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Un­for­tu­nately, we have been un­able to save the stern of the Flam­bor­ough Head.

It is with heavy hearts that we send out this last com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­gard­ing the fate of the Flam­bor­ough Head stern. De­spite a cou­ple of mo­tions put for­ward by Coun­cil­lor Pam Bookham to save the stern, and the ef­forts of the SOS Com­mit­tee, we were un­suc­cess­ful in sav­ing the stern. At this time, we do not be­lieve there is any­thing more we can do un­less some­one could mirac­u­lously come up with a cou­ple of mil­lion dol­lars, which the City may or may not ac­cept, since we be­lieve that the cost of re­tain­ing the stern was not the only rea­son for scrap­ping it.

We wish to thank each of you for sup­port­ing our ini­tia­tive.

In case any of you live out­side of North Van­cou­ver and wish to know more about the ex­act se­quence of events, we have listed those be­low, along with links to the rel­e­vant sec­tion of the CNV web­site, in case you are in­ter­ested:

Jan 27 - Coun­cil­lor Pamela Bookham put for­ward a mo­tion to bring the dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the stern into the pub­lic do­main. Coun­cil voted to sup­port this mo­tion and the Mayor di­rected Roger Brooks, the city's brand­ing con­sul­tant, to in­cor­po­rate the stern into the Wa­ter­front Plan and sug­gested that it may be time for the SOS Com­mit­tee to start fundrais­ing. Starts at 4:07:35 on time­line at: www.cnv.org/Your-Govern­ment/Coun­cil-Meet­ings/Coun­cilVideos/2014-Coun­cil-Videos/Jan­uary-27-2014

Feb 18 - Roger Brooks pre­sented his plan, but said that the stern was not to hu­man scale and, hence, sug­gested it did not have a place in the main part of Wa­ter­front Park. His plan how­ever had room for an ice rink, splash pad and Fer­ris wheel. Here is a link to his pre­sen­ta­tion and artis­tic ren­der­ings: www.cnv.org/Cen­tralWater­fron­tVi­sion

Feb 21 - The SOS Com­mit­tee learned that Coun­cil had com­mis­sioned and re­ceived a re­port from its staff on op­tions and costs for the stern and rec­om­mended to Coun­cil that it be scrapped: www.cnv.org/at­tach/2014%2002%2024%20item% 2019.pdf. Our com­mit­tee also learned that Coun­cil would vote on their staff's rec­om­men­da­tion on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

Feb 24 - Coun­cil voted to scrap the stern, due to costs al­ready in­curred and the costs yet to be in­curred. It did not al­low any pub­lic dis­cus­sion on this other than a few two- minute pre­sen­ta­tions by our com­mit­tee dur­ing the Pub­lic In­put pe­riod. They agreed to save an as-yet-un­de­ter­mined piece of the stern, to use as a me­mo­rial to those who worked in the ship­yards and

served our coun­try dur­ing WWII: www.cnv.org/Your­Gov­ern­ment/Coun­cil-Meet­ings/Coun­cil-Videos/2014-Coun­cilVideos/Fe­bru­ary-24-2014 (Ivan Leonard at 5:00, Peter Miller at 14:00, and Coun­cil’s dis­cus­sion 3:57 on time­line).

Feb 28 - The SOS Com­mit­tee learned that Coun­cil­lor Pamela Bookham had pre­pared a mo­tion for the March 3 Coun­cil Meet­ing ask­ing Coun­cil to re­scind their votes of Fe­bru­ary 24 and find a place for the stern at the Wa­ter­front.

Mar 3 - Coun­cil did not sup­port Coun­cil­lor Bookham's mo­tion, de­spite an of­fer by the SOS Com­mit­tee to pro­vide as­sis­tance in find­ing a lo­ca­tion for the stern and of­fer­ing to fundraise. A sad day for our Com­mit­tee, City and Coun­try: www.cnv.org/Your­Gov­ern­ment/Coun­cil-Meet­ings/Coun­cil-Videos/2014-Coun­cilVideos/March-3-2014 (Ivan Leonard at 4:40, Jennifer Clay at 12:50, and Coun­cil’s dis­cus­sion at 3:46 on the time­line).

Coun­cil made state­ments that they didn’t think the people of the City of North Van­cou­ver wished to keep the stern. The many com­ments, pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures, e-mail, and con­ver­sa­tions, in­di­cate quite the op­po­site.

If you are un­happy with the Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, you are wel­come to write and let them know.

By Canada Post: Mayor and Coun­cil 141 West 14th Street North Van­cou­ver, BC V7M 1H9

By e-mail: At­ten­tion Mayor and Coun­cil and sent to the clerk kgra­ham@cnv.org

Peter Miller

c/o The SOS Cam­paign Com­mit­tee

Dear Edi­tor

Re­mem­brance al­lows Cana­di­ans the op­por­tu­nity to show our serv­ing men and women that their sac­ri­fices will never be for­got­ten, and that they will al­ways have Canada's re­spect and recog­ni­tion. They need not fear that their sac­ri­fices will be in vain. By com­mem­o­rat­ing the his­tor­i­cal ac­com­plish­ments of

Canada's Armed Forces, Cana­di­ans are also re­minded of the im­por­tant role this coun­try has played on the world's stage. How­ever, the Legion is in­creas­ingly con­cerned that the Govern­ment of Canada's list of com­mem­o­ra­tive events, also known as Oper­a­tion Distinc­tion, seems to be grow­ing, which must also mean an in­crease in the budget needed to sup­port these events. Our con­cern is three­fold: (1) the govern­ment has not been trans­par­ent or candid about the ac­tual budget be­ing planned for all of these events; (2) this fund­ing is com­ing at the ex­pense of the op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance bud­gets; and (3) this fund­ing can­not be di­verted from the care af­forded our Vet­er­ans and serv­ing mil­i­tary mem­bers in­jured as a re­sult of their ser­vice, or from nec­es­sary changes to en­hance their care. The Legion's mis­sion state­ment is well known: It is to serve Vet­er­ans, which in­cludes serv­ing mil­i­tary and RCMP mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, to pro­mote Re­mem­brance, and to serve our com­mu­ni­ties and our coun­try. The Legion rec­og­nizes the solemn sac­ri­fices made dur­ing con­flicts, as well as the ma­jor ac­tions Canada was in­volved in. But we have also re­mained stead­fast in the be­lief that com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties should be bal­anced with the care and needs of our in­jured Vet­er­ans, and the op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness of our fight­ing men and women. We are of­ten re­minded that there are short­ages in fund­ing, and ques­tions re­gard­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of funds for the care of our in­jured Vet­er­ans. It is our be­lief that the govern­ment needs to fo­cus their fund­ing to­wards bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the needs of our Vet­er­ans' health and well-be­ing, and pro­vide ac­cess to var­i­ous federal pro­grams. This must be a pri­or­ity. The Legion and our more than 300,000 mem­bers in­sist that the govern­ment be trans­par­ent and tell Cana­di­ans what the cost will be of these com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, what the im­pact on Canada's mil­i­tary op­er­a­tional readi­ness will be, and how the needs of our Vet­er­ans are be­ing met in light of all of these com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Lest We For­get

Gor­don Moore Do­min­ion Pres­i­dent The Royal Cana­dian Legion Can I make men­tion of our hope in Pad­stow, Corn­wall, of com­mem­o­rat­ing the loss of HMCS REGINA in Aug 1944, in Au­gust this year? I have con­tacted the Cana­dian HC in Lon­don and, to be fair, they ex­pressed non-ma­te­rial sup­port only. An Email to the Mayor of Regina in Canada re­mains unan­swered. Time is run­ning on, and we need to pull in the sup­port for a suit­able plaque to be pre­pared. Any­one out there?

John Hinchliffe

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