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What’s farming on Bowen like?

Paddling around Bowen

Helping a village get healthy

A local grower offers her view on what works and what is difficult

Being in a kayak out on the water can be a great de-stressor - or not

Kids’ book author presents her vision for making a difference in Africa

Abandoned and derelict Several different approaches may be needed to deal with the boats (and outflow) in Deep Bay SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


t was a beautiful day to be on the water but the group of people taking a boat ride around Deep Bay last Wednesday, July 11, wasn’t out to enjoy the sunshine. M.P. John Weston, Councillor Alison Morse, Bowen Island Municipal Bylaw officer Bonny Brokenshire and Deep Bay resident Mike Lightbody toured the bay to look at the various boats moored there. Mixed in with the boats owned by Deep Bay residents are abandoned boats, derelict boats that serve as homes as well a couple of sunken vessels. The group discussed various aspects as well as possible avenues to remedy the situation. Deep Bay, a.k.a. Mannion Bay, is in a unique situation on Bowen Island and Brokenshire stated that about 98 per cent of all abandoned vessels can be found in the area. “They are anchored here because this is geographically the best place for people to pull up an anchor. It’s also close to amenities because it’s walking distance to Snug Cove,” she said. Weston interjected that he did not understand why amenities would come into play when someone decided to abandon a boat. Lightbody believes that often the intent is not to give up the vessel. “I believe that there usually is a sense of ownership as well as pride,” he explained. “But either the funds get low or the ability to find a time to get to your boat and deal with it isn’t there.” But he believes that the owners of the vessels also understand that there are no consequences to leaving the boat in the bay. “They know there’s no way to make a phone call and have someone take your boat away as it’s your responsibility and the bigger the boat, the continued PAGE 3

These women don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Gardeners Karen Shea and Leah Serna and gardener and manager Kim Howden are proud of the lush green of the Ruddy Potato garden that offers islanders the choice of eating more locally grown produce. More photos on page 7. Debra Stringfellow photo

The talkers, the doers and the dreamers SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


aria Steernberg and Mercia Sixta are looking back on a hectic few weeks as they were very involved in the nine-day-long Steamship Days celebration. They were very, very busy but not too busy to have loads of fun in the process (examples of events can be viewed at com/watch?v=S_qJ3imHL8U&sns=em).

Sixta could be seen with a clipboard and printed pages of the latest schedule as she was responsible for organizing the musical events and scheduling volunteers. Steernberg coordinated the wooden boat show, helped out with computer input and general issues and was on duty with her camera, capturing the fun for Sea Snaps Photography. The success of Steamship Days was due to the effort of the dedicated organizers and countless volunteers. Sixta

says that the organizing committee was made up of Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce manager Rob Wall, Alan Mills and Murray Atherton and that Lorraine Ashdown came on board for the last few weeks to lend a hand. Sixta said, “I was involved right from the beginning. I went to the first meeting at Doc Morgans and Norma [Dallas] pulled up my hand and told me that I should volunteer.” continued PAGE 2

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Lots of fun and only a few glitches at the first run continued PAGE 1 Steernberg added that she remembers Dallas talking 10 years ago about the idea of hosting a festival that would recall the spirit of the Steamship era. Sixta is a relative newcomer to Bowen Island – she moved here in 2010 – but she brings considerable experience in organizing events to the table. “I’ve organized a lot of events,” she said. “I was involved in the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, a five-day international event that ran for 20 years.” The event included teaching skills related to kayaking and touring and Sixta said that it was exclusively carried by volunteers. Sixta used to live in West Vancouver until she decided to spend some time traveling. She sold her house, car and possessions, traveled to Great Britain and then went to live in the southern United States. After returning to Canada, she recalls asking herself: “What now?” “I thought living on a boat would be interesting,” Sixta says. “So I went looking at boats.” She bought an old 35-foot Monk boat and was on her way to Ladysmith when she got a call from the Union Steamship Marina informing her that there was moorage available. That’s where she lives now. “It’s a really nice community down there at the marina. It’s peaceful and beautiful and I also like that it’s easy to get into town,” she says. Sixta says that the challenge in putting together Steamship Days lay in the short time frame. “We only had three and a half months to pull it together and get the community behind it,” she explained but added that a number of supporters and sponsors came on board right away and their contributions made a big difference. Steernberg believes that the event went a long way toward bringing the community together. “It was lots of fun and the first weekend was very busy. I got the feeling that this was when community suddenly realized the potential,” she said. “I walked [my dog] Marina in the park when SKY had the picnic in Crippen Park and one of the ladies said that she had the most fun at Steamship Days she’d had for 55 years.” Steernberg adds that the woman went on to explain that this was exactly how long she had lived on Bowen

Island. Another person who had so much fun that he expressed an interest to come back was Dal Richards. “He had a good time,” Steernberg said. “And his 95th birthday is coming up next year in August so we are really hoping that he’ll be back on Bowen.” At the question whether she will be involved in organizing the next Steamship Days, Sixta laughs and asks for a couple of weeks to make up her mind. “I’ll definitely consider it but there need to be some changes,” she explained. “For a first time event, it went great but there were some glitches, some things we couldn’t do.” Sixta found working with the volunteers very rewarding and the group she has a lot of praise for are the Seniors Keeping Young (SKY). “The SKY volunteers were a great help and they were very reliable,” she said, adding that an area where she sees possible improvement was to have guides available that could help with tour groups that came to the island. In addition to working closely with the volunteers, Sixta was responsible for booking the musicians. “I talked to bands and made sure that the music was appropriate for Steamship Days,” she said. “The Barber Shop Quartet has previously won international awards. The musicians told me that Bowen was one of the best places where they’ve sung and that everyone gave them a warm welcome.” Sixta added that they went into stores and serenaded staff and customers alike. “You should have seen [Barbara] the barber’s face when they came in to sing, she was so excited.” “I didn’t know anybody before,” Sixta said. “I would get a name and phone the person. I’d ask them to help out. Now I know lots of people. I know the doers, the talkers and the dreamers.” Sixta said that Bowen Island needed an event in July and that she got a lot of positive feedback. For her, the highlights included the wooden boat show, the historical fashion show and the music. “Music always pulls people in,” she said, adding that she felt that some of the musical events were not as well attended as she had hoped but she had heard that it is tough for live music in other places as well. Another happy memory for Sixta includes the antique cars show. “It was unbelievable to bring the cars in and put them on Rondy [Dike]’s lawn,” she said.

Mercia Sixta at the Steamship Days. Sea Snaps photo

“They made a fabulous backdrop to the fashion show.” To Sixta, the excitement was palpable: “There was so much buzz. I felt that for the first time since I got here.” And Steernberg agreed, “I also heard that from the visitors as they were coming off the boat.” For Steernberg, it was the hats that were really special. “The hats were something to see,” she said. “And the dances were great and well attended.” For her, the success of this year’s event paves the way for future Steamship Days. “The seats have already been sold,” she said.


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lar process when she was an Islands Trust trustee. “I was on the Islands Trust council when we dealt with the barge at Ganges. We got a court injunction that probably cost $20,000 to $30,000 in legal fees,” she recalled. “We got an injunction but the owner wasn’t going to move it. It was going to be another $10,000 for the Trust to get the barge removed because no one wanted to take it. The owner couldn’t do anything with it as he didn’t have the money.” Morse added that the barge in Ganges wasn’t derelict, it even had a house on it but it was still difficult to find someone to take it over. Weston compared the situation in Deep Bay to his experience as an international lawyer. “Every case had more than one country and more than one type of law involved,” he said. “This is analogous in that you have different levels of government and different parties. There might not be one remedy but several remedies.” Weston added that there are a number of different situations where the minister of transport can intervene in dealing with abandoned vessels but they apply to narrowly constrained circumstances. “There is not a huge broad window but there are a couple of windows that are worth exploring and I would try and be categorical in explaining each situation,” he said. “There are about 12 vessels here. We can divide them into two groups and then we say we know the owners of this one and this one but don’t know the owners of that one. This guys is on his way to another country, so there is some urgency.”

The next step, for Weston, is to get provincial and municipal representatives at the table together with neighbourhood groups and parties with a commercial interest and he offered to be there personally if possible. “What often dooms that type of endeavour is that people get paralyzed because there are different types of jurisdictions involved. They throw up their hands and say, ‘I don’t know where to go,’ and then they stop,” Weston said. “We have to persist and open that door. If the door isn’t there to be opened, then try and change the law and the policy.” Morse added that the issue is not unique but one that gulf islands up and down the coast are grappling with. She also said that some of the boats may have arrived in Deep Bay after False Creek dealt with abandoned and derelict vessels. Brokenshire sees what happened in False Creek as a good example as there was an extensive public process that addressed environmental, economic and social components. “They also created low income housing as the issue of liveaboards is closely linked to affordable housing, and homelessness” she said. Brokenshire added that the people who lived on boats in False Creek were also part of the process. Weston said that in addition to formal solutions, some things could be dealt with on a more informal level, especially when it comes to live-aboards. “You can get to know the person and find out the need. If you find a way to satisfy the need, that may well entice the person to go elsewhere,” he said.


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M.P. John Weston, Deep Bay resident Mike Lightbody, B.I.M. bylaw officer Bonny Brokenshire and councillor Alison Morse took a tour of Deep Bay to look at the abandoned and derelict vessels and discuss possible avenues to improve the situation. Susanne Martin photos

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bigger the problem,” he says, adding that he is worried that this has been a growing trend for people who no longer want their boats. Brokenshire explained that there are two separate issues at play. “We’ve got the derelict vessels with the live-aboards and then we’ve got the abandoned vessels,” she said. “The abandoned vessels present more of an environmental hazard, especially when they go down in storms. Even though the bay looks calm and protected right now, the current is amazing and in the winter we have very strong winds.” It has happened repeatedly that boats sink or get washed onto the shore, according to Morse. Lightbody added that there have been examples where the boats’ moorage broke and they have ended up on shore or in the water. Brokenshire said that boats are frequently lost to winter storms. “There were three [more abandoned vessels],” she said. “Two sank – one got righted and pushed back out. Two of them actually spilled all the contents.” Brokenshire puts the number of abandoned vessels to between five and seven and Cpl. Nancy Joyce of the Bowen Island RCMP, who joined the group on the beach, reported that the count of liveaboards comes to five. “We checked all the boats in April and found where people live aboard,” she said, explaining that live-aboards are boats that are more or less stationary. “The boats don’t move and people row back and forth from the shore to their boats.” The situation has escalated in the last few years, according to Lightbody. “Twenty years ago, to my recollection, there was no issue, 10 years ago, there might have been one or two boats,” he said. “It was just in the last three or four years that this has taken hold. You get a couple of people who are very visible and they live on their boats and that gives others an indication that this is accepted.” Another issue that was mentioned was the effect on water quality. Morse said, “There are new sewage discharge regulations that came in. I’m quite sure that none of those boats have holding tanks or get hauled to the [Union Steamship Company Marina’s] pump-out station.” “We do marine water testing once a week and we now use a new lab that does more sophisticated testing for fecal coliform,” Brokenshire said. “The results are much higher than in the last few years.” Brokenshire attributes that, in part, to better testing methods and speculates that the results for the last five years may have not been accurate. The current fecal coliform levels in Deep Bay are very high, above Health Canada standards. But Brokenshire adds that the full environmental impact is not known as the municipality has never done sediment testing and the geese population also contributes to the problem. Cpl. Joyce mentioned the example of the large landing barge. “We know that the individual who owns it is under house arrest in Port Alberni right now and is probably going to be extradited,” she said. Weston suggested to find a way to deal with the barge before the owner leaves the jurisdiction. Morse said that she has been through a simi-

his Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bowen Waste Service will provide large containers for a free residential cleanup day in front of the Bowen Island Recycling Depot (BIRD) on Mount Gardner Road. Items that will be accepted include household items, appliances and other items considered too large for weekly regular garbage collection. For mattresses, the limit is two and no wood over 6’ or large loads will be accepted. Free paint recycling and hazardous waste disposal is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bowen Island Building Centre at 1013 Grafton Road. Items that will be accepted include latex, aerosol and oil-based paints and stains. Flyers with complete details regarding waste guidelines will be distributed via Canada Post. For further information, please contact Bowen Waste Services at 604-947-2255

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ust in time for the upcoming B.C. Day long weekend, BC Ferries is pleased to announce that the company is in a position to reduce the fuel surcharges by over 50 per cent on some routes due to the recent reduction in fuel prices. Effective Friday, July 20, the fuel surcharge will drop from 5 per cent to 2 per cent on the three major routes between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland and on the minor routes. For the Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove route, the fuel surcharge will be $0.20 for adult passengers, 0.10 for children, $0.60 for cars and pick-up trucks and $0.30 for motorcycles. “The recent decrease in the cost of fuel allows us to reduce the fuel surcharges, which is great news for summer travellers,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “Fuel was our second highest expenditure last year at $121 million so we closely monitor the cost and reduce our consumption wherever possible.” For more information, please contact BC Ferries at or call 1-888-BC FERRY, (1-888-2233779).

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local food and that is that the produce often comes with a little story attached. I recall the the time a local gardener brought a basket full of goodies to a gathering. While everyone munched on delicious peas and juicy strawberries, we learned how good it feels to harvest figs, cradling the delicate fruit in the palms of one’s hand. We also learned how the cold weather and the absence of bees inspired her to pollinate the cherry blossoms with a feather duster. Others, we’ve heard, used a Q-tip to pollinate tomato plants. It’s ingenious and it worked well, too. So the BowFEAST farmers market is not just a place to get your produce - it’s also an opportunity to learn about the joys and challenges from Bowen growers. Susanne Martin

Watch out for fawns and keep dogs leashed Dear Editor:


t’s the time of year when the new spotted fawns are starting to move about. Can I make a plea to drivers to be extra cautious at known deer crossings and to dog owners to keep their dogs leashed for the next few weeks, till these babies get a little world-wise? And remember, if you see one deer, there are usually others (and sometimes a family) nearby. Susanna Braund

Heavy off-island trucks wreck roads paid for by taxpayer Dear Editor:


am wondering if our island municipality could bring in an off-islanders truck tax? I cringe daily as I see the many heavy and long trucks breaking up and wrecking our island’s roads. Roads that all of our full time, and part time, residents’ taxes pay for and then property developers

trucks destroy with the weight of these monster vehicles. Maybe a $100 per island visit tax? It could be added to the cost of the ferry ride as a Bowen Island road tax and sent annually to our Bowen Island Municipality. It would be interesting to hear others thoughts and ideas on this issue. Jeanie Seward-Magee

Steamship Days may be an inspiration to sign up for dance lessons To the Editor:


h. Steamship Days! What a treat to see Dal Richards and his orchestra performing swing music last weekend. And Art Rogers and his orchestra the weekend before that. How cool to have these big band sounds in our own neighbourhood, right there on the dock. Swing dancing has been taught in the past on Bowen and we’ll be dancing again in September. For the last few years, teacher extraordinaire Pamela Podmoroff has taught one or two dance styles each time the rec commission runs a new series of classes. If you enjoyed The Undercurrent is published every Friday by Black Press Group Ltd. All Advertising and news copy content are copyright of the Undercurrent Newspaper. All editorial content submitted to the Undercurrent becomes the property of the publication. The undercurrent is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, art work and photographs. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities.

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dancing at Steamship Days (or just think you would have if you only knew how), please watch for the rec commission’s next brochure. At this time, the plan is to have one session of Beginners’ East Coast Swing, and one of Intermediate Salsa. This is not ballroom dancing we’re talking about here - it’s social dancing, it is noncompetitive and fun. And as teacher Pamela says, “No partner? No problem.” If you like to dance - and laugh - please check out dancing in the next rec commission brochure. Bring both left feet with you. Norma McCarthy


ue to the lengthy time it took summer to establish itself in 2012, the author of the Slow Lane was unable to find sufficient topics relevant to the time of year. Unfortunately this column was filed during a period in which Mr. Hondro could find material only within his own imagination. I don’t reckon anybody is really better than anybody else. I mean yeah, Mahatma Gandhi was a very good person and Florence Nightingale was caring, the Sedins are ubertalented and seem kind, and Dave McIntosh of Bowen Waste is extra amusing. But, for the most part, we’re all equal. However, most of us have favourite persons, not better but favourite. For example when it comes to world leaders my favourite is indeed Mahatma Gandhi, along with his brother, Mahatma Coat (I know, bad joke). My favourite musician is bluesman Muddy Waters - whom I met and played with – and favourite actors are Marlon Brando, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Jason Bryden, Lauren Catchlove and Ryan Kerr. I also have favourite Bowenians (my family tops the heap) and though I once touched upon that here, I did not do so extensively. Likely many of us have favourites in the community but the question for me is: Do I have the courage to list mine in the Lane, knowing someone might take umbrage, or worse, feel left out? I thought I could but I’m getting cold feet. It’s one thing to say, as my wife does, you prefer the crowd on the 6:30 a.m. ferry over the one on the 7:30, as that refers to a group. If you ride the 7:30, you may well be someone whom she feels would be a fine addition to the 6:30, a possibility which negates your taking offence. But individual favourites are a different kettle of fish. My intention here today was to list my favourites in the following categories: favourite kids and parents, favourite Ruddy Potato employee, favourite General Store employee, favourite ferry worker, favourite island animal, favourite island ball player, favourite islander from England and favourite islander to sit with on the ferry. But such lists would be rather exclusive, no? Of course, given it’s also puerile many, perhaps even most of you, won’t want to be included anyway but if just ONE person felt snubbed I...I just...I can’t do it. I’m like Woody Allen, who said if one person in the world is having a lousy time, it spoils his dinner. Okay, wait, here’s a newly minted thought: I could list SOME of the people who are in the running in those categories, the word ‘some’ to indicate it’s not a comprehensive list. Then no one could feel snubbed as they might be the very favourite in a category, but simply not be listed on this initial compilation. So here are SOME islanders in the running for being my favourites in the various categories: Jo-Jo BucklesnortLightbody, Amy Nosek, Kelly Santiago, Tessa Broderick, Goldie Urquhart, Sean Campbell, Bridget Knipe, Clarence Treleaven, Colleen Treleaven, Ester Treleaven, Al Boysen, Jake and Gypsy Weyler, Phil Carlington’s wife, Ralph Fleming and Terry Pjinenberg. SOME more include the entire Denis-Lay family, Joshua Park, Atom, Raiden and Wendy, Gracey Derban, Duchess Schneller-Wayne, Kylee, Tori, Kayla, May and Roma, the Emperor Cais and his brother Hudson H. Henriques, Nathan ‘Pathan’ Taylor, Eve Sentlinger, Julian Milstead, Jewel Minoose, Karen Nicolls, Lois Guillon, Karis Maris and Sam ‘D. Man’ Stringfellow. A few more: Joshua Yaron, Emily Ockeloen, Richard Kemble, the McGregors and Binghams, all Bowen soccer players, Wembley Quarry, Heather Woodall, Barb, Lynne and Louise from the Q. of C., the Poppy star, Ewan, Jeremiah and, finally, even though now in Nashville, the Beairds. That should narrow it down, but remember, with more space, the list would almost certainly include - you.

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here are many good points for eating locallygrown foods. First of all, they taste good (so much better than food that has been in transit and cold-stored for days or weeks) and are healthier. Secondly, buying local produce supports local growers. One study by the new Economics Foundation in London estimates that a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community with every transaction. Buying local food also keeps us in touch with the seasons and we get to taste the foods when they are at their peak, when they are the most abundant and the least expensive. But there is another, less obvious benefit of eating

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he sea looks calm in Snug Cove but a little later, and on the other side of the island, it is a different story. Karla Everitt has agreed to explain the basics of kayaking and she is now and then casting a nervous glance at the waves that grow choppier by the minute. First, there are the pedals to adjust. Still safely in the beach, I ease into the kayak and pull the straps until it feels right (or does it?). Then come the tips for holding the paddles (hands shoulder-width and knuckles lined up with the blades), followed by instructions on how to paddle (in an even motion and not too deep). On dry land, it all makes sense. The sun and the sky are inviting but the water is not. Karla senses my unease and laughs, “You’ll be fine. We can always turn around when it gets too rough.” I notice her word choice: “when” - not “if”. In goes my kayak (with the camera on board) and I follow while mentally replaying Karla’s instructions in my head, “Pressure from the left foot makes you turn left with the help of paddling on the right.” Too focused on going into the right direction, I forget the warning about dipping the paddle with too much force. I’m too preoccupied with the steering and don’t even notice the wobble of the kayak but Karla has a moment of worry. Then she is in her kayak and catching up fast, smiling her dazzling smile. “Hey, I’ve taught you everything I know,” she says while we circle around the few boats moored in Tunstall Bay. I know she means to reassure me and I smile back even though I do not believe a word. Karla has been working at Bowen Island Sea Kayaking ( for 13 years, or 13 summers, to be more precise. “I’m pretty much there every day,” she says. She remembers the days when she was 16 - she would go down to the dock at 9 a.m. and not come back up until 2 that afternoon. Business during the last three summers hasn’t been so great because the weather was cold, wet and unpredictable but Karla has high hopes for this season. She started as an assistant, then moved on to become senior guide. A few years ago, it was just Martin Clarke, her and another assistant who were responsible for everything. Organizing tours, answering phones, running the kayak rental, teaching the kids’ camps and fetching the boats from the other side of the island. Now, there is additional staff and Karla’s responsibilities have changed to managing the kayak shop. Karla must have given that kind of a kayak lessons a thousand of times and, as she paddles alongside me, it looks as if this were her most natural mode of transportation. Looking at her ease and confidence, I can imagine why people feel safe with her and she often goes out with the kids’ camps (with Bowen youth or kids from West Van).

At the first time kayaking with Karla at Tunstall Bay, the camera stayed safely in a water-proof bag as the waves made for a bumpy ride. The second paddle, going from Snug Cove, was much smoother. Susanne Martin photos Both my daughters have gone paddling with Karla and have nothing but the highest praise for her (not only does she know her stuff, she’s also a lot of fun to be with). “Getting kids to paddle is a great thing,” Karla says. “I’d like to have more Bowen kids sign up.” The programs also entice adults to come out, Karla says and adds with a smile, “especially on days like today, after work. Paddling is a great de-stressor.” I’m not quite sure I agree as the waves lap at the side of my kayak. I try to stay on a parallel course to Karla’s but don’t have the right touch. Karla is telling me about the Round Bowen Kayak Race and I can just imagine zigzagging back and forth and covering many more miles in an effort to stay on course. The Round Bowen Kayaking Race was canceled this year but usually it is a big event. “It’s cool,” Karla says. “It’s the longest one-day paddle race in North America and it’s grown a lot since the first time it happened.” Karla said the race attracts competitors from all over B.C. as well as California and not only kayakers but also stand-up paddlers and surf skiers complete the race. The average time for kayakers to go around Bowen is about four hours but it’s not an easy race and Karla vividly remembers her first time. “I was 16,” she said. “And I was the last paddler to come in. When I approached Snug Cove, I had a tear of victory in my eyes because I had completed the challenge. I was so stiff, I had to paddle with my arms held straight. Now I do it every year, it is so much fun.” Karla has already gone around the island a few times this year and has competed in the race nine or 10 times. She sees it as a real community event, from the people manning the safety boats to the paddlers and the party on the pier afterwards. The growing numbers of kayakers in the race reflect a bigger trend, Karla thinks. “Ten years ago, only a few people kayaked, now it’s more mainstream,” she says. And Bowen Island Sea Kayaking can definitely benefit from the popularity. “There is a list of kayaking shops and rentals in Vancouver but with most of them it’s urban paddling. You have to maneuver around the little tug boats and power boats,” she

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says. “Here, we are less than an hour away from downtown but we could be anywhere in B.C.” Karla gestures toward the open channel that stretches behind Paisley Island with the vague outline of Vancouver Island in the background. A seal splashes in the water, not close enough to reach for the camera but noticeable, especially when it splashes again. “And the mountains in Howe Sound are so spectacular,” Karla said. “I used to guide in Belize in the winter and everything there is so flat. When I came back, it felt like I saw the mountains for the first time, how they rise straight out of the water. Now I’m aware of them every time I’m on water.” The first time Karla went kayaking was on a school trip with Island Pacific School (IPS), a Bowen Island middle school that takes its students on a kayak trip every year. “I kayaked with IPS in Grade 7 and Martin [Clarke] said I was a natural,” Karla recalls. From that time on, she wanted to work at the kayak shop. When she was 16, she was told that Clarke was looking for staff. She was hired and the job hasn’t lost its lustre of appeal. “It’s cool,” Karla says, adding that Clarke has owned the kayak shop for 16 years, making it one of the longest running businesses on Bowen Island with one owner. “Everything else keeps changing hands,” Karla says. “And Martin is the best person I’ve ever worked for. Kayaking is super cool but if you have a lame boss, it’s not really worth it.” Karla usually leaves in the middle of October to work in warmer climes before coming back in April. “Everyone goes away in the winter and in the summer, the ‘familia’ is reunited,” she says, adding that it makes sense for her to find a way to do what she is passionate about all year round. “With this lifestyle, I have a bit of travel and adventure and stability in the summer.” Karla says that some of her friends envy her. “For me, this beats working in a cubicle, I’m not raking in millions of dollars every year but have a lot of adventures. I think it would get more complicated if you want to have kids and family but I plan to keep that lifestyle going for as long as it works for me.” We’re heading towards the point when Karla suggests, “You know what? Let’s head back and go out another day when it’s calmer.” She adds that it’s OK to paddle but having a chat and taking photos might be challenging. When we come up to the beach, an eagle circles overhead before veering off towards the cape. Karla is right, it’s nice to have a challenge sometimes but on other occasions, an easy ride is called for. And I can look forward to spending a bit more time with her.




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A Bowen grower shares her views MICHELLE PENTZ GLAVE BOWFEAST


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uestions and answers with Bowen grower Marg McConnell who operates Bowen Brook Farm with her husband Drew Burgess. They will sell their organic, island-grown produce at the BowFEAST community farmers’ market on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the BICS undercover area. For info, see or contact Q. Tell us about your farm. How much to you grow, what type of produce, how many farmed acres, what are your seasons, location, etc.? A. We have six acres that we use for farming. We grow fruits – apples, plums, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, melons, blackberries, rhubarb, etc. – and veggies – asparagus, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets, beans, peas, squash, fennel, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, mesclun mixes, lettuce, corn, basil, garlic, herbs, etc. Q. Is farming on Bowen as tough as they say? What grows best here? Worst? A. Very challenging, yes, it is tough. There is too much water or not enough water, no sun, too much sun, crappy soil. Deer, squirrels and birds eat everything, blight kills all the tomatoes. Alders and brambles grow best here. Hot weather crops like melons and corn are the worst. Q. How long have you been growing vegetables here? A. At least 15 years seriously – it was very dependent on building very strong deer fencing. Our property had been clearcut and left in a terrible mess. We have been continually working on it since 1986.

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I remember saying to Drew that I did not think I would ever get anything green on the property ( and I am a master gardener). It was all stumps, broken branches, rocks, and very poor soil. Our parents thought we were insane to buy this ‘moonscape.’ Q. What do you love about it? A. Eating the fresh organic produce. I also love providing baskets of our produce to folks. It’s really great to see families who want to buy locally and feed good food to their kids. Q. If you could impress upon folks one thing about local agriculture, what would it be? A. Support it or lose it. It is very hard work and it’s a lot more costly to grow organically, especially on an island, for instance we have to go to the Fraser Valley to buy mushroom manure, organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Q. A Fraser Valley grower recently said that he’s seen a steady decline in purchases of his BC produce (Krause berries). He says while people say they love local agriculture and support it, they are in reality buying less. What do you say to that? A. It is very difficult to compete with the low-cost products coming from China, Chile, Mexico, etc. We have spent a lot of time in Mexico and Chile and looked carefully at their growing practices [and found them] absolutely shocking. Q. What needs to happen here on Bowen agriculture-wise? A. More local support. The Ruddy provides some support to local growers and Miksa is also very supportive. Q. What keeps you up at night? A. Nothing, we are too exhausted. Q. Your favourite fresh fruit/vegetable to eat straight from the garden in July? A. Plums, beans, peas and berries.

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What can you grow and eat on Bowen? A lot more than most people realize, according to Kim Howden, the Ruddy Potato garden manager, who points out various vegetables, fruit and edible flowers. Debra Stringfellow photos

At the BICS It’s a Wrap program, students loved that their feast looked colourful as well as yummy. They want to inspire islanders to eat locally grown produce whenever possible. Sarah Haxby photo

BICS students create a feast with local ingredients SARAH HAXBY B I C S C O O R D I N AT O R


t the end of June, BICS students had the opportunity to participate in the ‘It’s a Wrap!’ program; a nutrition and garden feasting event. Students explored the idea of growing a complete meal in the school’s garden that is good for the whole body. With the exception of oil and vinegar, all of the ingredients of the wraps were a reflection of what was planted and harvested from the school’s garden, including grains and proteins. Students created salad wraps filled with healthy greens, vegetables, sunflower seeds and garbanzo beans, as well as trying items from the ‘unusual and in interesting’ tray of bok choy, arugula, beet greens, radishes, mint, fennel fingers and edible flowers. Students ate at the feasting tables and enjoyed strawberry lemonade made with local ingredients, sweetened by just a touch of honey. Daphne Fargher, an experienced garden-nutrition program facilitator, used nutrition charts, youth-friendly interactive displays and freshly picked produce from the BICS garden. Every student’s wrap was a nutritious, colourful and edible feast.

Isabella Bottay and Melissa Roocroft, two of the newest graduates of the FoodSafe program, were unfailing star helpers. The ‘It’s a Wrap!’ program was made possible thanks to funding from the Farm to School program funders including VanCity and the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC). The greens and garden produce from the Grow to the Market Program was made possible in part thanks to the school’s Grow to the Market and Garden programs which were supported by the Vancouver Coastal Health Urban Agricultural Initiatives, the Bowen Agricultural Alliance, the Community School Association, the BICS PAC and Friday lunch program, as well as our many parent volunteers and community partners. We would like to inspire the whole community to celebrate local produce. Some students are continuing to help keep the school’s garden growing this summer and will be harvesting greens, edible flowers and fresh produce that they will share with the community through regular donations to the Food Bank and at their table at the next farmers market at BICS on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. We hope that you will be inspired to create your own salad wraps using local ingredients.

Dear Bowen friends It is with sad hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beautiful Teal Ander. She passed away peacefully on July 15, 2012, in her home, lovingly surrounded by her family, the forest, the ocean, and creek. Much of what made her heart full. Teal was characterized by vibrant enthusiasm and energy, deep love and commitment to family and community, and boundless passion for new experiences, nature, children, education and life long learning. She was a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. Teal gave great love to all and was a model of strength, compassion and courage. She was inspired and moved by her community work and volunteerism, and took great joy in seeing others happy. Her laughter, smile, and joyful spirit will continue to be an inspiration for the many people she touched. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered forever by her family and friends. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the family home, 23 Arbutus bay Lane, from 1:30-4pm. All welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Teal Ander Bursary fund at Island Pacific School.

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• Artists’ reception: 1 to 3 p.m. for new show, Stitch and Burnt, at Coastal Patterns Gallery.

• Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department open house: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall, fire extinguisher servicing and hot dogs and drinks.

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Dock Dance one of summer’s big events MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


he 21st annual dock dance is set to go Saturday, August 4, and like the 20 before it, the 2012 version promises to be lively with food, awesome music, dancing under the stars, chickens – yes, chickens! – and the chance to spend money knowing it goes to community causes. It’s put on by Bowen Island Fire Rescue, our volunteer fire department, and it’s on the Snug Cove dock right where the ferry comes in. Hard to pindown the exact start time but if you’re there by 7, you’ll get the chance to have food and see events like the Chicken Bingo (there is another name for that). The dance features three bands, Bowen’s own Wasabi Fox and Grand National and the headliners, John Delaney and The Indestructibles. Delaney and band have nine pieces and a great reputation for providing dance music that doesn’t let up. Obviously it’s the volunteers who make the whole

thing work and Kim Eifler, whose husband, Eric Blomberg is a dedicated volunteer fireman, has been volunteering with wives of other firemen and the firemen themselves, for many years. She says it’s not an evening to be missed. “Since we’ve come to Bowen, it’s always been one of my favorite events,” Eifler said. “You really can’t beat dancing under the stars with your community all around you.” Note that Peter King of Bowen Transport is again planning to operate two buses to get people home safely. King says the buses will start at about 11 or 11:30 p.m., with a last load around 1:30 a.m. It’s a complimentary ride provided by Bowen FireRescue. And for islanders who can’t wait until August 4 to hang around with the fire lads. there’s the annual open house at the firehall this Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can visit the fire trucks and there’ll be hot dogs and refreshments. You can also take your fire extinguisher in for servicing.

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Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE is hereby given that Bowen Island Municipal Council will hold a public hearing on the following proposed Bylaw: • Bylaw No. 315, 2012 – cited as “Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw No. 57, 2002, Amendment No. 315, 2012. for the purpose of allowing the public to make representations to the Bowen Island Municipal Council respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at the Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC. At the public hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed Bylaw.

At last year’s sustainability tour on Bowen Island.

Susanne Martin photo

Learning through local examples


ollowing on the highly successful and enjoyable sustainability tour in 2011, Bowen in Transition has organized another tour for 2012, with a different itinerary. The sustainability tour is a chance to visit your Bowen neighbours and see what they are doing towards developing a more sustainable lifestyle. Come and join the tour for a chance to both educated and inspired and to share ideas with your fellow islanders. On the tour this year there will be Tilapia fish farming, a fabulous rambling orchard and vegetable garden, a look at composting alternatives, green transport options, chicken farming, a postage stamp

garden with a greenhouse and rainwater collection, a demo of the new energy saving electricity monitors that you can borrow from our local library, and more. Transport around the island will be by bus, the tour costs $10. It will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book your place, contact Shasta at or 604 947 2283. No kids under five years please. Bowen in Transition is part of the worldwide Transition movement, creating resilient, vibrant communities that are ready for a post peakoil future, and involved in averting climate change through positive, grassroots local action.


Summer is a popular time for dog walking. Please be mindful that some people are uncomfortable around dogs. BIM Bylaw No. 30, 2001 requires every dog to be leashed and/or under the control of a competent person over 18 years of age and constantly within 3 meters of that person. Also, “scooping-up” your dog’s waste is required and ensures that everyone can enjoy the great outdoors. For your convenience, biodegradable, municipal dog waste bags are provided in various locations throughout the Island. Please take your used bags home for disposal. For additional information regarding Dog or other Bylaws please call 604 328-5499.

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The purpose of Bylaw No. 315, 2012 is to amend the Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw No. 57, 2002 by expanding the range of uses permitted in the site specific exception to Green Zone 3 - G3 zone as it applies to a portion of the Sunset Road Quarry. In addition to Green Zone Uses, the G3(a) zoning currently permits “processing and sale of gravel”. The application is to expand the site-specific exception to include “processing (including quarrying), storage and sale of sand and gravel; stock-piling and disposal of land-clearing debris via controlled burning or grinding; and a green waste compost facility”. SUBJECT PROPERTY:

A copy of the proposed Bylaw and any background material that may be considered by the Bowen Island Municipal Council in respect of the proposed Bylaw, may be inspected at the Bowen Island Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, inclusive, excluding holidays, commencing Friday, July 20, 2012. Or can be viewed at: Written submissions may be delivered to: 1. the Bowen Island Municipal Hall in person, by mail at 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, B.C, V0N 1G2, or by Fax (604) 947-0193, prior to 4:30p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2. to the Bowen Island Municipal Council at the Public Hearing at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Inquiries regrading the proposed bylaw may be directed to the Planning Department (604) 947-4255 or by email at


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To inspire caring and action in youth communities.” Smith Milway found inspiration in meeting many health workers and included the example of Felina Maya in the t is a story about a young African girl with a dream. book with concrete tips on how children’s actions in North With the help of people in her village as well as far America can aid her work in Zambia. away, that dream came true and had a far-reaching posi“I had an initial moment of truth as a new program coortive effect. Katie Milway Smith has witnessed this kind of dinator with Food for the Hungry International in the ‘90s transformation in African villages and shares her hope for a when I first spent time in a Kenyan community and saw better world (and her ideas on how to get there) with young that a common illness like diarrhea can be fatal to young readers in her new book Mimi’s Village and How Basic children. I also learned that it could be cured with someHealth Care Transformed It that is beautifully illustrated by thing as simple as salted juice (called oral rehydration) and, Eugenie Fernandes. moreover, prevented by boiling water or It was on Bowen Island that Smith adding a thimbleful of bleach,” she recalled. Milway completed her first major work as “Last year, I spent time in Zambia with a writer while she was caring for her father, World Vision and had a chance to meet Mallory Smith, after he had a back operaone of 77,000 village health workers in that tion in 1994. And 16 years later, she draftcountry who are volunteering their time ed Mimi’s Village while she visited him to promote hygiene, deliver bed nets and when he was a cancer patient. Now, the check up on orphans and vulnerable chilbook has been released and Smith Milway dren in their community, most having lost offers islanders a sneak peek on July 30 at parents to AIDS, to ensure they receive care 11 a.m. at Phoenix on Bowen. and encouragement.” Smith Milway said Mimi’s Village is aimed to inspire kids that these volunteers travel on bicycle and and their families to help equip village visit up to 60 families on a regular basis, in health workers. This is not Smith Milway’s addition to taking care of their own. first book for a young audience (she says to And even though children in North read it independently, children would probAmerica live in different conditions, Smith ably need to be in Grade 3 but the illustra- Author Katie Smith Milway Milway believes that her message is univertions appeal to readers of all ages). Another calls Bowen Island ‘home’ sal. “I really thought of it as an opportunity one of her books, One Hen: How One - to engage kids of all different backgrounds and will ‘pre-launch’ her Small Loan Made a Big Difference, intro- latest book, Mimi’s Village, at in healthy habits – nutrition and vaccinaduced kids to microfinance and spawned Phoenix on Bowen on July 30. tions are important worldwide,” she said. “I the nonprofit One also wanted to show how their small acts, Submitted photo Hen is based on a true story. like carrying UNICEF boxes at Hallowe’en, The backdrop for Mimi’s Village is also a landscape Smith translate into global aid and introduce them to the children Milway knows well. “Mimi’s Village is inspired by many and families whose lives they improve and the men and true stories. It’s a composite of frontline health workers and women that translate their pennies and nickels into saving rural African families whom I’ve had the privilege of getlives and preventing illness.” ting to know in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia,” she The book’s focus is not on the dismal conditions of life on said. “It’s told through the eyes of a 10 year-old-girl whose the African continent. “Kids today get so much information sister falls ill drinking dirty water and the assistance, knowlabout what’s wrong in the world – through multiple media edge and inspiration she draws from a village health worker. - that it’s important to show windows of hope and entry These care givers constitute the ‘last mile’ in getting both points to make positive change,” she says. “Kids today also prevention and cure to those in dire need in the poorest have more means than ever before. Economically, four to





12-year-olds in North America are estimated to have a combined $50 billion pocket money market (a figure tracked by video game producers).” Smith Milway added that today’s youth have the opportunity through YouTube, Facebook and other social media to advocate globally – and they do. Smith Milway looks forward to reaching out to Bowen’s kids on July 30 who will see the book before the official North America-wide launch that starts on August 1. At Phoenix on Bowen, Smith Milway will present the book and some photos, answer questions and read from a journal she kept while working in Africa. Smith Milway lives in Boston but still has a strong connection to Bowen, a place she calls “home.” “I’ve always loved the spirit of neighbours helping neighbours here,” she said. “Twenty years ago, when I began writing in earnest, this was the place I came to reflect and compose.”





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Bowen Island Undercurrent, July 20, 2012  

July 20, 2012 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent

Bowen Island Undercurrent, July 20, 2012  

July 20, 2012 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent