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Salmon science

In case of emergency

Clean LNG

Local donors help make a major study on salmon survival possible

Updating (and creating) a home emergency preparedness kit

Woodfibre LNG decides to go electric, but other BC operations may not

Icicles and buds gathered round the Queen of May (Bev Rapley) to watch her usher in spring at Bowen Island’s first ever Green Man Festival. Meribeth Deen, photo

Woodfibre LNG makes a “step in the right direction” but activist still wants the project to stop in its tracks MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

Eoin Finn, an activist from Bowyer Island, presented information on the Woodfibre LNG project to Bowen Island Municipal Council last Monday and asked for the creation of a resolution to ban the passage of LNG tankers in Howe Sound. On Tuesday, Woodfibre LNG announced its decision to power the liquefaction of natural gas using electric power, as opposed to gas turbines. This decision

eliminates Finn’s concerns about the project potentially impacting the air quality in Howe Sound and he says he applauds the decision, but it does not change his mind about the presence of the LNG plant on the shores of Howe Sound. “If the project goes ahead using electricity to power liquefaction, Howe Sound is not so likely to become a smoggy mess and the wonderful tourism and recreation industry that has developed here won’t suffer because of the air quality,” says Finn, adding that the Sea to Sky

Gondola that takes people up Shannon Falls employs nearly as many local people as we can hope will be employed by Woodfibre. Prior to its opening last Friday, the Sea to Sky Gondola was expected to provide seventy jobs. On the Woodfibre LNG website, it says the project will provide 600 jobs to construct the facility, and 100 full time jobs once the plant is operating.


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North Vancouver dad urges vaccination JANE SEYD NORTH SHORE NEWS

Beckett Lawson, 10, with his sister McKenna, 7. Cindy Goodman, photo


SUMMER DAYCAMP POSITIONS 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. 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 B O W E N I S L A N D M U N I C I PA L I T Y



A North Vancouver dad whose son nearly died after catching chicken pox while he was undergoing treatment for leukemia is urging other North Shore parents to get their kids vaccinated. Jason Lawson recalled a terrifying 10 days in B.C. Children’s Hospital when his son Beckett was six, after Beckett became severely ill from the disease. At the time, Beckett was still receiving a maintenance dose of chemotherapy to kill potential cancer cells. That treatment also suppressed Beckett’s immune system. When an unvaccinated child at his North Vancouver elementary school passed on chicken pox, the consequences were dire - at one point the virus got into Beckett’s liver and started to do damage, which in some cases can be irreversible. In the Lawson family’s case, they were fortunate. Beckett received high dosages of anti-viral drugs and made a full recovery. Today he’s a happy, healthy 10-year-old, into hockey, skiing and biking. But Beckett’s dad says he thinks it’s important for people to know there can be consequences to not getting children vaccinated. “It’s a preventable disease,” he said. “You vaccinate your children to protect the community.” Lawson is speaking out as Vancouver Coastal Health is urging all families of children entering kindergarten in September to make sure their kids’ vaccinations are up to date before school starts. A big part of the reason for doing that is to protect others, said Lawson. “You never know who’s got cancer, or who’s taking a drug that makes them immuno-compromised.” Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, medical health officer for the North Shore, said there are a number of peo-

ple who can’t get vaccines - they may have particular cancers, HI V infection, be taking drugs for rheumatic disease, have allergies or be pregnant. Often, it’s hard to tell who might be at risk until the infection is already passed on. “That’s the problem with many of these diseases,” he said. Vaccination rates for school-aged children on the North Shore are among the lowest in both the Vancouver Coastal Health region and the province as a whole. On the North Shore, for instance, only 86.7 per cent of kindergarten students are protected from measles by vaccination, compared to 91.7 per cent for the Vancouver Coastal Health region as a whole. Lysyshyn said that’s concerning, particularly in light of a recent measles outbreak in parts of the Fraser Valley where immunization rates are also low. Lysyshyn said in order to protect the population as a whole, immunization rates should be over 90 per cent. While diseases like measles and chicken pox are mild for most children, in some cases they are severe enough to cause lingering health problems, even death. Lysyshyn said there are different reasons why families may not have their vaccinations up to date. “Some people have the misconception vaccines aren’t safe and effective,” he said. Some oppose them on religious grounds. Still others just don’t manage to squeeze the shots into their busy schedules. Because many old diseases aren’t seen anymore, it’s easy to get complacent, said Lawson. “We haven’t had to deal with things like mass outbreaks of polio that kills whole families,” he said. Lawson said he’s speaking out to remind families that protecting their neighbours is another good reason to make the effort.


PUBLIC NOTICE Licence of Occupation

Pursuant to Section 24 and Section 94 of the Community Charter, Bowen Island Municipality herby provides notice of intent to enter into a Licence of Occupation for a renewable five year term with the Knick Knack Nook re-Use it Store Society (KKN) over a 750.00 m2 portion of the land, described and outlined in bold on the sketch below. Land: 1063 Mt. Gardner Road PID 008-232-407 Lot 2, Plan 21385, District Lot 491 Consideration: $1.00 per year for a 750 meters squared License of Occupation Area

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC To ensure environmental vibrancy and socio-economic stability, Bowen Island Municipal Council has scheduled a Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss options for long-term strategies in Mannion Bay. You are invited to attend this Committee of the Whole meeting in Council Chambers at Municipal Hall. Background information, including the latest staff report regarding Mannion Bay, is available on the municipal website under “Current Topics” at


Inquiries and comments regarding the above Licence of Occupation should be directed to Annie Dempster, Island Community Planner by June 9, 2014 at 604-947-4255, or email



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Rethinking how to prepare for the worst

Shawn Cole and his daughter Delilah, with their family’s Emergency Kit. The kit includes not only rations of food and water, but also a camping stove, blankets, emergency shelter, gloves (in the case of an earthquake, these would help with the job of moving debris), a book of puzzles (to keep worried minds occupied), and of course, First Aid supplies. Meribeth Deen, photo


Shawn Cole is a man with a plan, not to mention rations of non-perishable foods, water and a first aid kit. Cole was one of more than 50 Bowen Islanders who attended last week’s “Emergency Preparedness Party,” put together by the municipality’s Emergency Planning Coordinator, Amanda Ockeloen. He says the experience has motivated him to revise his plan and update his kit. Cole says he started learning about earthquake preparedness shortly after his (five year old) daughter Delilah was born. “I’m from the Maritimes where the scariest thing we have to contend with, in terms of disasters, are big snow storms,” says Cole. “I feel like most people who are from British Columbia have accepted the fact that a major earthquake will hit at some point and don’t worry about it too much. I find that kind of weird, I need to have a plan in order to cope with the idea.” Cole says that in his efforts at self-education on earth-

quake preparedness he has realized there are a lot of mixed messages as well as outdated information being circulated. “When I participated in the ‘Great Canadian Shakeout’ I was told that in case of an earthquake, you should get under a table and cover your head and neck,” he says. “But I work in music studios, often without tables to duck under. When I asked about the next best option I was told to go into door thresh-holds, but at the Emergency Preparedness Party I asked the same question and was told that if there are no tables, the next best option is a corner or a stairway but it is important to shelter your neck and head from falling debris.” At the Emergency Preparedness Party, Cole says, there was also a debate about using BICS as a meeting place in an emergency situation. “A number of people said that if disaster strikes, go to BICS, but then the people who actually work at BICS said it’s not an infirmary, and therefore not the place to go. We realized that there is no central meeting place, and it was communicated to us that the best plan of action is just to stay home. The woman from the Red Cross gave us a



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directive: Shelter in Place (meaning stay home) and get to know your neighbours and check on them, especially if they are single or elderly.” Cole says that since attending the Emergency Preparedness Party, he has strategized a way out of the house for his family if an earthquake hits while they’re in bed (there are no doors leading to the outside from that part of the house) and is encouraging his wife and daughter to practice climbing out of the chosen window in case of an emergency. He’s also made his emergency kit more accessible, and made sure that even five-year old Delilah knows where it is. Revisiting his kit, he’s decided to replace the now-expired jug of water with a purifying straw, called a LifeStraw and his now-expired flat of canned soup with dehydrated meals that will last for twenty-five years. “We had a chance to try some of them at the Emergency Preparedness Party and I was surprised at how tasty they actually were,” says Cole. continued, PAGE 9

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Working collaboratively on Mannion Bay

While I appreciated the May 16th article re the initiative to clean up Mannion Bay, as one who has long expressed concern for the deteriorating condition of this key public amenity/area I disagree with the suggestion in the article, and choice of headline, the collaborative effort by our municipal council, a number of government agencies who have jurisdiction, environmental groups, the Friends of Mannion Bay and community-at-large is a “war against boaters”. That is definitely not the case and an unfortunate suggested by those who are not in agreement that some wholesale changes and improvements are required. The objective of the Mannion Bay clean-up initiative, which is similar to that which many coastal communities are facing, is simply to return the bay and beaches to the level of cleanliness and respect we as a community and visitors enjoyed back in the 1940’s to the early 1990’s when they were safe and

enjoyable for everyone to use, which is not the case at present, albeit the situation is slowly improving. Contrary to the suggestion of a few, the waterfront property owners do not expect exclusive use of the bay. While in the good old days the broad range of uses, including commercial, was of a self-policing nature as to respect for aesthetics, safety, the environment and other uses, that unfortunately has not been the case for almost 20 years. It should not and does not have to be that way. Change is necessary which unfortunately is more difficult for some to accept and embrace. I commend BIM for their commitment to lead the way on that change and I’m happy to be part of the Friends of Mannion Bay who are committed to be part of the solution/resolution. I do believe there is a role for everyone to play in the clean-up for the benefit of us all. Bruce Russell

What a wonderful experience we had at the first annual Green Man Festival!! We were overwhelmed by the support of Bowen Island this Saturday at our first annual Green Man Festival. In the rainy months, we met and planned and dreamed. Then the sun shone, the cove looked magical and people of all ages came out. Our hopes of a festival for kids of all ages were more than surpassed. It was, as it always is, a team effort. The Green Man Festival of Bowen Island would like to thank: - Artisan Eats Bistro for their great buns! - The Black Sheep and Lambs - The Bowen Island Public Library - Katherine Gish for sponsoring the Banner in the Cove - The Community School Association foir sponsorship - Our Fabulous Face Painters: Brian Creswick, Maggie Davidson, - Pamela Creswick & Lisa Foster - First Credit Union for their sponsorship - Home Farm Gardens Ltd - The Lams for use of the Oven Door Bakery site - The Little Red Church - Matt Matheson & Vine and Garden Catering, Cheryl & Brenna Cook, Erin Naismith - Our Minstrels: Doug, Rita, Alan, Keona, Lorne and John - Murray Atherton, Town Crier - Shane Tweten, carver of the Green Man mask; Carol for lending it - Shirley Wrinch for truly amazing Costumes - The Snug Café and the Rotary Stage -Tim Hausch of Shaw Cable for putting up and taking down the banner - Tina Neilsen, Bev Rapley, Graham Ritchie for being the Players in our play - Tracey Lee Hearst for decorating help - The Tuscany Restaurant where the face painting took place - The Undercurrent - Wand Makers: Mika McKinnon & Carol MacKinnon and Yvonne McSkimming - YOU FOR ATTENDING!!!!

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The front page featured a story from CANFOR Communications detailing the steps taken to ensure that their Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) mill would beat the provinces imposed pollution cleanup deadline of December 31, 1991. CANFOR’s vice president, Kirke MacMillan, stressed that by July of 1990, “HSPP will have virtually eliminated chlorine dioxins and furans from the Port Mellon mill’s effluent and products.” The modernization plans were started in the fall of 1987 and included $88 million in environmental protection equipment, an activated sludge secondary treatment system and the only oxygen delignification system announced in the province at the time. Regular Undercurrent contributor, Laura Cochrane posed the question, “Where do those darn carpenter ants come from?” Cochrane explained the even though the ants are destructive and it’s difficult to kill them, one almost gets a sense of guilt when attempting to kill them as their personalities seem to shine through at their frantic escape attempts. Her final statement on this?“If only they were smart enough to stay outside the house, there wouldn’t be a problem…”

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The next Bowen Island town hall meeting was scheduled to be a free-for-all meeting. GVRD Director Ross Carter indicated the Islands elected officials had promised a session in which community members could raise their own concerns with their elected representatives. The meeting was to be held on May 28 at 10am.

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The front page story featured an article and photo about the new transit system that would be coming to Bowen on May 31. Peter King was the successful bidder on the contract to operate the transit system for TransLink and had been working on the concept for nine years. The GVRD directors gave major credit to King, saying this step would not have been possible without him. A local island tradition known as “Beerfest” was, an out of control party. The party had originally happened 4 years prior as a birthday party but by 1999 had become an unauthorized bash for off-island brawl enthusiasts. Numerous fights occurred and at some point during the night the General Store was burglarized. The fighting and drinking continued into Sunday morning with RCMP and ferry workers seizing booze as revelers boarded the ferry home. RCMP said that most local youths, “had enough sense not to go” and that they would work with the community to put an end to the party.

The Cape Roger Curtis sale was near closure. Wolfgang Duntz, acting on behalf of the buyers, told the Undercurrent that indeed a deal had been struck but that there were, “still a few loose ends,”. The buyers were reported to be 4 people, two “Germans from Germany and two Chinese businessmen,” who were “long time B.C. residents”. The Germans were “Alfred and his mother”. They lived in Germany and their last name was Hahne. Both had been involved in other Bowen projects with Duntz. As for plans for the property, all parties involved were at the listening stage and Duntz suggested that he wouldn’t be surprise if they “considered it as a long term holding.” Doug Hooper, working with the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society to find a way to conserve the land, remained optimistic that all was not lost as a result of the sale. “… We hope to put the case forward about the Cape, not just locally but regionally. And the trust society will continue to work with buyers to secure ecological and recreational land.” Approved community grants were called into question. Councillors Leigh and Wrinch took issue with $500 being awarded to an “Alzheimer’s club” when the club had no history and was not a registered society.

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Members from all four of the Sealeigh Park teams that participated in the 2014 Bowen Island Community Challenge. Bowen Island Golf Course, photo


On Saturday May 17, a full field of 64 golfers took to the Bowen Island Golf Course to compete for annual bragging rights and settle which community on Bowen Island's residents are the premier golfers. The Mixed Scramble was competed over 9 holes and when the dust settled it was the team of Ralph Keefer, Matt Hogg, Brenden Russell, and Ute Russell of Sealeigh Park taking top honours with a 5 under par score of 30 narrowly edging out Keith Burrell, Ken Hallat, Colleen O'Neil, and Peter Moir also of Sealeigh Park who shot a 4 under par 31. The Success for

Sealeigh didn't end there, with 12 competitors in the event they narrowly edged out Eaglecliff for the Community Spirit award which goes to the community that has the most competitors playing in the event. With a 1st and 2nd Place finish and the Community Spirit Award, Sealiegh Park has secured bragging rights as the premier golf community on Bowen Island until next May when bragging rights are once again put on the line. Thank you to all who participated and showed their community spirit. See you all at our next event "The Hawaiian Luau" on Saturday, June 21st.

Does this situation sound familiar? You own the perfect tool in your shed. It’s exactly what you need when you need it and you regularly need it. But it’s broken. And you are loathe to shell out the money for a new one. You could take it to the mainland to have it fixed there, but you never seem to get around to it. And so it sits. Well, despair no longer. The Repair & Reuse section of the online Bowen Green Resource Guide might help you find Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It, right here on the island. It’s just one of the places to look for help and advice provided locally and aimed at addressing islanders’ needs. Launched by Bowen in Transition (BIT), and created by volunteers, the resource guide is as an entirely-free, easily-accessible cornucopia of information and resources that are relevant to Bowen Island. It includes listings of local service providers, businesses, organizations and activities, plus tips and advice that will help each of us live in a manner that is less taxing on the planet and its limited resources. If you’ve picked up a recently published Bowen Phone Book, in the feature on Farming on Bowen, you’ll see the list BIT compiled of Local Food Sources, Related Organizations and Businesses. That’s a great example of what you might expect to find at But the intent is certainly not to attempt to replace or duplicate Bowen’s valuable phone book. Instead, it is to present an array of information “with a green slant” on topics from home heating to pet care. Most of the articles and lists are organized under headings including: Economy, Food Resiliency, Gardening & Landscaping, Green Consumerism, House & Home, Resilient Communities, Transportation and Waste. The Bowen Green Resource Guide is very much a work-in-progress and far from being comprehensive or exhaustive. That’s where the community comes in. Dozens of people have already contributed articles and content to the directory. We are truly grateful for their support of this initiative. But the plan is for islanders and others to use it and improve it so it can become an effective and relevant source of up-to-date information. Just consider the vast knowledge and collective wisdom of our island friends and neighbours. Let’s build this together! We welcome submissions regarding green products, resources, services, information, events, etc. The site includes a section: Do you have the answer? as a place to share expertise and experience. But you can also post your own queries regarding problems you are facing, or services you need. The plan is to update the guide continuously. But we do ask you to be patient because, as we have already mentioned, we are relying on volunteers to update and maintain the community resource. Check it out at www. For more information about Bowen in Transition, a local grassroots group and part of the global transition movement focusing on building resilient and sustainable communities, visit our website at Contact us via email at

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Bowen Island philanthropists make major donations to comprehensive study on salmon MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

Twenty years ago, the Strait fishery contributed $750 million annually to local communities and would be glutted with fishing boats. Pacific Salmon Foundation, photo

As Rudy North recalls, the fishing off the West side of Bowen Island was pretty good back in the 1970s. “When I got home from work in the summer, if I wasn’t dragging the kids around on water skis I was off fishing by myself,” he says. “It took a certain amount of skill to catch a proper salmon, but you could catch a dozen juvenile salmon pretty easily. At the beginning of the season they’d be six inches long, by the end of the season, they’d be eight inches.” North says the waters stretching from Cape Roger Curtis to Arbutus point would be packed with fishing boats in those days, and he attributes the collapse of salmon populations in Howe Sound and the Fraser River to over-fishing, at least in part. “It wasn’t just the commercial fishermen, it was everyone. Sport fishing was a really important part of our social fabric back then,” he says. “They say salmon populations are now down to 10 percent of their historic rates, which is on par with the cod populations on the East Coast. At that level, there’s no guarantee they’re going to come back but we have to understand all the factors at play if we are going to make it happen.” A desire to understand the “big picture” of what’s happening in the Salish Sea and how it’s affecting salmon motivated North,


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the President and CEO of North Growth Management, to donate $250 thousand to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. Dr. Brian Riddell, a scientist formerly with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the current President of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, is heading up the project. “With the Marine Survival Project, I tell people we are studying everything everywhere. We’ll be looking historical data and seeking new data including ‘bottom-up’ factors that affect salmon, such the weather, phytoplankton and zooplankton and ‘top down’ factors such as predation, disease and interactions with hatcheries.” Riddell says that there have been thousands of studies on salmon in the Salish Sea, but all of them have been localized and very specific. “The results from these studies provide clues about how things interact, but they are not helpful in understanding the system as a whole,” he says. A plan to bring all the data for the Strait of Georgia into one place and make it all accessible was a major first step in the Marine Survival Project, and that was made possible by Bowen Islanders Ross and Trisha Beaty. The Beatys offered up a $300 grant from their foundation, The Sitka Foundation, to establish what will be called the Strait of Georgia Data Centre.

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Searching for answers to salmon collapse from PAGE 6 Housed at the UBC Fisheries Department, this Centre will bring together data which exists, often, in the minds of aging and retired researchers, or on obsolete media. Once it is all collected, anyone will be able to go online and look at it for no cost. Riddell says that gaps in knowledge about what has happened in the Strait of Georgia over the past two decades are hindering its recovery. “In 1994 Coho salmon production plummeted in the Strait, forcing an end to the harvesting of wild Coho. Also since the mid-1990s there has been a precipitous decline in the survival of both wild and hatchery-bred Coho at sea. We don’t know why this is, and without that information, we aren’t likely to find a solution.” The Marine Survival Project will also be looking for current data, and to collect that, the Pacific Salmon Foundation will be employing “citizen scientists.” “We will equip fishing vessels with the necessary equipment, and send them out to specific locations mapped out by GPS on specific days at specific intervals – either every week or every two weeks – to collect samples and data,” says Riddell. “We think that ten boats will be enough. It is fairly easy to collect data, but more challenging to analyze it.” The Canadian portion of the Marine Survival Project (the same work is being undertaken for an equal amount in the Southern portion of the Salish Sea by an organization called Long Live the Kings) is slated to take five years, and to cost $10 million. Rudy North’s donation brought the amount of funding acquired by the project up to $7.5 million. Despite the $3.5 million shortfall in required funds, the Pacific Salmon Foundation has already started its work, testing equipment in the waters of Cowichan Bay. “We are in spitting distance of getting the money we need for this,” says North. “And there are skeptics who say you will never find the answer to this problem but I think this is a good opportunity to do things right. You need a holistic approach, and this study is very collaborative and will be looking into all the factors affecting the lifecycle of salmon.”

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Are you among the people who shrink imperceptibly when called a “senior” or when someone suggests you check out the programs offered by Are you among the people who shrink imperceptibly when called a a society called S.K.Y – short for “Seniors Keeping Young” - the only orga“senior” or when someone suggests you check out the programs offered by nization on Bowen Island that caters specifically to seniors (anyone over the a society called S.K.Y – short for “Seniors Keeping Young” - the only orgaage of 55.) nization on Bowen Island that caters specifically to seniors (anyone over the Now approaching its 20th anniversary, S.K.Y. Members appreciate the age of 55.) continuing support of the Bowen Island Municipality, the Smooth Stones Now approaching its 20th anniversary, S.K.Y. Members appreciate the Foundation and some private donors. Without this financial support it continuing support of the Bowen Island Municipality, the Smooth Stones would not be possible to offer our weekly programs: exercise sessions, a Foundation and some private donors. Without this financial support it series of speakers on varied topics, monthly educational and entertaining would not be possible to offer our weekly programs: exercise sessions, a 'adventure' trips off island. With this help, members' contributions can be series of speakers on varied topics, monthly educational and entertaining kept reasonably affordable. Needless to say, the organization of these activ'adventure' trips off island. With this help, members' contributions can be ities would not happen without the hard work of loyal member volunteers. kept reasonably affordable. Needless to say, the organization of these activIn addition, S.K.Y. traditionally takes part in community events like Bowfest, ities would not happen without the hard work of loyal member volunteers. Steamship Days, the Christmas Market & Raffle. In addition, S.K.Y. traditionally takes part in community events like Bowfest, The upcoming AGM will be held on Monday, May 26. This will be the Steamship Days, the Christmas Market & Raffle. perfect opportunity to check out this fantastic organization. S.K.Y. is stretchThe upcoming AGM will be held on Monday, May 26. This will be the ing its wings by exploring new partnerships in the community, as well as perfect opportunity to check out this fantastic organization. S.K.Y. is stretchnew programs and we are also hoping for new members to help make things ing its wings by exploring new partnerships in the community, as well as happen. new programs and we are also hoping for new members to help make things Please join us on Monday 26th May 2014 at 10:30am, at Bowen Court happen. (Elliot Hall), 1070 Miller Road. For further information call 604-947-0235. Please join us on Monday 26th May 2014 at 10:30am, at Bowen Court Renate Williams (President). (Elliot Hall), 1070 Miller Road. For further information call 604-947-0235. Renate Williams (President).

On the Calendar FRIDAY MAY 23


Bowen Island Conservancy, beach tour with Ramona de Graaf. Meet at Pebbly Beach at 9am.

S.K.Y. (Seniors Keeping Young) 9:00am to 10:45am regular program of Seniors Yoga Followed by SKY Society AGM 11:00am, Bowen Court (Elliot Hall) The year in review, Election of Directors Speaker: Colleen O’Neil “Why we need the Caring Circle on Bowen”

Dinner at the Legion 5pm open, 6:30pm dinner Leaders in Training (LIT) night Free for youth, 12 - 18 Bowen Island Youth Centre, pre-register at

SATURDAY MAY 24 Crippen Stewardship Group Weed Warriors 10a.m - 1p.m 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! Friends of the Library BookFest, Annual Sale of Used Books BICS gym, 10 am- 4 pm For info or volunteering see Tri4Ghana Cheer on Willem Young as he swims in to Sandy Beach around 11am. Angus Duguid is expected to complete his run at Island Pacific School sometime between 2p.m. and 3p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s 26th Annual Youth Festival of Plays runs May 10th to June 8th The Bromeliad, 7p.m. Monthly Bowen Vegetarian Potluck 5:30 pm at Jlonka, Marcel & Jeremy Bally-Brown 1055 Harding Road Theme: Brazilian (Super Challenge!)


Murray Atherton as the Town Crier at Bowen Island’s first annual Green Man Festival. Lorraine Ashdown, photo

BIAC Seeks Gallery Host & Special Project Assistant Are you a student returning to post-secondary studies in the Fall who would like to work in a creative and inspiring environment? If you have great communications skills and an interest in the arts, we invite you to apply for the summer position at the Gallery @ Artisan Square. The Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) is seeking an enthusiastic, efficient and responsible individual to assist the Gallery Curator and Executive Director in the coordination and presentation of exhibits, special events and other projects. The job runs from Wednesday – Sunday, beginning June 11 – August 31 (12 weeks). The successful applicant will have an interest in the arts and in developing community connections through the arts, a high degree of computer literacy, ability to problem-solve, excellent oral and written communication skills, and effective organizational skills. The position requires a self-motivated individual to take initiative, multi-task and prioritize. 

Caring Circle walking group 10a.m. contact the Caring Circle at 604 - 9479100 or Swing Dancing 7pm - 8:30, to June 2

TUESDAY MAY 27 AA Meeting Collins Hall 7:15 InFormed by Nature Opens at the Gallery at Artisan Square Bowen Island Garden Club presents: Linda Gilkeson , Ph.D and her talk on How to Grow the Most Food in the Smallest Space (with the least work) 7pm, Gallery at Artisan Square

WEDNESDAY MAY 28 Bowen Island Garden Club workshop with Linda Gilkeson on “Natural Insect, Weed and Disease Control” at the Gallery at Artisan Square. $10 entry fee. InFormed by Nature Opens at the Gallery at Artisan Square

THURSDAY MAY 28 InFormed by Nature Opens at the Gallery at Artisan Square

Friends of the Library BookFest, Annual Sale of Used Books BICS gym, 10 am- 4 pm For info or volunteering see


Bowen Island Garden Club, Open At the home of Peter and Judy Taggart, 2 - 4pm

Dreamsinger concert and launch 7:30pm at the Gallery at Artisan Square Tickets available at Pheonix

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Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s 26th Annual Youth Festival of Plays runs May 10th to June 8th The Bromeliad, 2p.m.

Help us build a robust community calendar With the arrival of summer, Islanders are planning all kinds of fantastic events and get togethers, large and small. We want to make sure that the whole community knows what’s happening and can take advantage of all the fantastic Bowen goings-on.

So please send us event details including the event name, location and time with the subject heading “On the Calendar.” Write to Enjoy!

Remuneration: $14 per hour + 4% vacation pay     Please note:  This position is subject to funding under the Canada Summer Jobs programme.  To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred. HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit resume and cover letter by email (indicating Gallery Host & Special Project Assistant in the subject line) to no later than May 20, 2014.

Bowen Island Arts Council

The Bowen Island Museum & Archives invite you to our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, June 8th from 2:00-4:00 pm

Refreshments will be served. 604.947.2655

Call for Entry 2015 BIAC and The Gallery @ Artisan Square invite Visual Artists to apply for shows in 2015. See website for details –


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LNG production and BC’s climate committments MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

The decision by Woodfibre LNG to run its operation off electric power was driven, according to the company, by feedback generated by community consultation and concerns about air quality. Woodfibre says the use of electricity generated by BC Hydro as opposed to natural gas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, and also drastically reduce other pollutants entering the atmosphere. Merran Smith, the Bowenbased Director of Clean Energy Canada says this decision should set the standard for the other LNG operations in British Columbia. In 2010, following the introduction of a carbon tax and a ban on coal-fired electricity, the BC government introduced the Clean Energy Act mandating the province source 93 percent of its electricity from clean and renewable sources. In 2012, the province announced its Liquid Natural Gas strategy and the goal of having at least three LNG facilities on the BC Coast by 2020. With that

came the promise that British Columbia would produce the cleanest liquefied natural gas in the world. In 2013, Clean Energy Canada wrote a report titled ‘The Cleanest LNG in the World’ outlining how British Columbia could maintain its climate change leadership and also pursue the policy decision to focus on the extraction and export of LNG. One of the report’s major recommendations was that LNG facilities in British Columbia should use electric drives to cool the gas into a liquid state. “From a carbon perspective,� says Smith, “Using hydro electricity as opposed to gas to power to fuel the liquid natural gas industry is the only way British Columbia can meet its commitments to a clean energy economy.� Following Woodfibre’s announcement, the provincial minister in charge of LNG development, Rich Coleman, told the Globe and Mail that because of the high cost of electricity in comparison with natural gas, British Columbia will only measure its emission standards only against other gas-fired LNG plants.

Concerns about Howe Sound LNG project from PAGE 1 “Those advertized numbers are based on the idea of a land-based plant, but they are actually proposing a floating facility. If this is the case, it would likely be built in Korea and therefore eliminate the advertized construction jobs,� says Finn. “When I asked the principles of this LNG plant whether they would be hiring local people to operate the plant, they told me that would depend on the availability of people with the right skills. When I suggested that there might not be very many people here who are trained to work on LNG facilities I asked whether they would be willing to use the Temporary Foreign Workers program and they said that would be a possibility.� Finn, who holds an MBA in international business and recently retired from the accounting firm KPMG, says that the business case for Woodfibre does not hold up –at least in terms of the benefits touted for British Columbia. “The company doing the liquefaction will be Woodfibre LNG, who will be contracted by a Singapore-base company, Woodfibre LNG Export PTE. In the tax agreement between Canada and Singapore, if the company reporting the profits is based in Singapore, than Singapore will collect the tax revenue,� says Finn. “This does not add up to Christie Clarke’s promise that LNG will build a hundred-billion dollar heritage fund.� Finn also adds that British Columbians will also end up subsidizing the liquid natural gas industry with higher electricity bills. “British Columbia is currently debating the construction of the Site C Dam, where the projected market price of electricity being created will be between 8 and 10 cents per kilowatt hour,� says Finn. “The commercial rate of electricity quoted by the BC Utilities Corporation for large industrial customers is 4.4 cents per kilowatt hour. All power generated by Site C would be absorbed by one large scale LNG facility, such as the one

proposed in Kitimat. BC Hydro will go broke pretty quickly if they don’t make up for the gap in those pries, and the only way to do that will be to increase electricity rates for residential and light industrial users.� Despite all of this, the business aspect of the proposed project is not actually Finn’s main concern. “The track record of the shipping industry is actually pretty good,� says Finn. “But I was not happy to learn about the collision of a container ship and an LNG tanker off the coast of Singapore just before Christmas. Luckily, both of these ships were going the same direction. If they hadn’t been, the crews of both ships would’ve ended up being fried.� Finn says that liquid natural gas does not, in fact, turn evaporate if it leaks out of its containment tank. “LNG is liquid methane and if it leaks, it creates a plume, like a fog that travels over the water. The amount of time it takes for that fog to disperse depends on the speed of the wind but according to research done for the United States government, a 10 kilometer per hour wind will carry the plume 3.5 kilometers. If the plume comes in contact with anything that creates a spark – an outboard motor, a barbeque or a cigarette – it will ignite. The kill-zone for that, is anywhere within 1.6 kilometers from the source. If you’re within 500 metres of the source, you’re toast.� Finn says he started researching the project primarily because he wondered what its impact would be to Bowyer Island, where he lives. “If there is an accident and the wind is blowing in my direction, me and most of the inhabitants of Lion’s Bay will end up getting fried.� Finn told council that the provincial government is not listening to objections to this project, so he is hoping that statements of objection by municipal governments will deny the province social license to move the project forward.

Emergency Preparedness from PAGE 3 “And I’ve calculated the cost of replacing my soup cans every five years and realized that ultimately, the cost of the dehydrated meals will be roughly the same.� Ockeloen says that this kind of action is exactly what she had hoped for coming out of the Emergency Preparedness Party. “Every family needs a plan and needs to be

prepared to go it alone for at least 72 hours, if not a week in an emergency situation,� she says. “No matter how well our community has planned for disaster response, in a large- scale event resources may quickly become overwhelmed. To ensure the safety and well being of you and your family, you should prepare now to take care of your own basic needs.� Information and additional tips for emergency preparedness is available at


2014 SUMMER CLAY CAMPS Aug. 11 -15 Kids $115 per camp 1. Mud Puppies (4 -7) 10:00-11:30 Adults $150 per camp 2. Clay Cats (8-12) 11:30-1:00 Schedule 3. Adult Camps (14+) July 7-11 Aug.18 -22 1. Mud puppies (4-7yrs old) 10:00-11:30 2. Clay Cats (8-12 yrs old) 11:30-1:00 3. Adult Camps (14+) 2:00-4:00

July 14 -18 1. Mud Puppies (4-7) 10:00-11:30 2. Clay Cats (8-12) 11:30-1:00 3. Adult Camps (14+)

1. Mud Puppies (4-7) 10:00-11:30 2. Clay Cats (8-12) 11:30-1:00 3. Adults (14+) 2:00-4:00 Family Drop in Sundays 12-4 all summer $15/hr per person


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING You are Cordially Invited to Attend The Board of Directors of the Bowen Island Community School Association hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at Bowen Island Community School Library on the 12th day of June, at the hour of 7:00 pm for the following purposes: • To receive the financial statements of the Association • To receive reports of Board Members • To elect Board Members of the Association to fill required vacancies on the board



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Grow the Most Food in the Smallest Space

Garden Club News


May Open Garden


This Tuesday evening at 7p.m. the Bowen Island Garden Club welcomes west coast gardening expert Linda Gilkeson, Ph.D. for a presentation titled “Grow the Most Food in the Smallest Space (with the least work).” Her talk will be followed by a workshop at 10a.m. on Wednesday titled “Natural insect, weed and disease control.” Gilkeson earned a Ph.D in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, then moved to British Columbia to work for a company that produces biological controls. She later worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. Gilkeson has co-authored pest management training manuals for the government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press. She has also self- published three books. Her most recent work, “Backyard Bounty: The complete guide to Year-round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest,” is a best-seller. Gilkeson’s presentation on Tuesday will focus on how even the smallest gardens can produce a surprising amount of food 12 months of the year. She will teach us how to increase the harvest of organically grown fruits

and vegetables from gardens of any size, using easy, low maintenance methods that leave us lots of free time to smell the roses. Wednesday’s workshop will cover how to identify, prevent and manage pests and disease using organic methods. This is a hands-on workshop and the range of topics will depend on the interest of the participants. Linda can discuss how to deal with common problems such as aphids, late blight on tomato, root maggots and newly introduced or increasing problems of spotted wing drosophila, apple maggot, and many more. Tuesday evening’s presentation will give Bowen’s current and aspiring gardeners an opportunity to re-acquaint or acquaint themselves with Bowen Island’s Garden Club. Linda Gilkeson will have her books for sale and one of them will be the door prize. There will be a charge of $10 for Wednesday’s workshop, but with that comes a promise to answer all your questions about pest and disease control. Bring your questions, specimens, and/or photos to learn how to manage these from an expert. Everyone is welcome. The more people attend the more we learn from the questions and issues raised by the participants. Both events will take place at the Gallery at Artisan Square.

The Club’s Open Garden this month is at the home of Peter and Judy Taggart at on Sunday, May 25th from 2p.m. to 4p.m. There will be a small admission fee for non-members, but full memberships can be purchased on-site. The Taggart property stands high up on the Island’s western slopes with stunning views over the Pasley archipelago and Worlecombe Island. At this time of the year the sun is setting further and further to the North West offering nightly spectacular sunsets. Given the sloping nature of the property to the rear of the house, the land has been terraced, and fenced. Over their 20-year tenure Peter and Judy have thinned some of the original larger trees, created a pond in a natural setting replete with heron-resistant fish, installed a irrigation system with water storage, and created a flower garden with the object of providing cut flowers for Judy’s passion for flower- arrangement. With characteristic honesty the Taggarts admit that: “The original objectives were to establish a restful, low-maintenance environment based on growing a few species of indigenous, drought -resistant plants. That failed on all counts.”

Garden Club Plant Sale and Raffle The Garden Club would like to thank the Bowen Island gardening community for its support of our recent Plant Sale and Raffle. A good crowd had gathered at BICs for the opening loaded with carrier bags and boxes to carry away the loot. Within the first 25 minutes the tables had been picked pretty much clean! The cool cloudy day threatened rain throughout the proceedings, eventually scattering a few drops over the excited group of onlookers waiting for the raffle draw. With 30 prizes to be won; and given that holders of winning tickets could choose their own gift, the excitement was intense. The Club wishes to thank all its many donors both on and off the Island. It needs to be said that most of them have been generously supporting us for many years and continue to take an interest in our club and the Bowen Gardening Community in general!

The Bowen Island Community School (BICS)- Learning Commons project is the proud recipient of the first annual, Bowen Island Branch, First Credit Union Community Impact Fund gift of $750.00. BICS Parent Advisory Council

BOWEN BULLETIN BOARD HUGE GARAGE SALE Sunday May 25, 11am2pm 538 Hilltop Place Bowen Island We sold the house of 20 years and have to downsize. We’ll sell tools,antiques, ceramics, furniture, household items,antique cookstove, books, art supplies and a free piano. No Early Birds please. 604-947-9237

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FOR RENT: 1 bdr. apt. in Village Square, Available June 1/14. References required. Sorry, no pets. Phone - 947-2944

For Rent @ Artisan Square Furnished room, for quiet single N/S worker. Share laundry, kitchen, bath. Bus in front, 10 min walk to ferry. Available July 1. $550 incl. Wifi. Phone 604-947-2522.

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Bowen Island Green Man Festival MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

Bowen Island’s first annual Green Man Festival was a roaring success that included great weather, fantastic food, more than fifty kids stepping up to have their faces painted, music, dancing, and victory for the Green Man and consequently, the official arrival of spring! Team Green came out in force, and their leader made his demand for the changing season without hesitation: Hear me, O cruel Frost Queen, ruler of winters dark and mean. I’m here with my Buds a-growing, to assert my power in this Isle of Bowen.

Hear my words addressed to thee, for this is my will; so must it be. Hear me now, this charge I lay: release the summer this very day! The Green Man’s victory (hoped for by all lovers of warmth and sunshine) was nearly thwarted, though, when the Ice Queen cast a spell and froze all of the buds. Eventually, the warmth of the little buds prevailed and the Ice Queen was banished for at least a few months. The May Queen invoked the sun, and all the children, icicles and buds, danced around the May Pole offering a colourul celebration to the changing season.

From top, clockwise: Bob Doucet and James McConnan, little buds watch the battle between the Green Man and Ice Queen, the Ice Queen casts a spell. Meribeth Deen, photos

Dancing around the May Pole. Lorraine Ashdown, photo

Friday May 23, 2014  

Friday May 23, 2014 issue of The Bowen Island Undercurrent