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: ptarmigansociety.org.

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 dell29.m@shaw.ca.

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 – Rescheduled to April (dates to be announced)
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, bcwestby@shaw.ca), Cliff Kiyooka (250-539-3256, ckiyooka@shaw.ca) or Diane Gutiw (250-539-5995, digutiw@gmail.com) to register. For further information please contact Bryan Westby bcwestby@shaw.ca.

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 Jan 27


Friday, January 27, 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: maynechase@yahoo.com.

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 iecocker@shaw.ca.

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 info@conservancyonmayne.com.

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 sgishowcase@gmail.com. Like our Facebook page facebook.com/SGIshowcase.

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 (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 (mikesywulych@gmail.com). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych mikesywulych@gmail.com.

posted January 2017