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Long Beach Radio recieved the following letter this morning from an email address associated with Jeff Mathieson, we do not know if the other names agreed to be undersigned;
(since we originally posted the letter below Westerly News has published a story on the situation HERE, Canada.com links tend to disappear so if the link doesn't work the story has probably been taken down) Clarity
Hotel Tax, collected by large accommodation providers in Ucluelet
comes back to Ucluelet for tourism for the benefit of ALL
tourism-related businesses and has been collected for approximately 4
years now. This tax came in to being by referendum – to vote yes or
no, one had to be a FRAP (Fixed Roof Accommodation Provider – 4
units or more). Tourism Ucluelet (TU) was set up with a mandate to
market Ucluelet externally and while under the umbrella of the
Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce (UCofC), the elected TU Board had to
consist of 6 FRAP members and 2 other businesses. TU has a
contract with the Province outlining terms of reference to spend
these marketing dollars for the benefit of all. Approximate dollars
received to spend on showcasing Ucluelet’s charms comes in at about
$130,000 per year.
these funds, TU has effectively marketed Ucluelet through web, print,
film, consumer shows and the Ucluelet App.; providing maps and
booklets for businesses to guide tourists in town. Seed money was
provided for the start of the Ucluelet Salmon Derby. Marketing
support has been provided to the Wild Pacific Trail and the Ucluelet
Aquarium. Tourism Ucluelet’s constitution was drawn up to represent
all business in Ucluelet not just Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce
Members or FRAP members. B&B’s, vacation rentals, restaurants,
tour operators – those funds are for the benefit of all. These
funds are separate from the UCofC’s funding, which comes from a
share of business licences. Most accommodation providers this year
are now reporting a significant increase over last years advance
booking at this time. In some cases it is over 60%.
Thornton Report best business practice recommends after a threshold
of $100 k in income is achieved, it is advisable to become a separate
entity. This would enable Tourism Ucluelet to apply for grants, have
Pay Pal on the site on the Ucluelet.Travel.com website, take
ownership of web domains, and have direct billing through TU
(currently telephone bills are the name of a board member who is then
reimbursed), simplify accounting practices, PST,GST,HST.
then approached the District of Ucluelet (DofU) to separate from the
UCofC as a separate entity. A list of requirements was drawn up by
the District of Ucluelet, in writing and signed by the mayor of the
time, Eric Russcher. A time was agreed to by TU and DofU. Although 4
months beyond the timeline mutually agreed to by TU and DofU . TU met
with the District of Ucluelet,who changed the original terms in the
written agreement and tried to implement processes for marketing
Ucluelet. District staff were now to be involved and constraints
implemented that do not lend itself to effective marketing. Marketing
must be flexible and reactive to opportunities that arise. It
should be noted that an election had been held during this process,
and although the previous Mayor Russcher and Council was supportive,
the new Mayor and Council did not want to adhere to the previous
agreement outlining separation of TU from UCofC,
Ucluelet then decided to continue as it previously had for 4 years
under the UCofC. The UCofC replied with requirements that fell
outside of the Terms of Reference/Contract with the Province that
were agreed to at inception of Tourism Ucluelet.
of lack of financial reporting has been made and a letter was
received from UCofC to TU outlining a brand new set of terms of
reference that has not been approved by the Finance Minister. The
letter, signed by Marilyn MacEwan, President of UCofC on April 18
2012 implied that TU members could be seen as embezzling funds. Some
TU board members resigned immediately and others resigned after
seeking legal advice. It should be noted that Tourism Ucluelet were
required to share bookkeepers with the UCOC for the sake of full
transparency. Tourism Ucluelet has been commended by an
Administrator in the Minister of Finance for its reporting. The
District of Ucluelet has had copies of all financials.
Ucluelet has been critical of the UCOC recent $10,000 expenditure for
marketing the Edge to Edge Marathon. This expense could have been
paid for with marketing dollars from TU, not the limited funds from
the struggling UCofC. Reasons given from UCofC for not willing to
approach TU, were the refusal to work with an elected board member
of the TU board. In doing so the UCOC also failed to utilize grants
that were available to TU. This same reason was given for not
attending TU’s monthly meetings where they would have been fully
entwined of Tourism Ucluelet's activities. The UCOC recently applied
to the District of Ucluelet for a larger portion of business license
fees, yet is not utilizing TU funds.
has been halted in Ucluelet. TU contracted staff member has been
layed off. The District of Ucluelet has failed to reimburse $25,000
in tax dollars to TU. The UCOC has put an “all stop” on further
expenditures. The TU board has resigned.
is a matter of the control of marketing funds; criticisms and
controls aside, the intention of the Province of BC was to have a
separate marketing board, TU, support of the FRAPS and a large
representation of FRAPS, who collect this money on the TU board.
would like to thank all the past members of our board; Former Mayor
Russcher, Keith Morrison of Parks Canada; Kathy and John DeVries who
many times went beyond the call of duty in the promotion of Ucluelet.
We would like to convey our gratitude the hard work of all
associated with the Aquarium, The Wild Pacific Trail,
Ucluelet Salmon Derby. Finally to all the dedicated business people
of Ucluelet who enhance and make our product.
The accuracy of the claim herein and what this means for tourism marketing and initiatives already in motion I cannot say. Hopefully a more complete story will be generated soon.
If you are interested in attending the lauch event it's at The Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Wednesday April 24, 2012 starting at 8. There is a Ucluelet event planned for the following Wednesday as well.
On a side note, if you missed last week's episode of The Friday Funky Food Hour you can listen to it now.
We've had reports that Mr. Jeffery has been found safe. Great work SAR folks!!
At 14:30 today the Tofino RCMP received a report of an overdue 82 year old
male. Reported by the family, the male had not been heard from for 3 hours
after advising he was going for a walk on the beach, possibly Chesterman Beach.
He had previously suffered from a stroke so the family was concerned. His
name is John JEFFERY
This morning we were visited by Tofino's Paul Jarvis. Paul recently put together a vegan cook ebook called Eat Awesome. We talked a bit about why one might choose a vegan diet and what you would eat if you did. Sadly I forgot to ask him how to cook a vegan but he was kind enough to tell me via Twitter afterwards;
First off, our thoughts are with the folks affected by the fire at Driftwood in Ucluelet. Glad to hear that no-one was hurt in the blaze that destroyed the fun, local restaurant. The Westerly has a great story about it here if you want more info.
We had some fun with a couple of the girls from The Black Pearls, our newly named west coast roller derby squad. Here's the audio;
Well, it's spring for sure now. Life in Tofino and Ucluelet is always sweet. This time of year it's difficult to remember the winter storms, lengthy power outages and endless strings of grey days that the storm season holds. It's not always blue sky an sunshine, even in the peak of summer but there are moments of amazing beauty every day. Here's a sunset from just outside the studio a week or so back.
Around this time last year we were joined on-air by Carrie Ann. In her summer with us Carrie Ann hosted our weekday afternoons, helped us broadcast live coverage of festivals, organized a great charity fundraising lemonade stand on a sand-bar, interviewed The Sheepdogs, Tim Hus, Kim Churchill, USS, Daniel Wesley, Rebel Emergency, The East Vamps, Miss Quincy, Roy Henry Vickers and did a bunch more. She had a hand in the music directing, wrote and produced a few of our ads and generally had a good time... Here are a few memories of her time here;
Preparing for the Charity Lemonade Stand
Presenting donations from the Lemonade Stand
Her impromptu interview with Ewan Currie The Sheepdogs (after a concert, and a few beers I suspect)
On our team trip to The West Coast Wild Zipline;
Demonstrating our game show sensation, "What's in the Crab Trap"
So, if you are a BC broadcasting student you may be wondering, "What does this have to do with me?" Well, friends we're looking for folks who might be interested in spending part of their summer on an internship with Long Beach Radio.
An internship quite unlike what you'll get elsewhere. We are a small, independent station in a unique and remote market. We have a small staff so you will be part of every aspect of our operation out here. You will have a chance to spend about half of your clocked time on-air with the other half spent working mostly on creative pursuits like programming, ad productions and branding (I might stick you with some boring database stuff once in a while too, sorry). You'll likely even have occasional access to our company car, Elby
While we are a 100% commercial radio station we're probably quite different from other stations you may have worked in, visited or known throughout your life and education. If you are looking for an internship that will prepare you for a life in radio with one of the big national brand we're not the answer. We won't connect you to industry big-wigs, send you to The Junos or polish your production skills to those of a jedi. We will expose you to how simple and organic commercial radio can be, and show you how it can thrive and be a valuable part of the community in a market many would overlook.
So if you are creative, self motivated, embrace new things, friendly, and looking for a unique intership this summer email me; firstname.lastname@example.org and send some basic info and a link to something you've created... a YouTube video, mixcloud broadcast, podcast, live 365 channel, U-stream program, whatever. It can be video, audio, musical or now.... Just so I can get a look inside your head a little bit.
Disturbing photos have been circulating in local social media circles since last night. They show two dead wolves resting on top of a dumpster full of household garbage. I've spoken with the local woman, Ocean Giesbrecht who took the pictures and she says the were taken in Tofino and she did not stage or otherwise alter the content of the dumpster. You can view one of the pictures HERE. (I choose not to post them for the sake of more sensitive readers. Ocean has given permission to Long Beach Radio and other media to reproduce the images for broadcast if she is credited.)
Wolf activity in the region has been especially high this spring with a number of pets being reported killed over the past month. This has led some to speculate that the wolf killing may have been an act of revenge or vigilante conservation. RCMP have confirmed the wolves being found in a Tofino dumpster but have not confirmed cause of death. Conservation officers will likely lead the investigation. A Parks Canada employee says they likely won't be involved since the animals were discovered outside of The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
The local reaction is mostly outrage with concerns being raised about whether the killings may be legal if the hunters had the appropriate hunting and firearms licenses.
If you spot wolf activity outside of The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve you should call The BC Conservation Officer Service at;
Inside the park call Parks Canada at;
Westerly News has a great story about it here
CHEK News' report can be viewed here
Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. - Geoff
Well folks, our second "sneak peak" of summer-like tourist madness is this weekend. There are a lot of things to do this weekend in Tofino and Ucluelet on a long weekend when the weather looks decent; kayaking, surfing, hiking, whale watching, fishing, bocci ball, and a ton more.... Here's a look at some of the night life options this weekend;
Friday night there is a fundraising event at the ANAF in Uclulelet featuring a few local bands including those below
Here is a visit from Left At The Junction a few months back
It's another stormy day on the west coast.... but fear not because it looks like Easter Weekend is gonna be great!! Expecting sunshine starting Wednesday all through the weekend. Also, lots of fun events including 5 Alarm Funk at the Legion and long time friend of Long Beach Radio, Mark Crissinger at The Weigh West. We'll talk about that all later in the week. For now, thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. -Geoff