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Community art

Spring soccer

The Museum & Archives sends a shout out for artifacts

Shared art inspires artists, kids and parents

For youth and girls under 8

Opposition comes out in force against Lot 2 rezoning MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR


BICS kicked-off Earth Week with a seed-to-plate workshop led by holistic nutritionist LisaMarie Bhattacharya. Mostly, the kids planted mesclun. The plan is to harvest and eat the greens in a month’s time. More photos, page 11. Deb Stringfellow, photo

Fate of library expansion hinges on possibility of a community centre MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR


t this week’s municipal council meeting, Bowen Island Library’s chief librarian, Tina Nielson, presented draft plans for expanding the Bowen Island Library, and asked for council’s approval on the project. Council, however, was split on the issue with Mayor Adelaar stating his belief that spending the money on a library expansion may be premature, given the possibility that the library

may have access to a whole new space once a community centre is built. The library’s planned expansion is known as the Annie Laurie Wood Annex (the namesake of Bowen’s first library). Nielson told council that if it is built, the Annex will be on the east side of the library in order to preserve the parking spaces around the back. continued, PAGE 2

taff from Bowen Island Municipality presented a plan for what the southern half of the community lands Lot 2 might look like if the proposed rezoning for the area goes forward. Roughly 60 members of the public attended the Open House, held at Cates Hill Chapel on April 14, with a handful of audience members stating their discontent with the plan and the process that brought it forward. At the beginning of the meeting, the municipality’s planning consultant, Judy McLeod, gave a general explanation about the land and plans to rezone it. “Back in 2005, Bowen Island Municipality bought a number of parcels of land that we call the surplus lands, or the community lands. These were a part of Crippen Park and became a part of the municipality’s land resources. The idea was to sell some of them to pay the money back that was used to purchase them, and also to use them for things that the community wanted, including housing and community facilities.” McLeod explained that a Temporary Advisory Board (TAB) was established in June 2013 to look at the community lands and how they might be used. The board chose to focus on Lot 2 and the six acres in its southern portion. They developed a concept for the land, dividing it up into three parts. The first part, as outlined in the

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plan, would be for a medical centre, but the medical centre would be in a building that could be up to four stories high and also house a retail space and apartments. The second part of the land would be dedicated to a “community campus,” including any facility that could come under the umbrella of a community centre. The third part would be dedicated to a townhouse development. McLeod emphasized that this vision has been created as a draft concept used to determine possible rezoning for the land, and the zoning would simply be the first step in the development. The property is currently zoned as “Passive Park,” and under the Official Community Plan it is designated as “Institutional/Village/ Residential.” McLeod said that to do any kind of development, the zoning would need to change, and to allow some of the proposed uses in the draft plan (such as permitting retail space) the OCP designation would also need to change. When McLeod completed her summary, audience members stood up to ask questions and voice concerns. Will Husby demanded to know why council was taking this action now and what problems were being addressed. He also questioned why there was mention of the daycare centre moving, when in his conversation with Ann Silberman of Children’s Place, she did not express her interest in that.

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The draft concept for the Annie Laurie Wood Annex, as drawn by Bob McGilvray. Bowen Island Library

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Bowen Island’s community lands. “One of the suggestions has been the library becoming part of that Community Campus, either as part of the Bob McGilvray, a local, retired architect, drew up a plan community centre building or one of the other buildings,” for the addition, which is estimated to provide between said Adelaar. “I’m just wondering if spending the money 1000 and 1200 square feet of extra space for the library. today, on this, then, is really such a good idea.” The estimated cost of construction, Nielson told council, Nielson replied that while the library board liked the is somewhere between three and four hundred thousand idea of being part of a shared space community centre, dollars. separate buildings in a community campus type setting “We are also looking for a partnership agreement,” would likely be far more expensive than an expansion of Neilson told council. “Our part of the partnership will be the current library. to raise the funds to construct it and we would ask the “We also thought about, while it is a long term goal, municipality to take ownership of it and responsibility for the maintenance of it after it is constructed. It doesn’t make realistically, we’re not sure that it is the library that will be sense for the library to own something that is attached to a the building to get built. We don’t know how we would raise that amount of funding, and there would be three or municipal building on municipal land.” Nielson estimates that the cost of ownership and mainte- four other organizations competing for that kind of fundnance once the Annex is constructed to be $5,400 per year. ing at the same time…” Mayor Adelaar re-iterated his concern that if the zoning Public Works Manager Bob Robinson said that the of lot #2 goes ahead, it would make sense for all municiaddition would not likely impact potential ferry marshalpal buildings – including the library – to be a part of the ling solutions, but survey drawings would be necessary to community campus, and it would be “premature” to spend ensure that the building did not cross the property line. three or four hundred thousand dollars on expanding the Nielson said such a survey would definitely be conducted, current library. as it would be required prior to any kind of construction. “Do you have a timeline?” Asked Nielson. “At this point we’re spending library reserve funds,” “We’re moving towards a timeline,” said the Mayor. Nielson told council. “So we don’t want to spend more “I think one of the things that Tina hasn’t added is that until we can get some kind of okay from council.” Mayor Jack Adelaar brought up the rezoning of Lot #2 of the library is currently inadequate in terms of required space,” added Councillor Tim Rhodes. B O W E N I S L A N D M U N I C I PA L I T Y “And I think that realistically, even if we could envision a whole new library five years down the road, the library has to do something in the interim, and this actually improves the value of municipal land.” Councillor Cro Lucas argued in favour of the library’s planned expansion on the Bowen Island Municipality Community Recreation Department has full and part time positions available for Summer Staff. Positions include but are not limited to Daycamps, Specialty Camps, and Playcare. Hours per week and number of weeks will vary depending on the nature of the position. Weeks of work will occur from mid-June through late August.

basis that such plan was more do-able, in size and scope, than a community campus. Councillor Alison Morse argued against the plan. “I don’t see the sense of spending 400 thousand dollars and then walk into another building five years down the road. I thought we were talking about a portable, something more in the range of $150 thousand... Its great to get fundraising to build a capital asset, but not if its going to end up sitting empty.” Mayor Adelaar went on to suggest that another thing that might happen to change the situation, is that Bowen might get access to Crippen Park land that currently belongs to Metro Parks, and that the library should put their idea aside for a few months. “We are where we are on Bowen Island because we decide not to do things,” responded Councillor Rhodes. “And it’s a big circle…” Councillor Lucas, in response to further urging by the Mayor to wait and gather more information, said he does not see anything game-changing coming to fruition for at least five, maybe ten years. “I’m very optimistically, in my little timeline, thinking 2016, as a grand opening. Fundraising would bring us into 2015, and then construction, considering heron nesting, at least into 2016, and that’s being optimistic,” Nielson added. “I’m also not as optimistic as our-worship is about the progress of the community lands. Definitely, our preferred option is to be a part of the community centre.” The councillors agreed to delay their municipal staff work with the Library board and report back at the May 12th council meeting.


The ideal candidates for these positions have previous experience working with groups of children and youth, are enthusiastic and creative, able to work in a team environment, enjoy participating in a large variety of activities, have excellent communication skills, and are highly organized. The applicant will have current First Aid and CPR training. Lifeguarding certification is an asset for some positions. We thank all applicants, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please submit your covering letter and resume via e-mail, fax or mail by Apr.30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to: Christine Walker, Human Resources Manager Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 FAX: 604-947-0193 EMAIL: WEBSITE: FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 604-947-4255

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The swinging sixties (and seventies) on Bowen BOWEN ISLAND MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES SUBMISSION

Recognize any of these little Bowen Islanders? Photo taken at Bowen Island School, 1960.

The summer exhibit at the Bowen Island Museum & Archives takes a look back at Bowen in the 60s to 1979, and seeking artifacts and pictures from people who were here, then. The kinds of artifacts we are hoping to borrow include: signs, menus, books, clothing, pottery, paintings, music, electronics – all things related to 60-79), photographs and biographies. The topics of interest for this exhibit include: protests, arts and crafts (cottage industries – potters, painters, weavers, theatre) economy (how did you earn a living on Bowen?), social life (what did you do for entertainment in summer and winter), fishing, hunting, medical / fire / police – how did the island deal with emergencies?, neighbourhoods, churches, transportation (ferries, sannies, taxis, cars, horses). These are just a suggestions all points of view and memories are welcome. One of the driving questions is: why did you move to Bowen? How was “old-time Bowen� different (or the same?) as today? What should every newcomer know about Bowen’s development in the 60s and 70s? Please share your memories with us. Send an email. Write a letter. Drop off a DVD with photos and audio.

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Sharing food growing community MATT MAXWELL SUBMISSION

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.� —Albert Einstein. In the 21st century, Einstein’s words ring truer than ever. Our dietary habits affect not only our own health but also the wellbeing of our planet. Meat production is an incredibly energy-intensive operation that also requires the use of vast amounts of water: producing a kilogram of animal protein requires 10 times as much fossil fuel input—releasing 10 times as much carbon dioxide—as does producing a kilogram of plant protein. Indeed, meat production creates more greenhouse gas emissions than anything other than power plants and transportation. Moving from a meat-based to a plant-based diet has a large number of health benefits, including lower rates of cancer and heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, vegetarians can enjoy their food knowing that animals have not suffered in its production. For the last four years, an infor-

mal group of Bowen Islanders have been getting together on a monthly basis for vegetarian potlucks. As well as enjoying delicious, nutritious foods we get to know our island neighbours better, sharing great conversation and occasionally a bit of music. Every month, the potluck takes place in a different home. Each dinner is based around a different theme, sometimes as broad as South Asian or Mexican cuisine and sometimes around something more specific. Our most recent potluck, hosted by Liz Hammond and David Shadbolt was great success with some twenty-five attendees ranging in age from a few months to 70. We partook from a vast array of absolutely mouth-watering Middle Eastern dishes, from salads to desserts and everything in between. Everyone left with a full tummy and a smiling face! Our next event will take place at Jlonka and Marcel Bally-Brown’s place at 1055 Harding Road on Sunday, April 27 at 5:30 pm. if you wish to attend and/or be put on our email list, please contact Heidi Kuhrt at or (604) 230-8923.

IPS students shine at regional science fair PAM MATTHEWS SUBMISSION

On April 10 - 12, ten students from Island Pacific School attended the Greater Vancouver Regional District Science Fair at UBC. Hannah Dua, Thomas Bemment, Angus Duguid and Luke MacKenzie, Willem Young, Gabriel Santiago, Devin McGregor, Tobin Sparling, Natalie Sokol-Snyder and Allegra Nesbit-Jerman presented their work to dozens of judges, fellow students and members of the public over the course of the three day fair. They also had the opportunity to attend lab sessions at the university and explore projects done by other students. All of the IPS students at the science fair conducted themselves with enthusiasm and grace. In the end they came away with 3 honourable mention awards, 2 bronze medals

Island Pacific School students at the 2014 GVRD Science Fair at UBC. Pam Matthews, photo



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2014 Science Fair Projects by IPS Students: Hannah Dua: From trash to gas making biogas Tobin Sparling: The best way to study for a test Thomas Bemment: Flying it Wright Allegra Nesbitt-Jerman: Bacteria emporium Natalie Sokol-Snyder: Finding the right ski wax Devin Davis-McGregor: Hot lunch - do insects eat more at higher temperatures. Willem Young and Gabriel Santiago: Is my water Pure? Angus Duguid and Luke MacKenzie : Perpetual motion

Places of Worship Welcome You BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon

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Thank you and congratulations to John Hazell

A thaw in relations MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

Spring is here. The daffodils are out in full bloom and, our island’s ice-block of civility has officially melted. That’s right, it’s been a quiet winter here on our Happy Isle. Council meetings have chugged along, with minutes being forwarded and resolutions being passed. Then councilors Duntz and Jennings cracked the ice with their resignations. Heron nesting season began, and tension about the issue walked right into the Undercurrent office on a deadline day. Then, on Monday, in the serene setting of Cates Hill Chapel, members of the public attacked municipal staff presenting a plan that, at this point, is just an idea. The words (shut up) that caused

so much public upset just a few months ago were spoken yet again. They probably won’t get quite so much attention this time - it wasn’t the mayor who spoke them. In another place, longer days and the warmth of the sun might brighten people’s moods and bring on a spirit of co-operation, but that’s just not the Bowen way. Given the fact that it’s an election year, it seems likely that community arguments will grow more heated through the summer. Despite it all, change will come one way or another, eventually. In the meantime, let’s not forget to appreciate what we’ve got.

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The Rotary Club of Bowen Island congratulated John Hazell on 10 April 2014 for outstanding service above self to the Club, to Bowen Island, and to the international community and awarded him a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire Award. John is a Charter Member of the Bowen Rotary Club, and he is its first and only Treasurer. He has done an outstanding job as treasurer – carefully tracking income and expenses of the Club, each of the projects, and reimbursing those who claim expenses. He is also diligent in gently but promptly reminding members that fees are due. John also has a talent as a graphic artist, and he is always there to provide camera-ready artwork for Operation Red Nose, telephone pole signs for ShelterBox, and most recently business and membership cards for each of the members. He is also proficient with technical gear and manages the projector and screen for meetings, liaises with our speakers to ensure their presentations are working, and frequently helps Club members develop their presentations. John is also an outstanding volunteer for projects — he has been a team member for Operation Red Nose and has volunteered for duties at almost every weekly meeting since this club began. He took a leadership role in both of Bowen Rotary’s ShelterBox campaigns, he organized a car wash for the Food Bank, and he has helped out in most other projects. Congratulations, John! On behalf of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island, Denis Lynn, President Elect

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Uphold the OCP and the democratic process that created it Dear Editor: As a Bowen property owner since 1975 who was involved - along with many others - with the extensive grass-roots efforts which created our original Official Community Plan, I express my heartfelt appreciation to you for giving Dr. Dave Witty the opportunity to submit his excellent guest editorial in the last issue of the Undercurrent. In his editorial, he states that Bowen’s current OCP was built on the foundations of true democracy - which involve celebrating community engagement and fostering diversity of views. As they did when our OCP was created, islanders

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still firmly believe that listening to the people is critical to the democratic decision making process. It is that process which created our Official Community Plan - a plan which our current council is now attempting to amend. The late Art Phillips, former mayor of Vancouver, strongly cautioned us that, if we want to avoid the mistakes of urban communities, we need to keep supporting our OCP and to uphold the democratic process which created it. I sincerely hope the people of Bowen Island, especially the younger generation, will keep carrying the torch we lit when we created our OCP.

It has been an eventful week since the heron article on the Undercurrent’s front page. Last Friday a food delivery truck dropped a ramp with a loud clang. Herons startled from their nests in Crippen Park near the library, whereupon two young eagles swept in for an eggy feast. Herons then appeared at another nest site on Snug Point, billing and cooing. Lights and fireworks over the weekend followed by a loud gas-powered weed eater nearby on Tuesday, operated by municipal staff despite the municipal heron protection policy, appears to have moved them on again. Meanwhile municipal council is amending Bowen’s official community plan to re-designate the nest site in Crippen from park use to commercial. Where will these blue-listed herons settle? Please report sightings to me, and thanks for all conservation effortsSue Ellen Fast Bowen Heron Watch

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Mortality of sea stars in the Salish Sea Ecosystem

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A Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the ciliate Orchitophyra stellarum which we cultured in seawater with yeast and chicken meat as food. Cindy Henk and Bill Stickle

Dear Editor, The March 27, 2014 article entitled “A constellation of a keystone species” referenced a decline in abundance of the purple sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) in recent decades and mentioned that the purple sea star had not suffered as much as other species of sea stars in the recent die off. The sunflower star was reported to have a 99% die-off and other sea star species to have a 25-75% die off. Sea star wasting disease is thought to be an important causative agent for mortalities of the species of sea stars. Marine enthusiast Adam Taylor mentioned that the purple sea star has been infected by a ciliate parasite which attacks male gonads and kills males. We have published seven papers on the relationship between the ciliate (Orchitophyra stellarum) and three species of sea stars in the Salish Sea ecosystem: the mottled sea star, species of the six armed sea star, and the purple sea star. All three species are associated with this ciliate. It lives outside of sea stars until the testes ripen. It then enters the testes and eats sperm, likely reducing the number of sperm available for reproduction. In our opinion, the ciliate is not a potent pathogen of these species of sea stars. So, while the ciliate may impact the fertility of the sea stars, it does not seem to otherwise harm them. Males of the winter spawning six armed sea star are less severely impacted by the ciliate than the spring spawning mottled and purple sea stars, probably because of warmer seawater and air temperatures. Thank you, Bill Stickle Professor of Biological Science at Louisiana State University.

Local pleasures Dear Editor, I feel it is very important to shop locally where this makes sense as we need to support our hard working retailers and businesses, in just over 24 hours I had the following amazing experiences. 1. Needing a gift I purchased a puzzle from Phoenix which was then beautifully wrapped by Alison, at no extra charge. Now that I call service as I couldn’t have done a better job myself. 2. Purchasing flowers at the general store I asked if they could be gift wrapped and Nancy did a superb job creating a wonderful bouquet. 3. When buying some fish today at the Ruddy I asked if there was enough for two and the cashier was so helpful regarding the portions, suggesting that if my husband didn’t care for fish that much (and he doesn’t) that there would be more than enough, which there was. 4. Finally, having over $35 in very small change, thanks to our Bridge evening, I went to our lovely bank (Credit Union). I received the very best in service and patience as one of the tellers helped me count and bag it up, no hurry, no rushing. When the Credit Union was first established here we decided to leave our bank of 30 years in the city to patronize a new and upcoming business. Clearly, this was a good decision. These are just a few examples of how much our Bowen businesses go “over and above” to give us all exceptional service with a smile. Just imagine life without then, surely such great people merit our support. Diana Kaile

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Comedy ensues as rat terrifies New Yorkers on a subway car. This was written after coming home on the water-taxi from a day on set. It was a fine watertaxi ride, incidentally, beautiful evening and David Smith was, as always, loads of fun and a great and safe pilot, and fellow travellers Josh, Derek, Maggie and Tim, and others, were excellent companions. I felt buoyed by my journey and decided to seek a story to write upon my arrival home. People read quirky stories and the rat on the subway story only took about seven minutes to write. Found two sources and linked to a video posted on Youtube by a guy who was actually on the subway car the vagabond rat rode upon. An excerpt: Mr. Kader filmed the car, with all the screams and all the people standing on their seats or raising their legs up to prevent the rat from running over their shoes or, worse, climbing up a leg. No one seems to have had the courage to do anything about the rat and in the end, Mr. Kader could not say what became of it. Woman complains to cops about buying bad marijuana, gets arrested. This was a no-brainer. My experience has shown me that people read about stupid people (doubtless it helps us feel smart). A 37-year-old woman in Lufkin, Texas bought pot and felt it to be sub-par. Her dealer refused a refund so she called police. In Texas! They came over, whereupon she showed them what was left of the pot (she had it stashed in her bra) and was promptly arrested. As of this writing, the story has had 568 page views, 89 people have Facebook shared it and, oddly, just one tweet. Extra money is earned by ‘likes’ but it only has 11 (people don’t click ‘like’ often. Rats!) Mudder, I’m stuck! Ellen shows viral video of snow-stuck Canuck.

This high-brow tale has 4,561 pages views from all over the English-speaking world, 149 Facebook shares, 11 emails and 9 tweets. It’s on a Newfie who gets stuck in snow trying to get out of his mudder’s home. Ellen Degeneres gave him his 15 seconds of fame and including her angle, her name, makes for a better ranking on Google. It is a funny video and here’s my lead: Mudder I’m stuck” and “Jumpin’ Jesus” were the refrains of choice on the Ellen Degeneres show this week when she showed a video of a Canadian man, well, getting stuck. Barry Horlick got stuck in snow trying to walk out of his mudder’s Newfoundland home. Honey Maid produces loving ad in response to homophobia. This won’t get many hits so I ain’t likely to make much but it is enjoyable to put up positive stories. The Honey Maid cracker company did a commercial with families and one of the families was a same-sex couple and their kid. They got homophobic hate-mail (though more positive mail) and what was wonderful is what they did with that hate-mail. Here’s an excerpt: “The response? Honey Maid hired two artists to take a print-out of all the hate mail and make something different of it. They sure did, those artists, they collected all of them up in a printed form, rolled them up and banded them together to make them spell the word ‘Love’.” Other recent stories include one on the tax windfall Colorado will make from legal pot sales (pot stories get lots of views), one about Alanis Morissette turning ‘Jagged Little Pill’ into a Broadway musical (one of the greatest Canadian rock albums ever), Justin Bieber (he’s fading), Rob Ford (always gets thousands of views) and a story about a naked bee keeper in China who covered himself with 460,000 bees. Here’s the deal: writing news on so many subjects is a challenge. So is writing op-ed pieces where I get to make fun of people and institutions like Sarah Palin (like shooting ducks in a barrel), B.C. Ferries (shooting ducks in a barrel) and the Maple Leafs (shooting ducks in a barrel). And I’m proud that I’ve written more stories on the Costa Concordia, the doomed Italian cruise ship that continues to sit 300 metres off of the coast of the island of Giglio, than anyone else on this planet. Hey, it pays (kind of) and has a certain cachet (kind of).


25 years ago in the Undercurrent In the “As it Was” section Jan Le Roy was quoted from a piece she had written in Undercurrent Volume V, Number 8, April 13, 1979. Speaking of the changes to the ferry schedule Le Roy stated, “ …one of the most upsetting aspects of the schedule change is that the B.C. Ferry Corporation feels that it is free to make changes without even consulting the Bowen community; the very people who depend on the ferry and the service it provides…”

20 years ago in the Undercurrent Queen Charlotte Heights residents were being given the option of considering two proposals in an effort to clean up arsenic contaminated water in the area. One option was to have the water supply treated on a house-by-house basis. The other was to consider extending the Cove Bay water system to include the affected area. GVRD director Ross Carter said there was a possibility the regional district could get money from the BC Government to help pay for the extension.

15 years ago in the Undercurrent

The front page featured an incredibly cute photo of Josie Huskisson and Mimi Jones on Mimi’s first day of preschool. Both of these Bowen raised girls will graduate high school this year.

10 years ago in the Undercurrent

Two full time residents of Passage Island had written to the mayor and council of Bowen Island requesting that Bowen consider taking Passage Island under it’s wing. First response from the mayor was an emphatic, “No” but apparently the mayor and the council cant’ just say, ‘No’. The administrator of Bowen Island was to send a letter to the two Passsage Islanders to put together an official petition for all Passage Islanders to sign. After which, council will again have an opportunity to decide what to do with Passage Island.

5 years ago in the Undercurrent

Students featured prominently in the arts as well with the Undercurrent sponsoring a youth writing contest ad the students of Island discovery school putting together to create an interactive art show all about colour and light at the Gallery.

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Local Artists Inspire Each Other

Saffron Gurney demonstrates acrylic techniques to a rapt audience. Kristin Jarvis, photo

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A few weeks ago, more than 150 kids booked themselves into free art classes at Bowen Island Community School (B.I.C.S.). They arrived in waves, art supplies in hand, for Canvas Inspiration Sessions: custom-crafted demonstrations by twenty-three working Bowen artists – all enthusiastic professionals who donated their time and talent to share their love of art to young artists ages five to eighteen. The purpose? To inspire Bowen youth to fill a canvas for the Community School Association’s (CSA’s) Art Show and Auction, 2014. The sessions stretched over three days and the halls were quiet but for the clicking of shutters, the fast scratching of graphite on paper and the sounds of delighted discovery (“Wow! Cool!”) while kids and their parents worked in groups of eight to ten in several different workshops. They were fascinated by the expertise of artists conjuring beauty in subjects like studio photography, air-brushing, perspective drawing, sewing on canvas, Photoshop, and painting in multi-media. Artist Shane Tweten of Stands Tall Creations was one of the first to volunteer for the project and donated three packed sessions on different drawing techniques. “Art was a big influence in my life and to be able to share with the kids at BICS is truly something special,” says Tweeten. “I thought this project was unique as the parents became involved in the process as well. Art teaches us to think "outside the box" with creativity and exploration which is important for our youth today.”

Memorial Garden Sociey AGM April 26, 2014 11:30am Bowen Court 1070 Miller rd. Everyone Welcome

Inspired by the Gallery@Artisan’s annual Mini Gala, and the CSA’s motto, Spirit of Community, our aim with this project was to create a fun, community project that gave families a chance to gather and create art. They also wanted kids to have the thrill of hanging their artworks in a professional show. We asked our young participants to think about the theme, Life on Bowen, pick up a canvas for $2.50 and present their vision of living here. More than 250 beautiful canvases were returned to us in less than two weeks. The canvases will be shown and sold via silent auction and online auction (www.faceboook. com/BowenIslandCSA) concurrently, starting on Tuesday, April 15. The Show & Auction ends with a Gala Night on April 26 from 7:00 -10:00. Tickets for this adults only evening are $10.00 at the Gallery and there are only one hundred. Don’t miss your chance to see Bowen through the eyes of our youth. The committee wishes to sing the praises of the artists, graphic artists and photographers that donated sessions and expertise. Thank you to Saffron Gurney, Heather Stephens, Liz Watson, Shane Tweten, Gerald Morrisseau, Ann Beatty, Lorraine Ashdown, Bill Hoopes, Deb Stringfellow, Mike Lightbody, Georgina Farah, Andre Bussanich, Andrea Klann, Janet Esseiva, Susanah Montague, Rebecca Smith, Peter Baumgartner, Diana Izdebski, Emily van Lidthe de Jeude, Dayna Purdy, Marc Baur, Diana Izdebski, Tiffanee Scorer, Stuart Slind, Sarah Haxby and Vikki Fuller.


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Municipal staff responds to question about Lot 2 rezoning from PAGE 1

The above sketch was prepared for the Temporary Advisory Board and staff as a way to look at the potential for Lot 2 to meet the objectives of providing for civic facilities as well as to provide for a broader range of housing options within Snug Cove Village. There are no firm proposals or building plans at this time.

“Well, I think it is happening now because it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s time,” responded McLeod. Dennis Vetter wanted to know why rezoning was happening before there was a plan in place. “I’ve seen this council debate at length where to begin this process,” said McLeod. “It was finally decided that we needed to take this step in order to provide certainty and sell to a developer.” André Chollat said he was shocked and dissatisfied with the process for the development of Lot #2. “This rezoning is going to satisfy the developer first, to chose what they want to do. I feel ashamed about this process. We are going to mortgage the finances of the community for a water treatment plant that is going to serve one-third of it. We shouldn’t do it for an economic incentive, we should do it for a community centre that would serve the whole community of Bowen Island. Find a way to finance the community centre first, with a process that involves the whole community of Bowen Island.” Chollat’s opposition was followed by a statement of opposition to the development of Lot #2 by Edna Thomson, who also wondered whether the plan was even possible given no geotechnical study had been conducted on the steep and rocky eastern slope. Will Husby went on to further question the process of rezoning and developing the community lands. “I’m really concerned, that this is going to be rushed through. That there will be not much chance for community consultation… is this going to be rushed through before the next election? Do you have a timetable?” Mcleod told Husby that the only thing she could guarantee as far as a timeline was that she would submit a report on public comments to council by mid-May, and it would be up to council to decide how quickly things happened from there. A more forceful response to Husby’s question came from former municipal councillor Wolfgang Duntz. “I came here in 1980 and raised three kids. There was nothing here. Now there is at the very least a Children’s Centre, but now I have grandchildren and I would like to see them have at the very least, a modest community centre.” Duntz added that the community lands were purchased close to 10 years ago with the assurance that they would be sold to repay municipal debt. “So I would insist,” said Duntz, “That this be rushed.”

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Community lands re-zoning from PAGE 7 After a brief but heated argument, another member of the public stepped in, with a much calmer tone, to state that the reason people are so concerned is that the plan shows fifty-percent coverage of the lot, and too many decisions have been made without public consultation. The meeting ended following a final note of conciliation by Pete Taggart. “My wife and I have lived on the island for nearly twenty years and we think it’s the best place in the world to live, just like everybody else here… I would like to give credit to the people who must have busted their bums to come up with what we have here, I think they’ve done a very, very good job. Secondly, we hear some people saying we should have geotechnical studies, we should have water studies and so on – this all has

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June (Robson) Dyson August 14, 1937 – March 23, 2014 Tadcaster, England – Bowen Island, BC Our mom passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Sunday, March 23 after a courageous and very private battle with cancer. Surrounded in her final days by her family, close friends, and her beloved curly coat retriever, Olivia. Born in England, and forever ‘English’, mom travelled to Canada in 1957 as a young bride where she settled in Calgary. She was an active member of The Calgary Sportscar Club, the Calalta FSC and the antiques community. She established June Dyson Antiques in 1974. Her love of antiques and all the history associated with them was an infectious passion that she passed on to her friends, family and customers through many a story. In 1982, she began her journey to the west coast by opening a second store in Point Grey, Vancouver. After closing her stores, her passion shifted to ingenious and creative renovations to the homes she lived in. We were always amazed at the potential she saw in a house with ‘good bones’ when others thought none existed. In 2007, mom sought the milder climate of Bowen Island BC. She enjoyed the community and the great atmosphere that Bowen Island offered. Halloween was one of her favorite times on the island. June is survived by her 3 children- her son Mark (Vanda), and her two daughters, Meryl (Paul Hanna) & Gillian (Paul Baay) along with her 4 grandchildren- Drew & Ian Dyson and Courtney & Sarah Baay. We are sincerely grateful to Dr. Jenny Shaw and the staff of the North Shore Hospice in Vancouver, for the continuous compassionate and dignified care you showed our mom, thank you. The family will hold a private celebration. If friends so desire, donations in the name of June Dyson may be made directly to the North Shore Hospice Society, P.O. Box 54019 – 1562 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver, B.C. Canada V7M 3L5

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Spring arrives in time for the Island Masters BOWEN ISLAND GOLF CLUB SUBMISSION

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The Bowen Island Football Club (BIFC) has had tremendous success with their adult co-ed league and has decided to introduce an under 16 youth league for both boys and girls. Its an opportunity for kids to play in a friendly yet competitive manner, and chance to make new friends while challenging themselves and practicing their skills. This coed league is sure to provide not only exercise, but loads of laughs and fun on the field. All levels are welcome and the cost is reasonable at only 20$. Games will be scheduled every Thursday on the turf field, starting April 24th and running till June, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Come be part of a team and join today at

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The weather finally cooperated and golf season officially kicked off on Saturday, April 12 with fourty-nine competitors in the 6th annual Bowen Island Golf Club's Island Masters. This event coincides with the PGA Tour's annual Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia. BIGC's event sees each competitor randomly draw a partner for the day from the PGA tour event prior to teeing off. The score from their PGA Tour partner's Friday round in Augusta and their round at the BIGC are then added to get a team score. The winner of both the Men's and Women's flights get the honour of donning the prestigious and often ill-fitting mustard jackets as they are crowned the Island Master's Champions. Perhaps the biggest highlight of this year’s tournament came after the round with the launch of

the Cup Cutter's Appetizer Menu which includes mountains of nachos and chicken wings. These were consumed while competitors watched the Saturday round of the Masters. Results: Men's Flight - Top 4 1st (103): Bob Hamel / Lucas Glover 2nd (104): Dan Nakamura / Thorbjorn Olesen T3rd (105): Matt Gray / Mike Weir T3rd (105): Peter Clarke / Lee Chang Woo Women's Flight - Top 4 1st (105): Kate Bellringer / Vijay Singh T2nd (109): Heather Coulthart / Jimmy Walker T2nd (109): Jane Kellett / Phil Mickelson 4th (110): Kim Natress / Stephen Gallacher For complete results please visit


Now that spring time is here many Bowen Islanders are dusting off their bicycles for pleasure and commuting use. As those of us who live here know, the roads on Bowen Island are narrow and have no sidewalks and many pedestrians use the roadway. Cyclists also use the same narrow roads to commute to and from Snug Cove and other areas of the island. Another factor to consider is the fact that there is no overhead illumination and as drivers we must be more aware of other users of the roadways. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to wear reflective clothing while riding in the early morning hours, and at night. The Bowen Island RCMP would like to remind motorists to leave plenty of room while passing cyclists and to refrain from swerving into the oncoming lane to pass cyclists in blind corners. It is recommended that drivers slow down if there is oncoming traffic and the necessity exists that you have to yield to a cyclist who is riding the same direction. This is also a reminder for cyclists to ride on the right side of the road and keep as far right as is safely possible. If we can all work together we will have safer roads for all users on Bowen Island.

The Bowen Island Arts Council operates the Bowen Island Visitor Centre (BIVC) on behalf of the Bowen Island Municipality from May – September. The BIVC is situated in the Boulevard Cottage in Snug Cove, a space shared with the Caring Circle. In addition to providing tourist information and resources, the BIVC houses a small gift shop featuring local artist wares and products.

BIAC is seeking to fill two staff positions, a Visitor Centre Coordinator and Visitor Centre Host. The Visitor Centre Coordinator is a 35 hour per week administrative/marketing position focusing on the operation of the Visitor Centre. The VCC will take a lead role in attending to the needs of daily visitors, collect and collate visitor records and statistics, ensure the smooth operation of the gift shop, and promote and publicize local amenities, services, businesses and events via both print materials and through an online presence (website, social media, etc.). He or she must possess strong leadership, communications, interpersonal and customer service skills kill and be detail oriented with excellent time management skills. Strong computer skills and knowledge of web-based technology with an understanding of marketing and experience using an array of social marketing tools is desirable. The Visitor Centre Host position is a two-day (14 hours) per week position. The primarily role will be to attend to the needs of visitors to the island as well as administer gift shop sales, maintain records and help promote local events and activities. The VCH will possess strong customer service skills, work well in a team environment but also be comfortable working independently, and have experience in record keeping. For both positions, training or education in tourism, travel, marketing, visitor services is a definite asset as is a knowledge of Bowen Island. Must be fluent in English. A second language is also an asset. Please submit a cover letter indicating which position you are applying for and a resumé no later than Monday, April 28 to Jacqueline Massey,, or Box 211, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G0.

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On the Calendar FRIDAY APRIL 18 Youth Centre closed

Dinner at the Legion 5pm open, 6:30pm dinner


Easter with Horses The Meadow in Crippen Park. 1 - 3 p.m. Youth Centre closed


Easter Sunday Sunrise Service Sandy Beach 7:30am


S.K.Y. (Seniors Keeping Young) 9:00 am to 10:30 Yoga and Exercises 10:30 to 10:50am: Singing (Robin Wall, piano) 11:00 to noon:


AA Meeting Collins Hall 7:15

Bowen Island Community Foundation AGM 7pm, Tir-Na-Nog Theatre School

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Help create mental health programming on Bowen CARING CIRCLE



Crippen Stewardship Group Weed Warriors We will meet by the bridge at the mouth of Davie’s Creek (at nearby picnic table in field). Everyone welcome. Tools and gloves provided. Bring your water supply and come and work off your frustrations in good company! 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

The Caring Circle wants to make sure that Bowen Islanders can access the health-help they need, and that includes help with mental health. We don’t know, what kind of mental health supports would best suit this community, and that’s why we need to hear from you. Please fill out the Caring Circle’s confidential survey on mental health and help us build appropriate mental health programming on Bowen Island. Hard copies of the survey can be found at: • the Caring Circle • Family Place • Bowen Children’s Centre • BICS • the Library • Cates Pharmacy

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Knitting Circle 2 - 5pm at Collins Hall All levels welcome Bowen Island Black Sheep pracitce 7:30 – 9pm at the Bowen Legion


Youth Centre 6pm - 9pm Jam night - All levels welcome

From left: Oskar carefully handling baby pea plants, Journey admires her baby pea plant, Hayden gives his plant a kiss so it grows better. Debra Stringfellow, photos

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Girls get on the pitch


On Friday afternoon, Bowen Island’s soccer pitch is the domain of six and seven year old girls (and one boy, who they are happy to have join them). This new, girls soccer league is Rina Freed’s creation. “I’ve been involved in the North Shore Soccer league where more than 200 girls play together. For the kids, its like a playdate: they look forward to seeing their friends every week. Here on Bowen, girls start playing real games in grade three, but don’t have any training before that. It’s a

really tough transition. So I want to give younger Bowen girls a chance to develop some skills.” Freed coaches the team alongside Merran Smith and Andy Cuba. For Christina Atkinson’s daughter, Nora Church, this league is her first time playing a team sport. “She’s usually not much of a joiner,” says Atkinson, “But she’s really into this. I asked her what she likes about it and she said the coaches help her know where she’s going and they are really, really nice. I think she’s into the fact that its non-competitive. It’s like community building, but for six and seven year-olds.”

Meribeth Deen, photos

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Bowen Island Undercurrent, April 18, 2014  
Bowen Island Undercurrent, April 18, 2014  

April 18, 2014 edition of the Bowen Island Undercurrent