Friday, February 24, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Retrospective of Artist, Roy Henry Vickers

Tofino's Eagle Aerie Gallery is hard to miss on Tofino's main street (which is not Main Street, but Campbell Street; more on that in a later post.) Inside and out is the work of Roy Henry Vickers. For an overview of his range of work, check this out:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tofino Needs Two New Reps. for the CBT Board

Hey, Tofitians, here's your chance to represent your community on the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust board. As specified by the CBT's by-laws, choosing a rep. must be an open call to the community for expressions of interest. More here from the District of Tofino's press release:

Expression of Interest
District of Tofino

The District of Tofino is accepting expressions-of-interest from District residents to serve in a volunteer capacity as a Director and Alternate Director on the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society (CBT) Board of Directors. The Director and Alternate Director will serve a 4-year term.

The CBT exists to support research, education and programs that advance conservation, the understanding of natural processes in the marine and terrestrial ecosystems and that promote the health of individuals and communities in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region. The CBT also facilitates the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experience both locally and globally. The CBT is the west coast’s community foundation. Directors are the public face of the organization and gather input from their community to share with the CBT Board and staff, as well as report back to their community on CBT business.

All CBT Board Directors and Alternates are expected to uphold the principles, interests and objectives of the CBT at all times. The CBT Board meets approximately eight times per year.

All CBT Board Directors and Alternates are also expected to:

have demonstrated experience and interest in research, education, or programs, or bring other substantive experience that is directly related to the core activities of the Trust;
be knowledgeable about research and education organizations and initiatives in the region;
be willing to work in a consensus and team oriented environment;
be willing to implement the regional vision for research, education, and programs to guide Trust activities;
be willing to demonstrate leadership on behalf of the Trust and to advocate for the Trust and its operations;
be willing to put the interests of the region before the interests of their community;
be willing to abide by the CBT Constitution, Bylaws, approved policies, and guidelines relating to conflict-of-interest; and
have experience working with non-profit boards.

Interested District residents should submit a cover letter outlining their related experience and include a detailed resume to the District of Tofino Council c/o Braden Smith, CAO, PO Box 9, 121-3rd Street, Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 by 9:00AM on Monday, February 13, 2012 or by email to

Please visit the CBT website at for further information regarding the designation of Clayoquot Sound as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the activities of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pressing West Coast Problems (circa 1986)

I've been trolling through boxes of old newspapers, finding lots of gems that I'll share from time to time. This is from Expo Year - 1986 - from a short-lived newspaper called The West Coast Journal. It's a column called Street Talking and the question was "What is the most pressing West Coast problem today?" Thought you might like to see the answers (and how some "problems" never change):

What is the most pressing West Coast problem today?

RD: "The transition from one primary industry to another. Fishing and logging to the new primary industry of tourism is very difficult — if it is even possible."

VH: "Economic Development: new projects to create employment and attract new residents to the area; and to work towards sustaining our tourist season."

AM: "Unemployment, education and medical. It seems all money is going towards Expo, and whatever happened to the best universities we used to have."

NR: "There are so many concerns: probable job loss in the forest industry, cutbacks in funding for our local hatchery, lack of commitment and involvement in all of these issues. If people were to become committed on just one issue—they would be contributing a lot."

PV: "Too much rain. There's also not enough work, unless you create your own, or unless you want to get wet."

RF: "As far as I'm concerned, we need to get a permanent resolution on the conflict which exists between resource utilization, Clayoquot Sound in particular. Now we have a temporary solution to the Meares Island situation, but we are not very encouraged at what we hear about (similar) situation in South Moresby."

JB: My answer is that question is a problem. It's like a three-side question. As far as sustaining communities in what west coasters want; what local government priorities are set at, and what the federal and provincial government have designed for the west coast."

KA: "We've got a lot of problems. Our town council is trying to prevent vending services at the junction — which help bring people to Ukee. THere are problems with fishing — costs are going up, but prices are down. Thievery — there's too much of it on the coast."