Until public health officials say that it is once again safe, we are urging
visitors to Hornby Island to
self-isolate in their primary residence.
Hornby does not have the resources
to handle an outbreak of the
Please stay safe and healthy
Visitors Welcome… But Later
Hornby Island normally welcomes visitors. At peak times, our winter population of less than one thousand swells to six or seven times that number. The well-being of our working populations and their families depends on this inflow of visitors. But the spread of COVID-19 virus now means that our community welfare and the welfare of all Canadians can only be assured if visitors remain at home.
At the national and provincial level, our public health authorities are urging people, as much as possible to stay at home. The more this happens, the more likely it is that our health facilities will be able to cope with the rising numbers of COVID-19 patients. This is acutely important here on Hornby Island. We are a small community making us vulnerable and largely unable to deal with increased population during a pandemic. Health facilities are meagre. We have only one doctor and no hospital. Evacuation of patients is dependent on the ferry system and the 4 helicopters that service the whole province of BC and those in turn depend for their operation on favourable weather conditions. The age group most vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19 is our elders. Two out of five Hornby year-round residents are aged sixty-five or more with 53% of the population aged over 60. We do have excellent Fire Department first responders and healthcare workers but their excellence requires that they themselves are not stricken with the virus. Hornby residents are now practicing social distancing and we urge would-be visitors to do the same by staying home.
As a result of our social distancing, Hornby facilities that might at other times service our visitors are largely shut down. The Co-op and the Ford Cove Store remain in operation but all other commercial operations have closed their doors until the pandemic is over. Arts and entertainment events that usually give vitality to visitors’ experience will not happen in the coming weeks and possibly months. The best way visitors can help is through social distancing which means simply, as our medical experts and government leaders say over and over, please stay home.
This too shall pass! We look forward to a time when Hornby will once again unhesitatingly welcome visitors.
HIRRA Services Closed
In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, HIRRA Executive and Committees have closed public services.
The Hornby Community Hall is closed to rentals.
The public outhouses are closed and locked.
The Free Store and Recycling Depot are closed. Garbage can still be deposited in the dumpster, but please do keep track of your “account” so you can pay the tipping fees when service resumes. Clean, dry recyclables can be stock-piled until the Depot re-opens.
Stay home and stay safe.
April AGM Postponed:
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the HIRRA Executive has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 8, 2020.
Watch for notices of the new AGM date.
March 11 Meeting Highlights
The membership supported the Hornby Denman Community Healthcare Society plans to expand the Clinic.
There was discussion about the Covid 19 virus with the following recommendations to slow the spread of the disease:
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN and thoroughly
- Self-isolate for two weeks (incubation period) when you return from traveling
- Self-isolate if you have any of the symptoms (fever, dry cough, flu-ish) and contact the clinic in advance to set up a time to be tested for the virus.
Collective Agreement and Revised Recycling Budget Unanimously Approved Feb 12
The draft Collective Agreement between HIRRA and the Recycling Depot employees, represented by CUPE was unanimously ratified by the Recycling employees on Feb. 11 and then by the HIRRA members at the Feb. 12 HIRRA meeting. The HIRRA membership also approved the revised 2020 Recycling Budget with an increase in wages/benefits to reflect the Collective Agreement.
Earthquake Rapid Damage Assessment Training Free Workshop Feb 22
The Hornby Island Emergency Preparedness Committee of HIRRA hosted an excellent Rapid Damage Assessment training and Earthquake Search and Rescue simulation session on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 to 3:00.
Contact Amy LeBaron to register or to learn more about organizing your neighbourhood for emergency resilience. E-mail: email@example.com
Recreation Budget Approved
Unfortunately, due to Administrator error, the DRAFT Recreation 2020 budget that was approved at the November 13 HIRRA meeting was not the final version approved by the Committee.
The correct Recreation 2020 budget was approved by the membership at the December 11, 2019 HIRRA meeting.
The correct version is posted here: FINAL Recreation 2020 5 yr Budget
Budgets Approved at Nov. 13 Meeting
The following DRAFT 2020 budgets for HIRRA’s tax-funded Committees were approved by the membership at the November 13 HIRRA meeting:
Thank you to everyone who attended the November 13, 2019 HIRRA meeting to discuss and vote on the DRAFT budgets before they were sent on to the CVRD for review and approval.
Core Services 2020 Budget Approved
The HIRRA Core Services Budget covers basic administration, bookkeeping, publicity, D&O insurance, fees and office supplies.
At the September 11, 2019 meeting, the membership approved the Core 2020 5 Year Budget as presented.
Next HIRRA Meeting:
Annual General Meeting POSTPONED
~Meetings will resume when safe to do so.~
Regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month except August and January.
We value our unique opportunity to self govern.
Water Sample Results
Water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via searching the Vancouver Island Health Authority web-site.
The Hornby Island Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association (HIRRA) is a non-profit society registered in the province of B.C. since 1973. Through this association we have an opportunity to be self-governing. HIRRA administers our tax dollars, and as its name implies, membership is open to residents and property owners of the island.
See the About page for complete information.
We wish to acknowledge and thank more than 60 dedicated volunteers, members of our community, who toil behind the scenes of HIRRA. New members and new volunteers are always welcome (must be a Hornby resident of at least 6 months or a rate-paying property owner on Hornby). New members are eligible to vote 42 days after registering.
In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these services:
~ Fire Protection via Hornby Island Fire Rescue
~ Recycling and Waste Management including the Free Store
~ Community Hall maintenance
~ Regional Parks and Trails maintenance (including: Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park and adjoining Crown Land trails, Sandpiper Beach, Grassy Point, Hidden Beach, Clamshell Place, Periwinkle Place, St. John’s Point Road and Trallee Point, and the Hornby Roadside Trails)
~ Invasive Weed Control
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island (a.k.a. the Privy Council)
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round
~ Boat Ramp maintenance and management
HIRRA Committees also manage and oversee these services without tax funding:
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management
~Emergency Preparedness planning and education
HIRRA is responsible for the public well on Sollans Road and the Crown Land lease that provides space for the Clinic; Hornby/Denman Community Health Care Society building; Farmers’ Market and Hornby Island Arts Council. The RCMP building is located on HIRRA owned land, and the Savoie Centre building houses the Union Bay Credit Union and Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation office.
HIRRA is truly at the heart of the island and the hard-working volunteers keep everything running smoothly for the benefit of the whole community. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!
HIAC Approval for new Arts Center
The Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) received approval for their motion at the October 10, 2018 HIRRA meeting seeking approval to build the HIAC art centre on HIRRA’s Crown Land lease in the vicinity of the current Teen Trailer adjacent to the existing Gallery in the Woods.
HIAC is now seeking additional infrastructure funding and working with the design team to finalize the Arts Center plan. Current news and a design survey are available on the HIAC web-site.
To contact HIAC, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250) 335-2070
New Cemetery Land Needed
In the spring of 2017 an ad hoc Committee was formed, charged with finding suitable land for a new Cemetery. The existing Cemetery can still accommodate cremated remains but has little room left for full body burials, so there is an urgent need for more suitable land. Contact the Administrator or Cemetery Committee members for more information.
From the November 13, 2013 regular meeting:
Rats and Us: Daniel Siegel created a worksheet on rat management and circulated to all at the November 2013 meeting. There are copies at the Co-op. Doug Shaw addressed the assembly on rat control methods. The Co-op is not licensed to sell rat poisons that are toxic to other animals. Several solutions were advanced. The question was asked can we give out traps? Toxic poisons are the last resort.