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 email@example.com
c/o The SOS Campaign Committee
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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?