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FRIDAY SEPT. 13, 2013 VOL. 40, NO. 16


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Tall tales

A new brand of activism

Halfway there

A fond farewell to a well known Bowen storyteller

Bowen in Transition film series presents: Yes Men

Bowen songwriter’s new CD includes titles with very personal stories

Caring Circle seeks funding With support of health navigator, Caring Circle aims to ‘save lives’ SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


but of also identifying areas of the Bowen Island shoreline where moorage facilities requiring gangways between the float and the shoreline should be permitted at all.� McLeod stated, adding that she looked at the options with a view of the time frame as the municipality has informed the province that the bylaws are under review and has suggested that new applications should not be approved during that process.

ast week, the Caring Circle Resource Centre’s office moved from Village Square into the heritage cottage next to the library. Since it opened in its previous location in February, about 180 people have visited the premises. At the September 9 council meeting, Colleen O’Neil presented a report on behalf of the Caring Circle and asked council for funding for the position of a health navigator. “You have on your desk a major application,� O’Neil said. “It includes about 15 pages of statistics about the people who came in and some of the concerns we had to address since February.� Diane Marshall, coordinator of the Caring Circle, expressed her gratitude for the use of the heritage cottage and O’Neil said that its location next to the library, that also lends medical equipment, offers exciting opportunities for partnerships. “The heritage cottage has two back rooms,� she said. “I could have a volunteer in front and be able to take the people who want some privacy into the back.� O’Neil’s presentation included health services currently available on Bowen Island as well as gaps. “We have one physician working four days a week and one physician working three mornings a week for a population of about 3,600,� O’Neil said. “And we have no medical support on weekends or after hours.� She also pointed out the lack of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) support programs, such as post stroke care. “We have no leadership for health and wellness promotion and that is what the Caring Circle is trying to do,� she said. “We also have no urgent care services and no clinic.� O’Neil explained that transportation issues have also been identified as hurdles for islanders seeking care.

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Not everything the divers found at the bottom of Mannion Bay at this year’s Dive Against Debris had to be removed. For full story, see page 3. Shelley Shannon photo

How to move forward with bylaws regulating docks SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


or the last few months, the Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) has been working to update bylaws that relate to private moorage, partly in response to the construction of large docks at Cape Roger Curtis. At the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 9, BIM’s planning consultant Judy McLeod presented three options for moving forward.

McLeod said that her report summarizes the input received from the public and other agencies with regard to the draft amendments to the Land Use and Building Bylaws regarding private moorage facilities. “There has been considerable debate with regard to how to proceed with amendments: through a two-step process, or to take a step back and reconsider the WG1 (water use general 1) zone within the context not only of tighter regulations,

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Yield of clean up smaller than in previous years SUBMITTED DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS TEAM


he third annual Dive Against Debris has done it again. With the help of generous donations and the enthusiastic efforts of numerous volunteers, the event recovered 678 pounds of waste from Deep Bay.  “It is encouraging to note that this total was less than the 817 pounds and the 1,414 pounds collected in previous years,” said dive coordinator Adam Taylor. A variety of objects were found, including a car battery, two generators, a tricycle and an outboard motor. The divers did their best to avoid inert debris that may provide habitat for marine life, however two octopi had taken refuge in some debris, surprising the shore support team. Both octopi were returned safely to the water unharmed.  Next September, organizers hope to complete the clean up of the entire bay, which will allow the Dive Against Debris to target other significant locations on Bowen Island. Participating in this year’s Dive Against Debris were scuba divers Adam Taylor, Alejandro Frid, Khrista Zand, John Nuhes, Amber Spitkovski and David Moody and free divers Greg Fee, Tom Lightfoot, Alan Gibbons and Little Woo. The boat and shore support team consisted of Bill Granger, John Hulburt, Bruce Johnstone, Andrew Stone, Shelley Shannon, Shawn West, Holly Graff, Bill Graff, Janice Halligan, Melissa Harrison and Keith Kensley. Sponsoring the event were Mike Shannon of the English Bay Launch, Edge Diving, the International Dive Center, Ian Henley and Carol Peterson. Food Donations came from the Snug, the Village Baker and the Ruddy Potato. Representing the municipality were Keith Wahlstrom and Dave Macintosh. And Marcus Hondro supported the Dive Against Debris on behalf of the Undercurrent. B O W E N I S L A N D M U N I C I PA L I T Y

ROAD CONSTRUCTION August 20th, 2013 – September 20th 2013 This notice is to inform Bowen Island residents that construction, road surfacing, seal coat and culvert replacement will be ongoing on Mt. Gardner Rd. and road resurfacing on Sunset Rd. for approximately four weeks. Occasional 15 minute delays and alternating traffic is expected. Please obey all traffic signs, reduce your speed through the construction zones and leave extra time to reach your destination. Thank you for your patience and courteousness during this time. Public Works


Dive Against Debris cleaned up Deep Bay and hopes to move on to other areas next year.

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“We have no taxi and limited bus services,” she said. “And it can be difficult for people to get on the ferry with a wheelchair or a cane.” And even though the water taxi is available for emergencies during the times the ferry is not operating, O’Neil said that some people feel uncomfortable making use of this service. The Caring Circle has started to address some of the issues. “We are planning a driver program,” O’Neil said. “So far, we have 13 volunteer drivers lined up to take people to medical and health appointments and social events. We are hoping to launch it this fall.” Another Caring Circle initiative works toward creating an urgent care facility on Bowen Island. “We also put together a personal support group for a person who is living at risk,” O’Neil said. “From this experience we can create a template about how we as a community can help people to live active vital lives at home.” Among the achievements of the Caring Circle to date, O’Neil listed the creation of the Bowen Island Health Resource Guide, the development of a website (caringcircle. ca) and the operating of the Caring Circle Resource Centre for three days a week. Among the subjects brought up by the visitors of the resource centre, O’Neil mentioned social isolation, financial vulnerability, fragile health and serious transportation

problems to access medical services. “We found that there are many vulnerable citizens on Bowen,” O’Neil said, adding that the areas of concern affect all age groups. “I spoke to many people who have young families. They said that when they moved here, they didn’t think about health care. And now they are nervous,” she said. O’Neil believes that the Caring Circle can change lives. “Aging in place is needed as people are having to leave their homes and community for health reasons,” she said. “And anxiety around health and wellness also needs attention.” O’Neil said that she feels that Bowen Island is in a bit of a crisis and there is a pressing need to improve primary and urgent care. O’Neil explained that the Caring Circle is seeking funding for a salaried part-time position for a navigator in the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre. “All of [the Caring Circle’s] initiatives depend on having a [health navigator] working regular hours, responding to community input, information seeking and exploring opportunities,” the report says. The total for the salary for the position of the health navigator for year one (20132014) is listed in the Caring Circle’s revenue and expenses grant form as $38,880. For the first six months of operation, the amount of $19,440 has been donated by O’Neil as she has volunteered her time in the Caring Circle Resource Centre. But she explained that the position will be advertised.





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Residents are reminded that it is the responsibility of ALL property owners to ensure driveways are maintained to avoid putting water, gravel or debris onto the road. In addition, driveway culverts must be kept free of debris and cannot block the flow of ditch water. These conditions can cause dangerous situations on the roads during heavy rainfall or in freezing weather.


As rationale for the grant, the Caring Circle states, “For a sustainable and financially viable future for Bowen it is important that the fear that we lack adequate health care does not determine whether people leave or choose not to live here in the first place.” The report also says, “Once we establish stable funding for operating the health resource centre, there will be an enhanced sense of confidence and wellbeing in the community, knowing there is a focused intention to help those with health care needs to obtain the information and resources they require to live a rich and fulfilling life on Bowen.” O’Neil explained that Powell River has hired a health navigator using a partnership model between VCH and local physicians, sharing the cost 50/50. She suggested that a similar model would work for Bowen Island where the salary costs could be shared between the municipality and VCH. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz said he sees health issues as directly linked to the social and economic well-being of the whole community and regards the Caring Circle’s work as essential. Councillor Andrew Stone believes that the Caring Circle can be a “doorway” to creating a health facility like the one on Gabriola Island. O’Neil wanted Bowen Islanders to know that telephone and Internet issues for the new location will be resolved by the beginning of next week and islanders are invited to come in and say hello.



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Council decides to move bylaws forward as quickly as possible continued, PAGE 1

“Under option 1, staff would bring forward Bylaw No. 335, including minor modifications arising from the consultation process for second reading and referral to a public hearing. Following a public hearing, council could enact the bylaw changes. [Staff would also] bring forward bylaw No. 336 (amendments to the Building Bylaw) for third reading and work with council and others on further amendments to the WG1 zone to identify areas of the Bowen Island shoreline for further protection,� McLeod’s report states. Among the pros of this option, she lists that the goal can be accomplished in a time frame in which the province may be prepared to withhold further foreshore tenure applications and that the bylaws would provide regulations regarding the removal of floating breakwaters, set size limits and increase setbacks in a period of about two months. As second option, McLeod suggests to “abandon the twostep process and work toward a more comprehensive bylaw that would add regulations and also identify areas of Bowen Island’s shoreline where no private moorages would be permitted.� Where this option would provide an overall vision on Bowen’s shoreline and provide more seamless regulations between areas where moorages with gangways are permitted and areas where only floats and buoys might be permitted, it also requires a much longer timeframe, according to McLeod. “The time frame required for this work could well extend beyond the province’s willingness to withhold further foreshore tenure approvals� she stated, adding that it also requires considerable staff and council resources. As option 3, McLeod presented the idea to proceed with the amendments to the building bylaw, independent of any decision that regard the amendments to the Land Use Bylaw. “Bylaw No. 336, 2013 would clarify submission requirements, and require the submission of a building permit application, supported by a qualified professional, for private and group moorages,� her report said. “At this time, considerable staff time and energy is spent reviewing submissions, with no need for a formal application or associated application fee. As well, as there is no current requirement for a building permit, there is no ability to stop work should construction be proceeding without a permit or in contravention of the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw or other applicable regulations.� McLeod noted that even with the authority to issue building permits, the municipality can only stop work that is in contravention of the current, approved zoning or other specific regulations. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz said, “Although there are some areas where there should be no docks, and that includes Cape Roger Curtis in my opinion, the easiest and fastest way to move forward would be to identify beaches that would be negatively affected by docks,� he said, adding that he believes that there aren’t many areas that would be controversial. Duntz added that size limitations would likely prevent future applications at Cape Roger Curtis. Councillor Daron Jennings has been involved in a shoreline audit and said, “[Bowen Island’s] existing communities have done an intelligent thing. They have preserved the main beaches and pushed the docks to the periphery,� he said, adding that many of those docks are community docks. Councillor Andrew Stone said that he believes that it is important to get “the bylaws in place as quickly as possible.� At the end of the meeting, council directed McLeod to proceed with option 1.

Laura Magrath leads outside45 students and parents in games at Camp Bow-Isle.

Camp Bow-Isle hosts island students and families SUBMITTED CAMP BOW-ISLE


fter 10 weeks of non-stop action through the summer, Camp Bow-Isle continues to bustle with activity this fall with local schoolchildren and their families as the direct beneficiaries. During the first week of school, more than 100 students and parents from Bowen Island Community School’s outside45 program met with program leaders at Camp BowIsle to kick off the school year. They also enjoyed a potluck feast and learned what is in store for them in the coming year. This popular program, now in its second year, has garnered widespread support and doubled in size since last year. Geared toward Grade 6 and 7 students who are interested in learning about the environment and sustainability, and who enjoy spending time outdoors regardless of the weather, outside45 immerses students in various environments in order to help them learn about those environments and themselves, in addition to traditional academics. BICS vice principal Scott Slater said, “For the last two years, we have launched outside45 at Camp Bow-Isle. Building community is important to the program and Bow-Isle is a nice spot where students and parents can come together. Having the camp nearby, where students can walk to and practice their camping skills in a safe and forgiving environment, is also an asset.� Camp Bow-Isle provides a launching point for the students to learn how to set up tents, cook over camp stoves,



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tie knots, use a compass, learn archery and canoeing, and work on team-building skills. Some of those skills will later be applied during overnight camping trips to Garibaldi Park and around Howe Sound. During the second week of school, students from Island Discovery Learning Community visit Camp Bow-Isle for their annual family camp weekend. The first day, students from all grades meet at camp for games, trust-building initiatives and skill-based outdoor education. That afternoon, parents and siblings join them for a potluck dinner, followed by campfire, slideshow and sleepover. Many of the families bring their own tents, while some stay overnight in Camp Bow-Isle’s tent-cabins. The following day is filled with good food and more fun, games, crafts and kayaking and swimming at the camp lake. The Island Discovery Learning Community has been coming to Camp Bow-Isle each year for the past decade, and principal Al Saugstad said it’s a highlight for many families. “For the last 10 years, Island Discovery has started its school year by spending a weekend together at Camp BowIsle. We regularly have over 125 Bowen Islanders attend,� Saugstad explained. “This is such a wonderful experience for us. It helps the kids and families get to know each other, and we learn and practice what it means to live and flourish in community with others. We are indebted to the talented and super-friendly staff for facilitating this.� Camp Bow-Isle is a non-profit organization in its 53rd year on Bowen Island. It regulary makes all its facilities available for community groups and schools.

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A hard thing to do


he last three issues of the Undercurrent would suggest a new trend for the letters’ page. It’s a trend to share Bowen blessings, to write about the things that make this community an extraordinary place to live in and be part of. Frankly, I wouldn’t know where to start to describe what I love about this island where I’ve lived for 20 years and where I’ve worked at the community paper for 6 1/2 years. Both experiences have afforded me countless opportunities to witness the power of community. I started at the Undercurrent in February 2007. I first sat at the sales desk for holiday relief when Edye Hanen was editor. In 2008, I was trained to fill in for the editor and did my first independent lay-out of the paper in April of that year. I went into the office early that Friday, impatient to see how the print job had turned out. And the thrill of holding the final product in my hands has never really gone away. I’ve been with Black Press all through these years, for holiday relief work, freelance writing, photography and editing. As much as I value the independence that the Bowen office affords Undercurrent staff, I’ve also come to appreciate the support that comes from belonging to a newspaper group. I’ve had the good fortune to have wonderfully supportive mentors that include Julie Andres, Andrew Holota and Martha Perkins, a great creative team in Richmond, headed by Jaana Bjork, and have worked closely with publishers Aaron van Pykstra and Mary Kemmis and, for a short time, with Randy Blair, president of the Lower Mainland division. As for my colleagues who’ve sat in “the other” chair in the Bowen office, I’ve loved working with all of them and am fortunate to count them among my friends. A special mention must be made to a dear friend who used to come and ease the stress by proofreading the paper. Lois MeyersCarter came every Thursday morning to volunteer her time and formidable skill with the red pen at 11 a.m. It was just around that hour that the stress of the week reached its peak and Lois is the person who’ve heard me use colourful language that belongs behind closed doors. Her sheer presence in the office has often helped me to hang on to my sanity. Then there is the team of fabulous contributors. Every second week, I can look forward to the Slow Lane column that comes, without fail, at the last minute from Marcus Hondro, peppered with phrases like “outstanding” and “capital” and with nicknames where I simply have to trust his judgement (did you ever get egg on your face for one of those, Marcus?). Then there is Deb Stringfellow who can go to a public meeting and come away with an award-winning photo. She is not only a wiz with the camera, she is also great at looking at a writing topic from multiple perspectives and weaving them all together. Ron Woodall’s cartoon arrives in my inbox on Wednesday evening (sometimes before the Slow Lane, sometimes after). I’m usually tired at this point but not too tired for a chuckle, sometimes even a belly laugh. When Ron told me that people say they look at the cartoon first when they buy the paper, he was worried I would be offended. But I think that I would do the same if I wouldn’t have gotten the sneak preview. Then there are Lorne Warr who picks up the papers and Lance Weismiller who takes them away, both an integral part of the team. And I can’t forget our wonderful community of readers, advertisers and contributors. I experience support and goodwill every day, from islanders who wave at me enthusiastically from their cars, shout a greeting or beckon me over to share a bit of news (or gossip!), to the kind souls who drop in to bring me coffee, sustenance or the pleasure of their company, to the people who hang out with me after work (or leave me alone after work, depending on how the day went). For me, Bowen is a place where it is easy to feel connected. It’s hard to turn one’s back on this kind of community and yet this is exactly what I am doing. I am leaving the Undercurrent to try my luck elsewhere. I will miss you all but I’m not worried about the future of this little paper. Because I know that you will support the next person who has the good fortune to sit in the editor’s chair just as much as you’ve supported me. In appreciation of all the blessings my time on Bowen and at the Undercurrent has afforded me, Susanne Martin

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The magic button To the editor:


really appreciated reading Alice Jennings letter to the editor on appreciation. All too often we get caught in the energy vortex of ‘what’s wrong’ or issues that divide us. We don’t have to go there. In fact, we can challenge that normal neurotic behavior, by doing just what Alice does and bring our attention back to what is good and what unifies us. Morning coffee shop folk sometimes look a bit puzzled when they overhear a friend and I wish each other “Happy Thanksgiving”, regardless of the time of year. It’s just our little way of kindly reminding each other to focus on appreciation, the feeling of which is the ‘crux of

the biscuit’ of enlightenment. Lately, I’ve noticed a shift; the scale perhaps has fallen from my eyes. In spite of my occasion temptations to revisit my trance of unworthiness over past and current neglects or betrayals, I’m feeling and seeing more loving kindness. At first, I thought it was from some insights recently gained by reading Peter D Hershock’s “Chan Buddhism”, but I realize now that that was just a coincidence. I noticed today that these feelings strengthen, when I wear the “Magic Button”, which some kind person created and distributed. It’s simplicity is perfection. It’s a little yellow button that says, “I ‘heart’ Bowen”. Richard Best

Back on Bowen To the editor:


ecently I was on a sabbatical to Lions Gate Hospital. I spent three weeks there, also having my 83rd birthday, August 21, in Lions Gate. I am home now on my mostly serene property. My four cats were pleased to have me home.

I wanted to comment on the nursing at Lions Gate. It all relies on computers. The so-called nurses don’t want to look back to what nursing was in my day. It’s too bad because the medical field has made such great advancements. I am now quiet at home and continuing in the writing of my book. Florian York Wells-nee Fyfe





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A farewell to Bowen storyteller

Sonny Johnson fit in well on Bowen Island.



y father, Sonny Johnson, died last week at 80. He’d been ill but was expected to live longer and it was a bit of a shock. A thoroughbred racehorse trainer, he was in some ways a reflection of his times and I think writing about him might prove to have meaning, and, hopefully, not just for me. He was a renowned storyteller, regaling anyone who’d listen with tales of the itinerant humans and horses he spent his life with all over North America. Some of these stories, frankly, were hard to believe, but in the best tradition of storytelling each had a high entertainment quotient. Having spent his final years on Bowen he told hundreds of these stories to dozens of islanders.When he went into the pub a curious thing would happen –those who hadn’t had their fill gravitated toward my father, just as those who had would flee to the lower area of the establishment. A third group, the uninitiated, remained blithely at the bar, unaware of the fusillade of talk settling in nearby. He spoke with passion, my father did, and nothing got in the way of a story. Once he and the Boy were home together and he was so animatedly telling his grandson a tale it didn’t register when Keelan said he needed to step outside a moment. When my son returned some five minutes later, he found the story had, uninterrupted, continued in his absence. There was possibility in his stories. Perhaps Sirhan Sirhan, to be convicted of killing Robert Kennedy, did work for my dad at a San Francisco racetrack. A look at Sirhan’s Wiki biography notes he worked with horses. And my dad really kept a wolf in the mountains of Arizona near the town of Heber and in California hung around with Lee Hazelwood, who wrote ‘These Boots are Made for Walking.’ But did he once steal Jack Nicholson’s girlfriend? Did he save quarterback Joe Kapp from being capped by a jealous girlfriend? And did he play three exhibition games for the B.C. Lions and tour Japan with an allstar rugby team? No one in my family can confirm these stories; indeed, my mother – they divorced long ago recalls only his playing a few games for the Victoria Vampires in a local football league. She does recall him catching a touchdown pass. No one recalls him ever playing rugby. The first photo I have of him and the Boy was taken in 2005 an hour or so after he arrived from Winnipeg, where late in his career he’d gone to train. He had a cast on a broken ankle when he showed up and I have a photo of him cutting it off with a hacksaw because he said it was impossible to drive with it (so how did he get here from Winnipeg then?) A four-year-old Keelan stands nearby, looking awestruck. Shortly thereafter, he told Keelan his first story, of how he got rid of rats at the track. He’d capture a bunch in one trap then lower it into a barrel of water and leave it awhile. It took time for the penny to drop for Keelan but he even-


tually got how they died. I doubted it was the best story for a toddler’s ears and thereafter took to cutting off any stories I suspected the Boy would not gain from. I didn’t tell Keelan that one of my first memories in life is of standing in his barn at Sandown Racetrack in Sidney with my brother, Randy, and having our dad yell out “Hey, look at this you two.” There he was with a dying rat squiggling at the end of a pitchfork. Perhaps that’s why I never took to the racetrack. He could convince almost anyone to buy a horse and was comfortable with wealthy people and poor. Neither impressed him more than the other and stories of the lumber magnate he trained for in the ‘60s saw him speak with no greater respect than stories of the hobo who rode boxcars from racetrack to racetrack, hot-walking horses a few months at each before hopping another train, only to return down the road. This may resonate: unable to operate technology, he called a computer a “machine thingy” and proved incapable of learning to operate anything but a rotary phone. We’d routinely get messages from him and at the end hear him talking to whoever’s cell phone he’d borrowed, unaware he’d failed to negotiate the nuances of hanging up. When he called someone and he or she did not answer he would endlessly speculate as to why. Let’s say he phoned my sister Cindy and husband Hideaki in Toronto and got their “message machine.” That simple event could lead to a monologue of David Mamet-like proportions. “They’re probably shopping,” he’d begin. “Cindy likes shopping on a weeknight. Or sometimes they go out for entertainment. Toronto’s got lots of entertainers. Mind you, it’s cold out there right now but they know how to dress

in the east. You know the cold is better for thoroughbreds than rain, horses will get sick in the rain but grow coats in cold weather. Say, maybe they went...” “Dad, they’re not home,” I’d interrupt. “Either that or they looked at the call display.” This comes to mind: when I was young and he had stopped living with us, he’d visit from wherever he was training and bring us something grand, to make up for not having been to Victoria for a long while. Once he brought both me and my brother each a baby alligator. Yes, alligators. To get them over the border, which was illegal, he hid them in a box in the front seat of his car. During his talk to the border agent, one peeked its head out and my dad discreetly placed a cowboy hat over it. They arrived safely but unhappily – it was not a wise idea. The climate was too cold and despite our efforts, they died. But for a while, they were fun, and scary, to play with and made an impression at my Grade 3 Show and Tell class. My grandfather was from Greece, my grandmother was First Nations, so he had an ethnic mixture going for him but his views were not always tolerant of other backgrounds and lifestyles. But in the world of his day, men easily acquired unwelcoming opinions and found comfort in mistrust and judgement and it wasn’t entirely their doing. In any case, he made laudable efforts to deal with his shortcomings as the world changed around him. For example, on the one hand he’d say women ruined the racetrack and were bad trainers because they were too sentimental, while on the other, whenever a new female jockey showed up he’d be the first to give her a mount (that would be racetrack parlance for having her ride one of his horses in a race).

Another example of his efforts to be accepting came when a lesbian on island told him of her orientation and he said “Oh, that’s all right, that sort of thing is accepted nowadays.” That was a good try, no? He was the type of man who made it easy to believe the grizzled fellow who leaned into my ear at Hastings Park once and said, “Your dad saved my life in a knife-fight 40 years ago.” I told the guy: “How nice for you.” Three years ago, he came home to announce he had a fight at the Bowen pub with a man 51 years his junior. And won. This I was unsure of but a few days later the bartender, Jen, assured me he had indeed grabbed a young buck in a headlock and did what he needed to convince the trouble-maker he should exit stage front door. My dad was pleased with himself, chuffed, and the incident opened up a flood of stories from his pugilist days, days that seemingly hadn’t ended. He boxed as a young man and said it served him well at the racetrack and the string of bars along Hastings St. he frequented. I do not care to repeat his fight stories, I never much liked them. Before I make him sound too much the roughneck, I hasten to note my dad was kind, always helping locals who owned horses with advice or by taking them to get hay cheaply from his friends or by providing medicine for their animals. He moved people with his truck, arranged bus trips to the races and even got someone from here a job at Hastings. In other ways he was helpful, like if you needed a rabbit hutch he’d put one together in a jiffy. He often babysat Keelan, sometimes with Keelan’s friend, Ben. Ben’s mom, Mary-Ann, once told me that it was nice to have my dad

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around. “It’s great to have a neighbour,” she said. “Who tells you that if you need a pet put down, he can take care of it, and at no charge.” My dad did not understand health issues and he’d will them away by finding some excuse, some logic that worked only for him. When he was diagnosed with diabetes – he still called it sugar diabetes - he went into preventative mode, instantly dropping from five bottles of coke each week to four and changing to jersey milk chocolate bars from the ones he’d bought before.“A jersey milk bar is a purer type of chocolate,” he told me. “It’s got better sugar.” Few get to write about the death of a parent in a newspaper and I feel privileged to get a cathartic experience such as this and hope others will find something in it. I feel that our parents are at least partly a reflection of the time they grew up in, just as we are in part a reflection of the times from which we come. I believe we can learn from that, from them. Finally then, it’s hard to sit with a family member, a loved one, and watch them die, as Tracey and I and Keelan did, but it is part of the whole schmozzle of whatever it is we’re engaged in together. It’s over, he’s gone, and I will end with this he loved Bowen and her quirky populace and became a part of it and judging from the messages I received, he fit in well. So my thanks to Lynda, to Jewel, Mike, Penny, Chris W, Chris S, Debbie, Chelsea, Iona, Peter, Rebecca, Maureen, Joanne, John, Jill, Daphne, Nancy, Richard, Summerly, Suzanne, Haley, Roger, Paul, Basia, Carmen and Joy and the many others who were good to him and who spoke well of my father. The man and the stories are gone, yes, but his spirit of togetherness remains.


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A harvest of paperscapes SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


he first anniversary is commonly associated with paper and the analogy delights Bowen Island artist Marc Baur, who will hold a show titled Paperscapes at the Rob Wall Gallery from September 21 to October 6. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. The paper anniversary of being a full-time artist - Baur recently switched careers from the acting business to painting - is not the only meaningful parallel to the timing of the show. “I realize that the show opens on September 21, the day of the solstice, that beckons in a time of harvest,” Baur said. “I see the show as a harvest of what I’ve been doing over the last year.” Baur said that the year has been a time for perfecting his technique, as well as becoming bolder and moving into a more into impressionistic style. Baur is drawing from the art of chigirie that uses an ancient Japanese technique to create images from hand-made paper. “All my work is done in paper. The pieces are predominantly

landscapes and they are somewhat different from what I have shown in previous exhibitions,” Baur said. “There has been an evolution to my style. I think the work is bolder and I have forcibly pushed myself from being illustrative to becoming more impressionistic.” Baur explained that the reason he chose to work with paper was that he thought the medium would not allow him an overly illustrative approach. “I was an illustrator and wanted to move away from that,” he said, adding that, nonetheless, his new show still has a couple of pieces that are highly illustrative: a grizzly bear and a wolf. “I had fun creating them,” Baur admits. As his work has grown bolder, it has also grown larger. Of the dozen pieces that will be in the show, a few of them are from six to nine feet wide. “I tend to do large paintings,” Baur said. “When I started, I was told repeatedly that large paintings don’t sell but that hasn’t been my experience. I think there is a trend towards purchasing large paintings.” Baur says that his work is inspired by nature and almost exclusively by Bowen Island. “I love it here. I want to cre-

ate iconic spaces and vistas that have a meditative quality. I want spectators to bring themselves to the work and complete them for themselves,” he said. The last year has been a good one for Baur. “My first show was at the Gallery at Artisan Square and it was wonderful of the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) to launch me. I give major kudos to all the people involved. After that, I got offers from other galleries off island.” Baur says that this success has helped to build his confidence and made it easier to leave his previous career behind. “I stepped away from my job of 30 years. Now, I’m officially a painter. I wear the painter’s hat and sing the painter’s song,” he said. “It’s always scary to let go of the bar and swim out into the pool. I let my business go officially last month and now I’m swimming in the deep end.” But he says that he feels fortunate to be doing something he is passionate about. Another initiative that Baur plans together with Rob Wall is to start a group of Bowen painters that will search out additional venues and spaces. “We want to form a group with artists who

Old Beach Stump is one of the pieces that will be part of Marc Baur’s new show Paperscapes. Submitted photo predominately paint landscapes to see if we can bring our work to the public and create our own venues,” Baur said.

Yes Men to kick of film series SUBMITTED BOWEN IN TRANSITION


owen in Transition is pleased to present another season of excellent films, focusing on timely and relevant topics for Bowen Islanders, from both a global and local perspective. This September, we begin the series with The Yes Men Save the World. This is a hilarious and

hard-hitting film featuring Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the “Yes Men” – two guys who combine political activism, performance art, and the love of a good prank in the name of demanding that the private sector take responsibility for the damage it has done to the world and its people. The exploits of Bichlbaum and Bonanno were chronicled in the 2003 documentary The Yes Men, and their further adventures have spawned a second film, The Yes Men Fix the World, which follows the

radical pranksters as they claim responsibility for a major environmental disaster in Bhopal on European television, demonstrate a new corporate rescue orb, “defend” corporate interests in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and publish a mock edition of The New York Times that declares the end of the war in Iraq. The Yes Men Fix the World received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The movie will screen on September 21. Admission is by donation. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Films and dates to follow include: Economics of Happiness (October 26), Revolution (November 23) and Chasing Ice (December 7).

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“We want to put together a website and are looking for people who would bring a balance to the group.”

Interested island artists are asked to contact Baur at, call 604-780-7679 or chat with him on September 21.

Autumn session for Wild Art and (F)unschool starts


he Wild Art program espouses life-learning values, and allows participants to discover and share a vast myriad of ideas and activities, loosely focused on art, science, and wilderness exploration. This autumn will also see a workshop for parents and teachers, exploring ways to follow children’s lead, and expand skills as non-coercive mentors of life-learning children. Tuesday mornings are reserved for four to eight-year-olds (2 hours). The Tuesday afternoons program is for eight to 14-year-olds (4 hours). Adult workshop begins on September 21.

(F)unschool is a program of the Bowen Nature Club. Embracing the “unschooling” principles of self-directed and explorative learning, adults, teens and children of all ages venture out into various areas of Bowen to explore. Children must be accompanied by adults. The program is free with a Bowen Nature Club membership. (F)unschool runs on Thursday afternoons, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information on both programs, call Emily van Lidth de Jeude 604-947-9563 or see

First Pro-D Day Friday Sept. 27, 2013 Sign your child up for a day of art, music, games and fun.

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Call Helen Wallwork 947-9953 for more info and to register.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2013 • 7 Kisses of gratitude? You bet! The canine care dream team at the Bowen Island Dog Ranch knows how to take care of a pooch and make him or her feel extra special. Debra Stringfellow photos

Dream team is ready for your dog SUBMITTED B.I. DOG RANCH


hat do you do with the family dog when the lazy summer calendar has been traded for a jam packed one? You can take him to the Bowen Island Dog Ranch where the canine care dream team of handlers, trainers and groomers has prepared the ranch for your pup’s home away from home. With acres of rugged terrain for your dog to explore, the dog ranch at 1302 Adams Road is the solution that both you and your pup have been searching for.  Board meetings, business trips, recitals, sports tournaments and a hectic daily routine can overwhelm the household schedule. The Bowen Island Dog Ranch offers a unique experience for dogs that is safe and adventure-filled.  Dog owners enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that their furry family-member is having a great time, getting lots of exercise, and is in a loving, caring and supervised environment. Karen Munro, owner of Bowen Island Dog Ranch, has hand-picked a great group of canine-experts to provide the best care.   Manager Karen Cote or KC, as Karen Munro calls her, is the heart beat at the ranch. She comes from Maine, USA, where she created and opened one of the state’s most successful small bakeries, Scratch Bakery. It’s her joy and love of dogs, nature, and community coupled with her exceptional management skills that make her a tremendous asset.   Dayna Woodman is a certified master trainer and senior dog handler. She received her certification at the renowned Canada West Canine Centre and has a wide knowledge of dog training including obedience, agility, service dogs, personal protection dogs, search and rescue dogs, drug, explosive and accelerant detection dogs. She teaches dog owners how to communicate effectively

with their dogs by using modern, positive reinforcement techniques.   Ellen McWilliams is the head groomer and shuttle driver. Dogs are Ellen’s passion. She has been grooming them since she was a young girl. Grooming evolved into showing and handling dogs plus doing field work with hunting dogs. It’s Ellen’s experience with show dogs that makes her invaluable to the team. She knows breeds, haircuts and the specific grooming needs of all dogs.   Keli Gletsu is a registered veterinary technician and takes on the role of senior dog handler and assistant groomer. Keli came to the dog ranch after working as a registered veterinary technician for 10 years in Ontario and Saskatchewan. She brings not only her medical experience and vet tech education, but also a deep love of the furry guests that respond so positively to her care with love and devotion.  Nikki Nagy is the senior dog handler, shuttle driver and administrator. For over four years, Nikki has been a part of the team. She keeps things running smoothly and gives all the dogs loads of affection and attention.  The dog ranch was founded by Karen Munro and her husband Scott in 2006. They settled on an ideal property for dogs and have spent the last seven years working to make the dog ranch a high quality dog boarding business servicing Vancouver and the North Shore. After seven successful years, Karen continues to enjoy the many levels of running the business and taking care of all her furry friends. “We have it all now:  specialists, staff, beautiful surroundings, wild terrain for our dogs, top notch facilities, and a loving team that all of Vancouver’s dogs and owners need to know about if they don’t already,” Karen Munro says. For information about training, grooming or boarding at the Bowen Island Dog Ranch, please visit www. or call 604-947-6965.


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Garden club hosts two upcoming events SUBMITTED B.I. GARDEN CLUB


he Bowen Island Garden Club’s last open garden of the season will be hosted by Laura and Walt Ruloff at 615 Cates Hill Road on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome and club memberships can be bought on site. Visitors are advised to park on Cates Hill Road and walk up the driveway to the property or take the shuttle provided. The garden is located at the top of Cates Hill with views to the northwest over Killarney Lake and Gambier Island. There is an orchard with cherry and plum trees and a dwarf variety of apple. Espaliered peaches grow on the south-facing wall of the carriage house and a trellis outside the solarium yields a large crop of tayberries at the beginning of summer; inside the solarium is a grapevine. In addition, visitors will see perennial borders and a large vegetable garden. Laura is currently working on adding many herbs and flowers to the vegetable area from which she and her son make herbal teas. There are plans to surround the vegetable garden this year with a boxwood hedge. A pond provides irrigation water for the garden and serves as a swimming pool in summer.

The Bowen Island Garden Club is also happy to welcome Brad Jalbert of Select Roses as its September speaker. Brad’s passion for roses, his charisma and sense of humour have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.  He is back on Bowen Island by popular demand and this time for an evening presentation. Brad opened his rose nursery, Select Roses in South Langley in 1990.  Select Roses prides itself on its ability to hand-select the finest roses from the world’s best hybridizers, and to develop new rose hybrids that will excel in gardens.    After several years of rigorous testing and scrutiny, Select Roses has introduced more than 65 new roses to the world rose market. Brad’s  photographs of his roses will make you wish you could grow every one of them in your own garden. Brad will be happy to advise you on any rose problems, so come with questions.  Brad has co-written two books on roses, Roses for British Columbia and Roses for Washington and Oregon. He has also written for many Canadian garden magazines, and contributes articles to rose bulletins in Canada and USA.  Join us at the Gallery at Artisan Square on Monday evening, September 16, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  

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Try Nia with two free classes SUBMITTED NIA


he joy of moving your body Nia’s way may be habit forming. If you are looking for an inspiring activity that will have you smiling wider and walking with more confidence, then Nia may be for you. Join Deborah Bramm and Carol Cram for free Nia classes on Sunday, September 15, at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, September 17, at 7:15 p.m. in the Bowen Island Youth Centre dance studio. In a Nia class, you experience a holistic workout that connects body, mind, emotions, and spirit in a



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he cover of Lorne Warr’s new CD shows a picture of him as a young boy sitting on the stairs, laughing. Warr says he found the photo when he was looking through a family album after his parents passed away. He flipped it over and saw an inscription in his dad’s handwriting that said: “Lorne E. F. Warr - halfway up the stairs.” When Warr was working on his CD, he searched for a theme. “I was looking for a name that would tie everything together,” Warr said. “When I thought about the cover, I imaged photos scattered on a table.” Warr explained that the songs are very diverse and personal and he suddenly remembered that particular picture. “I started thinking that at this point in my life, I’m halfway there. I can look down the stairs to where I come from and look up to where I’m going.” And the songs on Halfway up the Stairs reflect Warr’s past as well as the future. “There are songs about my grandparents but there is also a song about my daughter Liliana. It’s about looking at the generation that came before me as well as the generation that comes after me,” he said. Warr wrote 15 songs and selected 10 for the album. He’s proud of all of them but mentions the personal titles when he is asked about his favourites: Liliana is a song about his daughter, Morning in Genevieve’s Garden about his partner. East Side West Side, a song about his grandfather, presents a further connection to the cover photo. “It’s funny to think that my father wrote ‘Lorne E. F. Warr’ on the back of the photo, rather than just Lorne but that’s very like him,” Lorne says. “I’m named after my two grandfathers: Edgar and Frank. I wrote a song about Edgar that is titled Nellie W - it’s about his scooter - that is on my previous CD. And on this CD is a song about Frank.” East Side West Side starts with the lyrics: “A letter arrived on a hard day of July from his brother who lived in the States. It said: Frankie, close up your house in the cove and come down where the living is great…” Warr sings about his grandfather going to work high steel in New York. The family settled there until Frank had a fatal accident.

Lorne Warr feels that he is ‘halfway up the stairs’ at this point of his life - a sentiment that is reflected in a new CD with the same title. Susanne Martin photo

“He died on the job and then the family came back to Twillingate and resettled in Newfoundland,” Warr said. His family connections are evident in his songs as well as the lovingly designed CD cover that also includes a copy of his father’s inscription on the photo. “It’s perfect that we found that photograph and the actual inscription,” he said. “It’s a nice tie in that [my father] named the album in a way.” It took Warr three years to complete the CD, from writing the songs (all originals except one of the fiddle tunes) to producing the album. His daughter Liliana was born during that time and the song about her is the newest title on the CD. And Warr says he was able to draw a lot on the support of his family. “I have to thank Genevieve for being the manager and doing the publicity,” he said, adding that his partner also arranged a tour to Newfoundland and was instrumen-

tal in an Indiegogo campaign that funded part of the production and design cost. “I’m also lucky to have Jennie Bice and Brendan Mooney who both sing on album - they are great musicians. And Jennie’s husband Joe Samorodin of Anwyn Studios recorded and mixed it,” Warr said. The CD is available online at as well as Cates Pharmacy. Warr has decided to combine his CD release concert with a fundraiser for Bowen’s Coast Animal Welfare and Education Society (CAWES) titled Be’CAWES’ We Care. It will be held on Saturday, September 21, at the Legion. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The evening includes performances by Lorne Warr and the Streels and Deer in the Headlights, a silent auction, draws and refreshments. It will raise awareness and funds for CAWES.

Lorne Warr & the Streels with Deer in the Headlights Saturday, September 21st at The Legion Doors 7pm Show 8pm Advance tickets @Phoenix $12 online at Info and Online Auction:

ast year at this time, for the first time in my life, I barely noticed that it was “back to school” season. I was consumed by anticipation around the birth of my first child, and following his arrival, consumed by the monumental challenge of caring for such a small, helpless being. No doubt parents of babies born in August or early September, or awaiting the arrival of their children later in the month feel much the same way. However, a special opportunity awaits little ones born this time of year: the chance to enter the classrooms at BICS as part of the Roots of Empathy (ROE) program. I thought my son, Shah, born on September 8 last year, was too young to participate but I put his name in to be a ROE baby just in case. In October, I got a call asking if I was still interested in participating. Three weeks later, he made his first appearance in Mrs. Ballou’s Grade 3 class. The idea behind Roots of Empathy is that by observing a baby and by discussions surrounding those observations, kids can learn vocabulary to describe and understand emotions. Hopefully this kind of learning will help them navigate relationships with their peers in healthier, more empathetic ways. I cannot speak to the results of the studies on Roots of Empathy and its successes, or whether they will prove true on Mrs. Ballou’s Grade 3 class, but I can say for sure that over the course of nine monthly visits, one thing stood out for me: little kids are good for big kids, and big kids are good for little kids.The Grade 3 students responded to Shah with an immediate sense of nurturing and responsibility. They fixated on rules about having clean hands to prevent the spread of germs, and looked for any opportunity to help him out. I would say that each and every one of them “stepped-up” to the challenge of caring for a human being more helpless and vulnerable than themselves. Even at two months old, Shah lit up under their gaze. I am sure that the experience of being the centre of their attention so early has something to do with his current abilities to work a crowd. At the end of the school year, Mrs. Ballou’s class gave Shah (among other things) a soccer ball. They chose that gift because they’re hoping he becomes a soccer player when he’s older, and one of them might end up as his coach. By participating in Roots of Empathy, Shah started to build his own community. The kids who watched him grow over the course of the school year continue to interact with him: on the ferry, on the playground, at Bowfest or wherever else they happen to see him. They are too young for “babysitting,” but these kids prove themselves capable of being fantastic nurturers at each encounter. I hope that in a few years time, Shah gets the chance to participate a second time in Roots of Empathy. Hopefully he’ll learn, like the kids in Mrs. Ballou’s class, that he has the power to make a big difference in a little person’s life. The Bowen Island Community School is looking for parent volunteers with two to four months old babies to participate in the Roots of Empathy program. Interested parents are to please contact Community School Coordinator, Sarah Haxby, at 604 947 0389 or

Do you like to sing but aren’t interested in performing? Or do you want to sing but believe that you can’t carry a tune?

Be‘CAWES’ we care.... 2nd Annual Benefit Concert & Silent Auction Featuring


Then come to the Work will be for Sale Sept. 13th Oct. 14th

Friday to Sunday: noon to 4pm Or by appointment: 604.947.2454

Island Village SongCircle Led by Shasta and Brian ( Starting Monday September 16th, 7 – 9 pm at Bowen Court We will meet every Monday evening for 14 weeks for the purpose of sharing easy-to-learn and fun-to-sing music from many different cultures and traditions. All adults, and children 8 and older, are invited to join. No musical or vocal experience required, in fact new (and/or scared-to-sing) singers are especially welcome.

Come as our guest for the first two weeks to check it out. Contact Shasta or Brian at 604-947-2283 for more info and registration, or visit our website –

10 Friday September 13 2013


On the calendar FRIDAY, SEPT. 13


WED., SEPT. 18


• Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free music - drop in.

• NA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:30 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel.

• Out of the Attic show and sale: Reception September 13, 7 to 9 p.m., Gallery at Artisan Square, show runs Sept. 13 to Oct. 14.

• Seniors Keeping Young: 9 a.m. line dancing with Margaret, 9.45 exercises, 10.30 singing, refreshments and Robin Wall will speak on The Age of Steam. Bowen Court. For info, phone 604-947-0235.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 • B. I. Fibre Arts Guild’s Harvest Tea and Sale: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Leftbank Bistro. Tea tickets available at 0333 or at the door.

• Beginning of the Tir-nanOg Theatre School’s 2013/14 season: For a prospectus, registration and class information, contact or 604 947 9507 or www.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15 • Free the Cuban 5: Film and guest presenter, 4 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel. More at • Run for Terry: 11:30 a.m. registration Collins Hall.

• Bowen Island Garden Club’s monthly meeting: Speaker Brad Jalbert of Select Roses. 7 p.m. Gallery at Artisan Square, everyone welcome.

• Classical concert at Wonderland: 3:30 p.m., Call BIAC at 604-947-2454 or see • Bowen Island Garden Club’s open garden: Laura and Walt Ruloff ’s garden at 615 Cates Hill Road, 2 to 4 p.m. Park on Cates Hill Road and walk or use shuttle.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 • AA Meeting: 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall. 604-434-3933.



• Island Village SongCircle: 7 to 9 p.m., Bowen Court, call Shasta or Brian at 604-947-2283 or email




• Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 947-2880. Free registration.


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• Duplicate-style bridge: 7 p.m. sharp. Bowen Court lounge. Call Irene at 2955.

• BowFEAST Farmers Market: September 21, 9 a.m. to noon, BICS. • SKY September adventure: Trip to the Sunshine Coast, September 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by water taxi and ferry. Phone 604-9479982 or 604-690-9010 to book. • Crippen Stewardship Group Weed Warriors: September 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the bridge at Davie’s Creek.



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In-home Therapy and Counselling sessions


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CLASS 1 DRIVER W/ AIR To conduct deliveries for international lubricants co. in Vancouver area, Seattle-Tacoma, Prince George, Okanagan & Edmonton. Pay $20/hour, mileage, bonus, profit-sharing & full benefits. Apply with resume by emailing or faxing to 604-888-1145



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An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators, Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)7235051Edson,Alta




WE WILL TRAIN! COMPETITIVE RATES Must Have Valid TCP Certificate, Reliable Insured Vehicle And Provide A Clean Drivers Abstract!

Please E-mail Resume:


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MERCHANDISE FOR SALE...........503-587 RENTALS ......................................703-757

Dr. Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncturist

Artisan Square • 604-947-0734 Alternate Fridays 10am-4:30pm


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(Available Mondays through Fridays)


TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 32 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.


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Family Dentist

“I meet you where you are.”

• ECCA Eagle Cliff Community Association Annual General Meeting: September 28, 1:30 p.m., Collins Hall.


Dr. Gloria Chao

Lisa Shatzky

• MADD fundraiser: September 20, Bowen Island Pub, tickets ($20) available at the pub.


Dr. Dana Barton

Naturopathic Physician


GROW MARIJUANA COMMERCIALLY. Canadian Commercial Production Licensing Convention October 26th & 27th. Toronto Airport, Marriott Hotel. Tickets 1-855-860-8611 or 250-870-1882.


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Available every Sat. Sun. & Mon.




AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 w/ Airbrake • Guaranteed 40hr. Work Week & Overtime • Paid Travel & Lodging • Meal Allowance • 4 Weeks Vacation • Excellent Benefits Package Must be able to have extended stays away from home. Up to 6 months. Must have valid AZ, DZ, 5, 3 or 1 with airbrake license and have previous commercial driving experience. Apply careers and then choose the FastTRACK Application.



INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SIGN UP ONLINE! 1-866-399-3853




FOOD & APPLIANCE PRODUCT SAMPLERS Need To Get Out Of The House, Talk To People & Create Extra Income? Try part-time work as a Food Demonstrator 6-10 days a month in local grocery, drug & department stores. Job Description: You must be a go-getter able to work on your own who enjoys talking to people & doing basic cooking. Great for men & women, seniors, retirees & mature adults. Availability: contracts would consist of 2-3 days on Fri. Sat. and/or Sun. (must be able to work all 3 days) from 11-5 or 6. Requirements: • Fully fluent in English • Own a car to carry supplies • Be well groomed & bondable • Able to carry medium weight equipment into stores. Pay starts at $10.50/hr. Training provided in North Burnaby. Call JMP Marketing at 604.294.3424, local #30 JMP Marketing Services BC’s largest demo company since 1979 SURESPAN STRUCTURES requires Welder/Fabricator. Requirements: Welder Level “C” or 1st year fabrication minimum. Forklift and crane operators experience. Knowledge of how to interpret engineering drawings. CWB ticket an asset. Understand & apply basic mathematical skills. Preemployment drug screen may be required. Mail resume to 3721 Drinkwater Rd., Duncan, BC V9L 6P2, fax: 250-7468011 or email:





GUARANTEED Job Placement. Labourers,Tradesmen & Class 1 Drivers For Oil & Gas Industry Work. Call 24hr Free Recorded Message For Info 1888-213-2854





Eastcan Roofing & Siding •New Roofs •Re-Roofs •Repairs


ALWAYS! GUTTER Cleaning & Roof Blowing, Moss Control,30 yrs exp., Reliable! Simon 604-230-0627


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WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422

6 - 50 Yard Bins

Starting from $199.00

Delivery & Pick-Up Included Residential & Commercial Service • Green Waste • Construction Debris • Renovations • House Clean Outs




MUSIC Lessons in Your Home Call Michelle, Tel #604-825-7518


CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977


$500 + INSTANT LOANS / 3 months to pay back / No credit check / Apply online or by phone / / 1855-720-0096 Deck Experts Specializing in all Decking, Railings & Outdoor Living GVHBA Member 604.626.7100

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420



Liability Insurance/BBB/10% off with ad


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TENOR SAX $400. Call 604-859-5925

INSPIRE YOUR CHILDREN to be creative and expressive through music! Group keyboard lessons for children ages 3 - 9 that include singing, rhythm, movement, composition and more! Find a teacher near you 1-800-828-4334 or



GL ROOFING. Cedar/Asphalt, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters - $80. 1-855-240-5362.




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



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.


If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161. Need CA$H Today? Own a vehicle? Borrow up to $25,000 604-777-5046

LASSIE DOODLE PUPPIES (Collie x Poodle)Born Father’s Day (June 16). Mom is a PB small (45 lbs.) Rough Collie and Dad is a PB small (50 lbs) Standard Poodle. Puppies are black with varying amounts of white on paws and chest and some are blue merle. Both males and females available. We have bred this litter special to create the perfect family companion (intelligent, gentle, easy to train, always willing to please, happy indoors and outdoors, good with children and animals, low to no shed). We are a 4H (agility, obedience, showmanship) family and our dogs are a part of our home and life and we wish the same for our puppies. Please consider the time and commitment needed to raise a dog and you will have our support and guidance for life. Pups will have first shots and deworming. Black males are $850, females and blue merles are $950. 604-820-4827

AUTO CREDIT - Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply at: uapplyudrive.CA or Call toll free 1.877.680.1231

PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS FROM $140,000 Also; Spectacular 3 Acre Parcel at $390,000 1.877.810-8649




633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS FACTORY DIRECT WHOLESALE CSA Certified Modular Homes, Manufactured/Mobile Homes and Park Model Homes, We ship throughout Western Canada visit us online @ or 877-976-3737 MOBILE HOMES 1, 2 & 3 BDRM $15,000 - $60,000. Lorraine, Royal Lepage 604-889-4874.



1988 ITASCA 37’ M/H. 454 engine. 40,000 miles. All running gear in exc cond. Attractively remodeled interior. 2 extra batteries installed. New tires. $8,400. (1)604-744-1741

845 DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals


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

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ALUMINUM BOAT WANTED, 10’, 12’ or 14’, with or without motor or trailer, will pay cash, 604-319-5720

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or


GREAT opportunity to relocate to Beautiful Prince Rupert, Enjoy affordable housing and various recreational opportunities; skiing, kayaking, hiking, golf, and the fine arts. The Crest Hotel is currently accepting resumes for full time servers and bartenders in Charley’s Lounge. If you have a passion for customer service, with experience in a busy lounge environment, we offer a union wages $15.14 for servers $18.30 bartenders, medical and dental coverage and excellent gratuities. Previous serving and bartending experience is required, must have serving it right, and be legally permitted to work in Canada. Knowledge of wines and squirrel experience is an asset. If you are interested in joining our award winning customer service team, send resumes to or mail your resume to the Crest Hotel 222 1st ave west Prince Rupert, BC. V8J 1A8.



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604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour


(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.


CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.


ASPHALT PAVING • Brick Driveways • Retaining Walls • Foundation Repairs • Sealcoating 604-618-2304






BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598, CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service • Hot water tanks • Furnaces • Broilers • Plugged Drains 778-862-0560


SENIOR CAT NEEDS A SENIOR Senior female Tortoise Shell 14 year/old indoor cat needs a loving home with a senior as an only cat. I have moved, and my cat Suzie is now living with another younger cat and they are not ever going to be friends. Suzie is loving & easygoing on her own. Call Pat 604-594-5336. SIAMESE X kittens beautiful Flame Point $100/ea. 2 Tabby Kittens $35/ea. family raised 604-794-5972



HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 STEEL BUILDING - SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS EVENT! 20X22 $4,188. 25X24 $4,598. 30X36 $6,876. 32X44$8,700. 40X52 $12,990. 47X70 $17,100. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206





2 Bedroom & Den Newly renovated garden level Quiet Eaglecliff hood / bus route N/S, shared laundry, Pets neg. 2 Bdrm $1050 + utilities pics available upon request email:

Furnished Suite Rental - Loft Short term rentals only NP/NS washer, dryer, fridge, stove, fireplace. $1000 / month utilities/internet included. Walking distance to the ferry Avail. Oct. 1 604-314-1200

For Rent: Self contained 1 bedroom suite. Located in exceptional waterfront Eagle Cliff. Modern efficient design, appliances, utilities, furnished option, private entrance off suite’s large waterfront deck, tenant and visitor parking, 4km to Snug Cove, next to bus route. NS, Pet negotiable. Need to visit to appreciate. Available Nov. 15 $850. 604-226-7007

Golf Course Home For Rent

For sale by bid Band saw/Re-saw, Centauro made in Italy, Type 600 CL, 220 Single Phase 22” throat with one of each blade. Runs great. Text bids to 604-317-0752 or text for more information. Can be viewed. Bidding ends Sept. 28. If min. bid is not reached saw will be donated to vocational school. Contact is Uncle Mark. Free: 8 piece sectional Simmons sofa unit. 604-947-0254

North Rock Management - The Custom Home Builders 604.626.7100


Amazing ocean & golf course views, trails galore, 3brdms, 3bath, fenced in yard, great for families and pets!! Call 604-9702779 for more information.

LANCE’S RECYCLING I’ll pick up your recycling and deliver to BIRD for $25/load. Kindling $20/box at Building Centre. CALL 947-2430 The Gallery @ Artisan Square presents Out of the Attic Significant uncovered pieces long forgotten Sept 13th - Oct 14th Reception Fri Sep 13th 7-9pm Gallery Hours Fri Sat Sun 1 2-4pm



The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Day Sunday Sept. 22, 2013 The little Red Church is going by bus to participate in the walk and activities. Would you like to join us? Call Helen at 947-9953 for more info and to book a space on the bus.



GAINING NEW HEIGHTS Students at Islands Pacific School got to start the school year with a hike. The top photo shows the Grade 9 class on its way to Taylor Meadows, accompanied by IPS alumnus Robyn Hooper. The photo on the right shows the Grade 6 and 7 classes enjoying the view from the second peak of the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Submitted photos


West Vancouver Mayor’s Lawn Bowl Social A fun fitness challenge

If you think conquering cancer is worth sweating over, JOIN US! Register for Workout to Conquer Cancer today.

For news, sports, entertainment,

The West Vancouver Community Foundation

is pleased to present the first annual West Vancouver Mayor’s Lawn Bowl and Social. sponsored by:

Friday September 20, 2013 West Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club 650 20th Street, West Vancouver 1:30 ~ 7:00 pm (Registration & practice time @ 12:30)

lifestyles, community links

Contributing sponsors:

Join us for an afternoon of fun and food as the West Vancouver Community Foundation recognizes its sponsors and donors and welcomes the community with an opportunity to meet, mingle and socialize.

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L IV V E & I N T E C H N I CO LO R ! Prize for “brightest” outfit! Let’s bring some color to the lawn bowling field. Tickets: $25 (plus fees) includes three lawn bowling games, a burger/hot dog and a refreshment. Extra food and beverage tickets available for purchase at the event. (Cash only please)

Conquering cancer isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean supporting BC’s cancer researchers can’t be fun! Join us for the Workout to Conquer Cancer on March 8, 2014 at Richmond Olympic Oval for the most meaningful workout of your life. It’s a full day of upbeat workouts for people of all fitness levels. You’ll have a blast, get lots of great exercise, and be inspired by people like you who are ready to get sweaty for the sake of conquering cancer! M E D I A PA R T N E R S :

Partial proceeds go to North Shore Search and Rescue.

If you would like to enter as a team of four, please contact the West Vancouver Community Foundation with the names of your team members. Should you choose not to bowl, you are welcome to purchase a spectator ticket – enjoy the food, beverages and socializing.

Tickets may be available at the door, but we can’t guarantee the opportunity to bowl unless tickets have been purchased in advance. TICKETS AT:

t Registration and practice (or lesson) begins at 12:30, bowling starts at 1:30pm sharp t BBQ & beverages available throughout the afternoon t Greetings from West Vancouver Mayor, prizes, trophy presentation and thanks to our sponsors and donors

E V ER E R YO Y O NE N E W EL E L CO CO M ME E! Open to all ages!

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Bowen Island Undercurrent, September 13, 2013  

September 13, 2013 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent

Bowen Island Undercurrent, September 13, 2013  

September 13, 2013 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent