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Hopes and dreams for 2013
Islanders share expectations for their personal life and the community
Reasons to love Bowen
It looks like the island holds a full house in a popular deck of cards
Fat ‘n’ happy
Some tips on making the most of the holiday feasts
T’is the season for helping
Boosting island business
Bowen Islanders chip in to stock the shelves at Food Bank
Council receives advice on how to help Bowen’s economy
his is the season to think about those less fortunate and do something to help, says Glen Cormier of the Bowen Island Pub. To make a contribution to the Bowen Island Food Bank, Cormier asked his customers to bring in a donation of non-perishable food items on Sunday, December 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. As a reward, he offered complimentary appetizers as well as a drink ticket for every food bank donation. “If we go by weight, we got close to 100 pounds,” Cormier said. “Many people brought more than we asked for. We received a lot of canned goods and people brought a really good selection. I know that the food bank is looking for proteins and we have canned ham and meats in addition to soups, pastas and things like that.” On Monday, December 24, Cormier was assisted by his 10-year-old daughter Farrah to deliver the food to Bowen Island’s Little Red Church that houses a pantry-style food bank where the doors are always open. This was just one of the events supporting the food bank that received almost $1,200 in cash and four “crammed cruisers” from the Bowen Island RCMP on Friday, December 14, plus proceeds from other holiday fundraisers. Cormier was pleased with the response from about 50 customers and his staff. To reward the efforts, he had prepared a gift basket as well as a second prize. “Jen McIntyre won the gift basket and Jim McConnan won two tickets to our New Year’s event,” Cormier said, explaining that Ginger 66 will provide the entertainment on December 31. The band played at the pub two months ago to a very appreciative crowd. “Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door if they are still available,” Cormier said.
hat does it take to give Bowen Island’s economy a boost? The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) has taken a look at a number of avenues that could be developed to promote business and entrepreneurship. At the committee of the whole meeting on Monday, December 17, they brought their suggestions before council, along with some ideas how local government can lend its support. Gordon Ganong, EDAC’s chair, said the committee has talked about a variety of economic sectors - it has also looked at areas where council can help. “One of the objectives of this presentation is to look for clarity in council’s expectations for the committee,” Ganong said. “Our aim is to work collaboratively to create a vibrant economy on Bowen and establish timelines where we can end up going over the next year.” Ganong explained that the committee had 11 meetings since late August and also held a special meeting where members of the public could provide input. “There seemed to be more convergence than divergence,” Ganong said about the public presentations. “And the focus was on what is needed.” EDAC member Michael Kaile spoke about the potential of cultural tourism, an area that can draw on a number of venues and activities that already exist on Bowen Island. He mentioned the tagline, “Within reach, beyond comparison,” that referred to the island’s easy accessibility from Metro Vancouver. “One of the areas the island is uniquely positioned for is small business conferences and workshops,” Kaile suggested. “There are various aspects of Bowen that could attract
Sarah Haxby is one of the islanders who’ve shared their hopes and dreams for 2013 with readers of the Undercurrent (see pages 6,7 and 8). She said, ‘My focus for the new year is working on Bowen’s food sustainability issues and growing more healthy greens. I plan to add more food-growing capacity to my garden at home and at BICS. If you’re looking for seeds for easy-to-grow-on-Bowen edible greens, come to the seed exchange and sale at BICS on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.’ Debra Stringfellow photo
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On Christmas Eve, Glen Cormier and his daughter Farrah dropped off the proceeds from the pub’s fundraiser at the Bowen Island Food Bank. They were happy with the support the initiative received from the community. Susanne Martin photo
many ideal business ideas.” Kaile mentioned examples like cooking courses and canoe making. “Things like these are very much in vogue at the moment. And our unique aspect –we’re surrounded by water – makes marine tourism a natural fit. This gives us a natural area that we are poised to develop.” Kaile believes that there can be a huge spin-off for service providers and said that recreational pursuits like hiking, kayaking and mountain biking could be expanded “with minimum trouble and expense.” Kaile also drew attention to special events as a way to entice visitors to come to Bowen. “The Steamship Days were remarkable, especially since this was the first time the event was put on,” he said, adding that he believes that Bowen Island needs to be able to accommodate larger groups. “We need zoning changes for development in this sector. We also need a facility to accommodate larger groups of about 100 people - that would be a huge benefit.” Next up was Jacqueline Massey, EDAC’s vice-chair, who presented ideas revolving around health and wellness. “We have a number of businesses already established in that field and want to encourage more businesses in order to promote Bowen as a place of refuge and healing,” Massey said. “We have examples of addiction recovery, the healing arts and meditation retreats like Rivendell and Xenia. We could envision specialty clinics that focus on naturopathic remedies and education.” Massey explained that it is not unusual for islands to attract those activities, as is evident from Hollyhock (on Saltspring Island) and The Haven (on Gabriola Island). “These initiatives come from the private sector but, in some instances, they require zoning changes as well as affordable housing options for employees,” Massey said. “We would also like to look at the potential for a community health care centre.” Massey also mentioned expansion in the areas of education and research. “The areas we could promote are marine and other scientific research, technology studies and university satellite campuses,” she said. Other fields that would be good fits for Bowen are green initiatives and green technology, including carbon offsets and alternative energy. “Perhaps Bowen Island could become a model in those fields as well as a destination to learn about them,” Massey said. “We already have a Sustainability Tour that has been very successful. We have a community garden, local food production, beekeeping, solar energy and hydroponic systems.” The next speaker and EDAC member, Murray Atherton, explored the subject of artisanal and cottage industries. “Right now, we have a few exporters on the island,” he said, mentioning Cocoa West
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Chocolatier and the Bowen Island Coffee Roasting Company. “We have to give those businesses the means to expand. We need live-work zoning to encourage growth in that area,” Atherton said, suggesting to create a “function junction” to accommodate the need for light industrial and related zoning and allow for workshop and warehouse spaces. Atherton believes that real estate development should target specific niche needs that includes a diversity of housing such as seniors’ housing and multi-family housing. “Affordable housing is such a catch phrase,” he said. “But we need accommodation for engineers, surveyors, trades people, all those who are looking to live and work on the island. We also need to give them a place where they can store their material so we don’t have to wait three weeks to get it shipped to Bowen.” Ganong said that in addition to the sectors that have been identified as having a strong potential for growth, the committee has outlined roles for council to actively promote them. “The first is infrastructure,” Ganong said, explaining that council could provide the infrastructure or encourage developers to put it in place. The tools that are available to council are policy, zoning and bylaws. Ganong said that the committee respects council’s fiscal situation and is aiming to make recommendations that don’t require lots of dollars. Mayor Jack Adelaar said that he believes that the municipality has to play a role in the economical development. He welcomed the committee’s recommendations and added that many of the issues have already been brought to council’s attention and are connected. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz said he was impressed by the breadth of EDAC’s presentation. “I’ve had a few occasions to listen to great committees. We use all that wonderful language about diversity and sustainability, then we go home and nothing is done,” he said. “It remains to be seen if it’s going to be different this time.” Duntz suggested that valuable recommendations need to be followed up with something definite and he asked the committee to come up with specific, prescriptive suggestions. He also asked for EDAC to “devote some time on education why the economy matters.” EDAC committee members Lonnie Hindle and Rondy Dike also spoke about the necessity to take action to encourage businesses. And councillor Alison Morse said, “I think we should add the ‘function junction’ to list of things to create, I hear a lot of support for that. I would also like to add avocating for better broadband and cell phone coverage on Bowen Island.” She also suggested establishing a priority rating by which zoning applications can be processed to ensure that issues like affordable housing will move forward.
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Fifty-two reasons to love Bowen SUSANNE MARTIN Editor
here are many reasons to love Bowen and Jenny Anstey has found a few that many islanders embrace. She has had countless discussions about the subject since she published a deck of playing cards that depict her favourite local haunts. “Under all the politics, people love this place,” she says. Jenny’s dog Poppy greets us with enthusiasm when we approach her house in Eagle Cliff. It’s Friday during the day and only “the two girls” are home when my colleague, Joanne Raymont, and I drop in for a chat about Jenny’s latest venture: the playing cards showing 52 reason’s to love Bowen Island. Jenny’s sold the cards at local Christmas craft fairs as well as a few Bowen stores and Jenny Anstey in her home in Eagle Cliff where she sometimes finishes her pen and ink drawings after sketching they have received an overwhelmingly positive response. them out in situ. Don Carroll photo It turns out that Jenny’s 52 reasons to love Bowen In early September, at the start of the school year, Jenny felt finishes the work at home. Island are not hers alone. She remembers a couple visitthat she could come up with 52 images. It felt good, she says, Jenny’s place is perched on Eagle Cliff bluffs that allow for a ing her table at a craft fair and going through the cards to achieve something and it helped to have a long hot summer sweeping view from UBC to Lions Bay. Building a house here with her and telling her their reasons to love every sinwhere she could spend a lot of time outside. “You can’t do it in and moving to an island in 1994 was quite a change for Jenny gle one of the corners captured in pen and ink. the rain,” she laughs. Her husband, Don Carroll, often says that who lived in East Vancouver before and recalls a time when an Asked whether she has a favourite, Jenny says that a lot of people can start something, but it takes an effort to finold barbecue was stolen from her porch. the Dorman Point bluffs are very close to her heart, as ish a project. And, as Jenny was getting close to meeting her goal, And in the eight years she’s been on Bowen, Jenny has accuare the sailboats because her son Perry has a passion for she felt encouraged to see it through. After compiling 52 images, mulated a number of favourite places. The inspiration to capture sailing. She fails to mention the joker, the card inhabited someone mentioned that she had forgotten to include the two them on playing cards came from a three-months-course earlier by Poppy but the friendly dog doesn’t mind, as long as jokers. One of those two cards now shows a rendering of Jenny this year. “I took a pen and ink she gets a pat from with Poppy, the other her tools of trade. drawing class at Emily Carr and all of us. Poppy is Once the images were completed, Jenny set out to order the had a really good instructor “132 pounds of cards for the craft fairs. “I found out that the minimum order [for who inspired everyone,” Jenny love,” says Jenny printing playing cards] is 500,” she recalls. “I was wondering how said. “When the class ended, I who has recently to sell such a large amount and my husband joked that we can was looking for a way to keep done a DNA swab always use them as fire starters.” But Jenny soon found that the drawing.” to determine the 500 decks weren’t enough and she had to order more - the cards The class covered differbreed. It turns out found enthusiastic support. ent exercises every week that that Poppy is a “A lot of people came up to me when I was sitting at craft required handing in an assignPoodle/Rottweiler/ fairs,” Jenny said. “There was a couple who has lived on Bowen ment at the end. Jenny found Retriever-cross for a long time. They poured over the cards and had a story that she liked the discipline who makes a great for each of the places. I realized how people really love Bowen that came from completing artist’s assistant, Island.” One of her customers brought the cards for a daughter something regularly. In June, according to Jenny, who had gone to university in the east. Another one sent them she started working on Bowen mainly because she to friends who have moved off island. Jenny says that her cards Island images, aiming for a prevents anyone have gone to the young and the old, to people from different drawing per day. She had the from sneaking up backgrounds and in different circumstances. “People are coming idea that if she could complete unnoticed, thus up to me to tell me who they are buying the cards for and where 52 images, she would produce keeping Jenny from they will take them when they go travelling,” Jenny said, adding a deck of cards for Christmas being startled. that she knows that her cards will be taken to England, Germany, craft fairs. This actually is New Zealand, Japan, Alaska, Qatar and Kenya. She explains that this time more important Recognize this? Jenny Anstey’s playing cards And a few nights ago, Jenny enjoyed her first game with them. coincided with the end of the than it sounds depict places and scenes most Bowen Islanders “I had some friends over for dinner and I told them that I hadn’t national park debate and she because with pen are familiar with and have an affinity to. played with them yet. So we played a round and had a great evewelcomed focusing on someand ink drawings, ning,” Jenny says, adding that she is excited and inspired to think thing positive, on something people could agree on. “The drawevery line and every blot are part of the final picture and ings themselves are very factual, almost a journalistic response to of new projects that she can finance with the proceeds. not something that can be erased or painted over. “In Outside, a Stellar Jay raids the bird feeder. A deer wanders the island,” Jenny explains. “I’ve found that the soul of a place is pen and ink, you get one shot,” Jenny explains. “Once through the yard while Poppy looks on. Chances are that Jenny’s in all the nooks and crannies.” the line is drawn, you have to work with it.” She usually new project will reflect the place she lives, the place she loves: This is what Jenny loves, the in-between places that show sits on the ground and brings a pencil and an eraser to Bowen Island. Bowen as the quiet, green and modest place to live. And she “manipulate the scene a bit.” Sometimes she “inks at the Fifty-two reasons to love Bowen Island cards are available at found this to be a common denominator. “This is resonating in site” as was the case with the Tunstall Bay scene. “I did Phoenix, the Union Steamship Company Chandlery and the the community,” she says. “It’s something we share - that apprethat one at the beach while I was waiting for the kids to Gallery at Artisan Square. ciation for places that are small-scale and manageable.” finish sailing,” Jenny says. But on other occasions, she
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Making the Islands Trust more democratic To the Editor: ric Sherlock’s recent letter vigorously defending the Islands Trust deserves a response. This is mine. The Islands Trust is one of the most undemocratic agencies I have ever come across. Let me explain: thirteen major islands comprise the Trust, each of which elects two representatives for a total of 26 trustees. It matters not whether an island has 400 inhabitants or 10,000 – there are two trustees per island. Thus, the small population islands dominate. It is analogous to Prince Edward Island having as many MPs in parliament as Ontario. What could be done to make the Trust more democratic? Quite simple: take the entire population of all the islands in the Trust and divide by 26 (the total number of elected trustees). That figure provides the number of residents per trustee. Distribute the trustees to each island according to that number. Simply put, those islands with a larger population would have more trustees than those with smaller populations. Because there is nothing sacred about two trustees per island that would make the Trust truly democratic. If an island has less than the basic number, then two islands would be jointly represented by one Trustee.
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Similarly, when it comes to paying for Trust operations the larger populated islands pay more than the small ones. Thus the small islands are supported financially by the larger ones. Because the small islands have more Trustees than the larger islands they can vote down any attempt to pay their proportionate share. How can that be remedied? Well, if we are to continue with the current system of two Trustees per island regardless of population, then the costs should be shared on the same basis. Because there are thirteen islands in the Trust, each island would pay one thirteenth of the amount needed to support the Trust and be entitled to receive one thirteenth of Trust services. If more services are required by any island beyond their share they would pay for the extra themselves. The further issue of “preserve and protect” which is the flag wildly waved whenever anyone says anything about the equity, responsibility, ability and success of the Trust will be left to a later letter. There may be other provincial agencies, other means or other approaches that may achieve what the Trust purports to do in ways that are more effective and efficient. It is a topic worth exploring. Especially for Bowen, the only island muncipality in the province. Bruce Howlett
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want to commend first on Eric Sherlock’s excellent letter in the Friday 14 Undercurrent. Eric has a good grasp of both Island Trust and municipal governance. I hope that our municipal council takes note. I would like to also comment on the mayor’s comment which was mailed out to us some days ago. It is quite disturbing. It seems that this council has its sights on the next victim in its environmental war. First, the bylaws governing steep slopes and environmentally sensitive areas were rescinded, with a vague promise to bring in more “sensible guidelines” (for whom?). Now, arguments for severing our connection to the Islands Trust are put forward. These hint, if not actually say, that the Bowen taxpayer is paying far too much for our membership in the Islands Trust. That money could be better put into island services, they say, throwing another enticement to the voters. Payments to Metro Vancouver are not listed or referred to. When the Islands Trust was formed 39 years ago to protect all these beautiful islands in the Salish Sea, Bowen was included. There was a threat at that time that the islands were in danger of growing too fast, becoming over-developed and leaving no room for the natural world–or for those who care about it. Those islanders who responded half heartedly to a questionnaire may not be aware of the protection the Islands Trust provides. I don’t think there is a news item about the Trust made available in the Undercurrent, for instance. Perhaps our Islands Trust trustees could remedy that lack. I would like to wish all a Happy New Year on this beautiful island of ours. Jean Jamieson
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people are choosing on their own to protect the natural environment that provides them with services. In addition, the donations are kept by the local communities for projects as opposed to management by larger organizations or companies. However, the expert and global NGO involvement ensures that the projects are useful and worthwhile activities. Payment for Ecosystem Services on Bowen Island? Bowen Island residents currently do not have a program to pay for the services our ecosystem provides, such as the water resources themselves. However, this is because we are lucky to have clean water resources and abundant forest Crown land. In the long-term with growing population, how can we develop programs to ensure water quality? While our context differs considerably from Saltillo, Mexico, payments for ecosystem services programs are springing up in more- and less-developed countries all over the world. Now that we have put off the idea of a national park on Bowen (a conservation scheme that might have added more security to our water resources), it is important we consider how our land is managed to ensure protection of our water resources. Voluntary payments and protection schemes would be a concept to consider in the long-term. The message from Mexico is this: we are blessed with our clean water, so let’s ensure the protection of the land that provides that service. Robyn Hooper is a graduate student at UBC and candidate for a Dual Masters program (Masters of Science and Masters of Forestry). She has a background in conservation science and international issues. Robyn grew up on Bowen Island and continues to visit her family there.
Road closure by June 30 requested To the Editor:
n Monday, November 26, 2012, at a council meeting on Bowen Island, council was presented with this letter requesting to move forward with the road closure of Whitesails Drive as the temporary access to The Cape on Bowen development by June 30, 2013. This request follows the access plan approved by the islands residents in the late 1980s, which secured Cowan Point Drive and Thompson Road as primary access routes to the south side of Bowen Island. The first of these roads to be completed was Cowan Point Drive as the access to Cowan Point in the mid 1990s. Then, on November 14, 2005, the Thompson Road access was requested by Cape Roger Curtis (CRC) Joint Ventures as part of their development proposal. This connection required access across Crown land parcel six and on January 22, 2007, in resolution #07-017, which carried, council stated that it was not supportive of the request by CRC Joint Ventures. In the third paragraph, council explains its position and it reads as follows: “And whereas the council does not support the proposed alignment of the Thompson Road extension through Crown land as proposed by the Joint Venture given its potential impact on the eco-sensitive area known as Fairy Fen, and has been provided alternative alignments prepared by its staff that would better address the presence of the road in the vicinity of the fen”. This decision was specific to the application by CRC Joint Ventures. Eventually, and for other reasons, this development was withdrawn. Today, a new development at Cape Roger Curtis by
with mandatory calories and not Welcome to Year 22 of Island everybody likes it. If you do, this Neighbours: stories of Island hisis your chance! Have at it! tory, people, activities and events. • Under no circumstances To share an item, phone Lois at 947-2440 or e-mail to: lbmcarter@ should you exercise between Christmas and New Year’s. You shaw.ca. can do that in January when hope that you and yours had you have nothing else to do. a happy and safe Christmas This is the time for long naps, full of all sorts of satisfywhich you’ll need after circling ing ingredients. Speaking of full the buffet table while carrying a items, many family hosts will end up with a refrigerator stuffed with 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. And, one final tip: leftovers. Leftovers? Aha! You if you don’t feel terrible when you won’t have many if you follow a leave the party or get up from the bit of advice I found in my files table, you haven’t been paying (take it with a grain of.. well, I’ll attention. Reread tips. Start over. let you make that decision). Here But hurry! Cookie-less January is goes! just around the corner! •The holiday season is when •Ten Years Ago in the the food police come out and Undercurrent of December 20, point their wagging fingers 2002, Neighbours reported the and provide tips on how to get pre-Christmas gift given to BICS through the holidays without students by island arts benefacgaining 10 pounds. You can’t pick tor Ann Angus. It was a humorup a magazine without finding ous and engaging presentation of a list of holiday do’s and don’ts. Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! The musiEliminate second helpings, high cal treat was presented by the calorie sauces and cookies made touring company of Vancouver with butter, they say. Fill up on Opera, with four outstandvegetable sticks, they island advise. Good grief! Is Neighbours ing singers, assisted by a pianist, a stage manager your favourite childhood and a remarkably versatile memory of Christmas set. Mrs. Angus had been and New Year’s a carrot an opera buff for years and stick? Nope! A carrot was liked nothing better than something you left for to share her love with othRudolph. ers. So, for time to time, • So, these tips are for she engaged the opera’s holiday eating. If you foltouring company to come low them, you’ll be fat to Bowen Island. The perand happy. So what if formances were doubly welcome you don’t make it to New Year’s? Your pants won’t fit anyway. Now, because all island residents were invited. • Christmas is an espeabout those carrot sticks. Avoid cially hard time to lose a loved them. Anyone who puts carrots one and islanders were saddened on a holiday buffet table knows by the death of three friends, Stu nothing of the holiday spirit. Go Jamieson was an appreciated and next door. Maybe they’re servvaluable contributor in the fields ing rum balls. By the way, drink of education and environmental as much eggnog as you can. protection. • Carolynne MacNeill And quickly. Like fine singlewent to the hospital and never malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s came home. Carolynne, a memeven more rare than single-malt ber of the MacNeill family, had scotch. You can’t find it any other time of the year but now. So drink worked at the general store for fifteen years and was well known up! Who cares that it has 10,000 to many islanders. calories in every sip? It’s not as • The bright and energetic if you are going to turn into an Mort Graham’s major career eggnogaholic or something. It’s in advertising was centered in a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for the US before he and Dorothy me. Have two. It’s later than you think. Do not have a snack before came to Bowen in the mideighties. Mort, a Scot through going to a party in an effort to and through, absolutely loved the control your eating. The whole Legion’s yearly Burn’s supper as point of going to a holiday party well as sailing, baseball and lots is to eat other people’s food for of other things. His trenchant free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember wit and artistic ability made his university? weekly cartoons an Undercurrent • If you come across something really good at a buffet table, highlight. In addition, Mort was the one who initiated interest in like frosted Christmas cookies in restoration of the causeway. the shape and size of Santa, posi• The Last Word: There are tion yourself near them and don’t many challenges facing our combudge. Have as many as you can munity in 2013 but it’s also a time before becoming the centre of for us to be proud of and supattention. They’re like a beautiportive to our volunteer achieveful pair of shoes. You can’t leave ments. Look around: island enerthem behind. You’re not going gy and initiative have brought to see them again. Same for pies. us Bowen Court, CAWES, the Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Knick Knack Nook, the food Have a slice of each. Or, if you bank, Christmas hampers, the don’t like mincemeat, have two Credit Union, the Community apples and one pumpkin. Always Foundation, Bowen Heritage, have three. When else do you get Bowen’s Museum and Archives to have more than one dessert? and many more - the list is much Labour Day? Oh, did somebody longer. mention fruitcake? It’s loaded
The Cape on Bowen, fails to include a road connecting their plan to the Thompson Road primary access. The Cape on Bowen should have submitted development plans that fit the alternate alignment prepared by municipal staff. The municipal approving officer should have picked this up but we must remember that the approving officer was also the chief administrative officer (CAO) hired only weeks before this development plan was submitted. However, The Cape on Bowen’s plan does include an alternate route called Deecee Road. Misleadingly, this road does not run in the direction of their development but runs within Tunstall Bay from Whitesails Drive to a six-acre municipal park called Cromie Park. As part of this same route, there is an easement that runs from Whitesails Drive towards The Cape on Bowen. Had a complete title search been done, it would have revealed that this easement crosses two private properties and currently one of the owners is not at all interested in granting a right-of-way for a road allowance. This then leaves The Cape On Bowen without a secured alternate access. Finally, Whitesails Drive is only approved as a secondary access and should just be available as a temporary access during the construction of the first phase of development by The Cape on Bowen. Had everyone followed the plan approved in the late 1980s, Whitesails Drive would no longer be carrying The Cape on Bowen’s traffic. The closure of Whitesails Drive on June 30, 2013, allows for time to make corrections to the current access issues. Ed Booiman
owen Island is blessed with water - but do we value it accordingly? What would we do without water? Clean drinking water, specifically, is something we take for granted on Bowen Island and in British Columbia. Our wild environment provides the important service of cleaning and filtering our water. The lower mainland boasts of having world-class drinking water quality, thanks to the “ecosystem services” provided by our natural environment, which purifies our water for safe human consumption. All we need to do is “turn on the tap,” so to speak. In Saltillo, capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila, people voluntarily put money towards the protection of the Sierra mountain area where their water comes from. Would such a program maintain our local water supplies into the future and protect against threats to water quality? Payment for Watershed Services Program in Saltillo, Mexico The Payment for Watershed Services program in Saltillo started for the city residents to pay - voluntarily - for the Sierra catchment area to be protected. Although the catchment area is technically a reserve, increasing agricultural and human developments threaten the watershed. So, a group of NGOs started the program in 2003 as a scheme to encourage “local guardians of the watershed”. The first challenge of the program was educating locals about where their water resources come from, which initiated a campaign entitled “Por una razón de peso (a reason of one peso)”. Values from the watershed not only include water resources, but recreation and educational services as well. The program has been successful in gaining contributions from 14 per cent of the population, but in small amounts, such as around 10 to 25 cents annually on their water bill. However, the small donations add up - about $6,000 US was donated in 2008 alone. These donations are managed by a respected citizen support group with expertise from organizations such as the WWF. Project proposals by land-owners are submitted and analyzed by a panel of experts. Also, projects are not only about complete protection of the forest, but include conservation and restoration activities. There are many interesting elements to the program in Saltillo, Mexico that contribute to its success. Primarily, the voluntary payment scheme means that
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Islanders share their hopes...
Amanda Ockeloen: ‘My goal is to be in as many issues of the Undercurrent that I can, for 2013! It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to give it a go!’
Tim Calder: ‘Having just returned from a month in Nepal, it makes me realize - especially at this time of year - how lucky we are in the west. The real challenge is appreciating what we have.’ Most photos on pages 6-8 by Debra Stringfellow
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Amrita Sondhi is hoping that ‘we move closer towards merging to wholeness.’
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Natasha LaRoche (with Mischa): ‘To be conscious of something joyful with my family every day.’
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... and their dreams for 2013
Neill Squire: ‘My wishes for 2013 are 1) that we finally break ground on a community centre. 2) Continued health and happiness for my kids, particularly in light of the tragic recent events in the US. 3) I hope that 2013 is the year when people finally realize that me and Phil Carlington are not the same person. 4) I hope that people continue to support our wonderful on-island businesses. 5) I hope that Morgan will finally stop getting so upset when his Black team loses.’
Phil Carlington: ‘My personal hopes for 2013 are that I overcome my temporary baldness that has afflicted me since 1991. In doing that, I can once again re-capture my true identity –away from the oddly looking Squires bloke. I would like the over-users of the forum to realise that this is not a form of volunteering and only occasionally a form of community service. I’d like my beloved footy club, Sunderland AFC, to storm up the league and win all competitions. To be as famous as George Zawadski for playing poker and to enjoy a healthy, happy year with my wife Jen and daughter Emily.’ Carla’s goal is ‘to change one bad habit.’ She says, ‘I read recently that you have a better chance of making your resolutions stick if you only focus on one thing at a time.’
Lisa Marie Batthacharya: ‘I hope people will be able to stop and take a moment to realize what they are grateful for. I hope they enjoy the beauty around them and be grateful for what is. In that break of craziness, they’ll be able to find better health in 2013.’
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Deb Ross: ‘This is my last year as co-chair for the BICS Parent Advisory Council. So a priority for me will be to find a parent interested in continuing, and furthering, the great work that is being done by the school, PAC and the CSA for our community.’
Bill Pocklington’s hope is that council will find some resources for pressing issues- his dream is that something will be done to deal with the traffic (amd ferry marshalling) in Snug Cove. B o w e n I s l a n d M u n I c I pa l I t y
Non-organic pickup schedule is changing beginning the week of January 7th, 2013 Commencing the week of January 7th, 2013, all residential non-organic waste will be picked up on a biweekly basis. This adjustment is a result of the recent changes to the BIM Solid Waste Program and the amount of non-organic waste that each household now generates. All non-organic waste pickups will be on Tuesdays and will alternate between the west side (January 8th) and east side (January 15th) and so on each week. For your convenience, a colour flyer indicating the 2013 pickup schedule [including organics] will be distributed via mail drop and a ‘collection’ calendar and map indicating the two ‘sides’ is posted on the Bowen Island Municipality website www.bimbc.ca under ‘Island Info/Residents/Garbage.
Penny Naldrett: ‘My goals for 2013 are to climb Mount Gardner every month, sell lots of houses and to give back to the community I live in.’ F o r I n F o r M at I o n c a l l 6 0 4 - 9 4 7 - 4 2 5 5 B o w e n I s l a n d M u n I c I pa l I t y
PUBLIC NOTICE: 2011 BOWEN ISLAND MUNICIPALITY ANNUAL REPORT The 2011 Bowen Island Municipality Annual Municipal Report is available for public inspection at Bowen Island Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane. The report is also available on the Municipality’s website at www.bimbc.ca. The 2011 Bowen Island Municipality Annual Municipal Report will be presented to the public at the regular Council meeting scheduled on Monday, January 14, 2013. Members of the public are invited to provide submissions and questions about the Annual Report at the meeting or in advance of the meeting, in writing, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you on January 14, 2013.
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Not to be outdone by Amanda Ockeloen (see page 6), Kip Anastasiou holds up the Undercurrent in Guam.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 28 2012 • 9
Looking back with pride and thanks
boys and U14 girls. In addition to our six league teams we also fielded coed jamborees and the U6 and U8 level. The contribution made by members of the hugely successful and popular adult coed league to assist in the financing of this project needs to be recognized as well. We had a record 120 players play coed in the spring session, and another 100 in the fall. As in many non-profit organizations, our success is down to the level of commitment, time, effort and dedication of our terrific group of volunteers who make up our board, our coaches and our managers. There is no way to adequately express our gratitude to the people who work day in and day out during the winter months – sometimes in driving rain and cold temperatures - to give something back to their community and the youth of Bowen. As we take time to spend with our families and reflect on a great 2012 and look forward to 2013 and all the potential it offers, I wish to personally thank all the parents who have come out to watch their children play on Bowen and off. We have received tremendous support from our parents and their encouragement towards their children has been another important part of our overall success. It has been a great year for our club and we look forward to what 2013 will bring... a dome would be nice (just kidding - sort of). Morgan Quarry Bowen Island Football Club
s we enjoy a small break during the Christmas holidays and look back on 2012, there is much to be proud of and thankful for. The BICS grass field expansion project was a result of the community coming together to help us meet the needs for a minimum sized field to allow our U13 and older teams to play league games on Bowen. In cooperation with the municipality and the public works department and the West Vancouver School District we were able to get the project done thanks to the generosity of several local contractors and businesses and the tireless efforts of our volunteers who prepped the field and laid sod. There are many people to thank but without Burns and Daron Jennings this project would not have happened. We also owe a great deal of thanks to Sean Broderick, J&E Backhoe, Bowen Island Properties, Scott Moore (Coast Mini Excavating), Twin Island Excavating, Chris Speight, Mike Carachelo (Need A Bin), Jim Clarke (Blackbear Transport), Randy MacIntosh and Dexter, Tyler Jacquet, Chris and Anne Wilson, Western Homesteads and their staff as well as the Bowen Island Building Centre, Gary Cords (WVSD45), Christine Walker, Florrie Levine, Spencer Grundy, George Bernard and Dave Stalker (Bowen Bay Plumbing). As a result, Bowen Island FC was able to field no less than six teams in the North Shore leagues – a club high. We welcomed teams at U9 boys and U9 girls level as well as U11 boys and U11 girls, U13
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Some soccer highlights of the year
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