Photo by Ellen Rush


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Dive In! Book Launch

Forbes Hall ~ Nov. 25th ~ 2-4pm

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Blood Pressure Clinic ~ Forbes Hall ~ Nov. 28th

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Forbes Hall Expansion

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Fundraising Update


Forbes Hall Expansion Donations

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Thetis Island Improvement District

Planned Changes to the Firehall

Rainfall Stats ~ Preedy Harbour

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Who's Who of Thetis Pets Registry

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Thetis Island Farm Producers
Thetis Island Community Fund
Thetis Island Community Association

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Further Clarification For Garbage/Recycle Parcel Tax



In order for Thetis to manage her own solid waste, an organisation of some kind is necessary.  TIRRA has been doing it for decades.  The only other reasonable option is for CVRD to do it for us.  This would leave Thetis with very little say in how our solid waste is collected or how much it might cost.

On May 11th TIRRA hosted an advertised special meeting to discuss and present information about our solid waste system and to discuss raising the budget cap.  The end result was a vote to raise the cap to a maximum of $283 per parcel.  The tentative 2014 budget would be in the range of $160-180 (to be set at the Oct 24th general meeting) which seems to me to be most reasonable for the service provided considering the majority of TIRRA members VOLUNTARILY paid $150 for the 2011 year.

As a nearby example in Chemainus, Ken and Jan pay $236 for their garbage recycle pick up.  This is for ONE can every OTHER week with a weight limit of 35 pounds, put out at the end of the driveway.  Anything else they may want to dispose of has to be taken to Bings Creek or Peerless Rd.  The recycle/compost is picked up alternate weeks.  It would seem reasonable that CVRD would have to charge more for coming to Thetis.  If TIRRA is unable to secure funds to operate our system, I see no other alternative but to turn it over to CVRD.  Truly, the choice is yours. 

You may be considering, (or someone may be trying to convince you), to vote against bylaw 3713 (which is the five year cap on what TIRRA is allowed to budget for).  If a negative vote on this Alternate Approval Process forces a referendum, it typically costs about $15,000 to host a referendum when there is no scheduled election taking place.

If you have already voted against the bylaw and wish to retract your negative vote, please contact Kathleen Harrison at CVRD (250-746-2500) or e-mail, before September 17th.

I wonder why we would want to pay CVRD more money than it costs to do it ourselves and get a reduced service in return??  If you are in favour of bylaw 3713 and the Thetis recycle system, you don’t need to cast a vote at this time.


Ernie Hunter

TIRRA chair




Items for Sale

For Sale:  

Whirlpool dehumidifier-heater, 50 pint capacity,  $30 or best offer.  

5-drawer highboy dresser $10.  

Call 250-246-8844


Campfire Ban to be lifted Friday August 30th

The campfire ban on Thetis Island will be lifted at noon Friday August 30th and campfires WITH A PERMIT and less than 20 inches by 20 inches, with a shovel and water source at the site will be allowed.  No other outdoor fires (campfires without a permit, burn barrels, incinerators, yard wasted piles, fireworks, sky lanterns etc.) are allowed until Nov.1st.  The permit pager will be activated at 9 a.m. Friday August 30th at 250-715-9131 and campfire permits may be obtained between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  You may also apply on-line at any time by using the link at and the TIVFD will contact you within 24 hours.  

Fire Chief J. Caldbeck
Thetis Island Fire Dept.




DNA my Dog ~ Fundraiser for Friends of Furries

As recently announced Eddie Rush is the Friends of Furries Poster Dog for this year’s DNA my Dog FUNdraiser...  He will be appearing LIVE  this Saturday... from 10-11 at the Recycling yard and 11-12 or so at the Community Fair. 
Friends of Furries works with animals on both Thetis and Penelakut Islands, assisting with spay/neuters, partial financial assistance for emergency vetinerary care and surgeries for pets of low income individuals.  In addition we assist with rehoming unwanted or stray animals, and transporting injured wildlife such as eagles and seals to appropriate facilities, and advocating for quality of life for all pets.   
To participate in our latest fundraiser remember to bring your wallet to the garbage this Saturday.  Meet Eddie and guess at his breed(s).  Review Eddie’s story and photographs at  and then simply place your guess at his lineage to support Friends of Furries and a chance to win a DNA my Dog kit AND a copy of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Andy Lamb. 
Entries are $10 each and you can send your guess via email to, via the drop box to Friends of Furries, or with Carol Swann, Kathleen MacIsaac, Keith Rush or Ellen Rush whenever you see them. 

Carol Swann

Capernwray Harbour - Art Show & Sale - Aug 29th

This week at Capernwray Harbour, there are a group of painters from Nanaimo area who have been staying on the property enjoying all that Thetis Island has to offer.
They are doing an art show and sale tomorrow evening, Thursday Aug 29th starting at 7:00 pm in the lecture hall foyer at the top of Capernwray property. Everyone is welcome to come and look around or shop for some familiar sights captured in a painting.
Also a group of Quilters are doing a show & share following the painters show on Thursday the 29th in the lecture hall classroom.

Everyone is welcome!
Sarah Hutchings
Capernwray Harbour 




Community Fair ~ last one of the summer!

Saturday, August 31st

Forbes Hall 10AM ~ 1PM

Join us at the very social Saturday Community Fair. 

Artisans, display your wares!

Everyone, bring whatever you have to sell – check out the backs of your closets, cupboards, & crawlspaces!  Lots of islanders have moved hundreds of $ of merchandise this summer! 

This Saturday the Café will be serving yummy Cinnamon Buns, Raspberry Scones and whatever else we come up with!  

Grab a coffee (tea or cold beverage) for a browse and visit!

Vendors, please contact Ann Dickie to let us know you’re attending.  Please arrive by 9:30 AM to set up.


Seniors Dinners ~ Name Change!

Please note that Seniors Dinners are now called TISC Dinner Events.  Their page is listed under Island Groups & Activities. Click here to go directly to their page.


Dog House & TV Free

Here it is BIG dog lovers. FREE! Very BIG solid cedar, excellent condition, big enough for extra large dogs.
Can even be used for "overflow guests" the ones you may not be crazy about. Comes with one rubber play item
This dog house was purchased new from Bosley's Pet Store. It is in great shape. You pick it up and it's yours!
Contact: Steve or Myla, PH# 250-246-2099
32"Sony Trinitron TV in working condition. Free to first taker.
Call Liz or Dave at 250-210-8886

Outdoor Burn Ban Still in Effect on Thetis

Although the BC Forest Service has lifted the total fire ban for parks and crown land in the Coastal Fire Region, Thetis Island Fire Dept. continues to enforce a total fire ban, including campfires, at this time.
Local conditions in our forests are still at HIGH hazard and we need several full days/nights of rain here to lift the ban partially to allow for campfires.  Long term fire weather forecasts predict a drying trend again for next week.  
Please continue to report all outdoor smoke sightings on Thetis to 911 and the Fire Dept. will investigate.  We still have to get through September, traditionally our driest month.  
Any future change of the fire ban on Thetis will be posted on the TIVFD website, e-Spokes, the Thetis Blog, the ferry hazard board, and the permit signs posted at various locations on the island.
You can also call the Duty Officer for information: 250-252-0228 (due to several large cell holes on the island, you may have to leave a message).

Fire Chief J. Caldbeck
Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department

Thetis Island Improvement District ~ Links

On Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department website
TIID 2013 AGM minutes and TIID Regular Board meeting minutes

linked from the TIID page at the TIVFD website:

Minutes of 2013 Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the July 23, 2013 Board Meeting



Soiree a Big Success

On behalf of TICA and the Thetis Island Community Fund we would like to thank everyone who attended our 3rd annual Summer Soiree, donated art, services and other items for the silent and live auctions, bought art, contributed easels and worked on the event.

It was a great success and we are happy to report that we raised almost $12,000 which will be divided between TICA and the Fund. A sincere Thank You to everyone on Thetis for your support of this good cause.

Carolyn Askew, president, TICA

Teresa Moore, president, Thetis Island Community Fund


Camera Club

Tuesday 27th August, 7 pm in the Hunter Room at Forbes Hall
Carol Sowerby


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