Bernard Kromka for Tofino Council

I have a vision for Tofino. I see a place where families look forward to raising their kids in a flourishing, West-Coast community. I envision a town where residents have meaningful career opportunities and entrepreneurs share in our collective success.

Residents, workers and businesspeople want open, focused and effective councillors. They don’t want more of the status quo: closed-door meetings, misdirected spending and general mismanagement.

I believe in representing Tofino as a whole. It isn’t about developers vs. environmentalists or absentee owners vs. surfers. It’s not about long-time residents vs. guest workers or young families vs. retirees. Everybody deserves representation and an inclusive approach is the appropriate way forward.

Tofino is entitled to councillors that are capable, accountable and fair. This is an obvious recipe for success. Yet, too often Tofino’s taxes have been frittered away on poorly conceived plans, consultants and junkets. Too frequently bylaws are enforced arbitrarily, with petty town politics and grievances playing a more important role than the rules themselves. Too many policies are entrenched for the benefit of select, cosy relationships, at the very least giving the impression of impropriety. Incumbents should not be rewarded for this sorry state of affairs.

There are many challenges before us. Tofino has a small taxpayer base and infrastructure burdened by waves of tourists. However, steps can be taken to accomplish relatively straightforward tasks. It is obvious we need our roads and sidewalks in better shape. It is clear we need the MUP finished & properly maintained. It isn’t rocket science to know Tofino needs public washrooms cleaned and unlocked on schedule. Accomplishing the above would be a good start.

Tofino had 8.7 million in cash on hand (District of Tofino, Consolidated Statement of Fiscal Position, Dec. 31, 2010) and another 20 million or so in assets to work and borrow with. The District isn’t cash-strapped. Yet, Tofino seems incapable of providing proper infrastructure, facilities and services.

We spend 50% of our budget on administration costs (District of Tofino, Taxation Revenue Distribution Analysis, 2011). This ratio is way out of line with other civic jurisdictions (Ukee’s is 19%). Barriers to efficient delivery of services should be removed. An even-handed, value-for-our-money approach should prevail.

Tofino councillors must continually seek a justified share of provincial & federal dollars to compensate for our resort-town deficits. Too much we hear about Tofino’s infighting between council, city departments, school district, chamber and tourism. The wrangling should stop because there’s a bigger picture. We need to speak as a unified force when soliciting funding and assistance from other governments and departments. Preferably not to build poorly designed parking lots this time. We should target projects that have real benefits to everyone and effectively deliver the intended results.

Wherever possible the private sector should be constructively engaged, partnering with the town and assisting in meeting our collective needs. They don’t need the goal posts changed before each game, hampering their ability to positively contribute toward infrastructure and town amenities. We should better harness the energy of mutually beneficial initiatives and 3P’s.

We shouldn’t need to rely upon selling more water to local families (a perverted incentive) to achieve town goals. Our water projects are nothing short of boondoggles, with the average citizen footing the bill. Sewage system upgrades and treatment costs loom on the horizon.

Tofino has cachet and this should be better tapped. Surf culture is on the rise and Tofino’s star is rising generally.

Some have labelled me a “youth candidate” and that sits fine with me. I bring energy and openness. I’m not beholden to special interests or damaged by past fiascos. I’m running as a candidate to represent Tofino’s constituents of all ages, from all walks of life.

I agree surfers and younger, service-sector employees have been politically ignored in this town. This demographic hasn’t engaged in local politics. Partly they are transient and partly they don’t much care. Yet it is also because civic decisions don’t address their concerns. Worse, the district can seem openly hostile to their culture. It’s a perpetuating cycle of apathy and reinforced disengagement. For too long surfing enthusiasts have been underrepresented. They’re half this town!

Too frequently our youth have been forced to look away from Tofino for a promising future beyond low-paying jobs. That’s unnecessary in a place with so many natural advantages. Tofino can inspire a generation, using our surrounding, protected wilderness as a competitive advantage.

I’ll bring diligence, integrity and common sense to my duties. I’ll encourage input from across the community and foster cooperation between stakeholders. I’ll represent Tofino with an eye toward a better, prosperous future for us all.

Thanks for reading this letter and your consideration of my candidacy.


Bernard Kromka

P.S. Read more about my platform, ask questions and give suggestions over at Facebook: Bernard For Tofino Council.

Another District Lawsuit !!

Date File Opened: 29Sep2011
Location: Victoria Law Courts
Level of Court: Supreme
Class of Court: Supreme Civil (General)
Initiating Document(s): Notice of Civil Claim

Last Name, First Name
Middle Name Role of Party

Counsel Phone

On File Counsel Name Alexander, L John

Tofinonews has learned that Hammock Holdings took out a building permit for a house and garage at 855 Moser Place ,Lot 6 ,DL 273 (Rosie Bay Estates) in 2006
I'll have more information tomorrow when the court offices are open.

UPDATE ! Exclusive documents obtained by Tofinonews show that the lawsuit is about the refusal of the District of Tofino to issue an occupancy permit for the residence !! Send your email address if you want a copy of the document.....thanks,Ralph

Tilitzky Jokes About Water Rates !

Take back City Hall

An interesting proposition from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation :

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Remember before you vote !!

Before you vote in the upcoming election take the time to remember the grief that some incumbents gave Tacofino and the HotDog Stand .Both were operating on commercially zoned property and provided adequate parking and washroom facilities. Baert,Tilitzky and Ashton all voted against the bylaw which would have given these two businesses some stability.Thanks to Gord Johns for supporting free enterprise !! Both businesses were forced to pay an exorbitant $1350.00 in temporary use fees.The average retail store pays only $150.00 for a business licence and a restaurant without a liquor permit is charged $100.00.A fish processing plant is charged $350.00... Meanwhile an illegal campsite within walking distance of Tacofino continued to operate without any pressure from Council to conform to District of Tofino bylaws...just as it has for decades !!..the message is that if Council dislikes you or your business you are screwed.Please don't vote for any incumbents !

March 22,2011 Tofino Council Meeting

4. Adoption of District of Tofino Zoning Map Amendment Bylaw No. 1135, 2011 (Mobile Food Units)
Councillor Baert stated that she has problems with this bylaw, as it is heavily tied to only 5 properties, and as mobile food units need to be more global. She stated that there is no indicator of economic health, and that she is concerned that in trying to help these two businesses that everyone wishes to have in the community; Council is not making good policy decisions.
Councillor Johns stated that he sees no reason not to support this bylaw, and that the properties will eventually be developed and uses will change regardless.
Councillor Tilitzky stated that he will be voting against this bylaw because it is confused between zoning and vendors, and that this bylaw is creating poor policy in trying to help vendors. He stated that mobile vending should be done in public spaces.
Councillor Baert expressed concerns about the lack of regulation that currently exists to control mobile vending units.
Councillor Ashton stated that mobile vending should be on public property, and that he cannot support the bylaw.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Candidate withdraws !

This just in !! Donna Maria Fraser no longer appears on the list of candidates for the Tofino municipal election !!

Candidate Update Oct. 20,2011 9:06 am

There has been no change to the candidate list.District of Tofino officials have informed Tofino News that candidates may withdraw prior to Oct. 21st 2011 at 4 pm.

Earthquake Drill Today !!

As BC prepares for the Great Shake Out earthquake drill,Tofino's Tsunami sirens still lie lifeless at the Public Works Yard.Exclusive photos obtained by Tofino News show the sirens still in their shipping crates !! They have been here for six months ! This is why I say don't vote for incumbents ! Nothing gets done here ! No Tsunami Sirens....No Firehall upgrades....No gym agreement....Lighthouse Trail not finished...Crumbling roads throughout the District ...ultimately responsibility rests with council....thousands of dollars spent on UBCM conventions,Olympic Parties and consultants but they can't figure out how to put up a couple of sirens ?? they come with instructions !! Please don't vote them back into office !!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I realize that there is a lot of excitement around the election but please try to limit your comments to the issues.I've received some comments that I won't publish...bashing incumbents and challengers alike.No Nazi analogies will be posted...Please remember that candidates have the right to belong to environmental groups, business groups etc.....the town should be happy that we have enough people willing to run this year....

Gym Use Proposal From WCSS

To: Jerry Lining and SD70 Board of Trustees

Braden Smith and Mayor and Council of the District of Tofino

The Wickaninnish Community School Society has been watching the negotiations between the District of Tofino and SD70 related to community use of the school gym and we have come up with a proposal that could expedite community access to the SD70 facility. Over the past many years, School District 70 has been very generous in sharing the gym and the school facilities for our community’s use. With steady cutbacks, it is completely understandable that educational dollars can no longer subsidize its use. We recognize that it is not the school district’s responsibility to provide a recreation space to our community and believe that the District of Tofino should consider the development of an appropriate recreation facility a priority.

That being said, we recognize that there is not currently such a facility and we would like to propose a temporary (one year) solution to the situation so that community members can access the gym as soon as possible.

This proposal will require a partnership.


We are prepared to redirect our resources so that our coordinator can focus energy on supervising the gym during week nights. This will require us to redirect our society goals related to other projects but we recognize that access to the gym is a large community concern. We feel as though redirecting our resources is something that we can do to meet this community need and expedite access to the facility.

We would offer scheduled, supervised access to the gym, free of charge on week nights. This offer is based on the acceptance of our invitation to partner by the District of Tofino and SD70.

We would like to invite parties to partner with us as follows.

District of Tofino

We request that the District of Tofino pay the annual gym maintenance fee to SD70. In a recent meeting that Board members had with the CAO, it was indicated that both the gym maintenance fee and evening supervisor wages were available in the district budget. We think that it is more than reasonable to request this fee of the District of Tofino, considering that the District will be using the SD70 building as a primary recreation facility and the WCSS is prepared to staff the facility and put other projects on hold for this year.

School District 70

We are hoping that SD70 will be amenable to this arrangement and allow us to proceed with community access to their facility.

There are obviously details to work out but we are hoping that by adjusting our society’s goals to meet this need in our community we can expedite community access to this SD70 facility.

Please contact us so that we can work together to make this happen.


Board of Directors for the WCSS

Monday, October 17, 2011

Edwin Frank Sr.

Edwin Frank Sr. R.I.P. He was always good to me and will be missed....

Sooke follows Tofino with Secret Meetings !

It seems that secret in-camera meetings are trendy on the island these days....some senior Tofino staff were hired without an open process by this council.....

Friday, October 14, 2011

Highway Open !

Highway 4 Both Directions
Vehicle Incident 10 km east of Sutton Pass Summit is now clear. Updated on Fri Oct 14 at 6:53 pm. (ID# 116803)
Oct 14, 2011 06:53 PM

Highway closure

Highway 4 Both Directions
Vehicle Incident 10 km east of Sutton Pass Summit. Lane closure in effect. Estimated time of full opening 6:30pm with low confidence. Next update at 6:30 pm. Updated on Fri Oct 14 at 5:48 pm. (ID# 116803)
Oct 14, 2011 05:48 PM

Highway closed

This just in : highway 4 closed west of port alberni due to a motor vehicle accident.more info as available

Candidate update 4:01 pm

No late additions

Candidate Update ! 3:14 pm

Listed below are the candidates who have filed nomination documents to run in the 2011 Tofino Municipal Election.


* Perry Schmunk
* Michael Tilitzky


* Catherine Louise Thicke
* Stephen Ashton
* Donna Maria Fraser
* Garth Richard Cameron
* Dorothy Anne Baert
* Eileen Dorothy Floody
* Duncan Wharrie McMaster
* Bernard Paul Kromka
* Allen H. Anderson
* Samantha McBride
* Roderick Brian Cameron
* Raymond John Thorogood

Last Day for nominations !!

Today is the last day for
nominations ! Please get your papers in before 4 pm today !! Many readers have asked for a review of the past council's performance....I'll have something up after the nominations close.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Updated Candidate List as of Oct 13,2011

Listed below are the candidates who have filed nomination documents to run in the 2011 Tofino Municipal Election.


* Perry Schmunk


* Catherine Louise Thicke
* Stephen Ashton
* Donna Maria Fraser
* Garth Richard Cameron
* Dorothy Anne Baert
* Eileen Dorothy Floody
* Duncan Wharrie McMaster
* Bernard Paul Kromka
* Allen H. Anderson

More candidates !!

Eileen Floody and Duncan McMaster have filed their papers !! There's going to be an election !! there are now 7 candidates for 6 positions !!

Westerly News council report

Westerly Story on Gym Use

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another Incumbent Seeks Re-election !!

Dorothy Baert has filed her nomination papers !!

Community School Mission Statement

On their Facebook page,the Wickaninnish Community School Society puts forth the following mission statement :

"To participate in and encourage education, recreation, employment, and cultural activities and endeavours which contribute towards the enhancement of the quality of life of all ages."
Job posting 6707 at the Alberni Valley Employment Centre was for an after-school hockey coach in Tofino. The job was posted by the Wickaninnish Community School Society.

Can anyone explain how this fits in with the current conflict over the school gym ??

This whole situation is really beyond me !! Surely between the Wickaninnish Community School Society, the Parks and Rec and the District of Tofino they can come up with a solution to get people back in the gym before the election !!!

SD70 meeting update

There has been no change in the status of the school with regards to the rental agreement with the District of Tofino.There will be no use of the school facilities by the District of Tofino until an agreement is signed.
Two user groups attended the meeting in Port Alberni to petition for gym use on a temporary basis.SD70 officials have confirmed that permission has been granted to these two groups on a temporary basis.
Other groups wanting to use school facilities can apply directly to SD70. The next meeting of SD70 will be in Ucluelet on Oct.25,2011

Candidate update

the following have filed their papers
Perry Schmunk-mayor
Donna Fraser-council
Stephen Ashton-council
Cathy Thicke-council
Garth Cameron-council

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

District website improvements

Thanks to District staff for the upgrades to the District website.It is much easier to navigate and they have put on a new "election" section,listing all the candidates.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Guest Editorial by Kendal Kelly on School Use

Maybe it is time to bring an outside arbitrator into this mess. Over the last sixteen years some incredible things have happened in the world, and yet the egos of the District and School District 70 can't even solve what should be a pretty straight forward negotiation. And all the while it is the community members and their children that are held ransom. Don't we live in Canada? This seems more like something that might be happening Libya.

I know I have spent countless hours trying to help with a resolution. I have hired individuals to clean the grounds after slow pitch games, organized work bees to improve the fields and met with both the District and SD70 representitives on several occasions. In doing so, I have had an opportunity to hear both sides often, The way I see it(I haven't been involved for a year or so) is like this. SD70 wants someone to clean up after each use of after school users. Whether it is the ball fields or the gym, they do not think it is right that the children have to come to school in the morning to find trash on the fields or in the halls and washrooms etc. Likewise, they shouldn't have to encounter human feces in the bushes when they are playing at recess. Sd70 is asking the district be responsible for the above by providing the labour to make sure the clean up is done and to provide washroom facilities. Likewise, they would like the District to provide the top dressing for the fields every other year and to begin to put aside 12-15 grand each year to help replace the gym floor in 5-7 years. In turn SD70 will mow, punch, fertilize and spread the top dressing as well as upkeep the backstops, gym floor etc.

This seems like a bargain for the
District. There is no lost opportunity costs for land that would have to be used to provide the facilities that the school presently does. The upkeep is split rather than the District having to do it all if they had facilities. The pressure to build facilities would be non existent. For arguments sake, lets say it cost the District $50,000 for the washroom and $30,000 per year for their share of maintenance. That is cheap cheap.

The Districts reasons for not agreeing to this. For the most part, that council believes we already pay enough in taxes to SD70 and that because it is designated a community school, it should be available to the public. They also suggest that because of WCB, and liability concerns they cannot work on the property. Also,they contend that they simply can't afford it. Kind of a lame arguement when you consider that they spend $20,000 plus each year for council and staff to attend UBCM. Likewise, what would it cost to provide similar facilities?

I have to laugh each summer when they have Brendon Morrison play shinny with the kids at the roller arena on SD70 land. Pictures in the paper, high fives all around, hey world look at us. Then 2 months later the kids are locked out of the school. Oh, and did I mention the soliciting for the MUP, playround equipment, raise a reader and on and on. Does either side ever stop to think that the families that donate to these worthwhile causes are the same families being effected by the immaturity of the 2 sides. Likewise, these are the same families that finally move on to communities that want to be just that. A place where people can access recreation, meet their neighbors, share positive experiences and so on. Heck, I bet it won't take Tripoli 16 years to provide all of that!!

I know their are probably some new issues on the table since I was involved, but that has always been the way. The goal posts are always moving. Please please please, all involved, at the next meeting can you check your egos at the door and at least agree to bring an arbitrator to the table.

Hot Dog Sale !!

McKenzie Hale is having a hot dog sale at Wildside Grill to raise money for a good cause.It is on today from 12-3pm. Go buy a dog please !

SD70 response to Tofino School Use

Yesterday I spoke to Jerry Linning,Secretary Treasurer for School District 70 about the use of Wickanninish school facilities. He stressed that they are not negotiating a "joint-use agreement" but a "rental" agreement.
While Ucluelet is not required to have supervisors for school use, the District of Tofino had offered to provide supervisors.
Other communities don't have to pay for upgrading their gym floors as they are not playing floor hockey at the schools.
When asked about the perceived inequities between Tofino and other areas he said that "every community is different"
Mr. Linning noted that there is very little monetary difference between the agreement currently being considered and what had been offered previously.
This will be discussed at a SD70 meeting in Port Alberni on Tuesday.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Follow-Up to Coucil Meeting

I have calls in to the Minister of Education, Jerry Linning at SD70 and MLA Scott Fraser....Will post when I get their response....

Council Meeting Update

Nice to have an open meeting with regards to the School use.....points that were brought up:
-Ucluelet not required to have joint use agreement
- No other SD70 communities required to have Parks and Rec staff supervise all non-school gym use
-Ucluelet pays one dollar per year to have their bike skills park on SD70 property
-SD70 seems to have a different attitude when dealing with Tofino as opposed to other communities.
-Tofino donated the land for the elementary school in the first place
I will try to get a response from SD70 on this subject


The problem seems to be the requirement for a paid District of Tofino employee to supervise the gym . No other community is required to do this .


Tilitzky speaking.inequities noticed between the way SD70 deals with Tofino and other communities.


Ashton speaking.lets get gym in use and then deal with parking later


Mike White charge for gym use in ukee. No supervisor.


Mayor says there are different rules when SD 70 dealing with Tofino


Mayor Fraser speaking . Very frustrating meeting with SD 70


No other sd70 communities are required to have a joint use agreement.Ucluelet gym used without supervision.Sd70 requires supervision for Tofino gym.many inequities brought up .

Live from council

Braden Smith speaking

Live from council chambers

Whitey Bernard is giving a history of the school .

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Open Council Meeting Tomorrow !! SCHOOL JOINT USE AGREEMENT

Special Meeting of Council
Council Chambers

Pursuant to Section 127(2) of the Community Charter and the District of Tofino Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1063, 2008,

TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of Tofino District Council will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the Municipal Council Chamber at 9:00 a.m.

Please click on the link below for the agenda:

Garth Cameron editorial

With all the secrecy around the school gym and it's use along with no one talking about anything it's easy to see why the general public starts to go with rumours and hear say, myself included. We may not be interested in hearing all the little details surrounding this deal, but what we do want is our kids out of the rain and using the gym. from the westerly news article it appeared to be resolved then off to council it went and now here we are. Can the Mayor or council give a little light as to why?, in order to ease the minds of the voting public. There are costs to running the school and its up keep no one will deny that fact, and if it costs the district to use the facility then we need to step up and pay our share. again according to the news article Mr. Smith and the Rec. dept. were confident and satisfied. Why are Council still sitting on this? I feel that sometimes city hall is a black hole into which my money goes (taxes/fees) but no real communication comes out. I'm running for a council position this fall and if I'm successful and become an elected official of the district of Tofino I will share, be open and transparent as possible to alleviate fears and rumours that are based on the lack of information released from the District Office. and once again I invite you to e-mail me directly, I want to hear from you whether it's positive or negative. I feel that Council is just a branch of the community. not a mentality of us against them.
Garth Cameron

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Westerly September 8,2011 School story

No School Agreement

School District 70 has confirmed that a meeting took place today between The Chair of the School District, Larry Ransom and Tofino Mayor John Fraser.It was also confirmed that no agreement was reached.

Cougar Discussion

Understanding Recent Cougar Events: An evening with Bob Hansen from Parks Canada.

Thursday October 6th, 2011
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Tofino Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens (the talk will be held upstairs in the classroom)
1084 Pacific Rim Highway (please call us if you need directions - 250 725-2560)

This has been a remarkable year for interactions with cougars. The attack on a child, several other incidents resulting in cougar destructions, and on-going warnings about cougars in the area. These events have raised concerns around human safety and about the stress and toll on cougars. Currently there is evidence of three cougars in the Pacific Rim area. One in the Millstream/Port Albion area, one in the Long Beach area, and another in Tofino. Bob Hansen, wildlife expert, reports that some of the most frequently asked questions about cougars are:

- How is the decision reached to destroy a cougar?
- What happened in the recent incidents?
- Why is Swim Beach closed?
- What might be behind these events?
- What should I do to reduce the chance of running into a cougar?
- If I do see a cougar, how should I react?

Bob will attempt to answer these questions and provide as much information and clarity as possible for those interested in understanding recent cougar activity. Please join us for a much anticipated and very important community event.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Service for Ron James

Service for Ron James will be at the Legion on October 8 at 1 pm

How About a Protest ??

What if all the gym users respectfully occupied the gym to protest the current stand-off between Tofino and the School Board ?? Leave your shoes at the door and just go into the gym after school hours ? At the very least mainstream media might pick up the story...obviously whining on this blog isn't is still six weeks to the election....

Monday, October 3, 2011

Gym use update

While the gym is currently unavailable for adult programs it is still being used for after hours programs for students of the school.Let's hope that an agreement can be reached soon so kids and adults can all use the gym !

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Message from Luke

Hi everyone,

For those interested, I just launched the "Light the MUP" website.

The goal is to work together and make the MUP safer at night. Reflectors, personal light awareness/encouragement, etc, not just about lighting the MUP.

Over the past two weeks, I've spoken to lots of interested people with good ideas about this issue. Let's organize & share more ideas, get things started. There's a forum built right on the website

Check it out if you're interested.

Thanks for your time.


The Great BC Shake Out !! Earthquake drill !!

Place your bets !! Will the Tsunami Sirens be in place and operational in time to be used in the Earthquake Drill ?? The BC Earthquake Alliance takes this issue seriously....why doesn't the District of Tofino ? While it is easy to post a link to this drill on the District website how hard could it be to put up the sirens ? They have been laying in the District Works Yard for month after month after month !

At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2011, British Columbians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history!

Register to participate and be counted!

Earlier this year, more than 470,000 people participated in the first BC ShakeOut. The drill will be on the third Thursday of October annually.

MUP and Driveway Safety

I was speaking with a blog reader this afternoon and they were wondering why Tofino has allowed the bush to grow between the Mup and the highway. In Ucluelet the bush between their multi-use path is neatly trimmed,allowing motorists and path users to see each other. This is important when cars are entering or exiting driveways while someone is on the path.
The other safety issue is how the bush has grown by the shoulder of the highway. Brown Rice Corner (Red Crow),the corner by Hellesen Drive and the corner by Maltby Road have grown to the point where the view of the highway is obstructed.....whether it is the designated responsibility of the District of Tofino or the Dept. of Highways,it should be dealt with....I believe Ucluelet looks after the path all the way to the junction.
With a cutting attachment on the backhoe it wouldn't take long to fix the problem......Don't need to hire consultants to advise on it....just do it....