Archives for August 23, 2020
Masks will be mandatory in No Frills and Real Canadian Superstores effective Saturday August 29
Other store with same policy announcing earlier
Marshall Stores – Winners and Home Sense
BC Transit, BC Ferries and all airlines
FROM: Randy Houle, Director of Development Services
RE: Request to house domestic ducks
The purpose of this report is to provide further information to Council regarding permitting domestic ducks within the Municipality, as per a request from a property owner who is subject to bylaw enforcement.
1. That Council direct staff to bring forth the required amendments to Animal Control Bylaw 1224 to a future Council meeting to permit domestic ducks within the municipality.
2. That Council receive and file the letter and direct Staff to provide a response to the inquirer.
3. That Council requires additional information from Staff.
Oliver Council to review report Monday, discuss and decide outcome of a previous application for permission to raise ducks…..
Staff have conducted further research on domestic ducks and can provide the following
As per William F. Dean, Ph.D., and Tirath S. Sandhu, DVM, Ph.D of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine:
• the majority of breeds are a descendant of the Mallard, with the exception of the
• are a source of meat, eggs and down-feathers. Good dietary sources of high quality
protein, energy and vitamins and minerals.
• are larger and heavier than wild breads.
• typically have a higher rate of egg laying than wild breeds.
• wings are typically shorter than the wild breeds.
• have lost their ability to fly.
• the three most common forms of domestic ducks are described below:
o grow rapidly, reach approximately 90% of their adult weight at 7 weeks.
o Large white duck with bright yellow bill, average 2.5ft in length and weigh
about 7 pounds.
o genetically different than other domestic ducks.
o Dark brown, mixed with white.
o do not quack.
o Cayuga: (this is the type of ducks that the subject property owner has)
o black iridescent feathers, black bills and black feet.
o medium heavy bread that is slow growing.
o calm disposition, generally quiet.
• Other domestic duck species include the Asylesbury, Rouen, Call, Indian runner, Khaki
Campbell, Albio, Maya and Tsaiya. The subject property owner has Cayuga ducks.
• weigh less and have longer wings than domestic ducks.
• ex: Mallard (weighs 2.5 pounds and a wingspan of under 3 feet).
Appropriate Housing of Ducks:
• simple structure, such as a partially-enclosed shed, inexpensive fencing, a feed hopper
or trough made of wood and a simply constructed watering advice.
• Shelter should be located on a high, well-drained area of the yard. Sandy soil is
preferred as it drains quickly after rain.
• earth area should be bedded with straw, shavings or other dry absorbent material.
• Low fencing is satisfactory for Pekins as they don’t fly, but not for Muscovies which are adept to becoming airborn.
• The open areas of the shed may have to be covered with netting or mesh to protect the
ducks from predators at night.
• Ducks drink and excrete more water than chickens or turkeys. Their droppings contain
over 90% moisture. It is therefore necessary to take extra measures to maintain litter
floors inside sheltered areas in a dry condition. This will require regular addition of fresh bedding, on top of the bedding that has become soiled or wet, and when necessary,
cleaning out the old litter and replacing it with fresh litter. Under semi-confinement
growing, in which case ducklings spend most of their time outdoors during the day
(after the first 3 weeks), waterers should be located outside, as far away from the house
as possible. This will reducing tracking water to the litter. During periods when
temperatures drop below freezing, water must be provided indoors. Duck yards should
be maintained in a clean condition by removing the upper few inches of soil and
replacing it with clean soil (preferably sand) whenever necessary.
Staff have consulted the City of Nanaimo which provided the following comments in relation to ducks being permitted within their municipality:
• one or two complaints in the past 5 years related to a duck escaping from a property.
• complaints are limited since there is a requirement to maintain a setback from a
property line with the coop.
• ducks are a bit dirtier than chickens.
• there has not been any cases where a bylaw officer had to interpret the difference
between a wild or domestic duck.
• they have far more dog complaints than duck complaints.
Staff believe that if Council directs Staff to bring forth amendments to the animal control bylaw to permit ducks, guidelines should be put in place such as placing a maximum number based on the size of the property, and requiring that the coop be located a minimum of 10 feet from the neighbouring property.
At the July 27th Regular Open Council Meeting, the following resolution was passed:
R-222/2020 MOVED and SECONDED
• That Council direct Staff to provide additional information on domestic ducks within the
The Staff report has been attached to this report for Council’s information.
BCWS reports 200 personnel on the ground at the Mt. Christie Fire
BCWS reports fire zone has grown to 2035 hectares in size
Stateside – Palmer Lake fire grows to 17,1227 acres
Fire is 7 miles southwest of Oroville
“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been
1,569 cases of COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health region,
2,572 in Fraser Health region,
160 in Island Health region,
417 in Interior Health region,
122 in the Northern Health region and
75 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Astounding actually… IHA 25% the number of cases in Vancouver Coastal but similarly – add all regions and stats outside lower mainland – they do not match the Vancouver Coastal figure and if you add all cases but Fraser Health they do not match the case load of 2572 for FHA.
Do I Need God?
I wonder what God is thinking when He watches me. We are told in Psalm 121 that God watches over us. When I get out of bed in the morning is He hoping that I will take some time to connect with Him in prayer before getting too deeply involved in the day’s demands. He is available but do I give the impression I don’t need Him?
Decisions need to be made. Do I consult books, other people and my own wisdom without any thought of getting advice from Him? The principles taught in God’s Word are available and would really help me out. If I do look to His Word for direction do I then make excuses as to why that wouldn’t work for me? He wants to clearly point out the direction in which I should go, and it would be successful. However, I prefer my idea. I want to be in control.
When I try to take control often somebody or something gets in the way. I resent that. My goals are being thwarted. Someone ruined my plans. It’s not working the way I had envisioned it. I get angry about that. The Lord would have helped me avoid that scene. He has very often had to forgive us so we must do the same for others.
Then there is the issue of money. The temptation is to earn all you can, can what you’ve got and then sit on the can. The thankful person is a giving one. We don’t want to indiscriminately throw money around, nor do we want to be tight-fisted. God loves a cheerful and wise giver. Have I learned that?
There are more criteria than these. I suspect that God is very interested in seeing us develop the right attitude for all of them. He is more interested in my character than my comfort. I really do need God in my life.