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s of November 1, Cates Pharmacy will extended the opening hours on weekdays until 7 p.m. Pharmacist Bud Massender explained that the changes are made because islanders have asked for the option to pick up prescriptions after work, or after getting off the ferry from the mainland. “It’s always been a bit of a problem but a few things have changed,” Massender explained. “We can now accept prescriptions online or by fax from any doctor in Canada and certainly from doctors in town. And staying open until 7 enables us to have the prescription ready when people come off the ferry. We also have a drop box where people can leave their prescriptions forms on their way to work. We are hoping to make it more convenient for people to use our services. Our staff, always considerate and conscientious, has agreed to juggle their shifts to do that. Plus, we now have three pharmacists and can make that happen.” Massender also wants to remind islanders that Cates Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy. “Besides filling prescriptions, all three [pharmacists] are trained to give injections,” he said. “We are going to have a flu clinic and have set aside November 2 and 5 specifically to administer flu shots that will be available throughout the season.” The face of pharmacy has changed in the last couple of years, according to Massender, and now more emphasis is placed on medication management. “We offer free medication reviews for people who are taking at least five different medications, including over the counter stuff,” he said, adding that this is funded by the government and islanders can just call to set up an appointment. “We sit down with them and see if we can make sure they are taking their medicines in the safest and most effective way.” continued PAGE 3

On Wednesday night, the Bowen Island Community School held a Learn, Connect and Engage Community event. After a keynote presentation by West Vancouver School District superintendent Chris Kennedy, students and teachers shared their work with parents and Ella held up her Angry Birds pig. More photos on page 12. Debra Stringfellow photo

hen it comes to emergency preparedness, Amanda Ockeloen is one of the most knowledgable people on Bowen Island. She teaches first aid to adults and children and has also taken on the role of the director for the island’s Emergency Social Services (ESS). And she was part of the ambulance team for seven years before she decided to concentrate more on teaching. She comes to the Undercurrent office with the props she uses for her first aid classes as well as a defibrillator, a piece of life-saving equipment that she wants to make available more widely. Defibrillators cost $1,200 and Ockeloen believes that, in addition to the community recreation office and the municipal hall, they should be available at strategic locations on Bowen Island. “They save lives,” she says. “And I am hoping to have them in the different neighbourhoods. If you live in Hood Point, for example, your chances of surviving a medical emergency reduce of you don’t do CPR or have a defibrillator.” Ockeloen’s goal is to bring various agencies and community groups who contribute to emergency preparedness to the table and start a discussion on how to create awareness on Bowen Island. “We have many different groups in the community that make a contribution,” Ockeloen says. “But sometimes there is a lack of communication. It would be great to build the connections and identify the resources that are available.” Another community resource can be found in the Neighbourhood Emergency Response Persons (NERPs) who put their names forward as contact points in different parts of Bowen Island. Ideally, they are trained in first aid and will point islanders in the right direction, according to Ockeloen. She sees her role as a local advocate but also feels that it is important to be connected to ESS organizations on a regional level. “I want to keep us linked in and have good contacts,” she said. continued PAGE 6

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The mathematics of polygamy

B o w e n I s l a n d M u n I c I pa l I t y Pursuant to section 224 of the Community Charter, Bowen Island Municipal Council will consider adopting a bylaw exempting from property taxation for 1 year (2013) the lands and improvements or both that are owned or held by charitable, philanthropic or other not for profit organizations and that Council considers are used for a purpose that is directly related to the purposes of the applicant organization. The properties being considered and the estimated total ad valorem property taxes that would be imposed if they were not exempt are: Total Estimated Exemption

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Jones’ findings about polygamy are paired with insights about why Editor laws exist and what they are meant Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case to accomplish. He also explains why the Polygamy Reference looked much Against Polygamy is more than further than Bountiful. “We couldn’t just an account of a court case. win the case - and we shouldn’t have It is a behind-the-scenes look at the won it - if it was just about abuses case known as Polygamy Reference that at Bountiful. People said, ‘If abuse is was debated in the BC Supreme Court. the problem, if marrying children is The author is Craig Jones, who acted as lead counsel for the Attorney General of the problem, go after that, not after polygamy,’” Jones said. “So we took the British Columbia. Jones is also a Bowen broader view to show that the abuses at Island resident and will launch his Bountiful weren’t just coincident with newly-released book at the Gallery at polygamy, they were caused by it. We Artisan Square on Sunday, October 21, had to show that around the world, from 7 to 9 p.m. in every culture where polygamy is Jones has included a wealth of practiced, you had these information about the harms. And we had to Polygamy Reference, explain why.” a two-year-case that Jones draws arguments included 44 days of trial from fields like anthropoland more than 100 witogy, history, economics nesses. The process, he and evolutionary psycholsays, also changed his ogy that provide the backpersonal views. “I very drop for the change in his much moved from the personal beliefs. During civil libertarian position of the trial, he realized that Trudeau, ‘the state has no there was wide interest place in the bedrooms of in the issue and set out the nation’, to wholeheartto write a book not only ed support of the ban on for the legal community. polygamy.  All of the evi“People you wouldn’t think dence we brought forward Craig Jones will share had much of an interest - and the Chief Justice his views about the said that the evidence was Polygamy Reference at a in law, let alone constitu‘overwhelming’ - showed book launch this Sunday. tional law, all seemed to have opinions, and most that when polygamy was of them were pretty good,” practiced, even consensuJones said. “I came to understand that ally by responsible adults, harms began people are fascinated by human mating to spread through the community,” behaviour, and social norms, and quesJones said. He believes that Bountiful tions about when it’s right, if it ever is, was a perfect case study and explained, to interfere in other people’s personal “ It was started in 1947 as sort of a lives in order to preserve greater social Mormon hippy commune. Within two goods.” generations, the mathematics of polygJones now teaches at Thompson amy wrought havoc in the community, Rivers University and divides his time and led to an increasingly authoritarian between Bowen Island and Kamloops. and abusive community, child brides, lost boys, and eventually a kind of social Please join him this Sunday at the Gallery at Artisan Square to hear about implosion. We showed that wasn’t just the Polygamy Reference. His book, pubsomething that happened. Polygamy caused all those things to happen, it was lished by Irwin Law this September, will be available for purchase. absolutely predictable.” SUSANNE MARTIN




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Worried about Mortimer SUSANNE MARTIN Editor


hey have been concerned about Mortimer, say Jules de Groot and Doug Jamieson of Alderwood Farm, as they’ve been getting calls from island residents and businesses reporting that he has been a bit of a pest. But they know that their charge - they’ve been looking after him since the spring - doesn’t mean any harm. The couple wants to let islanders know that if a friendly crow approaches them, begs for food or lands on their heads or shoulders, it is probably Mortimer. “We rescued the crow that fell out of the nest at the Ruddy Potato in the spring,” de Groot said, explaining that Mortimer lived in a box in their house and quickly learned to open his beak to receive food. This is a habit that the now-teenage-aged crow has retained and de Groot is worried that people will feed him inappropriate food. “Mortimer is very attached to Doug. He stayed on the farm and also got used to the dogs and people,” de Groot said. “He even came on vacation to the cabin with us a couple of times in the summer.” Things changed in early September when de Groot and and Jamieson took turns visiting family. Mortimer felt that he was not getting enough food and attention. He also made new friends with his peers (other crows) and discovered the short flight to the cove and all the treats available there, according to de Groot.

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Another service for managing the intake of medication involves blister or bubble packing, another service Cates Pharmacy provides. “We pack the medication according to the days of the week and the times of day,” Massender explained. “That is very useful for people who have a lot of medication and may have trouble remembering when to take it.” He added that this is not a free service and costs about $5 a week. Massender also noted that Cates Pharmacy honours third party plans covering health expenses and, for most plans, can submit the invoice at the time of purchase online.

“I just spoke to the people at the marina and heard that he was sitting on someone’s shoulder helping with gardening,” de Groot said, adding that she had messages from other businesses to say that some people get annoyed, especially when he settles on the heads of their children. “He used to sit on my head and thinks that it’s a safe spot for him to land,” de Groot said. She adds that she realizes that this can be bothersome and is worried about people reacting in a way that would hurt Mortimer. She says, “We want to make sure that people know that he is tame and that, because of his upbringing, he’s not as afraid of people as his other feathered friends.” Asked about the best way to let Mortimer know he is not welcome, de Groot suggests shooing him away. She admits that she hasn’t trained a crow before but has read that crows are highly intelligent. Earlier this week, Mortimer showed up at the pub and Jamieson picked him up to bring him back to the farm. But de Groot says that he isn’t staying as they can’t compete with all the attention he is getting elsewhere. “He started out as the Alderwood pet crow but belongs to Bowen now,” she said, adding that on the one hand, she is happy that he’s independent. “It’s nice that he sits in the trees at night and he seems to have quite a few crow friends,” she said. But she is also worried. “We want to ask people, ‘Please don’t hurt him!’ He is like any other teenager - a bit inappropriate at times but we feel that people need to be informed and inspired rather than scared and frustrated.”



ancy Wilhelm-Morden, the mayor of Whistler, believes that the collaboration between a municipal council and an arts council leads to a win-win situation for a community. She will share her views on such a successful partnership in her talk about the Role of Municipal Council and Culture with a Bowen Island audience at the annual general meeting of the Bowen Island Arts Council on October 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gallery at Artisan Square. “From the perspective of an elected representative, I believe that we need to work on improving the quality of life of our citizens in all aspects. And culture is a big component,” Wilhelm-Morden said. “By partnering with the arts council, we take advantage of their expertise and they can assist us to build our capacity for cultural programming.” Wilhelm-Morden says that the Whistler municipal council always had a good relationship with the arts council (she has served on four municipal councils over the years: 1984 to 86, 1988 to 90, 1996 to 99 and 2005

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This summer, Mortimer was happy to tag along on the family vacation with Jules de Groot and Doug Jamieson. He got to hang out at the lake and drive the boat with Jamieson. He didn’t get into trouble until he returned to Bowen and got used to hanging out in the cove with his pals. De Groot and Jamieson are worried about the reactions of islanders who don’t know that Mortimer is tame.

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Camp Bow-Isle appreciates support

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amp Bow-Isle has had the good fortune to be an island neighbour for 52 years, and every year over that time, we have expressed gratitude to have been exempted from all taxation as a non-profit organization and registered charity. This year it almost did not happen. After 40 years of provincial exemption and 12 years of exemption by the Bowen Island Municipality, this year we were nearly taxed some $16,000. For a small organization like Camp Bow-Isle, this could be a devastating blow. Only food and staffing costs us more than this taxation would have. Fortunately, and gratefully, the municipal council reversed its decision. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the community members who shared their support of Camp Bow-Isle by writing letters or attending the council meeting on October 9. In particular, I’d like to thank Al Saugstad of the Island Discovery Learning Centre, Dr. Ted Spear of Island Pacific School and the Voormeir-de Zwart siblings who eloquently spoke of their time at Camp Bow-Isle. I would also like to thank Gino from the Bowen Island Coffee Roasting Company who provided hot drinks for those attending the meeting. We received over 100 letters of support and each letter was written from the heart. We are also pleased to have hosted every BICS Grade 6 and 7 student about a week earlier, and for all the support from these students and parents as I have seen many around town. We wish to acknowledge the sincere efforts of our municipal council and municipal staff who worked on this project. We recognize the need to balance the budget for the citizens of Bowen Island. We look forward to finding ways of meeting all our needs harmoniously. We believe this can be done without taxing Bowen charities, churches, and non-profit organizations, all of which are in “business” not to make a profit but to serve this community and in many cases, a wider community as well. Finally, we wish to thank the Undercurrent for fair and balanced reporting of this issue. Taxing the organizations which exist to serve the community leads to a poorer society, not a richer one. We look forward to enriching the lives of all Bowen Islanders this year. If you have a suggestion for how we might do that, I hope you will be in touch. We have always loved Bowen Island and we want to be the best neighbours we can be. Jon Heath, executive director, Camp Bow-Isle

Senior’s housing moves ahead To the Editor:


he Snug Cove House Society would like to thank its wonderful neighbours who made possible the recent work on the society’s well on its Miller Road land. The successful outcome of the project means that plans for a supportive seniors’ residence is a big step closer to reality.  Thanks Gord, John and Rebecca, you’re the best. Graham Ritchie president, Snug Cove House Society 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.

In support of motion 312 To the Editor:


was very pleased to read that our MP, John Weston, voted in favour of MP Woodworth’s motion 312 to have parliament study Canada’s 400-year-old definition of the human being. It is enlightening to read this motion in its entirety, which I found at www. Briefly, it asks “That a special committee of the House be appointed and directed to review the declaration in subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada…” (The exact wording of 223(1) is: “A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.”) Motion 312 continues by requesting a special parliamentary committee to be convened to examine four questions, the first two of which are:

“ (i) what medical evidence exists to demonstrate that a child is or is not a human being before the moment of complete birth?” and “(ii) is the preponderance of medical evidence consistent with the declaration in subsection 223(1) that a child is only a human being at the moment of complete birth?” In light of the tremendous knowledge that medical science has gained within the last 400 years about the pre-birth state of the human being, Mr. Woodworth’s motion is completely reasonable. It is also reasonable to assume that a majority of our riding’s constituents approved of Mr. Weston’s vote – those of us who believe that personhood rights should be extended before birth and those who don’t or aren’t sure, but still believe this fundamental issue is worthy of parliamentary scrutiny. Chuck Venhuizen

Extending compassion to non-profits To the Editor:


would like to disagree with the notion that exempting Camp Bow-Isle would be a burden to taxpayers. I understand why one would suggest this because, at face value, it is a true statement. But the camp has never been a contributor to the tax base any more than the ecological reserve has been and yet no one is considering selling it off as a source of revenue. I, for one, celebrate the alternative land use that is Camp Bow-Isle

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since it adds diversity to the island and preserves the landscape as much as a park does. I believe that no non-profit can afford to pay land taxes on Bowen. As the land prices rise, we need to extend our compassion to low income entities in our community: non-profits not withstanding. If we drive them out, we will simply replace them with million dollar homes which, if you think about it, is not necessarily a good thing.  Matthew Redekopp

owns and villages are stage sets for modern life. The architecture of buildings makes up the walls that frame communal exterior space. For the most part, we cannot enter private buildings, and that is why a building’s exterior is so important for shaping the culture of our places. Most communities place the highest standards on civic and institutional buildings as they set the expectations for private enterprise. This is usually achieved by design guidelines and design advisory panels.  Snug Cove has a rich heritage of architecture, and also has a few buildings that most will admit are mistakes. When the Bowen Island Community School got its facelift this summer there was an opportunity to reshape our public realm, to make a school look more like a school and be more in keeping with the culture of buildings on Bowen. The choice of materials (wood, brick, aluminum, glass, tile, etc.), the choice of colours, the opportunities for more or less window openings, and the creativity to create a rich palette of colour, texture, and materials was implicit in the potential of this undertaking.  I have worked on the design of several new communities where developers have placed the elementary school as a focal point for the community. Why? First of all, elementary schools function as community centres.  In new communities, money is spent on quality design as it tends to raise a community’s curb appeal, and with it property values and sales absorption. Most real estate agents will tell you that people clearly value the quality of schools – both the aesthetics and the performance, and those two usually go hand in hand.  But it isn’t only the adults in a community that value good school design.  Most school architects undertake research on the relationship between quality design and student performance in order to raise the bar. There is a lot of research on this topic. I, for one, spent the first two years of my architectural career designing schools, exploring issues such as natural daylight, views, movement, class layout and many other aspects.  Of relevance here is the use of natural daylight in school design. In our renovation, some rooms have lost windows altogether, the library has seen its window area decreased and the multi-purpose room by the gym lost its floor to ceiling windows. It is a scientific fact that students perform much better with natural daylight. Furthermore, the toddlers using the multipurpose room used to have a wonderful connection to the big kids outside but the raised window sills remove this connection to the school yard.  Then there are economic and environmental impacts.  Most of the windows lost during this renovation were on the south side of the building where they can capture the sun’s energy (passive heating). We call this the magic of south. Green architecture tends to have most of its glazing (windows) on the south side of the building. I suspect the end result is that with the additional electrical load of running more artificial lighting in the building and adding in the loss of solar gain, that the energy savings of re-insulating this part of the building will be negligible.  A good architect envisions his/her creations through the eyes of their inhabitants. When designing a school you need to put yourself in the child’s shoes. I think it is fair to say children deserve to be inspired and energized by quality architecture and a well designed public realm. A good design process for public facilities draws the community into the decision making of building design. In hindsight, it’s easy to say that the school facelift could have turned out better. No doubt there were excellent reasons for all of the decision that were made, it is just too bad that they were not put in the perspective held by so many Bowen Islanders. In true community fashion folks are already coming together with creative ways to make the school more appealing to those around it. That is what makes Bowen so unique, we care. James Tuer




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What happened to Seymour Park Dear Editor:


Welcome to Year 22 of Neighbours Island Neighbours: stories of island history, people, activities and events. his Saturday night, at the Legion, is the auction of Beautiful Things, unusual and valuable items from the Knick Knack Nook. I hope a lot of folks turn out to have fun and raise a goodly amount because, in a typically island way, the proceeds will go to the Snug Cove House society. The Snug Cove House group are the folks dedicated to creating a supportive housing facility for seniors right here on Bowen. Some 18 years ago, this group saw the pressing need for a facility for seniors who needed a bit of help for their daily living but who wanted to stay here on Bowen where they had family and friends. Since then, many islanders have watched old friends forced to leave the island and go to a facility where they don’t know anybody and have to start life all over again. The Snug Cove House will be the second major community aid for seniors. The first one was Bowen Court. • Bowen Court is the attractive group of nineteen apartments forming a cooperative housing unit on Miller Road, not far from the ambulance station. It’s been a blessing for a great many islanders over the years. The basic need for some form of senior housing was recognized as early 1975 when the Legion created a committee to work on this project. There were ups and downs and plenty of problems to solve but by 1984 or so, the good-looking cluster of apartments was a reality. They were located on the site of the old Bowen School. In fact, I understand part of it was incorporated in the Howarth Hall common room. Residents are seniors in good health. The Bowen Court lounge and exercise space are occasionally available for a small fee, making these rooms a useful addition to Bowen’s limited program space. • A number of islanders are dismayed with the new warehouse look of the community school. Noticing their comments reminded me that being a community school indicates a warm working relationship between the school board and the island residents. That relationship began in March of 1975 when islanders officially approved the community school concept, passed its constitution and scheduled a presentation to GVRD. The executive met in August to appoint a joint negotiating committee. At that time, the school had 45 students and



ver a year has passed since more than half the trees in Seymour Municipal Park were cut and a storm sewer installed by the neighbouring developer, Bowen Island Properties Ltd., apparently without approval. Last October, municipal staff brought the matter to the former Greenways committee (initial comments by municipal staff are in Greenways committee’s posted minutes at the municipal website). By January, the committee had gathered information and made recommendations to the newly elected council. These was no response to these recommendations. In March, I wrote a letter to the Undercurrent expressing my concern to the community. Shortly after, council made the decision to disband the committee. On the Sunday morning following my letter to the Undercurrent, I received a phone call from councillor Duntz who is also a principal of Bowen Island Property (along with councillor Darren Jenning). He advised me to retract my letter. In a subsequent Undercurrent interview, councillor Duntz pointed to the master covenant document and several expert reports as supporting the tree cutting and other work. I was asked to submit a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act before the municipality would release those documents to me. At the end of May, I picked up an envelope containing copies of these and some other documents I had been asking for. I saw no evidence in the documents that shows that approval had been granted by the municipality for tree cutting or storm sewer installation in the municipal park. No park licenses or permits were in the envelope, although I had requested them. I was surprised, because the master subdivision covenant BV201744 of 2003 requires the developer to apply to the municipality for permission to use the park, and it specifies that such uses shall not negatively interfere with the use for park purposes. I wrote to the municipality to report the lack of approval in the documents they had provided and suggested a course of action. In June, the municipality mentioned that a report would be done but nothing has been made public. Given the significant tree cutting and works constructed in the park, I believe the municipality should be taking action soon, because the damage to the park continues. On Thanksgiving weekend, I saw that one of the remaining evergreen trees had fallen into the sea, probably because of the large road running through the park and along the edge above it. I don’t believe this means that the developer was right about the urgent need to stabilize the slope. No, it appears that the park trees holding the slope together with their roots and stems are losing strength, suffocating under the pressure of the road and the many loads of fill covering the original soil and burying their trunks. To me, it looks like both areas of the park are being destabilized by the activities of the developer. It breaks my heart to see the little park and swimming beach disappearing under sewers and roads. As one who made recommendations to the first council supporting the proposed park in 2002 with Maggie Cummings and other community volunteers, I know that what was envisioned was a natural sheltered beach park. Please join me in calling on the municipality to stop the ongoing damage and restore the park’s natural vegetation and protect all municipal parks, trails and beaches by drawing the line at Seymour Bay. Sue Ellen Fast

Beautiful things


If you like beautiful things, this collection of Coalport fine china teacups may be what you need. They are part of the 200 items of the Knick Knack Nook auction that is a fundraiser for the Snug Cove House Society and makes use of selected donations the Nook has gathered. The event will take place on Saturday, October 20, at the Legion Hall. Online bidding at Submitted photo

was asking the Sechelt school board for a portable. A trailer was offered. Islanders offered to pay for the portable themselves until the district agreed. Some years later, Bowen joined the West Vancouver School district. In today’s world, the Bowen school is the only community school in the West Van roster. • Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrent of October 18, 2002: The Chamber of Commerce was about to produce 50,000 copies of the 2003 Visitor Guide. Wow! Why 50,000? Because the 25,000 copies printed for 2002 were all effectively distributed and gone earlier than anyone expected. Bowen’s charms were to be marketed in expanded areas. Tourism is the kind of multi-faceted market that needs more than word of mouth to reach its audiences. •The municipal election was scheduled for November 16th and election information was still rolling in. Jane Kellett, an involved island volunteer since 1991, was a candidate for the West Vancouver School board, the first islander to run. • The 10th annual Haunted House, a popular theatrical event, was scheduled for Collins Hall with Sarah Haxby as coordinator – its purpose was to thrill, creep, scare and make visitors wonder. Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrent of October 25, 2002: Election fever was growing. Candidates Rob Boyko and Doug Bowen were introduced, as was Bill Granger. Peter Frinton threw his hat in the ring for the mayor’s job. • Bowen’s remarkable Black Sheep

Morris side was inviting newcomers to join their rabble-rousing dance skills, based on the Bedlam Border Dance Tradition from the EnglandWales border region. It was noted that there were no Cotswold white-dressed hankie-waving with the Sheep.• A thoughtful letter from the Eco-Alliance group discussed the emergence of the loop road concept. They pointed out that this idea had been decisively rejected by traffic engineering consultants Reid, Crowther in their February 1999 report.• The month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, tribute was paid to Vancouver resident, Judy Reimer who died October 3. When Judy’s cancer was first diagnosed in 1991, her doctor predicted a 30-percent chance of living five years. Judy, a single mom with children three and four years old, went through whatever she had to go through to stay with her children. In 1996, Judy, a compulsive sewer, decided to use her sewing talent to create something to educate the public and provide hope for other women like herself. It was the highly successful Life Quilts projectthree large quilts with squares sewn by women touched by the disease. In more than fifty communities, public quilting bees were held so others could add stitches of their own. Her fierce battle did win her some extra time. Her daughter, Louise, is 14 and son Brolin is 15. Bowen Island has lost a number of women to this disease, • The Last Word: An October salute to the women of Bowen.

Shah Alexis Bragg

Born September 8th, 10:45pm at BC Women’s Hospital. Shah has had a fabulous first month at home on Bowen with his Mum, Meribeth Deen, Dad, Ross Bragg, big brother Will, sister Sophie, Nana (Deen), Grandpa (Deen - also Shah), and Uncle Mike.

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Are you prepared? continued PAGE 1

“Every municipality has to have ESS set up. We now have an office at the municipal hall and keep our gear there.” The office at the municipal hall increases visibility and reminds people to be prepared, according to Ockeloen. Sometimes preparedness is little more than thinking ahead, says Ockeloen who has made that a habits. “Sometimes it’s as simple as bringing a cell phone on a hike,” she suggests, adding that first aid training should be part of high schools and career training. “I think it should be part of the curriculum,” she said. “A first aid certificate lasts for three years but as soon as people feel they don’t remember it, they should take it again.” “We try to get everyone prepared for emergencies such as wildfires, house fires, earthquakes or even extreme weather conditions. The goal is to get people to think ahead and have food, water and first aid supplies,” Ockeloen said. “The first three days after something happens are crucial.” She explained that, in a disaster situation, the Emergency Social Service team would open a reception centre that could be the school gym or another central location. “The idea is that ESS would be able to look after people if they can’t,” Ockeloen says, adding that Bowen Island already has good community connections that would be an asset in an emergency situation. “We are set up a little bit better,” Ockeloen says. “For example, we are used to power outages.” Still, it is a stretch to think about a major disaster and Ockeloen adds, “A lot of effort [goes into preparedness] but it’s not much noticed unless something goes wrong.” One of her best strategies has been to get the kids on board. They, in turn, bring their knowledge home to the parents. “We focus a lot on prevention,” Ockeloen said. “I look at an accident as a preventable injury and I believe that almost all accidents don’t have to happen. That is a big part of the first aid courses, to learn how to prevent silly mishaps.” A message that Ockeloen would like to pass along is to have a plan. “It’s fairly simple but it’s good to think about what to do if something goes sideways,” she says. “I do a lot of running and make it a habit to think about my plan before I go on trails. I think ahead what kind of gear I need to bring and often get to be the first aid person on the trails or in the group.” In a real emergency, decisions have to be made fast and Ockeloen believes thinking ahead can help. “For a family, it’s would be good to know who could look after the children or the pets in an emergency,” she says, adding that people who have medical conditions are encouraged to wear identifying bracelets that could help pin point the problem in case they are unresponsive. “And if anyone in your family carries an Epi pen, it helps to practice,” she says. “In an emergency, there is no time to read the instructions.” Learning to identify the signs and symptoms of heart attacks can also save lives. Ockeloen says that there are many incidents

where kids have saved their parent’s life and telling them what to do when someone is unconscious is covered in the first aid courses she teaches. These tools are important for everyone. Ockeloen is hired by organizations, schools, businesses or even groups of islanders to do first aid training and the feedback she gets is that it empowers people. “I take up to 14 and a minimum of eight. I also do an emergency childcare course that focuses on what to do when babies are choking,” Ockeloen said, adding that babies’ airways are the size of the little finger. “I love to see it when people come in expecting the program to be boring. And when they are leaving, they are so confident.” Most of all, she loves the enthusiasm that the kids bring to the table and teaches children from Kindergarten age to the babysitting course for ages 11 to 15. Ockeloen says that the CPR course manuals include lots of graphics and show different examples. “They are very friendly,” she says, adding that the courses cover training on how to use a defibrillator. “They really do help jump-start your heart. The courses also cover teaching the kids about food and choking. Preventing choking can be a major life-saver.” Ockeloen gives the example of a student at the Bowen Island Community School who saw a class mate choke and quickly remembered the Heimlich manoeuvre. “That was so exciting,” Ockeloen said. “Imagine how they felt. They are heroes.” For a first aid kit, Ockeloen suggests the standard content but cautioned that, for some people, it needs to be personalized. “For instance, people need an Epi pen if they are allergic,” she says, adding that she has a mask to safely administer rescued breaths and gloves for stopping bleeds. “There are also loads of materials to stop bleeding, triangular bandages for broken limbs, tweezers, scissors for cutting off clothes, cleaning material and antibacterial wipes and cold packs.” Ockeloen has been teaching for close to 20 years. “I find it really interesting to see the changes in material that is covered,” she said. “Now it covers the use of EpiPens and asthma - things that have become more prevalent. And an allergic reaction can quickly become life threatening.” For people who witness an accident or emergency situation, Ockeloen advises to help according to their level of training, in addition to calling 911. “They have to use their best judgement.” Other advice Ockeloen would like to give island residents is to have their address clearly marked at the driveway and the house to make it easier for first responders to find the right location. “It happened that we would be driving by without being able to see the address. It has to be visible at night as well,” she explained. “It also helps if all the family members including children know the address and, in an emergency, go out to meet the ambulance. That can make things easier and quicker.” Ockeloen adds that the ambulance has a GPS but some addresses are not in the system.

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ow prepared is your family? Suppose local authorities have just told you to evacuate your

home. Have you pre-designated a pet-friendly location to take your pets as part of your disaster plan? Does your family have an emergency contact person who lives outside your area? Does your family disaster plan include two meeting places: one outside of your home in case of a fire and one outside of your neighbourhood in case you can’t get home as the result of a disaster or other emergency? Have you taken first aid or CPR/AED training in the past year? Does your disaster supplies kit include at least a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food, a battery-powered or crank radio and a first aid kit? Emergency preparedness should be a family affair. Give every family member specific safety tasks to do in an emergency. For example, designate one person to be in charge of turning off electricity, one to collect the emergency container, one to take charge of any pets, etc. Plan evacuation drills using two different escape routes from each room. Review your plan every six months and quiz your family about what to do. Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills on a regular basis with your family.

Check food supplies for expiration dates and discard, or replace stored water and food every six months. Read the indicator on your fire extinguisher(s) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to recharge. Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Replace alarms every ten years. And don’t forget to update your plan, as your family’s needs change. If you are forced to leave your home because of an emergency like a home fire and have no source of assistance, Emergency Support Services (ESS) can provide short-term assistance to Bowen Islanders. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification. ESS helps people to re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster. Emergency Support is available for 72 hours, during which evacuees should immediately plan their next steps by contacting their insurance agents, families and friends, or local nonprofit agencies. Through committed volunteers here on Bowen, the ESS has provided assistance to our community for the past ten years. Amanda Ockeleon is our ESS Director here on Bowen. If you need assistance or would like to be a volunteer, please contact her at 604-312-2168 or The ESS team

Appointment Notice Randy Blair, President of Black Press, Lower Mainland is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Kemmis to the position of Publisher of The Bowen Island Undercurrent. Mary has a broad range of experience in both the print and broadcast industries, starting as a reporter before moving into sales and sales management. Mary also has a strong history of community involvement and has served on the boards of a number of community organizations including the Gateway Theatre, Banff Canada Day and First Night societies, Kwantlen University College Board of Governors, Volunteer Richmond, Richmond Christmas Fund and Tourism Richmond. She will take on responsibility for Bowen Island in addition to continuing as Publisher of The Richmond Review. Please join me in congratulating Mary on her appointment. Randy Blair President

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Caring Circle lends a hand with research SUSANNE MARTIN Editor


hat do you do when you or a family member gets ill and needs to be cared for in a home on Bowen? In the case of an accident or emergency, there might not be a lot of time to do the research and set up a support system that is needed. Here is where the Caring Circle comes in. Colleen O’Neill and Diane Marshall have put their heads together and met with a number of community members to compile an immersive list of resources that will make it easier for island residents to cope with a medical emergency. O’Neill is a retired nurse and says that, in the past, she received calls from residents asking her questions like: Are there home-care nurses on Bowen Island? Are there doctors who will do house calls? What physiotherapy is covered by health care? How do you find a physical or occu-

pational therapist who comes to your home? How do I get to and from chemotherapy or appointments if I can’t drive? Where do I get medical equipment? How do I access services? Can I go on the ferry for free if I need to see a specialist in town? O’Neill has studied two reports that have assessed the needs of Bowen Island seniors and learned that both included recommendations to compile a health directory. She took on the task to go through existing sources, make phone calls and work on a comprehensive list of health support services available on Bowen Island. “We are not only looking at health care but also other things people need when they are sick or injured like getting prepared food, help around the house or installing handles and wheelchair ramps,” O’Neill said. She added that some of the services mentioned in the directory are located in West and North Vancouver. The directory will be available on Bowen Island in the coming months.

Help with planning a first aid kit

Pharmacist Bud Massender of Cates Pharmacy (here with his colleague Simin Mirpouzadeh) says that planning a first aid kit is a fairly personal thing and he and his fellow pharmacists are willing to help. ‘Most people have different needs for what they should have in an emergency pack,’ he said. ‘There are commercial emergency packs available that have generic content but, in most cases, they need to be tweaked.’ Massender said that the content varies depending on the members of the family or whether the pack will be in the home or the car. ‘When you are heading for a trip into the wilderness, you may need to stock up your emergency pack with additional items. Older people may have different needs and so do people who are on medication. Cates Pharmacy carries some of the generic packs and we also suggest ways of tailoring them,’ Massender said, adding that he would like to encourage people to think about their circumstances and be prepared. ‘A good point would be for people to be more aware of their supply of their own personal meds, especially if they are critical, to make sure they don’t run out,’ he cautioned. Susanne Martin photo

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OPENINGS FOR NEW MEMBERS If you… • Are over 19 years of age; • Live and work on the island; • Have a valid B.C. drivers license; • Are willing to undergo a criminal background check; • Are available and willing to be called out at any time; • Are willing to undergo training for 1st Responder Medical situations, as well as firefighting, …then you may be interested in joining our team and serving your community. Applications may be obtained by dropping in at the Municipal Hall, or by calling 604-947-4255, or may be downloaded from the BIM website at www. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Municipal Hall, or mailed to: Fire Chief, Bowen Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island B.C. V0N 1G0. Applications must be received by 4:30p.m. October 29, 2012. Brian Biddlecombe, Fire Chief

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• Live music at Bowen Island Pub: 9:30 p.m to 1 a.m. • Dead Man’s Cell Phone: 8 p.m Tir-na-nOg Theatre, a TOTI production. • Eagle Cliff Community Association AGM: 11:30 a.m. Collins Hall. • Knick Knack Nook Auction: 7 p.m the Legion. • The Story of Bill and his House on the Hil: storytelling with Yam Cooper, 1 p.m. Bowen Island Library. • BowFEAST farmers market: 9 a.m. to noon at BICS.


• Duplicate-style bridge: 7 p.m. sharp. Bowen Court lounge. Call Irene at 2955 • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Euchre Tournament: 7 p.m. the Legion, $10 registration fee, call Nancy at 947-2858.



• A Cruel Arithmetic: Book launch, 7 p.m. Gallery at Artisan Square. • Halloween Costume Swap Party at IPS: 1 to 4 p.m. Kids and adults costume swap. Entrance donations will go to Vila Isabel Charitable Society to help children and families in Brazil. • ALANON: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Collins Hall.

• Seven Hills Yoga: for full schedule for Hatha yoga and meditative yoga classes, please see www.sevenhillsyoga. com or call 604-671-2845.

UPCOMING • Arts Council AGM: October 28, 3 p.m. Gallery at Artisan Square, including a presentation from Whistler mayor Nancy Wilhelm Morden. • Mark Singleton speaks on Bowen: October 27, 7 p.m. Gallery at Artisan Square. • Bowen in Transition event: October 27, Collins Hall, potluck and film “In Transition 2.0” • Kid and Kaboodle Sale: October 27, Bowen Island Montessori School.

MONDAY, OCT. 22 • NA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:15 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel. • Open Mic Night at the Pub: starting at 8:30 p.m. • Seniors Keeping Young: 9 a.m. line dancing, 9:45 a.m. exercises, singing and refreshments, 10:45 a.m. Speaker.

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Join the Movement – Register Today! This past weekend the Bowen Island Golf Club held the inaugural Paterson Cup matches. Much like the PGA Tour’s Ryder Cup matches, this match play event pitted two teams against each other: team Grundy vs. team Liddicoat. The teams were composed of the top 24 players from the club championship held in September. Tournament host Herb Paterson was on site from start to finish to witness and award the first Paterson Cup trophy. Herb has been an icon in the golf industry his entire life and exemplifies the true meaning of what it takes to be a professional. He was proud to announce team Grundy (Blue Shirts) as the inaugural champions and looks forward to next year’s event, in which he promises to be playing. Congratulations go to Phil Cunningham, Morgan and Richard Dawson, Ralph Keefer, Peter Moir, George Bernard, Chris Bell, Larry Oliver, Greg Cope, Harry Monahan, assistant captain Bill Keller and captain Spencer Grundy. Congratulations to team Liddicoat (Purple Shirts) for putting up a good battle and to everyone for surviving the rain. Special thanks to Frank Patt and Joy Jubenvill for the prime rib dinner at the Cup Cutter after the event. See you all next year.

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Wynn Nielsen enjoyes the sweeping views from her new home at Evergreen where all buildings are required to meet a Built Green Gold Standard. Debra Stringfellow photos

A house that relates to the landscape and vice versa DEBRA STRINGFELLOW CONTRIBUTING WRITER


hen landscape designer Wynn Nielsen decided to build a custommade home, she not only challenged her inner ideologies to create something distinctive and artistic, but took this opportunity to build a home that is environmentally sustainable.  With an active imagination and her noted green thumb she set her sights on creating a 2400 square feet greenhome with an attached bed and breakfast all in one. Nielsen decided to build her dream home high on the bluffs at Evergreen (a new development located on the west side of the island), with spectacular views overlooking the Georgia Strait, Keats and Pasley Island, where sunsets never disappoint. Strict design guidelines were set by the developer to help protect the piece of land and Nielsen embraced this philosophy.  Environmental awareness and sustainability PETS



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values.” states Nielsen. It also adds to the local habitat, something Nielsen pays a lot of attention to in her work and influences the gardens and ponds she designs. As her home enters the final stretch of completion, Nielsen hopes to have her bed and breakfast up and running in two weeks. She proudly uses Bowen talent where possible. She hired Wood Bros. Construction as “experienced and savvy” project manager and Valek Fine Homes, a well-guided crew of talented builders who often would “go the extra mile”, says Nielsen. Nielsen’s house will be featured in a touring exhibition at The AIBC Gallery, titled Redefining the West Coast Spirit: Emerging West Coast Firms with Connections to the Land. The group exhibition, curated by James Tuer and on display from October 10 to November 12, will showcase ideas about designing spaces and places within our coastal environment.  The AIBC Gallery (100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver) is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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Tuer was able to provide professional guidance while merging all the unique design elements cohesively. The house fits within the contours of the landscape – “its really important for me as a landscape artist for the house to relate to the landscape and vice versa,” says Nielsen. One of the elements, which truly sets this home apart visually is the curved roof. “The client’s desire for a curved roof required significant innovation. Through additional design studies, the idea of using inverted curves emerged. This led to a final design of the petal-like roof structure. The ability to manufacture the roof ’s curvature in the glue lam factory rather than on site allowed us to meet the client’s expectations and her budget.” states Tuer. The roof also has the option of becoming a roof top garden. “It can bring the native bluff vegetation in the form of grasses, mosses and ferns plus some coastal sedums onto the house. The intent is to blur the lines between the natural landscape and the building. Cooling, insulation and rainwater management benefits in addition to the aesthetic



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Bowen Island painter and BICS artist-in-residence, Andrea Klann, collaborated with Mrs. Ballou's Grade 3 class last May as part of BICS’ Virtues Made Visible project. The Bowen Island Unity fabric mural, exploring unity and place, is one of nine artworks created by BC students to be showcased in the Artstarts exhibition, Sense of Place, on display until March 2013. This is an opportunity for students, families and the general public to see these pieces in the Artstarts Gallery (http://artstarts. com). Andrea Klann has just been selected as one of six BC artists to launch Artstarts Infusion Teaching Artists initiative that integrates arts into school curriculum. Submitted photos

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AGM of the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) Sunday, October 28, 2012 Gallery @ Artisan Square 3 pm - 5 pm Featuring guest speaker

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler & Director of the Whistler Arts Council Nancy will be presenting a talk on: The Role of Municipal Government and Culture

Kicking off BICS Learn, Connect and Engage community event was a keynote presentation by Chris Kennedy, the superintendent of Schools/CEO with the West Vancouver School District, (here with school board trustee Jane Kellett and BICS principal Jennifer Pardee) titled ‘What our Kids Need A Look at Innovation in Education on Bowen and Beyond.’  A classroom open house where students and teachers shared their work with parents followed the presentation. The Friday Lunch crew concluded the event with a lovely community dinner. For more information about superintendent Chris Kennedy and his educational writing, check out his blog at Stringfellow photos


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October 19, 2012 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent