Hornby In the Time of Covid-19
Given the ongoing risk of a resurgence of Covid-19, we encourage all visitors, residents, and guests to follow the guidelines put forth by Dr. Bonnie Henry and the BC government.
Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Travel Manners from the BC Government Phase-3 website
- Check before you go [Hornby reservations recommended]
- Fewer faces in bigger spaces [use a mask in closer quarters]
- If sick, stay home
- Wash your hands [or sanitize]
- Keep a safe physical distance [including in outdoor spaces, beaches and trails]
- Come prepared, bring supplies [and take garbage away]
- Respect travel advisories
Be KIND: Please be considerate of Hornby’s precious environment by dealing with your garbage and recycling properly and conserving water. Our wells and septic systems often have limited capacity.
Be CALM: Hornby services have implemented provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and patrons safe. Please be patient and understanding with these changes and note that many island businesses will have limited capacity throughout the summer.
Be SAFE: Help our Hornby Island Fire Rescue first responder volunteers by using extra caution, especially in outdoor spaces. Now is not the time to risk getting injured! It is also important to observe all local fire restrictions and campfire bans.
Thank you for respecting our home and enjoying Hornby Island responsibly.
We are all in this together!
HIRRA Covid-19 Updates
As BC shifted into Stage 3 re-opening, HIRRA responded by opening some of our services, all with enhanced safety protocols.
The Recycling Depot is open for garbage and recycling drop-off, but no Free Store. The number of patrons allowed at the bins is limited to maintain physical distancing, so waits may be longer than usual.
The Community Hall is booked for an Art Show in August, but not for any musical or food events.
Our public outhouses will be open with extra cleaning at Shields Rd., Whaling Station, Little Tribune Bay and Grassy Point. A permanent privy is planned to be installed at Sandpiper this summer. The Market outhouse is only open on Market days.
Recreation is planning some limited outdoor activities for resident island youth.
The Regional Parks and Fire Department are operating as usual with enhanced cleaning and distancing protocols. We encourage people to enjoy recreation safely for the sake of our volunteer Fire Fighters/First Responders.
The Hornby Clinic has implemented increased precautions. Full details are in their official notice:
Hornby Island Medical Clinic Update:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how medicine is being practiced worldwide. We at the Hornby Clinic are working with the ever evolving situation to strike a balance between offering care to residents of Hornby Island and keeping the clinic staff and building safe. As such, we are currently not able to offer the level of service that residents and visitors have become accustomed to. Please read the following carefully:
If the Hornby Island Medical Clinic IS your primary health care provider:
- We continue to be available for your health care needs
- We cannot currently offer any walk-in services. All visits must be pre-booked by phone
- All appointments will initially be by phone. In person visits will be at the doctor or nurse’s discretion after having completed a consultation by phone. Phone appointments must be booked in advance.
- Life Labs is available for lab requirements
If the Hornby Island Medical Clinic is NOT your primary health care provider (visitors):
- We cannot currently offer any walk-in services
- We cannot offer any non-emergency care. Contact your medical practitioner for all non-emergency care.
- We cannot refill your prescriptions, dispense medication or provide routine care. The closest pharmacies are in the Comox Valley.
- We cannot offer lab work. The closest lab is in the Comox Valley
If you have a life or limb emergency call 911. No one with a life threatening condition will be turned away. To receive medical advice, call 811.
If you are expecting visitors or operating rentals, a camp ground or accommodations, please make your visitors aware of the current medical service restrictions. Please help keep our medical practitioners, staff and community safe!
The Comox Valley Regional District and Islands Trust have collaborated to prepare a helpful pamphlet for island visitors and residents that is being passed out at the Buckley Bay ferry landing:CVRD Trust pamphlet July 2020
July 8, 2020 Zoom Meeting
The regular HIRRA July meeting was held by Zoom video conferencing software on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm.
July 8, 2020 Agenda
- Minutes of the June 10, 2020 Zoom AGM
- Executive report
- Community Announcements
- Comfort Stations (Privy Council) report
- Ferry Advisory Committee report
- Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement (HICEEC) updates
- Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) updates
MOTION: To approve updating HIRRA’s Crown Land Lease to allow the HIAC trailer to be located next to the HDCHCS office as a storage/meeting space and to adjust the site of the HIAC Arts Centre.
- Islands Trust updates
Thank You, HIRRA Volunteers!
Over fifty people attended the June 10 HIRRA Zoom AGM, including six new members. We were glad to have had a “practice” Zoom meeting in May as there were a lot of details to manage. All Committees presented their annual reports and the accountants’ 2019 Year-end Review Engagement financial report was approved.
Two new Executive members and most Committee members were elected by acclamation. There was an election (by Zoom polling) for the Parks Committee where seven people were standing for election to the five-person Committee.
We appreciate everyone who stood for election and all the members who attended to participate in local democracy.
The HIRRA Executive has two-year staggered terms. Lynn Nunley, President, and Rudy Rogalsky, Treasurer, are half-way through their terms and their positions will be up for election next year. Lynn and Rudy will not be seeking re-election. Jeremy Payne, Vice-president, and Alpen Kelly, Secretary, were elected this year and their positions will be up for election in 2022.
The following Committee volunteers were elected for one-year terms to manage HIRRA’s community services until the 2021 AGM:
Recycling: Jan Kennedy, Ilze Raudzins, Barbara Baird, Alsoon Brine, Kathi Sauve.
Fire Protection: Tor Nawrot, Brian Amos, Jim Garton, Don Peterson, Phoebe Long.
Regional Parks and Trails: Betty Kennedy, Brian Kittleson, Sasha LeBaron, Rusty Harrison, Tom Rutherford.
Community Hall: Vicki Bale, Judith Lawrence, Cathy Bonner, Hilary Wood-McDonnell, Gabriel Jeroschewitz.
Recreation: Bill Hamilton, Cindy Ackland, Eben Walmsley, Alex Lamont, Karen Young.
Comfort Stations (Privy Council): Nym Hughes, Tony Law, Shelley Beckett.
Invasive Weed Control: Anna Zielinski, Eva Wetzel, Liz Earle.
Boat Ramp: John Struthers, Colleen Work, Peter Walford, Larry Wasserman, Mike Pedneault, Rich Ward, Sally Englund.
Cemetery Stewards: Gemma Colin, Margaret Pethick, Tina Wai, Larry Smith, Iain Palmer, Gloria Herbert, Kathleen O’Brien.
Fall Fair: Alsoon Brine, Alison Stevenson, Landys Klyne, Liz Earle, Jeff Rabena (Note: this year’s Fall Fair has been cancelled because of the Covid crisis.)
Emergency Preparedness: David Wiseman, Russel Roy, Amy LeBaron, Gary Burtinsky, Albini Lapierre, Helen Grond, Michael Berman.
Committees that end up with vacancies may fill them by appointment until the next AGM.
Participate: Interested community members are welcome to attend HIRRA Committee meetings. Please contact the Administrator for upcoming meeting dates, or to share your ideas and feedback in written form.
July Meeting: The next HIRRA meeting will be held by Zoom video-conference on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm. We expect to have some updates from community groups, but the exact meeting agenda has not been finalized as of the First Edition deadline. Watch for the regular HIRRA agenda insert in the Tribune. Note that there will be no HIRRA meeting in August.
Please e-mail the Administrator to register for the July Zoom meeting. This is a security precaution to reduce the chance of offensive “Zoom-bombing”. Everyone already registered for the Zoom meetings will receive an e-mail invitation with the meeting ID and password a few days before the meeting.
Visitors Welcome… But Later (May 2020)
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.
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.
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:
Sept. 9, 2020 7:30pm by Zoom
Contact Administrator to register for the meeting.
~In person 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: email@example.com 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.