New Marina Managment In Nanaimo

Many consider Nanaimo a great provisioning stop on their way North or South along the inside passage. Some changes may be in the air (for good or bad?) as the Nanaimo Port Authority works on signing a deal with Pacific Northwest Marina Group which would mean the private company would have a 30-year management agreement. Please see the full story in this link:

Pacific Northwest Marina Group
Pacific Northwest Marina Group
Pacific Northwest Marina Group

2014 Annual General Meeting

October, 2014

Dear Member:

Please plan to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BC Nautical Residents Association. It is scheduled for Sunday, November 16th, 4:00pm, at the Stonehouse Pub, located at 2215 Canoe Cove Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L 3X9. Please plan to stay for a ‘no host’ dinner after adjournment of the meeting. The food is great and the pub is a relaxing environment in which to get acquainted with your fellow nautical residents!

Please RSVP your attendance and dinner reservation by responding to our broadcast email or via our contact form.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please complete and return the Proxy Vote Form by November 2nd. You can mail it to: BC Nautical Residents Association, 309 – 1521 Church Avenue, Victoria, BC  V8P 5T7, email it (scan your signed form and respond to the broadcast email), or fax it to 250-479-4192. Thank you.

A new Board of Directors (5 – 7 members) will be elected at the AGM. If you are interested in serving, please be prepared to let your name stand at the meeting. All board candidates will be asked to introduce themselves before the election. No long political speeches are required! You’ll have two minutes maximum to introduce yourself, including where you’re from, the skills and experience you would bring to the organization, and why you’re interested in serving on the BCNRA Board of Directors.

If you can’t attend the AGM, and want to run for the Board, email your introduction by November 2nd and confirm that you would be able to attend monthly directors’ meetings in person or by Skype.

If you have an item that you would like discussed at the AGM, please email it to us through our contact form by November 2nd to ensure that you’ll have time on the agenda.

Looking forward to seeing you at the BCNRA AGM!

Donna Sassaman
Recording Secretary
BC Nautical Residents Association

2014 Member Survey

Whether you can make it to the AGM or not, we’d like to hear from you! Please take the time to complete this short survey prior to the 2014 AGM. This will help the directors to continue moving forward in supporting marine communities on the BC Coast. You can either respond to this email or complete the online form.

Online Form:

Date ________________
Name _______________

1. What do you believe to be the biggest challenges for marine communities in your area or on the BC coast?

2. In the last few years have you noticed any positive changes in marine communities?

3. Are there any areas where you feel the BCNRA isn’t doing enough?

4. Would you be willing to volunteer or fund projects for the benefit of all marine communities?

5. What else would you say to the directors of the BCNRA?

Harbour Dialogue Open House and Ideas Forum – Victoria

Rick, Tim and Kris attended the Harbour Dialogue Open House and Ideas Forum put on by the City of Victoria this past weekend. We were interested to hear the ideas and to ensure that marine communities were considered as the city works to improve the inner harbour. For more information and an opportunity to share your ideas in a survey, follow the link below.

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BCNRA in 2014

I hope everyone is having a good winter/spring. I just wanted to put a small note out there to touch base with our membership as we haven’t had a chance to complete our spring newsletter. The directors have been busily working away – if you’ve kept up with our Facebook page, you’ll see there has been lots in the news. Our meeting agenda’s have been pretty full. With that said, I still want to encourage you to write us if you have some concerns or thoughts. Our next meeting is February 23rd if you’d like to submit anything. Thanks, Kris!

2013 Annual General Meeting *Date Change*

Re-mark your calendar for the 2013 Annual General Meeting.
Date: Sunday, November 3rd
Where: Princess Mary Restaurant, 459 Head Street, Victoria
Meeting: 3:00pm – coffee/tea; no-host dinner about 5:00 for those who want to stay and socialize over a tasty meal.

Daylight savings occurs this day so don’t forget to change your clocks or you’ll be late!

If you are interested in serving, please be prepared to let your name stand at the meeting. All board candidates will be asked to introduce themselves before the election. You’ll have two minutes maximum to introduce yourself, where you’re from, and why you’re interested in running for the BCNRA Board of Directors.

If you have an item that you would like discussed at the AGM, please send us a message through our contact form.

Hope to see you there!

Massive Marine Garage Sale 2013

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 5.32.27 PMIt’s that time again! On Saturday, April 20th, 2013, the Maritime Museum of BC is hosting the 10th Annual Massive Marine Garage Sale at Ogden Point – Pier A, Victoria, 9:00am – 1:00pm.

The BC Nautical Residents Association will have a table at the Garage Sale, and is soliciting donations that will help us earn some money for BCNR projects. Do you have an item or items that you’d like to donate to the cause?

Donated items should be in saleable condition: marine electronics, anchors and anchor rode, sails, cruising guides, galley gear, blocks, etc. etc.

If you live in the Greater Victoria area (Sidney to Colwood) and would like your donations to be picked up, please contact Tim Finlay at by April 18th.

If you’re planning to attend the Garage Sale, please stop by the BCNR table to introduce yourself and have a chat!

Thank you for any items you’re able to donate to the BCNR. Hope to see you on April 20th at Ogden Point, 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Port Hardy Liveaboards Evicted from Harbour Authority Docks

By Bill Sassaman, BCNR Director

BCNR directors first heard there was a problem in Port Hardy when Globe and Mail reporter, Mark Hume, contacted Director Kris Samuels for his opinion. In his article published on October 22, 2012, Mr. Hume reported:

On September 26, the District of Port Hardy Harbour Authority served a Notice to End Moorage on Mr. [Keith] Dorward and several others who live on vessels in the small port on northern Vancouver Island.

The notice gave them 30 days to move, or “be escorted off the premises by the RCMP.”

The development is part of a movement on the West Coast, where liveaboards are slowly being forced out of urban harbours, because of concerns about pollution, unruly dockside behaviour |and unsightly boats.

David Pratt, the harbour manager in Port Hardy, declined to comment, referring all questions to Mayor Bev Parnham. But Ms. Parnham did not return calls.

Councillor Rick Marcotte didn’t want to discuss the issue either, but indicated the notice was issued because of concerns at the dock.

“Well, we are trying to clean up our harbour, actually. That’s basically it,” he said. “It’s just that there was a bunch of unemployed people with no income that are basically [living on] derelict barges … down there.

Screen shot 2013-01-03 at 9.07.56 PMKris contacted the other directors and we began an investigation into the eviction. We were put in touch with a friend of Keith Dorward, as well as an outreach worker, who both provided insights into the issues at the dock. The directors agreed to contact Mayor Parnham and Councillors with an offer to assist in mediating the issues between the Harbour Authority and the liveaboards. This offer was emailed to them on October 29th. To date, the BCNR has not received a response from the District of Port Hardy Council. Please read the letter, download a pdf version by clicking on the image to the right.

On November 1st Mr. Dorward and eight other liveaboards moved their boats from the District of Port Hardy’s docks. Mr. Dorward moved in with his friend on a temporary basis and, at last report, was living at the Salvation Army facility in Port Hardy. We don’t know to where the other liveaboards relocated.

Since our initial investigation, the directors have received input from other sources, who indicated that there were serious social issues at the Port Hardy dock that involved some of the liveaboards. As in all conflicts, there are a variety of perspectives. However, what is evident is that Port Hardy is only the latest in a series of efforts by marinas to rid their facilities of ‘problem’ liveaboards. Rather than dealing with individual issues, some harbour authorities have opted for policies that prohibit living aboard at their docks. BCNR’s position is that liveaboards must be responsible for their physical and social environments, and where there are problems, marina staff and liveaboard boaters need to negotiate a resolution to their specific issues.

The directors welcome your feedback on this issue. How would you approach resolving issues involving liveaboards? What has been your experience? What can we do as the BC Nautical Residents Association to prevent this type of occurrence from happening?