P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 22
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Rotary Club of Vancouver's, and
Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation's

Quorum is required, so if at all possible, please attend.
The agenda for the Rotary Club of Vancouver's AGM is as follows:
  1. To receive the report of the Directors to the members;
  2. To receive and approve the financial statements of the Society for the fiscal year ended
  3. June 30, 2020;
  4. To appoint auditors or to waive the appointment of auditors;
  5. To confirm the appointment of or to elect, as required by the By-Laws, the Directors and Officers:
    • Vice President to begin January 1, 2021 (President Elect 2021-2022 & President 2022-2023):  Kendall Jessiman
    • 3 Board Members to begin July 1, 2021: Sandra Lowe, Ian Storrs, Paul Martin
    • Sergeant-at-Arms Elect: Peter Clarke
  6. To transact such other business as may lawfully come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
​​​​​​​The Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation's AGM will follow directly after the RCoV's AGM.

Club Day - Let's Celebrate!
Time to connect, share stories, and chuckle about our ugly Christmas sweaters.

Bill and Wendy Dauphinee regret that their annual Rotary Christmas Carol Singalong will not go ahead this year due to the pandemic.
As they put up the tree, they were recalling how many lovely evenings we have shared.  Fingers crossed for next year!
Best wishes to all,
The Dauphinees
Have a story about Rotary you'd like to share? A tidbit of good news?
An exciting project on the horizon?
We want to share good news with everyone on our website and other social media outlets.
Don't delay, contact our Public Image committee today!

Rotary Club of Vancouver FUNDRAISER

Rotary face masks are still available as a fundraiser for our own club. $10 each. They fit quite large, ear pieces will need to be adjusted to get the right fit for you. There is a pocket for you to fit a filter in, making them as safe as possible.
Contact Carolyn, to order.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 08, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Jan 16, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Jan 19, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 21, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 22, 2021 10:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Jan 28, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 05, 2021 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Feb 16, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 18, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 19, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Feb 20, 2021 11:00 AM
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 Mindy Tulsi-Ingram Dec 03
at our Club
Anna Mandryko
1 year Dec 03
Scott Stroshin
1 year Dec 03
Min Kuang 
4 years Dec 01
Aldo Brussoni 
25 years Dec 01
David Motion 
28 years Dec 01
Jim Evans 
41 years Dec 01
Ralph Towsley 
41 years Dec 01
John Hoyle 
44 years Dec 01
none this week

Last Meeting November 27, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Parisa Adrangi, acting Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced guests.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp via taped video.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning, as well as our own members who have taken the time out of their busy lives to be with us today. Thank you for joining us.
  • The gaming grant is complete and submitted. Thanks to Wayne Fraser for getting it done. The ask is for over $30K this year.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Robin Luo was interviewed by Franco Gallo. A thoroughly enjoyable interview. If you missed it, CLICK HERE to view it.
  • Jocelyn Vissia, from the Young Professional Rotaractors (VYPR), again shared the link for their upcoming fundraising event, and also extended an invitation to their next meeting.
    • Holiday Online Auction Benefiting the Shoebox Project. This is a week-long holiday silent auction to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones while supporting a great cause! From delicious treats to language lessons, you’re sure to find something original that a loved one (or yourself, we’re not judging) would be happy to receive.

      Members of VYPR have created, found or otherwise volunteered items and services to donate as a fundraiser for the Shoebox Project.

      All proceeds will be donated to the Shoebox project.

      CLICK HERE to see what's in the auction.
John B introduced our guest speaker, Michael Lowry, Communications Manager for West Coast Marine Response (WCMRC).
The Canadian spill response regime was created in 1995 to enable the shipping and oil industries to respond to their own oil spills. Built on the polluter-pays principle, the regime is based on a partnership between the federal government and industry. WCMRC is the industry funded response organization (RO) for Canada’s West Coast. It was founded in 1976 as a small response co-op called Burrard Clean Operations started by four oil companies who had refineries in Burrard Inlet, and a pipeline company that was shipping oil out of the inlet. The purpose of the co-op was to ensure there was a state of preparedness in Burrard Inlet to respond in the event of an oil spill.
In 1995, following two large spills in Alaska and the state of Washington, the Canada Shipping Act was amended to include regulations and standards to protect all navigable waters in the country. It placed restrictions on tankers and barges of 150 tonnes and greater, on all ships 400 tonnes and greater, and on oil handling facilities that receive deliveries from these vessels. When these changes came into effect, WCMRC was formed to respond to spills in all of Western Canada’s navigable waters, and Burrard Clean became a division of WCMRC.
With the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion scheduled to begin operations in 2022, WCMRC is implementing a spill response enhancement program that will see $150 million invested in new equipment and new response bases in the Salish Sea. These enhancements will cut response times dramatically and significantly increase response capabilities along B.C.’s South Coast.
This presentation will explore the history of spill response in Canada and the development of the Western Canada Marine Response Corp. on the West Coast. Participants will learn about the technology involved in response and how WCMRC identifies and protects coastal sensitivities. The presentation will also explain how WCMRC is preparing for future increases in tanker traffic as a result of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Going back to mid 70s, at that time there was a lot more refining in the Burrard Inlet than there is now. All organizations there had their own spill response resources. In 1976 all were brought together for “Burrard Clean”.
With the Exxon Valdez spill things changed. Though the spill was in US waters there was a significant Canadian response. Afterwards, the Canadian government commissioned a report to look at lessons learned, the Brander-Smith Report. It resulted in Canada Shipping Act amendments. It came into effect in 1993 and dictates that if a large vessel is coming into our ports, it must have a WCMRC certified membership for which the shipping firm pays. All oil handling facilities also need to be a member. Transport Canada certifies them.
Not a lot changed in the ensuing years. In 2013 Harper did take a crack at making amendments. More recently, in 2016 the Canada Ocean Protection Act came into effect with further protections enacted.
The roles and responsibilities of the various organizations involved with spill response are:
  • Transport Canada
    • They are the lead regulatory agency; regime review
    • Certification of Response Organizations (ROs)
  • Canadian Coast Guard
    • Respond to minor spills
    • Lead cross-border exercises
    • Federal Incident Commander, final authority for any action taken
  • Environment Canada/BC Ministry of Environment/D>F>O>
    • Data for mapping and shoreline assessment, used for planning
    • Assist in identifying environmental, cultural and economic priorities
Response Organizations are responsible for 27000 Km of coastline. There are response bases dispersed along the coast including, Vancouver – Coast Salish, Prince Rupert – Ts’msyen, Duncan – Coast Salish, and Kitimat – Haisla. Future bases will be Nanaimo – Coast Salish, Sidney – Coast Salish, Victoria – Lekwungen, Beecher Bay – Coast Salish, Port Alberni – Nuu-chah-nulth, Ucluelet – Nuu-chah-nulth, and Fraser River – Coast Salish.
There are response equipment caches disbursed along the coast where contractors in local area can be trained to use it until the teams can get there to take over. This minimizes response time. Locations include Queen Charlotte – Haida Gwaii, Masset – Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella – Heiltsuk, Port Hardy – Kwakwaka’wakw, Campbell River – Coast Salish, Sunshine Coast – Coast Salish, Port Alberni – Nuu-chah-nulth, Nanaimo – Coast Salish, Deltaport – Coast Salish, Fraser River – Coast Salish, and Victoria – Lekwungen.
The WCMRC is funded primarily by it’s 2,300+ members. This includes the shipping industry – ships of > 400 gross tons must have a membership and they pay tolls. As well as the oil handling facilities, who as mentioned earlier, must also have a certified membership. In addition, subscribers pay fees.
The response fleet includes a variety of specially built boats. Different sizes and capabilities of these boats are used anything from inner harbours to open ocean. They are equipped with infrared cameras on board so they can be run 24 hrs. They have a new vessel that can handle heavy weather, its not too fast but can handle adverse weather conditions that other boats cannot.
Coastal response program brings in data sets from government and local environmental groups showing where sensitivities are along the coast. Once identified they can look at best way to protect the specific sensitivity. This has been done for about 700 locations, with focus along shipping lanes.
Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project teams did some risk assessment and provided the data to the WRMRC. This information can influence actions taken, and thus how fast they can respond to a spill, lessening the impact on the coast. They propose shrinking response times, e.g., instead of 6-hour max reducing to 2 hours. To do this it will need more equipment and bases set up. Good news: all new bases are currently under construction, and should be fully operational by fall 2022. Vancouver will have a 24/7 manned Harbour base near New Brighton Park.
The TMX will result in growth in terms of spill response, including the following estimates:
  • An increase of personnel from the current 80 to 200
  • An increase of vessels from the current 45 to 88
  • An increase of bases from the current 3 to 9
In 2016 there were 16 equipment locations, versus 2022 there will be an estimated additional 28 locations. Then add Coast Guard locations and we’ve got great coverage.
Some think that they cannot clean up diluted bitumen – the raw product mined in N. Alberta. Too thick for pipeline, therefore diluted. The WCRMR is the only RO in the world with real world marine experience with dilbit – 2007 pipeline rupture in Burnaby that went into the Burrard Inlet. Since 2012 Canadian scientists have produced more than 60 peer-reviewed papers on dilbit. All this research backs up the WCMRC experience.
Ocean Protective Plan initiatives include:
  • Emergency Towing Vessels, need more. If vessel loses power, even large ones, it can be towed to safety before a potential catastrophic crash onto shores.
  • Cumulative effects of shipping
  • Regional risk assessments
  • Regional response planning
  • Increased radar coverage
  • Marine protected areas
Where does oil collected go? Goes to treatment centre, 1 in lower mainland (Richmond) & 1 on Vancouver Island, via tankers. Can be recycled, or if not incinerated. If backlog in disposing can cause problems.
How accessible is the equipment? An example, on Galiano, there are 20 ft sea cans with equipment are on floats. These can be taken to area needed easily. Local contractors are trained for quick help.
How many on average, spills per year? Typically, 20 or so call outs. Many are spills that take a couple of days to clean up. For example, old fishing vessel sink in a harbour, or a tug overturns. They have not been called to a tanker incident in 40+ years of existence.
How is bad weather on the rugged west coast handled? This is definitely a challenge. It may be necessary to make the decision to collect oil off shoreline if not possible to get on the water. Depends on the type of spill. If it’s too dangerous, personnel will not be sent out. Priority get it off the water, then beaches, shorelines, but personnel will not be put at risk.
Is the robust spill response plan shared with anti-pipeliners? The WCMRC do make numerous presentations, providing training & education.
What is the biggest fear? Tankers are not the real fear, especially with improvements after Exxon. From time they leave port until they reach open seas, the safety measure in place are fantastic. Container ships are the fear. They are huge, most have as much fuel on board as a tanker. Don’t have same precautions in place for container ships. If interested, check out Clear Seas organization – looks at shipping in Canada and how to make it better, safer.
Some vessels in the harbour look derelict, are they controlled? All vessels coming into Canadian waters and to our ports, must meet Canadian standards and regulations.
Michael is available to contact if you have follow up questions or want more information, (
CLICK HERE for the WCMRC website.
CLICK HERE for the Clear Seas website.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the beautiful BC coastline and the effort to protect it.

December 18, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary