Firehall data on tap at meetings

December 28, 2015

A forest fire on one of B.C.’s Gulf Islands can mean the removal of the entire island population for weeks on end. It can also mean that people will have no houses to which to come back.

This is why the work of fire fighters (many of whom volunteer) and fire hall maintenance as well as regulations is taken very seriously on the islands.

Regulations–as is the case with Islands Trust and CRD rules– are usually liberally sprinkled with legalese. A challenge for the reporter, let me tell you, but also for everyone in the community. You can be the judge as to whether you think voting logistics are a bit complicated as well.

The following story is an example of what I am referring to:

Gulf Islands Driftwood — Pender Islands Edition

Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Firehall date on tap at meetings

by Tanya Lester

Fire protection society board members will team up with fire-fighters to provide North Pender residents with opportunities to inform themselves before a fire hall vote next month.

“We want everyone to have a chance to air their concerns,” said board member Joan Harper. “There are a lot of questions out there. This is a board that listens.”

On September 16 voters will answer a question that reads; “Are you in favour of the Capital Regional District board adopting Bylaw No. 2800, North Pender Island Fire Protection and Emergency Response Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 1992, Amendment Bylaw No 2, 2000 and Bylaw No. 2805, North Pender Fire Protection and Emergency Response Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1, 2000?”

The society has already embarked on a series of information sessions, said Harper, who chairs the referendum and fundraising subcommittee.

There will be a detailed information meeting in the Pender Island School gymnasium on Saturday, August 19 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

People will have the opportunity to examine plans for the proposed fire hall, watch a B.C. Ministry of Forests video and peruse fire risk charts.

They can also look at sketches for the proposed hall, find out about fire responders and fire safety , get referendum information and learn how the proposal’s budget works.

Harper said there will be two board members at each information station.

On August 26, board representatives will have a booth at the fall fair.

A firefighter and board member will team up at the Driftwood Centre and Farmers Market on September 2 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.

The last session before the referendum will be on September 9 between 10 a.m. and I p.m. at the Capital Regional District office.

Advance voting will be held on September 2, 6 and 13 at the Pender Island School between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

There will also be an advance poll at the Best Western Emerald Isle Motel at 2306 Beacon Avenue in Sidney on September 6.

The general voting day is on Saturday, September 16 at Pender Island School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Magic Lake residents will also be voting on a referendum concerning water system repairs on the same date.

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