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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Crucial Information Exposed at the July 17th Council Meeting

On July 17th at the VB council meeting at the Sports Centre, the attending audience was introduced to the latest publically released map and information package regarding the New Development Plan for the RMVB.     The public has until July 24th to offer their comments and suggestions.  It is critical to read the LATEST information and see the map and plans.  (They were different than previous ones.)  This is a significant evolution of the RMVB and the time to respond is limited. 

Contact your council members immediately to access this information and the map.  The August 21st Council meeting will be far too late for you to get informed and have your say.   204-774-4263 /Toll-free- 1-800-513-3839

It must be noted, that  the audience at the meeting was flabbergasted to see that the map offered earlier had since changed.  Designated areas such as the beaches, the banks, the boulevards and the crown roads all along the waterfront were now shown as “private land” rather than “public and protected”.

The error would have had catastrophic implications for the beaches and the shoreline at large had the audience members not spoken up and pointed out the error.

We do applaud the Council for immediately acknowledging the error and they said  that it would be fixed.    They stated it was only a drafting error.  (The council have been working hard to make sure the shorlelines are protected from now on, particularily after last years unsavory developments. )

However, what this points out is HOW IMPORTANT IT IS to be aware and be informed of what your elected council is doing with our community.  An honest (but major) “oversight” like this is a strong example of why our ears and eyes and minds as a community need to be on top of what is taking place. One cannot just assume that things are always being done properly and correctly and in favour of your beliefs or concerns.

You need to be active and present at this critical time in the evolution of the RMVB and not risk leaving it up to others to do all the work and diligence for you.

Please mark your calendars to attend the Shoreline meeting on July 23rd and the Council meeting Aug 21st.     Yes, it is summer and you want it stress free and full of fun.  But putting these few hours away are very important this summer to the future of our beloved community!

Please pass the word re the new Development plan documents and the two meetings to your friends and neighbours. (July 23 and August 21)



Peter Zuzek from Baird Engineering will be holding a public presentation Monday, July 23rd reviewing the Shoreline Study.

In addition Norm Brandson will be presenting the final RMVB Shoreline Advisory Report.

We encourage you to read the following reports so you can arm yourself with the facts.  As well, it will be your chance to ask any questions you may have.  Directly from the source.

Strong decisions are being made on how to care and protect our beaches for generations to come and this is your chance to be a part of the process.

The response to the meetings last year — and the many presentations — was simply amazing.

Be informed.  Stay informed.  Protect the future.


Draft Bylaw 1543 July 4

Baird Governance Review Report

Baird Field Observations and Recommendations

VB WhatYouTold Us 1

VB WhatYouTold Us 2


VBchapter 2





BYLAW 1539 new rules regarding all cliffs on the shoreline

A new bylaw outlining new rules regarding the cliffs and the penalties to be imposed can be found on the following link:

Latest Council Meeting, January 2012

There seems to be a problem getting access to the latest council meeting online so we have included it here for your perusal.
(We normally dont do this and suggest the Beacon site for such purposes, but at the time of this posting there was no access, and there were some important items within, so we have posted it here until it is resolved at the Beacon website.)


Present: Councillors McMorris, Morrison, Boyd, McKibbin
Reeve Farrell
Call To Order: 1 pm
Res. #2012/001 – McMorris / Morrison
That the minutes of the regular council meeting of December 20, 2011 be accepted.
Wolf Kraft
Due to having to attend another engagement, Mr. Kraft could not attend the meeting at his 1:30pm scheduled time for signing of his Development agreement, arrived after meeting was adjourned: Agreement was signed as per resolution passed during Council meeting.
Res. #2012/002– Boyd/McKibbin
That the RM of Victoria Beach Council accepts the Golf Report 2011 as circulated.
Res. #2012/003– McKibbin / Boyd
That the RM of Victoria Beach Council accepts the January 10, 2012 CAO Report as circulated.
Res. #2012/004– McKibbin / Boyd
That the list of accounts (cheques #22463 to #22484, plus Electronic Fund Transfers) amounting to $73,072.49 be approved for payment. Carried
Res. #2012/005– McMorris / Morrison
That the R.M. of Victoria Beach Council approve the terms of the WHC Inc. Agreement and that the Reeve and CAO be authorized to sign said contract on behalf of the Municipality.
Res. #2012/006– McMorris / Morrison
That the R. M. of Victoria Beach Council approve a grant in the amount of $ 6,000.00 for East Beaches Senior Scene renovation project.
Res. #2012/007–Morrison/ McMorris
That By-Law No. 1537, authorizing the payment of indemnities and expenses to the Reeve and Council be given first reading.
Res. #2012/008– McMorris / Morrison
That By-Law No. 1537, authorizing the payment of indemnities and expenses to the Reeve and Council be given second reading.
Res. #2012/009– Morrison/ McMorris
That the Council of the R.M. of Victoria Beach accept the estimate for Shoreline Protection for the Water Treatment Plant from Trainor Trucking Ltd in the amount of $ 52,800.00. Vote Recorded: Councillor McKibbin Against
Morrison For
Boyd For
McMorris For
Res. #2012/010– Boyd/McKibbin
Council of the R.M. of Victoria Beach accept Raymond Moreau’s letter of resignation effective December 31st, 2011. Carried
Items Discussed: Shoreline protection and conservation; Council and CAO to review the Draft Land Use Development Plan to include beach and shoreline protection. Discussed draft by-law for restrictions on scooters, mopeds and power assisted bikes. Council discussed: request from Edgewater Recreation Commission for further funding, Municipal Software, Connaught Beach cleanup and safety concerns with shoreline stairs.
Klaus Philipp Re: Request for Exemption from newly passed Moratorium on all works on Lake Banks. CAO to draft letter thank you Mr. Philipp forinforming Council and request that owners of other lots included in his request inform Council of their intentions as well

AMM Education Understanding Public Engagement, A Refresher. CAO to attend.
Tree Canada Funding available for Fruit Trees.
MAXXAM Water Samples Report.
Manitoba Hydro News Release: Hydro Reports Increased Net Income.
Nick Arseniuk Bear Problems in Victoria Beach. CAO to reply that The R.M. of
Victoria Beach prohibits firearms in our community.
Manitoba Healthy Living, Premier’s Volunteer Service Award 2012.
Youth and Seniors
Eastman Tourism Updates and Minutes of the November 28th, 2011 meeting.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Flooding events are responsibilities of Local Authorities.
Transportation (EMO)
Ministry of Public Safety Request for pre-budget projects. Lake Winnipeg identified for response.
Manitoba “Local Government Proposal to Subdivide SP Lot 6, Plan 19580.
Community Regional Letter of approval in principal to proceed with the subdivision.
Planning Branch”
Res. #2012/011–Morrison/ McMorris
That Council of the R.M. of Victoria Beach adjourns the January 10, 2012 regular meeting of Council: Next regular meeting of Council on January 17, 2012.
Tom Farrell – Reeve
Rose Price – CAO

2012 Council Meetings

Council Meeting Schedule

JANUARY 17, 2012

FEBRUARY 7, 2012

February 21, 2012

All regular Council Meetings are held at 303-960 PORTAGE AVENUE – Winnipeg at 1:00PM.

For access to council meeting minutes: click here


Todays council meeting was quick and to the point.  There was no discussion.  The following resolution was passed.

They now need the Province to agree for it to go forward.  Be sure to tell your Province how you feel.

Remember what Pilkey wrote to Victoria Beach:

I would caution against use of experimental or temporary structures. One approach used in SC and NC has been to allow giant sandbags (provided they are removed after a couple of years), but enforcing the removal requirement has proved almost impossible and it turns out sandbags have the same impact on beach loss as concrete seawalls.

Bill Blaikie: NDP Minister of Conservation 204-945-3730
Fred Meier: Deputy Minister 204-945-3785

Melnick –
Premier Selinger –

Manitoba Water Stewardship
Box 11 – 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3 1-204-945-6398

Greg Dewar, Selkirk MLA

“Whereas Sunset Boulevard is a municipal road, title to which is held by the Crown in right of the Province of Manitoba;

And Whereas the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach has the direction, control and management of municipal roads within its boundaries;

And Whereas Council has reviewed a proposal for a temporary shoreline protection project consisting of super-sandbags being placed on a portion of Sunset Boulevard that may remain for two or three years for the protection of lots adjoining Sunset Boulevard from the effects of shoreline erosion while long-term measures are considered;

And Whereas it is desirable that those works do not affect the right of the public to use Sunset Boulevard as a public walkway, that the construction or placement occur in accordance with a proper design, and that the owners affected assume responsibility for the cost and maintenance of the proposed project;

And Whereas Council understands that the Crown may issue a permit specifying conditions for the use of the land for the project;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved That Council accepts the construction of the temporary shoreline protection project on a portion of Sunset Boulevard between 327 and 361 Sunset Boulevard inclusively on the basis that:

(a)        The project will not materially and significantly affect the ability of the public to use Sunset Boulevard as a public walkway; 

(b)        The temporary shoreline protective project consisting of super sandbags will be constructed in accordance with the design and approval of Mr. Dean Gould, P. Eng. or another engineer approved to the satisfaction of the Municipality; and

(c)        That the repair and maintenance of the temporary shoreline protective project consisting of super sandbags will be at the sole cost and responsibility of the adjoining property owners who are the direct beneficiaries of the temporary protective construction.”

Should you have any questions please contact your council:

Karin Boyd   Bruce Morrison     Tom Farrell

Kathy McKibbin    Penny McMorris     R. M. of Victoria Beach

CAO: Raymond J. Moreau
Address: 303-960 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Ph: (204)774-4263
Toll Free: 1-800-513-3839
Fax: (204)774-9834


And be sure to answer the poll questions to let them know your thoughts.



At the March 15th council meeting a proposal for sandbags was submitted to the RMVB for King Edward and Alexandra and was apparantly passed by council. The group proposing must now get permission from the Province to proceed.

It is not known what the specific details are.  However, as professor and coastal geologist Pilky advises in his open letter to Victoria Beach: “I would caution against use of experimental or temporary structures. One approach used in SC and NC has been to allow giant sandbags (provided they are removed after a couple of years), but enforcing the removal requirement has proved almost impossible and it turns out sandbags have the same impact on beach loss as concrete seawalls.”

It is therefore important to contact  RMVB council to request full information and disclosure on what this sandbag proposal is.  Ask questions and show your concerns.  (a good reference:

As well, please contact the province’s Conservation Ministry. (Whom the group will now need to get permission from.) Be sure they know that you propose only the small temporary sandbags should be allowed and not huge massive ones.  Ask them questions as well.  Be sure they know all the things to look into with sandbags re their construction, environmental impact when degrading, maintainance, liability etc.  Don’t assume they will if we don’t ask.

Be sure to use the Pilky quote in your letter, email or phone call and direct them to the full letter here.

As well, remind the NDP of their slogan on their website:   “Our many rivers, lakes and parks make this province a great place to live. And I want to ensure all Manitobans can enjoy them for generations to come.” Greg Selinger

If we do not deal with the situation at Victoria Beach swiftly, intelligently and with a strong environmental science, we are likely the last generation to ever enjoy these amazing beaches as the many generations before us have.

Time again is of the essence. As the spring flooding becomes more and more of an issue for the Province we risk being lost in the cacophony.

Please call or write council and the Province today!  Don’t underestimate the power of what we all have been sending.  It has been very effective in getting our message across.  Each email or call helps. Don’t let them take us off the radar. 

Bill Blaike: NDP Minister of Conservation 204-945-3730
Fred Meier: Deputy Minister 204-945-3785

Melnick –
Premier Selinger –

Greg Dewar, Selkirk MLA

R. M. of Victoria Beach  204-774-4263     

Thanks for helping preserve the beaches at Victoria Beach!

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