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Elect Graham Randle for RMVB Council

It has become clear from all available resources that Graham Randle is the man who should be elected next Councillor for the RMVB.  Not only does he stand for many of the principles that the majority of the people of this municipality believe in — in particular shoreline management that does NOT include revetments — but for many other important RMVB issues as well.

Graham has also clearly proven to be the most easily approachable and most readily available candidate to talk to thus far in this very short campaign. He has held numerous meet and greets, he has appeared at various important VB functions and is quick to respond to both emails and phone calls with prompt and unambiguous responses.  He is holding another meet and greet this weekend  on Saturday the 17th at the Victoria Beach Store from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m

We are very lucky to have a quality candidate like this running for office.  Please vote for Graham Randle in our upcoming by-election.  If you cannot vote in person please be sure to request your mail in ballot as soon as possible from the RMVB.  This is a very important election and we need every vote to insure an informed and consistent voice is on council, to go with the other three, who will protect the beaches at Victoria Beach and all the surrounding beaches well into the long future.

We must NEVER allow what has happened to Arthur and Patricia to happen ever again. Voting for Graham Randle is a great start.


By Election in RMVB: Know who you vote for!

There are reportedly three choices running for the open RMVB councillor position.  It is becoming clearer that not all three have the same views on preserving the beaches —  above all else.  We strongly suggest you ask hard questions for those running for office.

The Facebook S.O.S page says there will be a Meet and Greet for Graham Randle tomorrow (Saturday, September 10th) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. At Saffies Store. Come out and learn more about his ideas on issues facing our unique community.  We think you will like what you will hear. Go see for yourself.


New Pictures of the Absolute Devastation of Patricia and Arthur Beach

After years of warnings and actions by many to halt or remove the revetment on Patricia and Arthur Beach, we are very sad to report “we told you so”.

As another season passes, the beach is further beginning to look exactly like what we were told it would.  The quiet truth of science once again trumps the loud volume of the nay-sayers.  Severe scouring of the rocks has revealed rocks and stones and the further continuing removal of all and any sand from this once pristine beach, shows it is doomed.  The amount of people that looked at it this weekend with both shock and awe, was telling.   The wordless sadness at what we are losing was profound.  People simply did not have the words.

Make no mistake.  A truly great gift of a beach has been taken from many of us.  Let the pictures do the talking:

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If these pictures bother you, don’t simply mourn and walk on.  Do something.  Voicing your concern to council is a very good first step.  They all campaigned on making things better on the beaches at VB.   This is an epic fail.

Here are their emails:

Reeve Brian Hodgson
Councillor Linda McMillan
Councillor Kathy McKibbin
Councillor Penny McMorris
Councillor Gordon Ross

Looking Ahead: Another year passes and Patricia beach now appears lost

Another year has passed and the revetment built on Arthur beach still remains standing.  The immediate and lasting result of what these structures can cause, can now be clearly seen with your own eyes. More importantly, it is shocking how little time it has taken for the devastation to happen.

Patricia Beach is now a wasteland of rock and clay.  Much of the sand is gone and what was once a heavily used beach by the community now sees only a few brave souls scattering it, as there is no comfortable place to sit nor safe ways to even enter the water.

How sad.  And, how predictable.

If you have not taken a look at Patricia and Arthur since you regularly visit the still stunning Clubhouse, Alexandra/King Edward or Connaught beaches, you really need to go and take a look.  Is this devastation in your beach’s future too?  This is exactly what the science said would happen.

The RMVB now has a new council.  It is time to send an email to each of them and ask:

What are their thoughts are on the state of Patricia?  What is the status on the removal of the revetment on Arthur?  Why is the Baird plan not doing anything to help sustain that beach if possible? Why are they not diligently enforcing the bylaws by still allowing (or turning a blind eye) to the clearing of bush on municipal property on the banks?  Why are they not enforcing the bylaws when those above continue to access the beach via the banks?  Are they planning to change the ongoing lack of enforcement and will they step up and do their jobs responsibly, transparently and efficiently as they campaigned?

We must let the powers that be know we are still here!  We still want these beaches returned to their previous state!  That we are not going away!

Please send your concerns to the new councilors:

Reeve Brian Hodgson
Councillor Linda McMillan
Councillor Kathy McKibbin
Councillor Penny McMorris
Councillor Gordon Ross



Baird Final Draft Plan

The final draft plan for our shorelines has been released by Baird and can be found on the VB website:

IMPORTANT DATES: August 21and 22nd

The final Draft Shoreline Management Plan will be presented by Pete Zuzek and Jenn Ogrodnick of Baird & Associates on Wednesday, August 21st at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Beach Clubhouse on Pier Road/Clubhouse Beach. All comments received from the July 23/24th presentation and Open House will have been incorporated into this final draft.

On Thursday, August 22nd there will be an Open House at the Victoria Beach Clubhouse to allow further discussion and input into the Draft Shoreline Management Plan from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Both Pete and Jenn will be available to hear your feedback and provide more detailed answers to your questions.

Your feedback is important on this critical issue facing our shorelines.



Why are there so many rocks on the beaches this year?

There has been much discussion about why there are so many rocks on Arthur/Patricia this year.  As well as King Edward and Alexandra.

Where have they all come from everyone is wondering?

Well, after a discussion with Peter Zuzek with Baird we got an interesting answer.

The state of the beaches is likely  the result of both a low activity weather year as well as the revetment on Arthur and sandbags on King Edward and Alexandra.

It was offered that the rocks are actually not “coming” from anywhere but rather, they are being “revealed”.

They have always been there.

But now that the existing revetment and sandbags are there — and the sand replenishment has thus decreased — these rocks are slowly being revealed.

They used to be covered by sand.

The stones we are seeing are not typically moved by waves nor are they stray pieces from the revetment,

It is the scouring we are now seeing.

As Peter stated:  “While the events like the storm in 2010 are terrible for the land owners, they are events that are the sand makers,  They put the sand on the beach.”

He did point out there is a fair amount of vegetation now growing again, to help stabilize the banks and it shows there has not been any recent big event to draw sand from the bank to the shores again.  That is part of the reason there may be less sand as well.

“There is a “pulse” to the beaches…some years lots of sand, some not as much.  Dependant on the waves and weather activity.”

But he also pointed out one can’t deny that this is also likely the result of less sand being accessed and less material being accessed from the banks — because of the man made erosion efforts.

It gets clearer and clearer what we should not be doing at VB and that other means such as sand replenishment and groins should become the new focus.

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