All Candidates Meeting

April 25th, 2013 by MIRRAadmin


There will be an all candidates meeting on Friday, May 3 at the Ag Hall from 1 – 3pm. This is an opportunity to listen to the candidates, ask your questions and assist you in finding the candidate that will best represent you and your community in the upcoming Provincial election.
Question format:
  • We will provide question forms for the

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BC Ferries Southern Gulf Islands Service Proposal

November 25th, 2012 by MIRRAadmin

On December 3, the Province of British Columbia will be at the Community Centre (5 – 8PM) as part of the consultation process reviewing BC ferries and it’s operations. Many fear that we are facing cuts to our basic ferry services in the face of the review which is focussed on finding savings within the BCFS budget.

There are some …

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Fallow Deer Update

June 15th, 2012 by davel


As most Mayne Islanders are aware, there are two species of Deer on the island: Black Tail – the local native species and Fallow – an introduced European species that is classified as an ‘invasive species’ by the Province.


The Fallow Deer have their origins from a Deer Farm that operated on island during the 1990’s. An escape of

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Islands Trust Election Update

November 15th, 2011 by MIRRAadmin

Islands Trust Act

The Islands Trust is governed by the Islands Trust Act which

  • Establishes the corporate bodies of the Islands Trust
  • Identifies the Islands Trust Area and the “object” (mandate) of the Islands Trust
  • Confers responsibilities and powers on the corporate bodies of the Islands Trust
  • Transfers land use planning powers from Regional Districts to Local Trust Committees
  • Prohibits

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October 2011 Newsletter

September 23rd, 2011 by davel

Island Trust All Candidates Meeting Oct 29th

Sponsored by MIRRA

October 29th, 1 PM, Ag Hall


It’s hiring time at the old sausage factory again. Despite repeated warnings to the squeamish about witnessing the gory processes that sustain the body, physical and politic, candidates are lining up once more. As lovers of good government (and sausages), we must applaud their …

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September 2011 Newsletter

September 23rd, 2011 by davel

Governance and the Gulf Islands


Islands Trust

November 19th, we vote for Island Trustees, 26 people who will then elect a four-person Executive Committee.  Members of the Executive chair Local Trust Committee meetings, and approve, or refuse approval, for bylaws passed by the LTCs.

For 38 years, the Trust has been shaped by forces ranging from hard-environmentalist …

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August 2011 Newsletter

September 23rd, 2011 by davel

A Summer Salad Bar of Community-Related Issues


Ferries: As BC Ferries contemplates options for the maintenance or reorganization of Route 9 (the Queen of Nanaimo run,) the Salt Spring Island Ferry Advisory Committee hosted a recent meeting with FAC members from Mayne, Pender and Saturna. This ferry is approaching retirement age, and her loss will threaten established expectations of …

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Superior Shuttle Reality Check

July 19th, 2011 by MIRRAadmin



SSI Superior Shuttle info: As discussed during the fire hall referendum, gaining Superior Shuttle accreditation does not guarantee reduced insurance rates to property owners island wide. Such accreditation makes it so islanders are eligible to apply for reduced insurance rates. A clear example of this comes from Saltspring, with three fire halls, many hydrants over the entire island …

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May 2011 Newsletter

May 1st, 2011 by davel

Living in Interesting Times

Politics: it seems like nobody’s talking about it, then suddenly everyone is. We swing from cynical disinterest to partisan fever. Too little attention, and things stagnate; too much and they threaten to fly apart. We tsk and tut over lapses into incivility and hope to still have our friends after heated debate. Good luck to us!…

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Ferry Fares

March 31st, 2011 by MIRRAadmin


The Vancouver Sun is reporting potential fare increases of up to 37% on minor routes:

Please contact the BC Ferry Commissioner if you are concerned:

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April 2011 Newsletter

March 31st, 2011 by davel

What’s Next?

The directors of MIRRA would like to thank all those who worked on the recent referendum.
Particularly, we would like to thank the folks who contributed their time and support to our campaign: the 16 enthusiastic scrutineers, those who wrote letters and spoke publicly, and those who made donations to ensure the community received the information it needed …

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Fire Hall Referendum Results

March 13th, 2011 by MIRRAadmin


Unofficial results:

YES:  414

No: 817

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March 2011 Newsletter

March 1st, 2011 by davel

Mayne Island Residents and Ratepayers Association
March 2011 Newsletter

MIRRA Maintains “VOTE NO” Position on Fire Hall Referendum

Sound Reasons to Vote No:

$3.4 million for this project is too expensive and puts us in heavy debt for too long.
• We face other upcoming infrastructure costs (health centre expansion) and our small tax base will soon need to

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Mayne Island Deer Forum

February 11th, 2011 by MIRRA

Feb 25, 2011 at the Ag Hall

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Fire Hall Links

February 11th, 2011 by MIRRA
A round-up of links relevant to the new fire hall construction project.