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ouncil chambers were filled to capacity for the Belterra Cohousing public hearing on February 20. Many audience members wore Belterra buttons that identified them as equity and housing members. They had traveled as far as Edmonton to witness this milestone toward making the project a reality. Among the many words of support, a few concerns were raised that mainly dealt with issues of access to the site and the connection to sewer and water lines. Mayor Jack Adelaar opened the meeting and stated that written and verbal submissions relating to the rezoning application for Belterra lands had to be received by council by the time the meeting closed. Councillors Wolfgang Duntz and Daron Jennings had recused themselves due to a conflict of interest. Hap Stelling, the municipality’s director of planning, explained that the purpose of the public hearing was to consider public comments to the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) in regard to the Belterra application. He said that the application had been submitted to the municipality about a year ago and has received two readings before being advanced to the public hearing. Planning consultant Michael Rosen stated that he had been working with the municipality and the applicant and hoped that the evening’s presentation would help new council members become more familiar with the project. Continued, PAGE 2

Ross Allan and Ann Silberman meet again at the Bowen Children’s Centre. Allan spent many hours as teacher’s helper when his daughters were in preschool. Now he lends a helping hand again with a donation to the Gail Taylor bursary. Deb Stringfellow photo

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ew research shows that every dollar invested in early childhood education comes back six-fold, according to Ann Silberman, executive director of the Bowen Island Children’s Centre. She thinks that everyone should have access to preschool programs. A sizable donation by Ross Allan of Allan Financial will open the doors for fami-

lies who might otherwise not have the chance to send their children to preschool or daycare. And a party with the theme ‘release your inner wild child’ is not only a chance to have a good time but will also replenish the funds in the Gail Taylor bursary. “Some parents simply can’t afford to pay the preschool fees,” Silberman said, “Ross Allan had three children in preschool and he wanted to give something back. When he approached me, I said

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that I would like the money to go to the Gail Taylor bursary fund. And although his donation is known, the subsidy is anonymous – it has to be.” Silberman says that the percentage of families who receive bursaries varies from year to year. “There are two scenarios,” she explained. “When we hear of parents who cannot afford preschool, we sometimes approach them.” Continued, PAGE 3





McGillivray: Belterra members have uncompromised respect for others Continued, PAGE 1 “The property is 10 acres in size and it is located in the Snug Cove area,” Rosen said. “It has been dedicated for cohousing in our new Official Community Plan (OCP) but the zoning in the LUB is rural residential one that asks for a minimum lot size of 10 acres.” “Essentially the bylaw creates a new zone that is written specifically for that property and wouldn’t be applicable anywhere else,” Rosen said. “We have tailored that base zone so that 10 acres can accommodate 30 properties. The southern part is zoned P1 for parkland and the northern part is the comprehensive development 16 zone parcel.” Rosen also spoke to the restrictive covenants that addressed a number of social, environmental, infrastructure and financial items that cannot be covered in the bylaws. He said, “The bylaw will not be adopted until all the conditions in the covenants have been fulfilled to council’s satisfaction. We’ve been wrestling with things like OCP consistency, affordable housing, sustainability, public and private infrastructure and how it is serviced.” Rosen added, “Another consideration is road and emergency vehicle access. We need to look at Carter Road and see if the bridge is sufficient enough to handle the traffic.” “The developer is required to deliver community amenities like parkland, trails or buffer zones,” Rosen said. Planner Andy Beaird spoke on behalf of the Belterra group. “Belterra was born out of a vision of a couple, Roger McGillivray and Stephanie Legg, who had heard about an alternative housing model. If you look around the room today, you know that it is no longer just a couple who is shouldering the load of pioneering one of the more progressive housing models. It is a community of equity and housing members.” Beaird listed Belterra’s benefits for community as it is a project with social cohesion that provides affordable housing by introducing a type of housing that is currently not available on Bowen Island and would introduce an alternative to the large, vehicle-dependent home that is the norm on Bowen. Bill Newport of the Bowen Island Fish

and Wildlife Club complimented the committees and individuals who brought the project to this stage. He said, “Terminal Creek is the hatchery’s water supply and we had serious fish kills over the cause of the last 10 years. In the last five years, the Fish and Wildlife Club has spent a fortune trying to rebuild the stream and we are concerned about the impact on Terminal Creek during and after the construction. If there are any difficulties, the club should be notified. Coho [Salmon] live in our stream for a whole year and we have 40,000 Coho in the hatchery at the moment. Everything that affects Terminal Creek also affects them.” Barbara Wahler spoke on behalf of the Bowen Island Improvement Association in support of the project. “The Belterra community offers us the perfect opportunity to keep housing affordable and the population diverse. It is also in alignment with our commitment to environmental stewardship,” she said. Elizabeth Ballantyne of the Affordable Housing Working Group and Gordon Ganong of the Advisory Planning Commission and OneBowen also endorsed the project. Many speakers, among them Jane Kane and Diana Thompson, wore Belterra buttons. As Belterra equity members, they spoke about their positive experiences of being involved in the project. Taylor said, “I have been on the affordable housing waitlist and look forward to being able to purchase my first home on Bowen Island.” Katie Mitchener said that she has been on Bowen since 1982, has worked for a number of different island businesses and considers herself part of the fabric of the community. She looks forward to have an option of permanent affordable housing. Nine-year-old Samuel Hayduk said, “Belterra means beautiful land. I look forward to having a forest in my backyard and I like that there will be lots of other kids for me to play with.” His mom, Kat Hayduk, added that the family joined Belterra six months ago because they sold their home to put more money into a home-based production business. She said, “Belterra allows

us to downsize our footprint and to upsize community.” In a letter to council, Ann Silberman, executive director of the Bowen Island Children’s Centre spoke to the traffic on Carter Road. “We have between 45 and 65 families a day dropping off and picking up children under six years old. The main entrance to our playground opens directly onto the street and any increase in traffic is of concern as the safety of the children must be our primary concern,” she said. Peter Frinton said that he welcomes Belterra equity members to the Carter Road neighbourhood as he owns Ravenhill Farm on the land adjacent to Belterra. “We lived there for the last 40 years and I feel like I am part of the land,” Frinton said. He expressed support of the cohousing model in general but also listed a number of outstanding concerns to be addressed before the bylaw received third reading. Among his concerns were the definition of price restricted non-market housing that he felt needed “to be nailed down.” He also expressed surprise that for a development that stressed a low environmental impact and car-sharing, 1.5 parking spaces per unit should be listed as a requirement which is 50 per cent higher than in other island developments. He also stressed that Belterra should not get preferential treatment when it comes to connecting to the municipal sewer or water systems. Frinton said he hoped that a good neighbour agreement could be signed that would address issues such as noise pollution. Another issue that Frinton spoke to was an upgrade of the bridge across Terminal Creek since it does not accept heavier traffic including the new pumper fire truck. Belterra founder Roger McGillivray said that the group of people involved in Belterra is very diverse and includes teacher, builders, cooks, students, therapists and retired movie stars who have one thing in common: an uncompromised respect for other people. He also said that, through his involvement with the group, his overall happiness has improved. And Beaird put it that way, “In essence, Belterra is the answer to


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he Bowen Island Municipality is again in the market for a Chief Administrative Officer as current CAO Brent Mahood is leaving at the end of February. Mahood said he’s learned a great deal on the job and that it has inspired him to extend his work life. He arrived in February of 2010 as the director of engineering and operations. When Hendrik Slegtenhorst left the position as CAO in the early summer, Mahood was interim CAO; not long afterwards, the interim was dropped. The 62-year-old came to BIM after 25 years with the city of North Vancouver, his last position there was utilities and fleet superintendent, working in water management, solid waste, operating programs and waste collection and disposal. His roles did not include much administrative work and he said he’s grateful to have been able to learn new skills here. A testament to his success at BIM can be found in remarks from those he worked with. Former councillor Nerys Poole told the Undercurrent that Mahood was a wonderful person to work alongside and was both personable and very good at the job. Bob Turner, mayor for most of the time Mahood was here, said he will be missed. “Brent brought integrity, hard work, care, and a great sense of fun to the job,” Turner said. “When he took over as CAO, staff morale lifted immediately. He is a consummate team-player, always looking to help. We’ll all miss him.” The departing CAO said that working in a community with a smaller tax base has challenges but that staff and council do a great job of serving Bowen. He’s had two months with mayor Jack Adelaar and the new council and believes they will do their best for the island. The reason for his departure? Not one single reason, he said. He had come expecting to retire after a few more years of work but his time here has him considering staying in the work force longer. Mahood, who had been to Bowen before working here but knew no one at the municipality previously, found commuting via ferry to be a drawback at times. His ability to arrive quickly to work and move on to the rest of his day when work is done was something he missed. The municipality issued the following statement: “He has brought valuable insight, experience and a strong work ethic to his roles within the municipality. He will be genuinely missed by council and staff alike. We wish Brent the best with his future endeavours.” Mahood said he could not yet say where his career is taking him next but that he is happy to have experienced both the island and his role here. Kathy Lalonde, corporate officer and municipal clerk, will take on the role of interim CAO.

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Children’s centre will accept every child, even if it means losing money “And occasionally parents sign up and something happens in their lives so they can no longer afford to pay their bills. Then we jump in for the sake of the child and pay the rest of the year’s fees,” Silberman said. “We will accept everyone at the Children’s Centre even if it means losing money,” Silberman said. “We believe that preschool should be for everyone. Every child should have the benefit of a head start.” She welcomes calls from parents who would like to explore the possibility of receiving a subsidy and adds that the centre is wheelchair accessible and gladly accepts children with different challenges. “Ross [Allan] is an amazing dad,” Silberman said. “He used to come to the preschool when we had duty parents who acted as teacher’s assistants. When he was there, I would make myself a cup of tea and sit down. The kids loved him and he practically ran the class.” Patti-Jo Wiese is a Bowen parent who advises Allan Financial on communication and new media issues. She said, “When Ross [Allan] made the donation, we talked about the importance of those early years, the importance of preschool life and the connections you make, both for the children and the parents. Many of the people you get to know at circle time end up in your own circle during the next 20 years.” “Ross [Allan]’s donation is important because the landscape of financing our children’s facilities is changing,” Wiese said. “There is the perception that the budget is fixed but often [the facilities] are struggling and there is a need for corporate sponsorship and community giving.” Silberman agrees. The Children’s Centre receives a certain amount of funding per child but Silberman stresses that the real cost of childcare and early childhood programs is not covered by that amount and parents’ fees alone. The difference has to be made up with grants and fundraising efforts. And the grants have become harder to secure, according to Silberman. In September 2011, Silberman learned that the Emergency Repair to Child Care Services grant had been canceled with one day’s notice. “This grant covers a certain amount of emergency repairs and replacement expenses. Our after school club is held at BICS and we pay a monthly fee [to the West Vancouver School District] in rent. Depending on BICS enrol-

ment, we have to move rooms and make changes.” Silberman added that the grant has also covered the cost of toys and playground equipment that the Children’s Centre is required to have. “Several years ago, we received $5000 per program per year, that number has gone down to $2000 per facility and now it has been canceled.” Silberman was able to secure the funds for last year and hopes it will be reinstated. Gaming grants have also seen a drastic cut. “Preschools and daycares are considered community education groups and now get 50 per cent of their historical funding,” Silberman said. She explained that the Children’s Centre has received gaming grants for about 20 years and that a grant that had been $27,000 in recent years was reduced to $10,375 this year. After waiting for months, premier Christie Clark restored the funding and the Childen’s Centre had a shortfall of $6000 instead of the anticipated $16,000. A cut to the subsidy threshold for after school care for elementary children also effects what families can afford. Silberman explained that, in the past, the Ministry of Children and Family Development provided a subsidy for families within a certain income bracket to cover a percentage of after school care cost. But since the amount has been lowered, some people do not qualify any longer. “If you want to encourage people to go back to school or back to work, you have to help them look after their children,” Silberman said. “We have to come up with other ideas for raising money,” Silberman said. “We are fortunate that we have a fabulous board that is very creative and organizes a number of fundraisers. But they require a huge volunteer effort.” And on a small island, funding sources are limited, especially for young families. Silberman said, “How much can you fundraise and charge? This is supposed to be a time in their lives where young families are building equity and also a time where giving their children a good start in life is really important we need to help them do that.” Wiese said that this is also a field where Allan Financial can help. “There is the perception that Ross [Allan]’s company only serves affluent clients,” Wiese said. “But the fact is that he works with many young families, especially in the areas of risk and debt management, life and mortgage insurance, income replacement and investment opportunities.” Wiese said that part of Allan’s



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donation will go toward organizing a fundraiser where “young parents can have a night off and cut loose.” The Wild Child party was inspired by the book Where the wild things are. It will be held at the youth centre and features Adam Woodall and band. “Joining Adam [Woodall] will be several guest performers,” Wiese said. “Opening the concert will be Fawnfare, that’s Lauren Spear and Emily Allan who have also gone to the preschool. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that those preschool graduates grow up and do amazing things.” There are 100 tickets available at $20 at Phoenix and the Children’s Centre. With the idea of helping young parents enjoy a licensed adult event, students of Island Pacific School (IPC) are offering a free babysitting service on a first come, first serve basis. In addition to releasing the



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Ann Silberman met up with Ross Allan last Sunday to take photos with his daughters that re-enacted the times when he used to bring them to preschool and play with the children in his role as duty parent. Silberman said, “Just watching him with his daughters was such a treat. The memories that you build at that time, they never leave you.” Allan’s donation of $4000 will enable children of parents who face financial challenges to attend the preschool.

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inner wild child, people are invited to show off photos on that theme. Wiese said, “We are holding a contest where we are inviting parents to post pictures of themselves or their kids to Allan Financial’s Facebook page. The theme is Wild Child and one entry will win a boat cruise for six.” The intent of the campaign is to create community online with family-friendly content, Wiese says. She knows that many of Allan’s clients live on Bowen Island. Wiese said that the donation to the Children’s Centre isn’t Allan Financial’s first significant gift. The company has supported the gymnastics club, IPS students’ sailing trips and a shared giving campaign at the Christmas Craft Fair, to name a few. “[Allan’s] children have gone though the different schools and programs on Bowen and experienced all

those opportunities for their growth,” Wiese said. “The family knows how important the Children’s Centre is to the community.” Wiese hopes Allan’s example will inspire others to pitch in. “We are moving toward a model of increased corporate giving and corporate social responsibility,” she said. “I see that many young families choose to work with companies that are giving back. And it takes only two clicks to see how connected [companies] are.” Silberman said that the Children’s Centre has been fortunate. “From the building that now houses the youth centre, the family place, the preschool and the daycare to the volunteers that come and read stories with the children, there are many examples of giving back to the community in a way that helps future generations get off to a good start,” she said.

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he Heritage Week sheds light on the many changes that have affected Bowen Island over the course of the years. It is often said that you have to know your past to make the best of your future and local groups have done a great job of keeping Bowen’s heritage alive and passing it on to future generations. I find it fascinating to learn about the different neighbourhoods and their strong traditions of working together. Eagle Cliffers, for instance, get together for beach clean-ups and summer socials. Neighbourhoods used to compete for coming up with the best float for Bowfest. Each neighbourhood has its one personality and will appeal to different people. In Deep Bay, many neighbours are within shouting dis-

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tance and could, hypothetically, call from the window to borrow a cup of flour. On a tour across the island, one comes across new neighbourhoods like Cates Hill, Cowan Point, the Ridge at Evergreen, King Edward Bay and the Cape on Bowen and I wonder how long it will take for those places to mature to develop some of the character that is not yet evident. I believe that when we plan for new developments, it is good to look at the fabric of our community and to examine what we want to keep and what we want to adapt to build a strong sense of togetherness. And hopefully, we’ll open our doors to those looking to borrow a cup of flour. Susanne Martin

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t appears that the lower Crippen Park full loop road, incorporating a ferry offloading road, is again being discussed as a serious option. Personally, I don’t like this option, as I believe it will ruin lower Crippen Park and transform it from a relatively intact parkland with stroll trails, to a busy road/parking with two strips of “green space” on either side. This will intrinsically change the feel, ecological health and function of the park. Some parking along this road will also likely be demanded if commuters are to have the option to stop at local stores in Snug Cove before heading home. I hope this idea will again be rejected for the same reasons as it always has -- people’s understanding of the effect on the quality of our park and of our experience of it. There are other viable options that would have far less negative impact. Let’s focus on these. I can’t help but wonder if the people who signed the petition to “save” Crippen Park from Parks Canada, knew they were saving it for the possibility of putting a ferry offloading road and parking through it. Or, perhaps some have a different interpretation of the word “park”? Wynn Nielsen

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read your headline article “What’s on the Agenda? And Why? in the February 17 Undercurrent with great interest. I had sent an email to the corporate officer at BIM the morning of the special council meeting held February 13, 2012, to inquire why section Business arising from the minutes, included “Rescinding of WASP bylaw”, brought forward by mayor Jack Adelaar. I could not find any discussion of this item recorded in minutes of any previous meeting of the present council. I received an email back that afternoon indicating it was put under Business arising from minutes as mayor Adelaar originally discussed this item at the December 12 meeting. For information, these items were deferred to the February 27 council meeting. In fact, the minutes of the regular council meeting indicate the mayor and all members of council were in attendance. Mayor Adelaar discussed Land Use Bylaw Parking requirements, (suggesting planning workshop in early January). It was then moved and seconded that all readings of the Steep Slopes Development Areas Permit Bylaw the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas Bylaw be rescinded. This was carried unanimously. There was no mention in the minutes of the Watershed Aquifer and Stream Protection Development Permit Areas Bylaw, yet it was brought forward by mayor Adelaar as “Business arising from the minutes” on the February 13 agenda, and then deferred to the February 27

council meeting. The public hearing held July 9, 2011, inviting comments from the public on the draft Official Community Plan bylaw as well as the draft bylaws No. 296, 2011;299, 2011 and 301, 2011 saw the BICS gym filled to capacity. Many people, including myself, presented written comments and spoke to the draft bylaws, about half in favour, half opposed outright or on technical points. In the end, the previous council adopted the Official Community Plan bylaw and the Watershed Aquifer and Stream Protection Development Permit Areas bylaw. Second reading was given to the other two bylaws; at a subsequent special council meeting held September 6, 2011, the minutes record that council rescinded the second reading of Steep Slopes bylaw and Environmentally Sensitive Areas bylaw and that staff was directed to hold public education, consultation and information meetings and report back to council with recommendations as soon as practical but no later than December 15, 2011, to enable the new council to proceed with the matter,. This was carried unanimously. There are both federal and provincial legislative reasons requiring that the WASP Bylaw remain in effect. As well as the question of whether it should be on an agenda as Business arising from the minutes, the bylaw provides protection of our watersheds, critical recharge to the island’s aquifers where we obtain our drinking, agricultural water and important linear wildlife corridors along streams, lakes and watersheds. Bill Granger

To the Editor: Re: council and municipal committees I wish to raise some questions and concerns about the way in which council is going about appointing people to serve on municipal committees. I note that one of council’s first acts was to make an appointment to the Ferry Liaison Committee without first advertising for candidates. Then, council appointed five people to the abruptly assembled Financial Task Force, also without a proper call for applications. I believe that all of these appointees are male and over the age of sixty. To their credit, council did advertise for candidates to serve on the Advisory Planning Commission (APC) and they were rewarded for their efforts with a record fifteen applications for the five APC positions. But, instead of convening the APC in January, as required by the relevant by-law, council delayed. Now, despite being in contravention of the by-law, council has reopened the APC application process. It appears to me that council intends to continue to headhunt and cherry pick candidates from the old boys club. Is this the only demographic that council intends to consult? Or is it that council hopes to achieve consensus by appointment, to provide political cover for its decisions? This makes no sense. Diversity and debate at the committee level promotes the full examination of issues and therefore the best decisions. And what happened to the campaign promises of “welcoming and honouring the work of civic volunteers” and consulting the community “broadly and often”? Melissa Harrison

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Valuable archival discovery at the Knick Knack Nook economist. Their engagement will be marked Welcome to Island Neighbours- stories by a traditional baci ceremony in May, folof Island history, people, activities and events. lowed by a July wedding on Bowen Island. The rare treat awaits the Bowen commuTownsend-Gaults have been part of the Bowen nity on March 11 when noted musicommunity for a long time. Many islanders will cians /scholars Jon Bartlett and Rika also remember Emma’s sister Sophie. Rubesaat entertain with an evening of songs Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrent of and verse celebrating their new book – Dead Horse on the Tulameen. The twosome can best February 15, Lori Griffiths reminded the community about the municipality’s committee of be described as singers and cultural historiislanders with a mandate to create a cultural ans. They love song, the Canadian landscape master plan to cover the next 10 years. The and BC history. They’ve been singing together team had already convened six focus groups since 1975, focusing primarily on the songs of plus two workshops and was issuing a last call BC made by settlers, loggers, miners and fishfor further community input. ers. Rika grew up singing German folksongs • The Bowen Chamber of Commerce with her family. Her father played guitar and AGM was presenting Ian Thomson of the BI sang songs he’d learned from his father who Sustainability Community Task Force and also was a singer and a collector of traditional Jamie MacDonald of Natural Step Canada folk songs in Germany. When Rika’s family speaking on the topic of sustainability. * came to Canada in 1952, folk songs The February 22 issue was the Heritage in English became part of the family island repertoire. Jon immigrated to Canada Neighbours edition. The national theme was “Our Industrial Heritage” and so there were in 1968 and within weeks found the articles about Bowen’s mining history, Vancouver Folk Song Circle. Both Bowen’s two brickyards as well as the have a teaching background, allowing early resort business. them to incorporate Canadian folk • Bowen writers Paul and Audrey songs into the curriculum. Jon had Grescoe were preparing three books the pleasure of working with noted of letters: First will be The Letterbook: collector Phil Thomas on his col150 years of Extraordinary Canadian lection of BC songs and then on his Correspondence. Second will be The War book, Songs of the Pacific Northwest. Letterbook, Two Centuries of Canadian Medal for the Knick Knack Nook? Correspondence. Lastly would be The Sharp eyes and historical awareness Love Letterbook: Canadians Write of Romance resulted in a remarkable rescue recently. One and Friendship. • Constable Richard DeJong of the volunteers let me know that the Nook alerted islanders to a series of B &Es. and had something for me and a day later, she asked people to lock their doors. In the most delivered an envelope. It contained two pages recent break-in, valuables worth more than of notebook paper, covered in easy to read $20,000. were stolen. writing. The pages had fallen out of a donatBirthdays: On February 27, Birthday congrated book. When volunteers looked at them, ulations to Adam and Tom Woodward, Dayna the page one heading was: Catherine Rachel McMahon and Twyla Frid. Gail Gallander has Mackay Carson-Woods Carter (Katie). The a February 28 birthday. March 1 is the birthfirst line read: “My earliest memories are of a day of Eagle Cliffer Ian Carter while March garden of a house in London.” The narrative 2 is the special day for Alexandra Goodall, was written by my mother-in-law Katie Carter Kirk Braraten and Donovan Davidson. March and described the first nine years of her life. 3 is the birthday of Brianna Forbes-Crowe The Bowen Island community is small enough while March 4 is special to Julian Selody and that the value of these pages was clear and the to Diane Marshall, one of the Knick Knack Nook followed through. Interestingly, Katie Nook angels, March 5? That’s for Sabrina was the founder of the Historians in 1967 so Glave, Bronc Stark and Robin Wood while these pages have both family and archival March 6 is for Helen Wallwork. March 7 value. Many thanks to Nook. is the great day for Erin Carter, Claudia New topic: I’m always delighted to hear Schaefer as well as for twins, Trish and Mike news of Bowen’s younger generation and Kearney. March 8 is International Women’s it’s great to hear parents modestly provide Day. March 9? Maryanne Jones and Patti updates about their sons or daughters. Case in Kearney. Last March birthday is that of Nicole point: Emma Townsend-Gault and Gregoire Jamieson on March 11 Pelletreau have become engaged. Emma Do you have an item to share? Phone me at works as a community consultant in Lao PDR 604-947-2440 or e-mail to where she met Gregoire, a Sorbonne-educated


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To the Editor: Re: Belterra public hearing and rezoning proposal s former members of council, we were and continue to be supporters of the Belterra Cohousing proposal. This project addresses the important need for housing diversity on Bowen. The previous council gave second reading to this proposal on November 14, 2011 and directed staff to hold a public hearing in early 2012. Before council gives final approval to the rezoning, several issues that were identified by the previous council should be resolved. These issues affect the future planning for the infrastructure needs in the Snug Cove area. Two conditions for final approval of the Belterra rezoning are included in the draft restrictive covenant that is in the Belterra public hearing package: 1) that Belterra connect to an updated municipal water system or develop a private water system; and 2) that Belterra connect to an updated sewer system or develop a private on-site sewage collection and disposal system. Belterra has the option to choose either its own sewer and water, or to link up to municipal sewer and water. Once the rezoning is approved, how will this choice be made? If Belterra wishes to connect to municipal systems (i.e Snug Cove sewer and Cove Bay water), this is an issue for all Bowen Islanders. The comprehensive report is needed to answer some key questions, such as: What are the priorities for the allocation of the additional 100 units available from the expanded sewer treatment plant capacity? Rezoning lands in lower Snug Cove will encourage redevelopment and revitalization of the cove by private landowners. How much sewer/water capacity will be needed for this? Will the Belterra servicing decisions impact the expansion of sewer line to Snug Cove House (former Abbeyfield). Snug Cove House has been waiting for almost 20 years to move ahead and requires a sewer connection to do so. Is the remaining sewage capacity sufficient to service Bowen Court to alleviate its septic system problems? Servicing of community (surplus) lands will allow for the greatest return to the Bowen public when these lands are put on the market. Will sufficient


capacity be available? How will the costs of the expanded sewer treatment plant upgrade be recouped and what is the formula (i.e. latecomer fees or other, and need for a bylaw to require these) for recovering these costs from new hookups? The roughly $700,000 (BIM’s share of sewer upgrade) was paid for from Bowen Island taxpayer dollars, with the promise that a recovery plan would be put in place. This cost should not be borne by all taxpayers (as most of us pay for our own septic systems). What are the consequences of adding more hookups to the Cove Bay water system? Is there a need to raise the dam and if so, how will that be paid for? What are the priorities for hookups to the Snug Cove water system – is Belterra one of them? Or Snug Cove House? Or Snug Cove revitalization? There is a key requirement from the council resolution of November 14, 2011 which is missing from the draft restrictive covenant for Belterra, but which has the potential to increase costs to the Bowen taxpayer if it is not adequately addressed. The missing requirement stated that the applicant would “participate in the funding of the upgrading of Carter Road and the bridge in accordance with technical studies that assess the impact of the Belterra project.” The draft restrictive covenant in the public hearing agenda excludes this requirement completely and only mentions the need to do improvements on Carter Road west for construction purposes. Any improvements to the Carter Road bridge (or its replacement) will be expensive for our small municipality. The previous council review also raised the issue of emergency service access and servicing of the Belterra lands. It was noted that Carter Road west should be upgraded to allow safe public egress at all times. It was also noted that the Carter Road bridge potentially had limitations with respect to sizing and weight of new fire protection equipment. The Belterra proposal has some exciting features to bring to the Bowen community. However, the public interest is impacted by financial considerations and allocation of limited water and sewage capacity. These matters require careful planning and prioritization, prior to final adoption of the Belterra rezoning. Nerys Poole and Doug Hooper


Unanswered questions that will impact Belterra rezoning application

Cromie Road is the more direct access to CRC To the Editor:


t the February 13th meeting, I was very surprised by council’s decision to move to a closed meeting to discuss the necessity to bring back the Thompson Road access to Cape Roger Curtis (CRC). Councilor Morse stressed that the Cromie Road access is presently being studied by the planning department and this road would join CRC to the satellite fire hall at level on the 185-metre-elevation. For response to emergencies, time is the name of the game. Do you actually want a 135 ton pumper truck to quickly make a 120 degree turn from Adams Road on to Sunset Road and then race up 85 metros of elevation difference to Thompson Road and down through Crown land to CRC (In winter, the “Squamish” can result in black ice on Sunset Road). Cromie Road is the much shorter route to the satellite fire hall. So from a logical and

functional point of view, Cromie Road is the best access to Cape Roger Curtis. But with the proposal of opening Thompson Road, would there be a hidden agenda that is meant to take precedence? This would indeed provide access to the 390 acres of Crown land presently designated as G3 (green zone designation for environmental and watershed protection, island character and recreational use), which includes Fairy Fen acquired by the Island Trust fund. Not only would it allow the owners of CRC to apply for a revised subdivision but it would pave the way to develop additional land now that development bylaws for environmentally sensitive areas, steep slopes and eventually watershed, aquifer and streams protection would be rescinded. I hope that I am wrong and that a firm decision from council to consider Cromie Road to access to Cape Roger Curtis will prove it. Anne Franc de Ferrière – Chollat



The journey of a young violinist

Willow Gilbert has played the violin since she was four years old. In 2010, she auditioned for the West Vancouver Strings Orchestra. She was accepted to play with this orchestra and just loves the experience.


illow Gilbert auditioned for the West Vancouver Strings Orchestra in June of 2010. She was accepted to play with this orchestra and just loves the experience. Willow has also played for a season with the Vancouver debut Symphony from 2009 to 2010. Willow has been playing violin since she was four years old. Her music teacher in Vancouver taught the Suzuki method. Willow’s first year of violin lessons consisted of clapping rhythms, humming to music, listening to music and humming back the music. Her first violin was with a sponge cut out in the shape of a violin with a ruler stuck in the top as the neck. The bow was a piece of dowel. We went for many months to these types of classes. Then we were asked to bring Willow to the Music Academy in Vancouver to test her musical capabilities. She was with many other wee violinists, all with their sponges and sticks. The results for Willow were: good ear, good posture, good pitch and excellent rhythm and memory, but most importantly, good attention to detail and loves to play music. Her nana, Irene Gilbert, gifted Willow with her first baby violin. Then we moved to Bowen Island. With much frustration of trying to make a 5:30 p.m. violin class in Dunbar, the commuting agony for lessons was abandoned. Until someone told us about Alison Nixon. The call was made and the answer was, ‘I do not teach to anyone younger than six years old.” Willow was five at this time. We convinced Alison to just hear Willow play and the answer was. “Yes, I will teach Willow and since she has been taught Suzuki method, you must come to the lessons and continue to tutor her at home.” Needless to say by the time Willow was eight years old, I was no longer needed at lessons. Our home is filled with music whilst I prepare dinner and now we get to enjoy a full orchestra of music. Willow and many violinists on Bowen have been gifted by the support, enthusiasm and resourcefulness of Alison Nixon. Each child is a very unique musician and Alison recognizes and embraces each and every one of their talents. Her commitment and generous nurturing has kept our children in love with music. There are always tough times and Alison either plays gentle or firm, whichever is needed and gets them through, if they want. Along with weekly lessons, Willow has the opportunity to play chamber music with fellow string musicians on Mondays at the Little Red Church. Alison also provides opportunities in Ceildh music (traditional Scottish fiddling). The children love these events. Scottish dancing with our young fiddlers providing the music. I am not alone in feeling this great gift from ‘a brilliant one’ on Bowen. We are all truly blessed with this community. The people of this community always seem to believe in something not yet proven, it truly does leave the future wide open. Suzan Philippe (Willow’s mom)

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How to get in touch with your MP JOHN WESTON MP


any people know my family’s long relationship with Bowen and that one of the best assistants on Parliament Hill, Bowen’s own Josh Peters, helped me shrink the distance between Ottawa and Bowen in my first term as MP. So naturally I noticed when a Bowen constituent complained about access to my team and me (“Sitting on the beach of the bay”, February 17). The issue dealt with abandoned vessels; in fact, we had acted on the matter, but were ourselves delayed by the response of one federal department, which has now directed us to a different Department (sound familiar?) On a broader basis, the article spurs discussion on how my great team of staff and volunteers serves this enormous riding. As this is one of the largest ridings in the province, and in the entire country, please understand the sheer volume of mail that comes into our offices daily via email and post, not to mention the huge number of phone calls. And yet, amid the dozens of immigration, CRA, pension, etc. cases that my staff resolves for constituents every month, we do our best to respond to every inquiry. Perhaps you want to express your opinion about electoral reform? Or you wonder how to make a grant application for your business initiative? Federal budget questions? Or you’ve lost your passport and your vacation starts in three days! When you go looking for me, your Member of Parliament, you have a good reason. You have an opinion to express or an urgent need to be addressed. As I’ve often said, I’m only as good and effective as my constituents. It’s the passion and wisdom of the citizens of this riding that establish my priorities and guide my actions. If people stay silent, I cannot respond. If the political coffee-shop debates come to an end with the last sip, I won’t know what moves you, what concerns you, and what excites you as a Canadian and resident of this gorgeous riding. But how do you access your MP? I am aware that some folks have been frustrated in their

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attempts to make contact and to feel heard, and I wish I had the resources to satisfy every call and every email, the very day we receive them. The following is not an excuse; however, it might help to know the situation, as well as my very earnest desire to stay connected with you. The Most Beautiful Place on Earth, as I call this riding, is one of the largest in Canada, both in terms of geographical size and population. It’s actually 20 to 30 times larger than several other electoral districts! Maintaining three constituency offices is a record in BC -- no other MP has as many. From mid-September to the end of June, I am necessarily in Ottawa to satisfy my obligations as an elected official. There, I bring your concerns to cabinet ministers, to the floor of the House, and to official committee meetings. However, I return home at least every second weekend, and do my best to travel to every point in the riding as often as possible, from Whistler to Powell River and to Bowen Island. But there are, of course, budget constraints. So the question remains, how do you access your MP? The answer depends on your region. The office in Sechelt is open every Tuesday and Wednesday, while Powell River is staffed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Appointments are the most efficient way to be sure we are able to give you the attention you deserve. Beyond that, you are welcome to contact the West Vancouver office at 604-981-1790, the Ottawa office at 613-947-4617, or by email, If computers and telephones don’t feel right for your concern, please send a letter to the MP’s Ottawa office, where we pool all correspondence and have access to every federal department for the most informed response: 770 La Promenade, 151 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6. We may not be able to respond immediately but we will get back to you, and appreciate your patience. As your MP, I want to hear from you, I want to serve your needs, and I want to understand your viewpoint. Informed, passionate, engaged citizens will only make our country stronger, so Thank You in advance for your feedback, and the way you care about Canada.


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Heritage Week Retired archivist Dorothy Lawson worked with the Bowen Island Historians for 30 years and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about island history. She says that island life is completely different than anywhere else on earth - it has a soul - you need to embrace it if you want to live on an island. Debra Stringfellow photo



orothy Lawson is full of witty remarks as she jokingly says, “It must be Heritage Week, this is where they bring out all the old stuff”. This talented lady graduated from the Cooperstown two-year graduate program which trains students in art history and conservation techniques. She later went on to do her practicum with the Fogg museum in Boston. This prominent establishment is the oldest of Harvard University’s art museums, housing some notables such as Cézanne, Degas and Manet’s to name just a few. Lawson and her husband Eric moved to Bowen Island in 1979 and set up a home business together where she worked at conserving works of art. Her specialty was preserving paper and small textiles; she also did some paintings. A stickler for perfection she set out almost immediately working on prominent pieces by Emily Carr, “ Carr used to paint on construction

paper (the heavy stuff you find in schools) because she was too poor to paint on canvases. “My job was to delicately pry the paper off the ply wood”, says Lawson. She never wanted to know how much anything was worth, in case something went awry with the conservation. A gallery up in Banff sent her a crate filled with master works from Walter J. Phillips, a famous Canadian painter and woodcutter. She spent an entire winter restoring 120 pieces and later found out she had the entire collection entrusted to her care. She describes herself as the accidental archivist but in hindsight, once she moved to the island, her 30-year-journey volunteering with the Historians was inevitable, “the minute you walk off the boat you are immediately slotted into the community, everyone decides what you are. Well, of course Eric and I both dealing with artifacts were approached by the Historians”, says Lawson. She started off by conducting outreach exhibits within the community. She

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helped raise money to build the museum in 1983, as there was no place to store all the documents that had accumulated over the years. Archives such as telephone books dating back to 1957 when numbers consisted of only three digits are now housed at the museum. Then, the demand to see photographs prompted Lawson to develop the archives. She went on a pursuit of knowledge and took as many online courses and workshops as the Archives Association of BC could host. Computer savvy, Lawson applied for a grant to digitize as many images as she could and to date has placed 3000 historical photographs online which can be viewed and purchased at Lawson’s passion and innate understanding of island life has truly been a gift to the museum, “archives is the keeper of the flame, it’s the life of the island as it is and as it was - it’s there for everybody to enjoy”. Now retired, Lawson is passing the torch and currently mentoring Deidre Farah to replace her as the new archivist.

FEBRUARY 20 – 26, 2012

Getting to know Snug Cove


t’s Heritage Week and what better way to learn about Bowen Island’s history than to take a walk through the cove. On Saturday, February 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., walk leader Will Husby will meet interested islanders outside the Snug Cafe. Come along for a short walk through the cove and meet historian Marion Moore to see historic places and hear stories of the history and nature of our small village. This is a chance to see some of the special places in Snug Cove and to ask questions and share your own stories of this part of our island home. This is a community discovery walk in the spirt of the Jane’s Walk movement which focuses on the community livability philosophy and writings of community planner Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs saw communities as ecosystems composed of people, buildings and infrastructure and the natural environment. A firm believer in the importance of local residents’ understanding their community and having input on how their neighbourhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work and play. This ‘Getting to know Snug Cove’ walk is envisioned to be a first step in the process. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please dress for the weather and bring your stories and questions. This event is ponsored by Bowen Heritage and the Bowen Island EcoAlliance as part of B.C. Heritage Week.

Bowen celebrates its greatest resource – the power of community.

A Powerful Past, A Sustainable Future Our thanks to the • Bowen Heritage • Bowen Island Historians • The Bowen Island Conservancy • Bowen Island Community School for participating in the heritage supplement.



Winter in the orchard cottages JUDI GEDYE SPECIAL TO THE UNDERCURRENT


t was the end of a long jury trial in New Westminster and the storm was coming in fast. The jury had been instructed by the judge and had been sequestered. The work was over and all we could do was wait—not relax or stop thinking about the trial, just wait. There was always other work to do, but it had to be easy, not a lot of concentration. What helped most was to go for walks but not too far or for long. With sleet and wind outside, that left pacing the corridors. The courthouse had plenty of windows and as afternoon turned into evening, exhaustion had a brittle edge, watching and worrying about the storm and the roads and wondering when we would all get home. There was no hope of catching the last ferry. That left the water taxi. I wanted to get home to turn on a tap to keep the water moving through the old pipes as the temperature plunged. The fire in the wood stove would be long gone, and power failures in any amount of wind were common, so the place would freeze easily overnight. Single pane wooden frame windows look picturesque, but have lots of drafts that drapes and door snakes could only dull. Warm slippers, heavy sweaters, knitted afghans and pots of tea curled up in a chair beside the woodstove—that’s where most of life passed in one of the orchard cottages in winter. There was plenty to commend the cottages, but a winter storm wasn’t high on the list. At 9, I asked the sheriffs if they had made arrangements for a hotel for the jury, and they had. I asked if they could get me in to speak to the judge. I needed to include the prosecutor and the other defence counsel in any discussions and went to round them up. Once the group was assembled I explained that I lived on Bowen. The judge reminisced about how his family had spent summers in just such a small cottage. I said that I lived in one of those cottages and it was not well insulated, especially the pipes, and that I was very worried about getting home on the last possible means of transport to the island, assuming the water taxi could navigate in the storm. Would he consider ending the already very long day no later than 10:30 so that I could drive to Horseshoe Bay in time to catch the 11:30 water taxi? He smiled. Perhaps I should have let him reminisce longer about the cottages and the summer paradise. Perhaps I should not have asked for any special consideration. He said, “No.” He would usually let a jury work until 11 before he put them ‘to bed’ and he wouldn’t change that practice just because of a storm. The jury came back with a conviction ’round about 10:15. I raced out of the courthouse and careened along the highway to get the water taxi. I picked up a speeding ticket just past Caulfeild but when I explained where I was going the officer wrote the ticket as fast as he could and told me to slow down the rest of the way. I did make it home, got the fire started and the pipes did not freeze, and I was left with a clear recollection of how to endear yourself to people asking favours.

Life in the orchard cottages was certainly more challenging in the winter months (as pictured in photos left and above from 1953/54) as they had been built as summer holiday accommodations. Submitted photos



he seaside cottages have a history which pre-dates the Union Steamship resort. When they were considered for demolition several years ago, Bowen Heritage was able to convince GVRD Parks staff of their heritage importance. Luckily through the memories of my sister Margaret, who knew the Tulk family, the original owners of Seaside 1, we were able to contact a member of that family regarding the history of their cottage. The Tulks owned the Gold Seal Liquor Company and were wealthy enough to engage architect Samuel McClure to design their house in Vancouver. This house still stands, and is a part of Vancouver’s heritage. The Bowen house was built in the early 1900s on land that was leased from Captain Cates, owner of the Terminal Steamship resort. They built a charming entrance gate and named the cottage “Bide-a-Wee”. A young daughter was a schoolmate of my sister Margaret in 1918. The family left the island before the U.S.S. Co. acquired the resort. Seaside 2, now called BG, was also built before the U.S.S. Co. owned the land. There is no record of the original builder, but its architecture indicates it was not designed for the U.S.S. Co. Tommy White of Sannie fame, stayed in this cottage with his mother, during summers in the early 1920s, then later, after his mother’s death, with his wife, Mary Marshall. My uncle, William Linklater, who was head carpenter and building designer for the U.S. S. Co., moved into the cottage for the winter months because it was warmer than his summer cottage on Alder Trail. Several other cottages were built on land originally leased from Capt. Cates. Most have gone, but some still remain on Melmore Road and at Snug Point. The architect of the 20 U.S.S. Co. Orchard cottages is also unknown. However, I do know that my uncle William Linklater was in charge of the construction and ordering of building materials. The company also owned a resort in Sechelt where a cluster of similar cottages were built in an old orchard. Two of them may still exist. Some of my earliest memories of the Davies Orchard area concern the early 1930s. when I visited school friends. Their parents were employees of the U.S.S. Co., allowing them to live in Orchard cottages year-round. I also remember participating in bake sales on the verandah of cottage no. 20. Some of the women who spent summers in the Orchard, went to the United Church. My mother, Laura Collins was active in the Ladies Aid and recruited some of the summer tenants to help raise funds for the new church. I remember delivering milk from Collins farm to people who lived in the cottages. This was always early in the morning and I can still recall

the beauty of the place. The fruit trees had more of a presence then, likely because they were younger and well cared for. Without the marina, Snug Cove was very visible from the cottages, and the bank was clear of vegetation. There was no boardwalk, just a simple dirt and pebble walkway which led from Government Road to no. 4 playground, the festival field. A series of cement light standards with electric lights bordered the walkway and lit the path at night. Only part of one of those light standards still remains at the end of Davies Creek. After the demise of the U.S.S. Co. resort and steamship service in the 1960s, the Orchard and Seaside cottages became home to a succession of people attracted to the advantages of living in the modest cottages near the cove. Changes in landlords and neglect led to deterioration and loss of some of the cottages. In 1984, they became part of Crippen Park, under the jurisdiction of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)/ Metro Vancouver. Somewhere in my files I have a copy of the deliberations of a GVRD parks board meeting of the 1980s in which is recorded that “the GVRD sees no historic value in the orchard cabins.” That statement gave added impetus to a group of us who, in 1989, formed the “Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association.” With rallies, demonstrations, marching bands, the Raging Grannies and intervention by BC Heritage Trust, the GVRD board was persuaded to change its mind. We were unable to halt an existing edict to destroy two more, which left the present 10 in the Orchard. Two had been sold to the new marina owner. That was 23 years ago. Bowen Heritage has carried on and accomplished much in those years. An information centre and museum were established in restored cottages and emergency restoration work was carried out in others. Raising public awareness through fund raising has seen the Heritage Association receive awards for two publications: a Heritage Walking Tour and Life in an Orchard. As well federal and provincial recognition was awarded for the Davies Orchard Restoration Project and for the panels displaying the history of the Union Steamship Company. Two cottages have been restored by the GVRD/ Metro Vancouver. A more recent addition is a community garden growing heritage seeds, that, along with new heritage apple trees, recapture and showcase the early work of William Davies, the original owner. A recent video on the Bowen Heritage web site, tells the story of the urgent need for intervention to save all of the cottages. I hope the efforts of the past 23 years will be rewarded with a surge of public and Metro Vancouver support to ensure the preservation of both these important sites.



Youth curators research sad irons, oil lamps and rotary dial phones and archives, as well as having the Bowen Island Museum and Archives and Bowen Heritage members come to visit the school. his year, the youth curator program looked The 14 students who signed up as youth curaat the history of energy in B.C. Students tors had the chance to participate in what hapwere interested in a wide range of topics, pens behind the scenes in the museum and including how we lived before electricity, and archives over a series of visits. what type of transportation people used to get to Youth curators researched their selected topand from the island. On the second visit to the ics at the archives, online, and by interviewing archives, curator Heather Joan Tam had a bound locals, including seniors. Students commit four to volume of old Undercurrent articles on the table. five lunch hours for the program, as well as time The Undercurrent was from February 5, 1982, for independent research. and was open to an To explore this article called The year’s theme, stuFrightened Ferryman dents looked at written by Leslie various artifacts, Wallwork. “Is this utensils and appliyour grandfather?” ances including sad Heather asked me, irons, oil lamps, teleand I responded that phones, typewrites, it was. The youth and a ‘sticking curators invited me Tommy.’ Objects that to participate in were used on utilthis year’s exhibit. ity poles, including You can learn more telegraph, telephone about the research and hydro poles at the exhibit in included: ceramic the display case in insulator tubes, and the upper foyer at glass insulator caps. BICS that is open From grade 4 for viewing during youth curator Kole school open hours Bentley: “I chose and will remain on the oil lamp because display until the end people needed it for of March. light. If it was dark This is the third people would put it year of the youth in the living room. curators program Also: if there was no Youth curator Lauren with a sad iron. Sarah Haxby photo electricity, and no which provides an opportunity for oil, what else would students to celebrate and explore local history they use? Candles. I thought this was interesting, through visits to the local museum and archives, and that’s why I chose the oil lamp that might independent study and the creation of an interhave originally come from an old Bowen Island active heritage display which is shared with the farmhouse.” entire school and the community. The program From youth curator team Brylie Guilfoyle and was developed by Sarah Haxby, community Chloe Jackson: “We are researching the rotary school coordinator and Heather Joan Tam, curadial old phone. This phone, like most phones, tor of the Bowen Island Museum and Archives. was used to communicate from one person to The program complements the school’s existing another. It was bolted on the wall, and you tradition of holding a fun, school-wide celebracouldn’t walk around and talk at the same time. tory Heritage Day, and establishes a balance by This phone was made around 1967 when the having the students visiting the local museum seven digit phone numbers first came out. In the


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Heather Tam, curator of the Bowen Island Museums and Archives shares photos with youth curator Colleen Treleaven. Sarah Haxby photo 1968 Bowen Island phone book the phone number written on the phone belonged to two people. The names in the phone book are: Mrs. H.E. Molson who lived at Cowans Point and U. Malkin, who also lived at Cowans Point.” This hands-on, interactive program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Bowen Island Museum and Archives, the Archives and Museum curator Heather Joan Tam, Board liaison Andrew Todd, professional conservator, and Bowen Heritage. All of these community partners have a long-standing tradition of bringing fabulous events, workshops and celebrations of our local heri-

tage and history to the community and the community school. Now in its third year, the youth curator program has recently received funding support from Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Province of BC that will allow the program to continue and to expand. The youth curator program was developed to empower youth to identify as being part of our community’s present and future by promoting literacy and awareness of our past. The 2012 youth curators are excited to create an exhibit inspired by this year’s BC Heritage Week theme: a celebration of Energy in B.C.: A powerful past, a sustainable future.

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Heritage Week The power of conservation DAVE WITTY B.I. CONSERVANCY


eritage Week in Canada offers us a chance to celebrate our natural and cultural heritage and reflect upon our place in the natural environment. Heritage Day also celebrates the work of citizen groups such as the Bowen Island Conservancy and the contribution made by such groups to the enrichment of our lives and that of our families. Inspiration for the work of conservancies in general came from Aldo Leopold who was an ecologist. Leopold wrote A Sand County Almanac (1966) in which he noted the importance of private stewardship and its role in creating a “land ethic”. He promoted the notion that private landowners, as well as government, were essential in conserving our natural places. The Conservancy movement was influenced by Leopold’s vision of a proactive citizenry engaged in the conservation of land and resources for the benefit and enjoyment of citizens and the plants and wildlife that are protected and managed by those actions. At the core of the movement is Leopold’s notion of making use of private land, such as creation of land trusts, for the purpose of setting aside special places that protect environmental values. Back in 1996, through the inspiration and leadership of Des Kennedy from Denman Island and a group of islanders, such as Ross Carter, the idea of a Bowen Land Conservancy took hold. They envisioned using land trusts established on private land to build networks of protected areas that would complement public parkland. The next year, led by Anne Ironside, a small group of us firmed up the mission and focus for a Bowen Island Conservancy. Since those early days when the Conservancy conservancy promoted conservation covenants and the setting aside of nature preserves as part of development amenity packages, the Bowen Island Conservancy has grown into a very active group of members from all walks of life. The members of the Conservancy conservancy have worked with the municipality and developers such as Wolfgang Duntz to help secure the Singing Woods Park and John Reid to secure Quarry Park and Headwaters Park – both of which are now officially open as municipal parks. Much of the work of the Bowen Island Conservancy has been as advocates for unique, rare or endangered landscapes. In other instances, the Conservancy conservancy has worked with the Islands Trust fund to secure special sites, such as the 18-hectare Fairy Fen Nature Sanctuary.

The Fairy Fen Nature Sanctuary is one of the sites the Bowen Island Conservancy has worked to secure. Martha Perkins file photo

In addition to advocating for special landscapes, the Conservancy has frequently taken an active role in site restoration and management. Through the Conservancy’s efforts, members have helped to connect research scientists, such as Dr. Karen Golinski and Dr. Kendrick Brown, a paleoecologist, with the special attributes of the Fairy Fen site. Their work at Fairy Fen is leading to some significant changes in the way scientists will come to view sphagnum moss establishment in the Pacific Northwest. While the Conservancy’s work has ranged from the simple act of promoting the importance of Bowen’s natural world to the scientific discovery of a new theory about the ecology of peatlands, its day-to-day activity includes work parties assisting nature through erosion control of steep slopes along sensitive streams as well as the development of management plans for special natural sites. Peter Drake, chair of the Bowen Island Conservancy, noted that, “our volunteers are keen to work with private landowners to help them protect their lands in a natural state. Identifying sensitive and unique landscapes for preservation, Conservancy volunteers assist landowners in development plans that can lead to dedication of land for future generations”. Everhard


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van Lidth de Jeude who frequently leads volunteer work crews to rehabilitate disturbed sites, commented that, “it is an enjoyable volunteer job to get out and spend part of the day helping to restore Bowen’s natural landscape. We invite other Bowen Islanders to join us.” Over the past 15 years, the Bowen Island Conservancy has assisted in the establishment of parks on Bowen and facilitated the transfer of land covenants. As well, the Conservancy has advocated for sound land use planning that respects environmental stewardship. Through land covenants, private landowners are able to set aside a portion of their property to remain in a natural state. In return, the landowners may receive a tax credit and even a reduction in property taxes once the NAPTEP (Natural Area Property Tax Exemption) programme is confirmed on Bowen and will be assured that, even after they may have sold their property, the covenant transfers with the title to protect the natural features into the future. As Aldo Leopold noted over 50 years ago, “a land ethic reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land.” During National Heritage Week, Leopold’s words speak to all of our interests and the work of the Bowen Island Conservancy.

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The role of the Advisory Planning Commission is to advise the Council on any matter referred to it by Council under the Local Government Act regarding land-use, community planning or proposed bylaws, and permits. For further details regarding this mandate and role, please reference the Advisory Planning Commission’s Establishment Bylaw No. 85, 2003 on the municipal website at: bylaw_administration. Applicants are requested to submit a brief biography or resume outlining their qualifications and a statement identifying why they are interested in serving on the

Advisory Planning Commission. Applications are especially encouraged from members of the public with a background in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, law and sustainable development. Please respond in writing by February 24, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to: Kathy Lalonde Corporate Officer Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 e-mail: FAX: 604-947-0193


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Mini-Gala, mega-fun T he Gallery at Artisan Square will soon be opening its doors to the annual Mini-Gala fundraising event and exhibition. More than 60 artists have donated their mini-masterpieces, working on eight by eight inch canvasses or watercolour paper – and the diverse artwork will be up for grabs on Saturday, March 10, at the social event of the season, hosted by the visual arts committee of the Bowen Island Arts Council. It’s always a festive and fun night, featuring entertainment and delectable treats and a lively auction, all in support of a great cause – raising money to support the operation of the community public gallery. Once again, David and Aubin van Berckel of Opus Framing and Art Supplies have graciously provided canvases and frames for this exhibit. This year, the crowd will be pleased and charmed by the antics of Auctioneer Graham Ritchie. Marc Gawthrop will have everyone grooving to the beat as he performs with sheer acrobatic prowess on the piano. And then of course, there is the art, guaranteed to evoke joy in a myriad of ways. As is the custom, work on sale will not be

signed on the front and the names of the artists will not be revealed until after the auction. The guessing game of who created what ignites the evening, offers opportunity for speculation and light banter, and promises at least one or two surprises. The exhibit opens Friday, March 2 and runs until March 18. That means art lovers will have one full week before the Gala evening to browse the oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings. Each will be offered for a mere $125. Those interested in purchasing the works will be invited to indicate their interest by writing their name on the artwork’s accompanying label. If more than one individual indicates their interest, the artwork will go to bid. Please note that this year we will be taking absentee bids. So if you can’t make it to the party on March 10, you don’t have to lose all hope of winning the object of your desire. To place absentee bids, contact Ann Ramsay at The event is sure to sell-out, as in past years, so pick up your tickets, for only $15 at Phoenix or at the Gallery. For more information, call the Gallery at 604.947.2454. Please visit the arts council on the web at

Bowen Rotary raises money to fight polio SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


hen Pat Boston was a young health care trainee in the 60s, she was taken to a polio ward. “There were eight iron lungs in the ward,� she recalls. “I will never forget that room holding eight long cylinders. There was absolute silence except the whooshing sound that came from the breathing apparatus.� This vivid memory has stayed with Boston and has motivated her to become active in Rotary International’s latest effort. “Rotary International has the mandate to raise $200 million by June 2012, that money goes to alleviating polio,� Boston said. “And Bowen Rotary began fundraising a few months ago.� On Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m., Bowen Rotary will host a polio fundraiser at Rivendell Retreat Centre. Boston is the director of palliative care at the UBC Department of Family Medicine. She joined the Bowen Island Rotary Club in the spring of 2011 and is now a board member. “I have a mandate to help with developing health-related projects and that includes fundraising,� she said. “The iron lung works by creating an airtight seal around the patient who is lying on the back,� Boston said. “The only part that is visible is the head. A pump raises the air pressure and then deflates it to assist the muscles.� Boston explained that, in polio, the muscles atrophy. Living in fear of polio was characteristic of the 50s and 60s in Britain and many other countries, Boston recalls. “There were polio epidemics. You can get polio in many forms, but back then, it was the severe paralytic form. Then they devel-

oped the vaccine, and by the early 70s, polio had been eradicated in the western world. In the decades after, it was considered to be a disease that we no longer needed to worry about.� But in recent years, polio started to emerge again, especially in developing counties, says Boston. “Among the countries most affected now are Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo,� Boston said. “It is a highly infectious disease. You can contract the virus the way you get a flu and the symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting and pain in the limbs, very similar to the flu.� Boston thinks that there have probably always been cases of polio in developing countries as funds for immunization are scarce. “I do work in India from time to time and I realize that many people can’t pay [for health care] so they have to do without. To eradicate polio in these areas, we need money,� Boston says. Boston says that Rotary International’s initiative was inspired by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that gave US$355 million to polio eradication. “Rotary International supports many health initiatives and committed to match the funds,� Boston said. “The push will be toward vaccination. Polio is highly infectious and there is no cure but it is preventable.� The funds raised will go toward developing immunization programs, financing vaccine and administering it, says Boston. “The whole notion it to stop [the disease] by increasing infant immunization and then to monitor for the virus particularly in children under 15 years of age and to be able to supply supplementary vaccine.�

Not quite real size but close enough: the art available at the Mini-Gala measures eight by eight inches. And, as is the tradition, the artists’ names will not be made public until after the auction on March 10. Submitted photo

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Warmth, humour and spontaneity in addition to great music SHARI ULRICH SPECIAL TO THE UNDERCURRENT


first shared a stage with Karen Savoca and her partner Pete Heitzman at a festival on Vancouver Island in 2000. I had never heard Karen before, and, even though her reputation preceded her, I didn’t anticipate how instantly I would fall in love with her music. Like many great artists, her appeal is not just her captivating songs, although Karen’s voice, percussion and well crafted lyrics, and Pete’s unparalleled guitar work are enough to fill concert halls. Their charm is also their disarming warmth, humour, spontaneity and authenticity, all of which are evident when they perform. Hailing from upstate New York, Karen and Pete tour extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have appeared on Good Morning America, Prairie Home Companion, and pretty much every major festival including Vancouver. They are loved wherever they go and Bowen Island is no exception. Those who were present a few

years ago when BIMA presented Karen and Pete at Cates Hill Chapel left the concert raving and will be thrilled to have another opportunity to hear them on the island. Those who missed that concert are encouraged to visit and/or Google “Karen Savoca” and watch one of the many YouTube videos of performances. They will certainly give you an idea of what my words could never adequately convey. I would also encourage the plethora of guitar players to come and experience Pete Heitzman’s mastery of the instrument. The range of colours and sounds that man can get out of six strings is jaw-dropping. And I expect, as is the tradition launched on that festival workshop stage in 2000, I may join them on violin, mandolin and vocals for a few songs. They will be performing at Tir-na-nOg Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and tickets are available at Phoenix (thank you Angela). Tickets are $20 (and $15 for seniors and for those for whom “cash-is-tight”). Hope to see you there!

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sually, Bowen Island Golf Club tournaments produce an incredible performance by a competitor that allows him or her to stand ahead of fellow competitors and win the top prize. The sixth annual Cupid’s Cup tournament turned out to be very memorable not because of the performance of one particular team, but due to the sheer determination of all who participated in making the rain-soaked event a success. It takes a certain type of supporter to get out of bed, put on your warmest and driest athletic outfit to play on a wet

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and cold day. It was exactly this type of support that brought out a nearly full field of players who enjoyed their day and, even more importantly, an incredible meal. Of those who played, Bob Sangster paired with Jean Cleator seemed to be able to control the alternate shot format enough to take top prize with a blistering 49. Peter Moir and Colleen O’Neil finished one shot back, while Keith and Alice Ewart were another couple back. Thanks to all who attended. Spencer Grundy, B.I. Golf Club

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n Saturday, March 10, from 4 to 10 p.m., Bowen Island will participate in the Irving Laytone nation-wide centenary celebration. The event will be held at Heather Haley’s place at Cowan Point (call 778 861-4050 or email for directions).

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On the calendar FRIDAY, FEB. 24 • Island Discovery presents: Through the Looking Glass: 7 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Oneact musical performed by Island Discovery students. Tickets $10 at Phoenix. • Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. • Jazz Night: Teun Schut, Rob Bailey and Buff Allen. First set starts at 7:30 p.m. Doc Morgan’s Pub. • Legion dinner: 6:30 p.m. Members and guests welcome. SATURDAY, FEB. 25 • Getting to Know Snug Cove: Heritage walk, 10 to 11 a.m. Meet outside the Snug Cafe. • Ready, Set Learn: early learning fair and tea party social, 10 a.m. to noon BICS primary wing. • Island Discovery presents: Through the Looking Glass: 7 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Oneact musical performed by Island Discovery students. Tickets $10 at Phoenix. • AA Open Meeting: 9 a.m., Collins Hall. SUNDAY, FEB. 26 • Island Discovery presents: Through the Looking Glass: 7

p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Oneact musical performed by Island Discovery students. Tickets $10 at Phoenix. • Village SongCircle: 7 to 9 p.m. at Bowen Court. Come at no cost to check it out, fee is on a sliding scale from $75 to $150 for 12-week session. MONDAY, FEB. 27 • Seniors Keeping Young: 9 a.m. line dancing 9:45 a.m. exercises, singing and refreshments, 11 a.m. Speaker Pat Adams: 2011 Florence Biennale, international art exhibit. TUESDAY, FEB. 28 • AA Meetings: Open meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933. WED., FEB. 29 • Drop-in knitting group: 2 to 5 p.m. at Bowen Court. All levels welcome. • Post Partum Support Group: Meets two evenings/mo. (604) 947-2717. • Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 2880. THURSDAY, MARCH 1 • Duplicate-style bridge: 7 p.m. sharp. Bowen Court lounge. Call

Irene at 2955 for info. • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Rotary Club: Sharon Proske: food pollution- do you know what is in your food? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Rivendell Retreat Centre. Guests always welcome. For more information- 0935. ONGOING • Nia classes: Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the yoga co-op at Artisan Square. Tues. 7 p.m. at the Youth Centre and Thurs. 9:15 a.m. at the Gallery at Artisan Square. Call Carol at 9408 or Deborah at 2290 for info. • Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.

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British Columbia has traditionally been synonymous with forestry and today this industry is still one of the cornerstones of our economy, especially in many rural communities which strongly value and support timber harvesting. With over two-thirds (60 million hectares) of the provincial land mass covered in forest we can count on a healthy industry for many more years. B.C. has more than 110 lumber mills, over 70 with a capacity of more than 40 million board feet per year; 27 veneer, plywood and OSB (oriented strand board) mills, eight pellet mills, 18 pulp mills (six of which are also paper mills) and over 80 other primary processing mills such as chips, shake and shingle, pole, and log manufacturers. The forestry sector has a deep pool of skilled professionals and a highly trained workforce. Altogether the industry employs well over 50,000 well paid employees, often the life-blood of small towns. B.C.’s forest sector is definitely starting to recover from the last decade’s downturn. Since 2009, over two dozen mills have announced they are re-opening or adding shifts. The importance of this industry to B.C. is demonstrated by the fact that 40% of the province’s regional economies are based on forestry activities, in more than 7,000 businesses. Coast Clear Wood serves niche markets by providing lumber products to match the specific needs of international markets. The have garnered success by focusing their efforts on marketing their products in Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, China, Korea, and India. With plans for further expansion into new markets, Coast Clear Wood continues to source high quality raw materials from Canada and other international suppliers that meet the high standards of their customers. Owner Tom Sundher is very proud to have twice won a B.C. export award for his work in India; he is considered a leader in opening the market for B.C. wood in that country. One reason for growth in the industry is the Asian market. International buyers know that B.C. is a stable supplier of high-quality wood products; we can provide timber supply security. This secure supply, coupled with the fact our spruce, pine, fir, hemlock and balsam fibre baskets are among the richest in the world makes B.C. extremely attractive.

The B.C. brand of wood products is well established globally with market-leading shares in key countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. B.C. is also looking to be the first major country that deals in softwood lumber to establish its products in the India marketplace. Working with the federal government and industry, the Province has strengthened and diversified the B.C. forest sector by increasing market demand for softwood lumber throughout Asia. The global demand for bio-products from the forest is predicted to reach $200 billion a year. Renewable fuels, plastics, and chemicals for the pharmaceutical and food industries can potentially be manufactured by running wood fibre and residues through bio-refinery. B.C. has taken steps to make it easier for the non-lumber sector to source supplies of lower quality fibre. This includes fibre supply licences to cut to use logging debris that is left behind on landings and roadsides. Taking care of this natural abundance is critical. An amazing statistic is the fact B.C. has planted more than six billion trees since reforestation programs began in the 1930’s, and is on track to plant its seven billionth tree in 2013/14. We plant an average of 200 million trees each year. B.C. produces more wood products certified to environmental standards than any other region in the world and has 53 million hectares certified to one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management certification standards. Growth now and in the future requires a solid foundation. B.C. created the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to deal with increasing demands and pressures on the land base by taking a more integrated approach to managing B.C.’s natural resources. BC Hydro launched a two-phase Bioenergy Call for Power. Phase one has helped advance bioenergy development in Kamloops, Castlegar and Prince George, while phase two has done the same for Chetwynd, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Merritt. B.C. has also passed the Wood First Act to promote and encourage a cultural shift that will make wood the first choice for construction in the commercial and institutional sectors as well as residential. The future looks very bright for this most iconic of British Columbia industries.

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To Surrey - Seattle pin to pin. Mon. - Fri. 8:00p.m. departure. Must hold valid Fast Pass and have 2 years experience. Please e-mail resume: or Fax or Call: Exp’d TRUCK DRIVER wanted for BC runs. Exc wages, benefits & equipment + weekends home. Fax or email resume & drivers abstract 604-513-8004 or Star Fleet Trucking HIRING!! DRIVERS, FARMERS, RANCHERS & RETIREES with 2003 or newer 1-Ton duallie, diesel; pickups & 8’box to deliver new travel trailers & fifth wheels from US manufacturers to Canadian dealers. Free IRP plate for your truck and low insurance rates! Prefer commercial Driver’s License. Top Pay! Call Craig 1-877-890-4523



AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783 Become a Psychiatric Nursetrain locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG EXCLUSIVE “THINKBIG” Mechanic Training. GPRC Fairview Campus. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning. High school diploma and mechanical aptitude. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888999-7882; September 2012. GO TO YOUR NEXT JOB interview with 2nd Year Heavy Duty Mechanic Skills. GPRC, Fairview Campus. Heavy Equipment Certificate program - Less than one year apprenticeship opportunity. Hands-on training. Safety courses. On-campus residences. 1-888-999-7882; INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Locations in Alberta & BC. Hands on real world training. Full sized equipment. Job placement assistance. Funding available. 1-866-399-3853

C&E ROAD Builders is seeking an experienced driller blaster. Minimum 5 years experience. Please fax resume 250-956-4888 or email CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE Lifeguard/Instructor. We are seeking an experienced individual to be a Lifeguard/Instructor. Refer to: for the required qualifications. Submit resumes by February 29, 2012, quoting competition 602-107U to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4. Fax to: (867) 669-3471. Email:

DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: Visit: EXPERIENCED DRILLERS, Derrickhands, Motorhands and Floorhands. Seeking full rig crews. Paying higher than industry rates and winter bonus. Send resume c/w valid tickets. Fax 780-955-2008; Phone 780-955-5537.

JOE’S AUTOBODY REPAIR in Prince Rupert, BC. Currently has an opening for a Collision Technician and Certified Painter. Must be a team player for this relaxed and friendly,but hard working atmosphere. Wages and moving expenses negotiable. Email resume to: Fax: 250627-4702. Call: 250-624-1795

CUSTOM MANUFACTURER of security rollshutters, habitat screens & retractable awnings requires experienced installation technicians. General knowledge of construction & electrical an asset. Must be detail orientated & able to work independently. Driver’s license req’d. Competitive wages & benefits. Fax resume: 604-468-7656 or email: WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset Journeyman Pressman. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume:


Valley Therapeutic in Aldergrove is accepting new riders/volunteers all ages. Come, enjoy our indoor arena & trails on safe, reliable school horses with our Cantra certified instructors. Contact the office at 604-857-1267, email


SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email:


LANGLEY CNC SHOP requires a milling machine operator for a full time position. Running aluminum parts in clean and friendly shop. Pay depending on skill between $18-$22 an hour. Extended benefits after 3 months.Please email resume to


LEMARE LAKE is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Processor Operator • Line Machine Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics • Welders • Machinists Full time permanent, union wages and camp positions. Please fax resume to 250956-4888 or email



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DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1-877-556-3500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.



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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.

329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

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LOVE ANIMALS? - Love your Career! Animal Health Technology diploma program. GPRC Fairview Campus. On-campus working farm. On-site large and companion animals. On-campus residences. 1-888-999-7882; PRESA CANARIO P/B UKC, black, ready. $700. Both parents approx. 120 to 150 lbs. Call 778-552-1525.

PEARL DRUM SET, $1000, receipts for $1000 in upgrades, located in Hope. Call 1 (604)869-7329





Auction Water/Wine Bottling Line, Bottling Line, s/s tanks, filtration system, restaurant equipment & more. Feb 25, 11AM, West Kelowna, BC, View photos at (Special Auction) 1-866-545-3259



SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS FOR ALL USES! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands NOW! Call for FREE Brochure- 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170



MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331 Queen Pillow Top Mattress & Box • 720 Coil 2.5’’ Pillowtop • Brand New • 10 yr. warranty • Your Price $490 604.807.5864 The Mattress Guy

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PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

PETS 477


BENGAL CAT beautiful 3.5 y/o M, neutered, fully vaccinated, indoor, very friendly, must find good home no cats no kids $250 604-820-1603 BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Vet checked with first shots and ready for new homes. $1,200. 778241-5504. Langley Cairn Terriers: shots/dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. over 20 yrs of referrals. 604-807-5204 or 604-592-5442/604-854-1978



Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837


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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977 Chihuahua pups, tiny, 2 males, 1 long & 1 short, vet check, deworm, 1st shots, $650. (604)799-1919 GOLDEN Retriever puppies, born Jan. 7th, family raised, very well socialized, 1st shots & deworming included. Mission 604-820-4827. GOLDEN Retriever pups. Ready to go. Vet ✔, 1st shots, dewormed. Family raised. $600. 778-808-5459.


LAB cross puppies, vet checked, 1st shots, eager and social $350, 604-823-6739 afternoons/evenings. NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or

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Spot the Ball round three

This week’s photo Round three for Spot the Ball is now open: Cut out the picture above and mark the spot where you think the ball should be. Then submit the photo with your name, age and entry fee (one try for a loonie, three for a toonie) at the red and white drop boxes at the Snug, the General Store, the Office at Artisan Square, the recreation office or the Undercurrent office. You’ll have a chance to win either a registration for the co-ed soccer league of the Bowen Island Football Club plus a gift (total value of $50) or a $50 gift certificate for Tuscany - your choice. The winner of last week’s contest and the recipient of the Miksa gift certificate is Julia McCaig (congratulations). The weekly deadline has been extended by popular demand to Wednesday at 11 a.m. This contest is organized by grade 9 IPS student James Milligan as part of his masterworks - the money will go to supporting athletic endeavours for underpriviledged children. Get out your scissors, pens and wallets and join the fun.

Last week’s photo with ball REAL ESTATE 627






1987 CHEVROLET Celebrity Clean, 166,600 kms, $800. obo Call 604-619-8596

WE BUY HOUSES The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 604.657.9422


821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2011 HONDA CRV 4 wd, Auto, silver. Loaded. Local car. $22,500: 9000kms. (778) 895-7570

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402


SPEND YOUR HOURS working on ATV’s, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. GPRC Fairview Campus, Alberta. Learn to repair small engines, recreational vehicles. Apprenticeship opportunity. On-campus residences. 1-888-999-7882;



INSTANT AUTO CREDIT We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now, or we can deliver to you. 877-758-7311 or 250-7515205.

FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in February, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095.

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 The Scrapper

2008 HONDA 150 CRF Dirt Bike Less than 20 hours operating time. LIKE NEW. No scratches. $2000. Call 604-845-1895.


DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals


2005 POLARIS Sportsman ATV, 700 twin, EFI, mossy oak camel, warn winch, front & rear bumpers, Easy-Off windshield, exc. cond. 1538km. $5500 firm. Chilliwack 1 (604)799-8533

NAPLES FLORIDA AREA! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866959-2825, ext 15.



AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

2011 NISSAN VERSA - 5 dr hatchback, auto, 20K. Loaded. Asking $9800/obo. 778-895-7570


LAND OF ORCHARDS, Vineyards & Tides in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure Website: Email: Toll - free: 1-888-865-4647


2002 Ford Taurus SEL Premium. 176,000km, Leather, Cruise, Air, Loaded. $4275. 604-795-7834




TWO WHEELIN’ EXCITEMENT! Motorcycle Mechanic Program, GPRC Fairview College Campus. Hands-on training - street, off-road, dual sport bikes. Challenge 1st year Apprenticeship exam. 1-888999-7882;




2004 TOYOTA ECHO FOR SALE 98 950 km. Grey. 4 door hatchback. $6,700 Manual. Very fuel efficient. A pleasure to drive.Babette or Paul Deggan : 604 947 9221

CANDYINTHECOVE.COM Attn. candy fans! Goodie bags from $5 for all special events. Chocolate and sweets with no artificial flavours or colours. 0999 CATES HILL I have clients looking to purchase a home on Cates Hill. If you are thinking of selling, please call me. 604-765-7983 Lyn Watson Prudential Sussex Realty

2006 YAMAHA APEX 1000, 4stroke, MLX Mtn. 163” x 2¼” track, reverse, comes with service manual. 1024 mi. Cheapest Apex/4stroke in Canada! $5900 firm. Chilliwack (604)799-8533

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 1993 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER, 201 K, runs great, new tires/deck, needs care, asking $2,200. (604)782-6600 2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $7700 firm. Call 604-538-4883



2001 GMC SIERRA 4x4, ext cab, auto, green, 135K, $8800 firm. Call: (604)538-9257 1997 20 ft. Slumber Queen Class C Motorhome. Chev chassis, fully equipt. Many Extras. $15000. Call 604-796-0230


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Shop from home, take a walk through the Classifieds!

FOR RENT! 2 bdrm. above ground bsmt. suite avail. IMMEDIATELY! $650/mo includes utilities & cable, w/d. Sorry, no pets. 604-947-2805 FOR RENT: 2- bdrm apt. in Village Square. Avail. April 1. References required. Sorry, no pets. 604-947-2944 For Rent

2 bedroom plus den. Long term. $1550/mon. Woodstove. Ocean view. Close to beach. Angell Hasman Rlty 604-657-1864

FOR RENT 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with ocean view. No pets. No smoking. Long term.$1700/mo. 604-657-1864 David Riddell Angell Hasman Realty. LOST men’s blue/green Gortex MEC rain jacket - 0807


UNCLASSIFIED FOR RENT New, clean Cates Hill oceanview 1br or 2br suite. Non Smokers please. $800/mo. Available Mar 1.

Call PJ @ 778 996 2898 FOR RENT: Office space in Snug Cove: 2 units, 141 sq.ft. & 255 sq. ft. office spaces with shared common entrance, kitchen, bathroom. For more info please call: 604-947-0099 ext. 104

Or email FOR RENT: small office Seabreeze Building. Internet. Copier. Parking. (604) 657-1864 FOR RENT: Studio apt. between Village Square and Municipal Hall. Avail.immed. References required. Sorry, no pets. 947-2944 FOR RENT

Sunny, charming 1 bedroom self-contained house, like new. South Island, private, ocean view. Washer/Dryer/Dishwasher N/S, no pets. $1050/month. Available Immediately. 604-947-0527 FREE 4, 13” studded snow tires mounted on Honda wheels, 60% tread left. Call 947-2811 Indoor - Moving Sale - Sat. Feb 25th, 10am - 1pm, 1724 Bowen Bay Road (Kitchen items, furniture, toys etc., free box spring!). LOST gold earring with ruby, Monday between Cove & Muni Hall. 9486



LOST last Fri. or Sat. in Doc’s Laundry or library area, upper plate dentures. Please call 2442. URGENTLY NEEDED. Sentimental silver drop earring for pierced ear lost on Jan 17 between the ferry, Snug Café and The Lodge at the Old Dorm on Bowen Island. One inch long with hollow core and cutouts. Shaped like a tear-drop. Please call Joanne at 604-970-0037 or contact: SHARED ACCOMMODATION / FURNISHED 2 BEDROOM Scarborough/Eaglecliffe area, on the bus route. Laundry & Hydro incl. $600/month 2 lovely cats & one gal. email

Studio Cottage for Rent Very private, newly reno’d, Bluewater area. Spectacular ocean & mtn.views. Avail. immed. 604-926-4501 after 7pm TUTOR FOR HIRE: Elementary school teacher available for all subjects, plus French through grade 8. B.A., B.Ed. Ten years experience teaching preschool through grade 8. Contact Mary Ann Zakreski: or call 0657. WINDOW WASHING REASONABLE PRICES Call Lonn @ 910-8646

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