Hello, May Day is right around the corner: I’m wishing us all a wonderful May Day, which this year will also have a dance, just like old times!

I’ve been having meaningful discussions with several community groups: I always enjoy learning about local activities and initiatives. Sometimes there’s lots to report, other times (like this report), there’s not as much…

Online Coastal Climate Summit
The Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Summit was two half-day online meetings packed with learning about various projects and perspectives on building climate adaptation and mitigation across our coastal region. Watershed governance, active transportation, and food security were key topics; there were discussions on shared areas of concern, collaboration, and directions for advocacy. It was interesting hearing from both elected leaders and local government staff, as this mix isn’t often the case.

Wildfire Season
With wildfires in the news, it’s a good reminder to check that you’re connected to the SRD’s emergency notifications system. When critical events happen, the SRD issues alerts notifying those in affected areas so appropriate steps can be taken to protect themselves and their loved ones. ALERTABLE is the system the SRD uses to issue alerts to landlines, by text, email, and through the mobile app. Visit srd.ca/alerts to sign up and/or download the Alertable app for your mobile phone.

On a recent beach walk I was disappointed to discover remnants of a fire circle and blackened driftwood. Quadra Island beaches are festooned with more driftwood than most. Wind and errant sparks pose a real danger; the year-round beach fire ban in the fire protection district is for our collective security. Beach fires can be reported by calling 911.

Beginning Wednesday May 15 all open burning is banned in the South Quadra Island Improvement District, except for campfires 0.5m high x 0.5m wide, by order of the Quadra Island Fire Department. Beginning May 17, the BC Wildfire Service has banned all open burning except for campfires 0.5m high x 0.5m wide, applicable to the rest of Electoral Area C.

Reports & Resources
Did you know www.robynmawhinney.ca houses previous Director’s Reports? The site also provides links to Area C online resources including the 2022 Quadra Island Wildfire Resiliency Plan, Official Community plans, Zoning Bylaw, and more.

You’re welcome to connect with me with questions or concerns: you can email rmawhinney@srd.ca or call 250.203.2468. If you’d like to chat in person, you can book a meeting at calendly.com/robynmawhinney.

Until next time,
Respectfully and sincerely,
Robyn Mawhinney