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Chair of the Strathcona Regional ...

Area C
 
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Jim Abram, director for ...
www.campbellrivermirror.com, 18 Feb 2014 [cached]
Jim Abram, director for Area C, which includes Quadra Island, said the province didn't take anything that was said by Quadra Islanders at a public meeting, organized by the government, Dec. 9 on Quadra to heart.
"No, the consultation input had no impact whatsoever on what was announced, input was not taken," Abram said.
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But Abram said that suggestion had already been tossed around prior to the community consultations and didn't come out of the public input.
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Abram said regional districts across the province are passing the resolution and writing to Premier Clark to show their support for the motion.
Abram receives long-service ...
www.campbellrivermirror.com, 27 Sept 2013 [cached]
Abram receives long-service award By Contributed - Campbell River Mirror
Published: September 26, 2013 2:00 PM Updated: September 26, 2013 2:32 PM JimAbramByPennyApplePhotography.jpg Jim Abram, chair of the Strathcona Regional District and director for Area C, was given a long-service award by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
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Jim Abram, Regional Director for the Strathcona Regional District, has been honoured with the Union of B.C. Municipalities' (UBCM) Long-Service Recipient Award in recognition of his 25 years of service in local government office.
The award was presented during a ceremony at the organization's annual conference in Vancouver on September 19.
Abram has served continuously in his elected position since 1988, representing an extremely large Electoral Area in the Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets, including the main population centre of Quadra Island.
He initiated one of the first shoreline zoning bylaws in B.C. for his entire electoral area so as to bring more local control to land use decisions that were then being made exclusively by the province. His belief in local control and community involvement have always been at the forefront of his actions.
He has become well-known over the years as the leader of the opposition to federal programs to de-staff Canada's staffed lightstations. He has faced four attempts by the Canadian Coast Guard bureaucracy to de-staff and has been successful each time, with the latest victory in 2011. His collaborative work with the Senate, MPs and Ministers paid off and has saved 51 staffed lightstations on both coasts of Canada.
For this, along with other community work, he was recognized as a recipient of the Canada 125 medal and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for making a significant contribution to Canada, to his community and to fellow Canadians.
Abram has served on many key committees at the local, regional, provincial and national levels. He has represented the Regional District on most of the planning processes that have taken place in the province over the past 25 years. He continues to represent his constituents and his region on three major marine planning processes at this time.
For 25 years, Abram has been a major voice for coastal communities regarding the BC Ferry system and the fight to keep fares affordable and service consistent. He is currently a representative on a group consisting of all of the chairs of the coastal regional districts and the Islands Trust, representing more than 70 per cent of the population of B.C.
He is the current Vice Chair of the Strathcona Regional District and served as Chair of the Comox- Strathcona Regional District for four years.
He was the electoral representative on the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities for two years, served on the UBCM executive for 10 years and was the UBCM President for one year in 2000/2001.
During his time on UBCM Executive he worked on the Environment Committee, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee and was a key player in establishing the very successful Community to Community Forums both provincially and regionally along with the First Nations Summit working group. He was a member of the Community Charter Council which wrote the current Community Charter for municipalities.
Jim Abram, director for ...
www.campbellrivermirror.com, 30 Oct 2013 [cached]
Jim Abram, director for Quadra Island, said the process is flawed when the province makes their decision to offer tenure before local government makes a decision on the re-zoning.
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Abram seconded Anderson's opinion that Mayser and Manna created an uncomfortable situation for the board.
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Whether there is one or not - I don't know - but you're trying," Abram said.
Strathcona Regional District director and ...
www.campbellrivermirror.com, 26 Sept 2012 [cached]
Strathcona Regional District director and former lightkeeper Jim Abram was honoured with a lifetime membership to the B.C. Lightkeepers Union Friday morning at the Cape Mudge Lighthouse on Quadra Island. Pictured from left, Abram's son Jesse, daughter Melissa Abram, granddaughter Cleo Abram-Veloso, Abram's wife Wendy, and Jim Abram, gather around to look at the commemorative plaque presented to Abram on behalf of the union.
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Under cloudy skies, with the imposing Cape Mudge lighthouse looming in the background, former lightkeeper Jim Abram vowed to keep fighting for lightkeepers - the eyes and ears on the ocean.
Abram,with his family by his side, returned to his former workplace last Friday morning to accept a lifetime membership in the B.C. lightkeepers union, a union he helped form in 1994.
"We felt we were not being properly represented by the people we were working with, so we started our own local," said Abram after being presented with a commemorative plaque by union secretary-treasurer Glenn Borgens.
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Just three years ago, Abram took up the battle and played a pivotal role in convincing then-Fisheries Minister Gail Shea to abandon the federal government's plan to decommission B.C.'s 27 lighthouses located along the coast.
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Abram argued that automation could not provide the same level of protection for mariners as a lightkeeper.
In his current position as regional director for Quadra Island, Abram is continuing the fight - this time to stop the federal government from cutting staff on watch at all five B.C. marine centres.
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Abram said although he's now retired from the industry, he will continue to promote lightkeepers and the invaluable service they provide.
"This is a service everyone has to understand is irreplaceable," Abram said. "We're one of the few nations that still appreciates the fact that lightkeepers deliver the most affordable and efficient service to mariners who come from all around the world to be on our coast. I've been very proud to be a member of such an organization and it's going to stay with me all of my life."
Abram acknowledged his wife, Wendy, son Jesse and daughter Melissa for sticking with him and supporting his work, which demanded a lot of time away from home.
But news of the impending sale ...
www.campbellrivermirror.com, 12 May 2013 [cached]
But news of the impending sale was a complete surprise to Jim Abram, Quadra's representative to the Strathcona Regional District.
"We've spent two-and-a-half years on the planning process for these lands," he said Thursday, as he waited in the Quathiaski Cove ferry line-up.
Abram said a Weston representative even sat in on the planning sessions and indicated the company was not going to sell the land to the First Nations band.
"Sounds like they've changed their mind," Abram added.
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Today, the scallop farm remains in operation, but is, according to Abram, in contravention of the island's official community plan.
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If the lands remain private, and are not reserve, then Abram said the band will have to consult with the regional district about its plans and abide by all regulations.
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