Provincial Election Announcement

Attention voters in the upcoming provincial election on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Please be advised that there are no advance polls scheduled for Mayne Island. Voting will take place here only on Tuesday May 9 at the Ag Hall, 8 am to 8 pm.

If you wish to vote early, take advantage of the advance poll locations and dates listed below (polling hours 8 am - 8 pm). These stations are within our provincial electoral district, Saanich North and The Islands, but you may vote at any Advance Polling Station in BC. See the list of all advance polling stations at

Pender Island School, 5714 Canal Rd, North Pender Island, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Salt Spring Elementary School, 122 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Saanich Fairgrounds - Poplar Room, 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30 and Wed - Thu, May 3 - 4.

Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, 9296 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC Fri - Sat May 5 - 6.

And remember to bring proper ID. Review ID options at

For further information please contact Herbie Rochet, Supervisory Voting Officer, Mayne Island (778) 977-7278.

posted April 2017.

Mayne Island Tennis Association AGM: Sat May 6

The Mayne Island Tennis Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 6th, at 1 pm in the Community Centre main room. Everyone is welcome and memberships will be available at the door.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted April 2017

Silver Maynes Plant Sale & Tea: Sat May 13

On Saturday, May 13, 1 pm the Silver Maynes will hold its annual Mother's Day weekend Tea and Baked Goods Sale in the Agricultural Hall, and at the same time, its annual Plant Sale on the Fairgrounds at Miners Bay.

Plant donations should be brought to the Fairgrounds at 9 am, and baked goods at 9:30 am. The sale begins at 1 pm. The Tea will cost $2 for tea or coffee only, and $3 extra for a plate of goodies. There will be lovely hanging baskets for prize winners, who have had the foresight to buy their tickets on sale at the Maynestreet Mall, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6, 10 am to 2 pm. Everyone on Mayne Island is welcome. Come and make this a memorable weekend.

For further information please contact Bob Baldwin

posted April 2017

Literary Festival Active Pass: Sun Apr 23

The world's second Literary Festival Active Pass is happening at the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, April 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Eight local authors will be presenting readings as part of Festival Active Pass. Relax in the beautiful renovated library setting, enjoy the readings and maybe buy a book and have it autographed. No charge -- but limited seating. Hope to see you there.

9 am: Dorothy Peters and Livia Wolfs present the memoir "Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration" and the children's book "When I'm Big".

10 am: D. R. Graham, author of young adult books, presents books, from romance to psychological thrillers, with issues relevant to teens today.

11 am: Leanne Dyck will give us some insight into what she has been writing since the last festival.

12 am: Grant Buday is the prize-winning author of "The Delusionist" and (with John O'Brian) the soon to be released "Atomic Road".

1 pm: Amber Harvey, author of the popular Magda mysteries set on Mayne Island will share some her recent work.

2 pm: Jack Schofield, author, editor and pilot will read from his works about life as a seaplane pilot in B.C. and the Arctic.

3 pm: Arleen Pare, prize-winning poet and novelist, will read from some of her recent works.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted April 2017

The Miraculous Seed: Sat Apr 29

Mayne Island Agriculture Hall. 10 am – 3 pm.

Under each protective seed coat lies a stem, leaf and root system just waiting to spring to life. Learn the simple secrets to successfully start vegetables seedlings.

Cool starts, warm starts, stratification, planting depths, damping off, seed life, and more, will all be demystified in this entertaining and educational one day seminar.

Discover how to decipher seed catalogues and select the vegetable seeds that will perform best in your garden.

Starting from seed can improve food quality, diversity and harvest. There may only be one or two varieties of vegetable starts at the nursery whereas starting from seed gives you dozens of choices.

Once you know all about seeds, the next step is saving your own! Seeds saved from your own garden will acclimatize to your garden and come up stronger each year. One lettuce plant can produce over 30,000 seeds! There is nothing quite so satisfying as planting, and sharing your own seed.

Your instructor, Linda Beer, is passionate about growing good things to eat. A sought after instructor, she loves passing on the knowledge she has gleaned after 30 plus years in the veggie patch. Linda is an Environmental technologist, Master gardener and Organic Master Gardener.

This seminar is a fund raiser for the purchase of St. Johns Point. Join us for an enjoyable day and to support a worthy cause. $40.00. Includes Lunch! For further information please contact Linda Beer

posted April 2017

MI Emergency Program Training: Wed Apr 26

After the unthinkable happens – who can help you?

During and following an emergency, the Mayne Island Emergency Program can provide shelter, food and clothing. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist our community in an emergency.

Want to learn more? The next training sessions are:  Wednesday, April 26th 8:30 am - noon at the Fire Hall. Review of Emergency Social Services: Noon – 3 pm at the Community Centre - Reception Centre set up, lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by April 21st and please indicate any special dietary needs.

All are welcome to take part in this training day, morning or afternoon, or both. Please phone or email Irene (250) 526-0006 / (250) 539-5070 or or Gerrie (250) 508-3002 or and register so we order enough lunch.

posted April 2017

Beach Cleanup 2017: Sun Apr 30

The 2017 Mayne Island annual beach cleanup, an event sponsored by the Recycling Society and the Mayne Island Conservancy, will be returning to a beach near you on Sunday April 30th, at 1 pm. This popular event draws about 100 volunteers each year. They donate a couple of hours of their time, and under the guidance of a team captain comb one of Mayne Island's 10 popular beaches. After clearing away the winter's flotsam and jetsam they leave the beaches in pristine condition.

All of the refuse collect is taken to the recycling depot where it is categorized and weighed. Last year we hauled off 3,647 pounds of garbage which was the largest haul we have made during the 10 years we have been recording. Please consider coming out to help with this event. It is fun, inclusive - dogs, children, all are welcome, and you have the immediate reward of seeing a cleaner beach when you leave. Just check the list of the locations and beach captains let them know if you plan to participate and they will have gloves and bags ready for you.

Contact a Beach Captain Today

Bennett Bay — Mike Nadeau — (250) 539-0123
Campbell Bay — Lael Whitehead — (250) 217-8533
David Cove, Oyster & Reef Bays — Irene and Nigel Barrett — (250) 539-5070
Edith Point — Peter Askin — (250) 539-2199
Gallagher & Piggott Bays — Kim Harris — (250) 539-9878
Horton Bay — Sue Duncan — (250) 539-3640
Kadanaga Bay — Marian MacLean — (250) 539-9995
Lighthouse & Maude Bays — Len Epp — (250) 539-3111
Miners Bay — Mayne Elementary School — Michael Dunn — (250) 539-5745
Village Bay — Patricia Janvrin — (250) 539-5692

For further information please contact Vicki Turay

posted April 2017

Mayne Island Lions Club Easter Bingo: Sat Apr 15

This annual Easter weekend bingo takes place at the Ag Hall on Saturday, April 15th. Doors open at 7 pm with games starting at 7:30. $10 per person, 20 games in all including a $100 blackout game ($1 each). Prizes include hams, gift certificates, and raffle prizes. Come out and support this worthy cause - funds go to our local scholarship awards. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted April 2017

Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 6

Come on down and share in the fun on May 6th at Dinner Bay Park. The 3rd annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament is a family friendly community event for all ages and skill levels.

Burgers and hot dogs will be served by the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission. Registration costs, entrance divisions, start times, and other details can be found on our website at

We're asking everyone in the Youth Division (12 and under) to start their round before 10 am this year. Adult registration closes at 11:30 am but we strongly recommend an earlier start time. All score cards must be in by 3 pm.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2017

Mayne Island Community Centre AGM: Wed Apr 19

All are invited to attend the AGM for the Mayne Island Community Centre, to be held at the centre on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:30 pm. Come have a say in your centre! Light refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact MJ Tiller (250) 539-3777.

posted April 2017

Fashion Show,High Tea and NU 2 U Sale: Thu Apr 27

The Women’s Auxilliary of St. Mary Magdalene Church is putting on this event with the proceeds going towards the maintenance and renovations to this heritage church and the Church House. It was a great success last year and plans are for an even better event this April. It is called “A Spring and Summer Splash!”

The tickets are $10, which includes the fashion show in the Church , a high tea, a sale and door prizes. Come one, come all, and join in the extravaganza! For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

posted April 2017

Spring Native Plant Sale: Sat Apr 22

On Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm, at the Agricultural Hall Grounds, the Mayne Island Conservancy will host a Spring Native Plant Sale for the first time. We’re excited, and we hope you’ll come down and check out our beautiful stock of locally grown native species.

All of our plants are grown on Mayne Island from locally adapted seeds or cuttings. Some species are only available in limited quantities so make sure to come early! Native plants are the basic building blocks of our ecosystems and attract many birds and insects such as hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies. Our nursery manager Rob Underhill will be available to provide information on growing requirements and post planting care.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2017

Village Point Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 8

Saturday April 8th, 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Review of 2016 improvements.
Completion of the new water filtration system.
Renovations of well pump houses.
BC Government's new water sustainability act and financial responsibility for VPID.
Registration of wells - private and improvement district.

For further information please contact Renate

posted March 2017

Work and Play at Henderson Park: Sat Mar 25

Work up a hunger by hiking and helping at Henderson Community Park before joining us for a delicious potluck lunch. On Saturday March 25th from 10 am - 1 pm.

This is an opportunity to learn about the ecosystem restoration work at Henderson Park that has been ongoing since the parks inception in 2006, and to share in the success by helping remove Scotch broom for an hour. Following the walk and work, we will gather for a potluck lunch at the park to enjoy some delicious food!

Please RSVP to receive instructions for the potluck etc. or (250) 539-5168. For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted March 2017

GISS Improv Team Fundraiser: Fri Apr 7

Fundraiser for the Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS) Improv Team. On Friday, April 7th, 7:30 pm at the Mayne Island Ag Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Let’s help get these kids to Ottawa to compete in the Canadian National Improv Competition representing our Island Communities! For further information please contact Michele Steele

posted March 2017

Ferry Fare Fact Sheet

(Click the "pop out" symbol on the top right to open in a new window, and to download or save the document.)

If you are concerned about the high cost of ferry travel and plan to meet with candidates running in the upcoming provincial election, please have a look at the Ferry Fare Fact Sheet (linked above).

It was prepared by the Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee to arm Gulf Islanders and the candidates with the facts about how ferry fare increases have affected our communities.

Hard copies of the document are available at Tru Value. For further information please contact Diana King

posted March 2017

June Events For Writers (Early Notice!)

1. Free writing-craft presentation & readings by award-winning novelist Caroline Adderson, (7 - 8 pm, Friday, June 16, Mayne Island Library). No signup necessary. Just show up!

2. Fiction-writing workshop by award-winning novelist Caroline Adderson (3 - 6 pm, Friday, June 16, Mayne Island Library). $75 per person. See below for registration info.

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as 15 books for young readers. She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.

Her work has received numerous award nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.

Winner of three BC Book Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, a Diamond Willow and a Chocolate Lily Award, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver.,

3-Hour Workshop: Writing Narrative Scenes. “The scene” is the dramatic heart of fiction, where plot, setting and character come together on the page. In this intensive workshop, we will review the four types of prose used in writing fiction, study examples of successful narrative scenes and analyze their elements, including the effective use of dialogue. We will, of course, also write scenes! Participants should bring several scenes from their own writing.

Minimum five participants, maximum ten. To register, mail a cheque or money order made out to Pam Withers to 764 Steward Dr., Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J2. Or drop an envelope containing your contact information (name, phone, email) and $75 cash into the locking white mailbox beside the front door at that address. Fee is reimbursable up to one month before the workshop, and reimbursable after that if there are people on the waiting list.

For further information please contact Pam Withers,, (778) 384-1194.

posted March 2017

Heroes: A Play from Pender Island

Pender Island Solstice Theatre presents Heroes at the Ag Hall on April 8, 2017. Tickets at door $15. Show starts at 8 pm.

Heroes is French play written by GĂ©rald Sibleyras entitled Le Vent Des Peupliers. It has been translated by the award-winning British playwright, Tom Stoppard, and it won an Olivier Award in London for the best new comedy of 2005.

Heroes concerns three First World War veterans, who years later are planning their escape from a care home. Their imagined nemesis is Sister Madeleine, a woman we never meet. At times Heroes is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, where the principal characters discuss and wait for something to happen, a something that never comes to pass. It also has a touch of Don Quixote as we remember that comic hero striving for epic and chivalrous adventures. And finally there might even be a whiff of Benny Hill with its bawdy humour and blatant absurdity.

These three amigos with provide you with a laugh, a smile and perhaps even a groan as they attempt to cope with life’s calamities. However, mostly Heroes is about friendship, courage and the quest for purpose.

For further information please contact Michele Steele

posted March 2017

AMIB St. Patrick's Day Party: Fri Mar 17

Association of Mayne Island Boaters invites members to a Wearing of the Green party!

On Friday, March 17 at the Ag Hall. Happy Hour starts at 5:30. Cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages available.

Open to AMIB members. If other folks want to attend the dinner & party you can buy memberships at the door. $20 family or $10 individual.

Cost: $10 per person includes dinner and special Musical Mystery Entertainment

Dinner: Irish Stew and soda bread - catered by Sue Duncan (Dinners by Design)

Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or salad to complement the dinner

Rumours are that boaters, like fishermen, are full of blarney so, at great expense, we are having the Blarney Stone shipped in for the party.

Pre-registration only. Limited tickets available so purchase your tickets by March 10th.

Call Judy or register on-line at the AMIB website:

Find something green to wear and see you there.

For further information please contact Judy Kiyooka

posted March 2017

Art Show Opening Sat Mar 4

You are invited! Mixed media works by Sandra Sandvik & Famous Empty Sky. At the Mayne Island Library. Opening is on Saturday March 4th, 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The show continues through to April 5th, 2017.

For further information please contact Sandra Sandvik

posted March 2017

Thank you, Joanna Weeks

The Mayne Island Agricultural Society and Fall Fair membership would like to thank Joanna Weeks for her commitment and hard work to maintain the Agricultural Hall. Joanna and Bill were instrumental in their attention to detail for the Hall being available for all users. During her 27 years as our Hall Convenor Joanna can proudly say she never had a double booking or problems with bookings for her work in this capacity. We owe her a huge thank you for her care, and love of the Agricultural Hall.

Effective March 1st we will be welcoming Janelle Lawson to the position of Hall Convenor. Please contact Janelle at (250) 539-3515 for all bookings or concerns. For further information please contact Velda Lefler (250) 539-5933.

posted February 2017

May Day Happy Hour: Sun Mar 5

Sunday, March 5th. May Day Planning Party 4 to 6 pm at 344 Campbell Bay Road. 12th consecutive celebration.

We need you! Have fun, fun, fun! Come find out what it's all about. Get involved. How can you help? Want to carry the Pole? Make wreathes, wands, sashes? Everyone welcome, refreshments and goodies served.

Unleash your creative juices. Bring your ideas. Mayne Island's most colourful event. For further information please contact Deb Foote, (250) 539-5261.

posted February 2017

Invasive Plant Management Workshop: Sat Mar 4

Join us on March 4th from 1 - 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall for a workshop on Invasive Plant Management. We will provide all the training you will need to identify, plan, and implement management of the most common invasive plants on Mayne Island.

We will present information on invasive species distributions and forecast dispersal patterns on Mayne Island. The following plant species will be discussed: Scotch broom, daphne, English holly, English ivy, bull thistle, Canada thistle, English hawthorn, St. John’s wort, periwinkle, knotweeds, gorse, and giant hogweed. Please bring in samples or photos of plants you would like identified. By donation.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted February 2017

Salish Orca to Visit Village Bay: Thu Feb 16

The Salish Orca is scheduled to be at Village Bay for a dock fit between 10:30 am and 1 pm on Thursday February 16th.

BC Ferries welcomes anyone interested in seeing this new ferry “up close” to pop by the terminal between those hours.

We won’t be able to board the ship, but we will be able to view it from as close to the ramp as safety allows.

Please share this information with any friends or family who might not have seen this message. Should anything change, the Ferry Advisory Committee will post something right away to the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

For further information please contact Diana King, on behalf of the Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC),

posted February 2017

Piano Quartet Concert at the Vets: Feb 22 & 23

Two nights: Wed Feb 22 & Thu Feb 23, at 7 pm. At the Vet’s; 390 Navy Channel Road. Tickets $25 (under 18 years, $10) available at Home Hardware, Farm Gate & Happy Tides. Parking is limited so please carpool.

This February Giambori has invited Eric Wilson, who has been part of the Giambori Quartet summer concerts here on Mayne, and two of his colleagues from UBC music faculty staff to join Chris and Elisabeth for another evening of chamber music. David Gillham (violin) and Chiharu Inuma(piano) will play in the two concerts that we will present ,as is becoming the habit … at the Vets.

Main features in the program are Schumann piano quartet op 47, Dvorak Bagatelles for strings and Piano also Op 47, part of Mozart G minor piano quartet and more duo and trio combinations of some really great pieces from Beethoven,Rachmaninov, Gliere and Kreisler. We will have two pianists available as one can see who will share the task and possibly treat us with some “four hands“ treats.

For further information please contact Chris Redsell

posted February 2017

Silver Maynes Annual Spring Fling: Wed Mar 8

The Silver Maynes will celebrate the coming of spring with a dinner for members, catered by "Dinners by Design", at the Ag Hall, Miners Bay. Tickets for sale at the Maynestreet Mall, February 17 & 18, and February 24 & 15, 10 am to 2 pm. Cost, only $15.00 each, for members paid up for 2017.

For memberships, call Tricia Hope, (250) 539-3273, e-mail: For further information please contact Eilene Verheul (250) 539-3710.

posted February 2017

Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 11

Seedy Saturday will take place February 11, 2017 at the Agricultural Hall from 12:30 to 4 pm. Bring your saved seeds, cuttings, plants, bulbs and tubers to share and trade. Please package your seeds in small amounts and label.

This event is sure to spark your gardening instincts, give you new and wonderful gardening advice and provide seeds and plants to "Get Growing!"

Speakers are: 1 pm. Ingrid Hoff "Insects"
1:30 pm. Christina Pechloff "Shoots"
2 pm Brian Crumblehulme "Herbs for Dry Landscaping
2:30 pm. Linda Beer "Growing Great Tomatoes"
Mason Bee display with Bryce Ramlo

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted February 2017

Celebration of Life; Marion Worrall: Sat Mar 4

Our beloved mother passed away suddenly December 14, 2016. Her friendship, bright mind, kindness and dauntless spirit are missed by all.

Please join the family in a Celebration of Life at St Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island BC, on Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 1 pm. No flowers, please. Donations in her memory to Mayne Island Assisted Living Society (250-529-2530).

For further information please contact Catherine Williams (604) 527-5877.

posted February 2017

Writers! Tues Feb 14

Shut up and Write! The concept is simple: meet up with others and write. SUAW! started in the San Francisco Bay area, and is now practised around the world. It uses the Pomodoro Technique (a pomodoro is a 25-minute stretch of focused concentration).

On Salt Spring Island, they write for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and then write for 25 minutes more, for a total of 3 hours, or as long as you're there. You don't share work, but may share information.

That’s what I’d like to introduce here at the Library on Tuesday mornings, beginning February 14th, starting at 9 am and ending at noon. If you think this might meet your writing needs, please let me know.

For further information please contact Amber Harvey (250) 539-5436.

posted February 2017

Ferry Facts Update February 2017

Salish Orca Arrives in BC. On January 11, the first of the three new Salish Class ferries arrived in B.C. The Salish Orca (Orca) reached BC waters after a 50 day 10,440 nautical mile journey. After the Orca clears Canadian Customs and final inspections are complete, it will be officially handed over to BC Ferries. Over the next couple of months, all crews that will be working on the three Salish vessels will be trained and familiarized in the operation of this new state-of-the-art ship. Public open houses are planned in Powell River on March 11 and Comox on March 12. The Orca will start service on that route in the Spring of 2017. For the complete press release, go to the BC Ferries web site and click on the President’s message.

Opportunities To See The Salish Class Vessels Before They Go Into Service. Brian Hollingshead, chair of the Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Ferry Advisory Committee, lobbied hard for the public open houses to be extended to the Gulf Islands. But due to the busy crew training and dock fitting plans prior to full operation on route 17, there will not be enough time for open house opportunities in the SGI.

However, BC Ferries has provided an opportunity for us to view the ship up close. The plan is for the Orca to test fit into each of the SGI berths in early February. We will be advised of the dates and times when the Orca will be in the terminals and people will be allowed to view the ship from as close to the ramp as safety allows. The ship will have its bow visors in the up position and at least one of its deck ramps open. To enhance the experience, a BC Ferries representative will be on hand to answer questions.

Open house sessions of about 2 hours duration in the SGI will be planned when either the Salish Raven or the Salish Eagle arrive. This should happen in the Spring. Visitors will be allowed to board and walk around the ferry. Although dates and times won’t be known until the next ferries arrive, BC Ferries will be issuing press releases announcing the dock fitting/viewing and open house opportunities.

Salish Eagle Construction Complete. At the time of writing this article, the Salish Eagle had been on sea trials for a couple of days off the coast of Gdansk. This means construction is complete and the systems on board are being tested.

As more information is available, it will be published in the MayneLiner, MayneNews and posted on the Mayne Island Info Facebook page.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted February 2017

Changes to MayneNews Announcements

Starting right away, MayneNews emails will now be sent out once a week only, on Thursdays.

Instead of maximum of 2 announcements per email, there will be a maximum of six. Readers will have to scroll down a bit more to see everything in the email. They’ll generally be in order of the first submitted at the top of the email.

So that the emails don’t get too long, the announcements in the emails will be a maximum of 100 words. So for people submitting announcements you’ll want to get the important info - date, time etc, in the first paragraph of the email. You can submit up to 1000 words for your announcement, but only the first 100 (approximately) will be in the email, with a link to the rest to be posted on the MayneNews blog. A “read the rest of this article” link will direct readers to click on it to see the rest of the announcement on the blog.

Also for submitters, if you want your announcement to go out on any given Thursday you’ll need to submit it to the online submission form by the preceding Friday evening at the latest. For instance if you want your announcement to be sent to email subscribers on Thursday Feb. 2nd, you need to submit it before Friday Jan. 22nd in the evening at the very latest. Submitting earlier will mean your announcement will more likely be at or near the top of the email.

To use the MayneNews online submission form click on the following link. (Of if you’re just curious to see it.)

Thanks and Happy New Year Mayne Islanders!

posted January 2017

Shakespeare On The Islands: Wed Jan 25

Ptarmigan Music And Theatre Society present Shakespeare On The Islands starring Chris Humphreys and Neil Dickson, who will be joining us from Los Angeles. Chris and Neil met 30 years ago in Tunisia on the set of a Biblical-Roman epic. Now Neil Dickson (Dynasty) and Chris Humphreys (Coronation Street) reunite to explore their first love: Shakespeare.

Tickets: are $25 (only available at the door). Age 18 & under is free.
Date: Jan. 25th, 2017
Time: Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
Location: Ag Hall

Join us after the show for a Talk Back with Chris and Neil...a chance to ask these seasoned actors, well, anything!

For further information please contact the Ptarmigan Society 1-866-859-0634 or view their web site:

posted January 2017

Tai Chi Winter Session Begins January 23

Come join us for  Tai Chi.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am, $25 for the winter session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter session begins Monday, January 23. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory form.

posted January 2017

AMIB Boating and Kayakers Courses - Updated

Updated information

This year’s courses are:
1. Reading Marine Charts - February 15 and 22.
Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

2. Tides and Currents - March 15 and 22.
A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.

3. Weather - April 12 and 19.
This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast, a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts, describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

4. Boater’s Radio Course – April 8 (7 - 9 pm) and April 9 (10 am – 4 pm)
This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. The certificate is good for your lifetime. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! Cost $100.

Please indicate, by email or phone call, your interest in the following courses, which will again be taught by Blair Smith. The location for all courses will be at the Mayne Island Library Community Room. The time for all courses will be from 7 - 9 pm (except for the second day of the Radio Course which will be from 10 am - 4 pm and will end with a test).

All courses except the Radio Course will be free to AMIB members and to others who are interested if they become members ($10 per year). All courses consist of two days of instruction and are only offered once per year.

Contact Bryan Westby (250-539-3412,, Cliff Kiyooka (250-539-3256, or Diane Gutiw (250-539-5995, to register. For further information please contact Bryan Westby

posted February 2017

Original Course info posted in January

This year’s courses are:
1. Boater’s Radio Course - January 28 (7-9) and 29 (10-4).
This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. The certificate is good for your lifetime. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! Cost $100.

2. Reading Marine Charts - February 15 and 22.
Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

3. Tides and Currents - March 15 and 22.
A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.

4. Weather - April 12 and 19.
This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast, a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts, describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

posted January 2017

NFB Movie Night: Things Arab Men Say: Fri Mar 3

Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm

The Library Program Committee is happy to present this engaging documentary, introducing us to Jay, Ghassan, Faisal, Adnan, Falah, Bashar and and Ramey, who spend an afternoon in a barber shop discussing work, family, politics, and religion while getting haircuts and a shave. We begin to understand the challenges these men face and the delicate balance between integrating into Canadian life and preserving their identity and culture.

Admission by donation free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase:

posted January 2017

Mayne Library's Grand Re-Opening: Sat Jan 21

You are invited to Mayne Island Library's Grand Re-Opening to celebrate our beautiful renovated library. Come for the ribbon-cutting, refreshments and prizes!

January 21, 2017 from 3 - 4:30 pm at the gorgeous Mayne Island Library. See you there!

For further information please contact Eleanor

posted January 2017

Nature Photo Workshop: Sat Jan 21

Come join other amateur nature photographers for a fun afternoon of learning and photo taking. Learn some tips and skills for taking amazing nature photos from a panel of local experts; including Mayne Island's very own Toby Snelgrove. All experience and equipment levels welcome!

Our panel of local experts will provide a series of short presentations before we go outside together to Miner's Bay Park and Beach to take photos. Admission by donation. Everyone is welcome, see you at the Ag Hall at 1 pm on Saturday, January 21st!

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted January 2017

Robbie Burns Night Supper: Sat Jan 28

Celebrate Scotland's Bard on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at the Agricultural Hall. This is a Potluck Feast with piper, haggis, speeches and toasts followed by dancing to live Scottish Music. Bring a dish to share (It is PotLuck) and BYOB. And we will provide the Haggis.

Doors open at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6:00 pm sharp.

Advance tickets only are available at the Trading Post. Tickets $15.00. You don't have to be Scottish to enjoy Burns Night. For further information please contact Brian or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

posted January 2017

A Chance to Be Published in Showcase

Showcase is a non-profit, community arts, culture and lifestyle publication that strives to enhance inter-island economic development through the arts. The pilot project in 2016 was well received and we have been asked to go again.

We are accepting content submissions: photographs, short articles, inspired prose, quaint stories or interesting facts. Here's your chance to “showcase” your talent or your special event. Submissions should be in by January 31st.

We also need financial support through advertising and content sponsorship. Content space is very expensive but we will make every effort to include special event listings for non-profits and have discounted advertising rates for non-profit.

Showcase had broad distribution and has a long shelf life.

For more information about submissions, advertising rates or distribution please contact Wendy Like our Facebook page

posted January 2017

January 2017 Ferry Facts Update

BC Ferries continues to experience increased traffic year to date on most routes. Compared to last year, the total system vehicle and passenger traffic was up 4.6% and 3.3% respectively. Overall, Route 5 was up 3.4% for both vehicles and passengers with traffic to and from Mayne Island at 4.0% and 2.4% respectively. Route 9 traffic was up 6.8% and 5.0% for vehicles and passengers travelling to and from the Southern Gulf Islands. However, for some unknown reason Mayne Island traffic only increased a disappointing 3.9% and 2.2% for vehicles and passengers respectively. Note the BC Ferry year is from April 1 to March 31.

The Skeena Queen will be taken out of service for a refit from January 3 to February 8. The Bowen Queen is scheduled as the replacement vessel. However, the Queen of Cumberland may be used for certain peak traffic sailings on route 4 resulting in the Bowen Queen moving to route 5 during those times.

At the November meeting, the FAC requested a commercial fare freeze on route 5, providing it can be done by adding a nickel onto passenger fares as is now done. This freeze at $3.20/foot has been in place since 2009, providing substantial savings for Island businesses which translates into lower costs for Island residents.

The inter-island fare initiative is on hold as the BC Ferries Fare Team is now focused on the Flex Fare Project with a completion date of 2018. Although we are on the back burner, we’ve not been forgotten. We are disappointed since we had expected this to have been resolved sooner than later.

Although the new ferries (Salish Raven and Salish Eagle) will be wired for wi-fi, it won’t be provided initially due to existing problems with signal strength and service reliability.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

posted January 2017