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Letters  Patent

[L.S.]  David C Lam, Lieutenant Governor, Canada, the Province of British Columbia. Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her Other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.


To all to whom these presents shall come -Greetings, Darlene Marzari, Minister of Municipal Affairs.


Whereas the Gabriola Fire Protection District was incorporated by Letters Patent issued on July 25, 1969:

And whereas section 825 of the Municipal Act  provides the Lieutenant Governor in Council may recall the Letters Patent of any Improvement District and issue others in their place:

And whereas the Board of Trustees for the Gabriola Fire Protection District has requested the District Letters Patent be recalled and new Letters Patent issued in their place:

Now know ye that by these presents We do order and proclaim that:


1 The incorporation of Gabriola Fire Protection District is continued,


2. The Improvement District shall comprise all that tract of land and foreshore and land covered by water described as follows:

Gabriola Island, Nanaimo Land District, and all that part of the Strait of Georgia, Gabriola Passage, Pylades Channel, False Narrows, Northumberland Channel, Fairway Channel and Forwood Channel, being the foreshore of Gabriola Island lying between the natural boundary of Gabriola Island and that point which is the greater of the two following points  :that point 91.44 metres beyond the natural  high water mark of Gabriola Island  and that point which is 3.048 metres beyond any man – made structures  (including wharves and docks) which originate on Gabriola Island, save and except therefrom any and all islands  (such as Lily Island) islets and rock outcroppings  (such as Turtle Rock) which are not covered by water at high tide.

3. The objects of the Improvement District shall be the provision of Fire Protection and the acquisition, maintenance and operation of works, buildings and equipment for that purpose and all matters incidental thereto.

4. There shall be 7 trustees of the Improvement District.

5. The Trustees holding office immediately prior to the issue of these letters patent shall continue to hold office for the remainder of the terms for which they were elected.

6. It shall be the duty of the trustees to call a general meeting of the land owners to be held between January the 1st and May 1st in each year, for the following purposes:


  1. to present to the land owners a report on the operation of its services understatement of the financial condition of the Improvement District;


  1. to discuss with the land owners matters relating to the services or finances of the Improvement District.


  1. to have the land owners fix the renumeration of the trustees for the ensuing year;


  1. to have the land owners choose an auditor for the ensuing year.


  1. To elect a Trustee or Trustees to succeed those whose term of office expires coincident with the holding of such annual general meeting end to elected trustee or trustees to fill any other vacancy or vacancies that has or have occurred or is or are about to occur among the Trustees.


7. A special general meeting may be called by the Trustees at anytime for the purpose of discussing with the owners any matter or matters which, in the opinion of the Trustees, should be brought up at a general meeting.


8. At least 14 days notice of every general meeting shall be given by unnoticed advertised in the local press and\ or sent by ordinary first class mail setting out the date time and place of holding the meeting.


9. The Secretary shall enter in a book provided by the Trustees for this purpose, minutes of all matters brought before the meeting and the actions taken there on. At any general meeting every person shall be qualified to vote who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years old or older and is an owner of land in the Improvement District, or the authorised agent of any board or corporation that is an owner of such land, or legal representative of any owner of such land who has died, become insolvent or insane and is entitled to be registered as a voter under the . Every person qualified as aforesaid to vote shall be qualified to be a candidate for Trustee of the Improvement District. In the event of the right of any person to vote at any general meeting being challenged, the Chairperson shall have authority to determine whether or not such person is entitled to vote and the Chairperson may require such persons to make an file with him a statutory declaration showing that the declarant is qualified as aforesaid to vote at such general meeting.


10. After holding the Annual General Meeting the Trustees shall file with the Inspector of Municipalities a true copy of the minutes of such meeting and copies of all auditors report and financial statements presented or discussed at the meeting.


11. The Trustees off the Improvement District may exercise the powers given to a council, in respect of a municipality, be sections 699 and 700 of the Municipal Act .


In testimony where of, we have caused these our letters to be made patent and the great seal of our said province to be hereunto affixed.


Witness, the Honorable David C Lam, Lieutenant Governor of Our said Province of British Columbia, in Our City of Victoria, in Our said Province, this eleventh day of January, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-five and in the 43rd year of Our Reign.


By Command.    Colin Gabelmann     Attorney  General

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