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Letters to the editor

Residents react to Bowen’s new branding

Bowen’s Black Sheep

People, Plants and Places Bowen’s biennial tour of local treasures

Local Morris society hosts international counterparts

Bowen Island Community School’s graduating Grade 7 students were given a warm send-off at a promotional assembly on June 28. The students will be off to West Vancouver and Rockridge high schools in the fall. photo supplied

Boat bandit busted on Bowen after crime spree


A seafaring fugitive ended his four-day-long crime spree by breaking into a Bowen Island residence early Sunday morning and crawling into bed after allegedly stealing boats from multiple islands stretching from Salt Spring to the Sunshine Coast. The boating bandit arrived on Bowen around 8 a.m. by a stolen motorboat that he crashed “hard” into some rocks before swimming ashore at Hood Point. The heavily damaged boat was discovered by a Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crew based in Horseshoe Bay who were responding to a call about a boat adrift near Bowen Island. Rescuers were shocked by the “substantial, concerning” amount of blood found inside the boat. “He broke the entire windshield above the steering

wheel with his head,” said Jane Maisonville-Phillips, RCMSR regional development officer. Responding RCMSR members went ashore and asked the owners of a residence, near to where the boat was tied up, about evidence of an intruder. After finding a pile of unknown belongings at the front door of their guest suite, the homeowners opened a bedroom door and saw the suspect sleeping like Goldilocks clutching a jar of pineapple juice, said Phillips. When Bowen police showed up, they found the residents of the home waiting outside and the suspect inside laying groggily in the bed. “He had a towel wrapped around his head and blood on his shoulders,” said Bowen Island RCMP Cpl. Paulo Arreaga. Paramedics stabilized the injured suspect and he was then taken away in police

custody to Lions Gate Hospital for further treatment. Now police are left to piece together the “unbelievable string of events that would more likely be seen in a James Bond film than around the coastal communities of British Columbia,” said Const. Harrison Mohr, spokesperson for the Sunshine Coast RCMP, which is heading up the multi-jurisdictional investigation. So far investigators know the events started on June 29, when a man reportedly stole a five-metre fibreglass boat from Vancouver Island’s Cobble Hill area, which is 45 kilometres north of Victoria. Police later observed the same man in a boat near Cowichan Bay, however he saw police and quickly fled in another boat. Three days later the same suspect pulled into a dock in Sechelt aboard an eight-metre Boston Whaler, which had recently been stolen from

Bowen Island RCMP detachment. photo Bowen RCMP homepage

Salt Spring Island and was later found to be full of stolen property. The suspect left that boat behind and stole a car parked nearby. The next day, July 3, the man abandoned the car in Gibsons before stealing another Boston Whaler from the local marina, which he escaped in to Keats Island. Once there, the suspect switched boats and stole a six-metre Campion Explorer that he took to Bowen Island and crashed on Sunday. Police say the suspect was found with a small amount

of what they believe to be methamphetamine. The man was released from hospital the same day and transported to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment and has since been charged with a string of offences. Robert Nicholas Eriksen, a 25-year-old Vancouver Island man, is facing charges including possession of stolen property, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of theft over $5,000 and two counts of break and enter.

Eriksen is in custody and was expected to appear by video to face charges Thursday in Sechelt provincial court. Numerous property owners in the affected communities are now dealing with recovering their stolen property and adding up the extensive damage done. “At this point I think the Bowen Island residence was the only one that there was a confirmed break and enter, but we’re still very much looking into all of his activities during the course of the crime spree,” said Mohr. The boat burglar is known to police. “He was, I think, very well aware of how to very efficiently steal a boat and steal a car,” said Mohr. Arreaga, meanwhile, said the case serves as a reminder to Bowen residents about the importance of reporting suspicious activity to police and keeping homes, vehicles and boats secure.


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Municipal Hall MEETING CALENDAR July 8, 2016 9:30 AM Economic Development Committee

July 11, 2016 7:15 PM Regular Council Meeting

July 12, 2016 2:00 PM Bowen Bay Water System Annual Info Meeting

July 12, 2016 2:00 PM Communications Team

July 13, 2016 10:00 AM Eagle Cliff Water System Annual Info Meeting All meetings are held in BIM Council Chambers unless otherwise noted.

Ö A N N U A L WAT E R M E E T I N G S Bowen Bay Water System Annual Information Meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:00 PM Eagle Cliff Water System Annual Information Meeting Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 AM


The Communications Team is pleased to announce the winners of the Water Conservation Poster Contest! Congratulations to Martin Konopa (below, left) and Karen Dubord (below, right) whose submissions tied for first place. These images will be used to promote water conservation on Bowen Island over the summer.

At these meetings the Annual Budget, Water Reports and Operations will be discussed. Both meetings are to be held at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane. For more information, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or

Ö L I B R A R Y B O A R D VA C A N C I E S Bowen Island Municipality and the Bowen Island Public Library are seeking expressions of interest from Bowen Island residents to fill two volunteer positions as Library Trustees on the Library Board. The Board meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information please call Tina Nielsen, Chief Librarian, at 604-947-9788, email questions to or visit the Library website in the Board Members section on the About Us page. Interested individuals are asked to submit a one page summary of their background, skills and a brief statement of their interests in public library service, and to respond in writing, via email, fax or regular mail, with the requested information by Monday, July 11th at 4:00 PM to: Hope Dallas, Interim Deputy Corporate Officer Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 Fax:604-947-0193 Email:

Ö FIRE BAN IN EFFECT Effective July 2, 2016, a campfire and open fire ban is in effect for all of Bowen Island, including beaches, parks and trails. There is also a ban on backyard fires, tiki torches, fireworks and firecrackers.


7:15 PM on Monday, July 11, 2016 in Council Chambers Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island DVP-03-2015 441 Bowen Island Trunk Rd PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A variance permit application has been submitted for 441 Bowen Island Trunk Road (shown on map) to permit construction of a vodka distillery, a tasting lounge, and three residential units. Regulations in the Land Use Bylaw would require 10 on-site parking spaces. The drafted permit would vary section 4.5.2(1) of the Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw, No. 57, 2002. The Applicant is proposing to provide one on-site parking space and one on-site bicycle rack. The applicant is also proposing a $40,000 contribution to the Municipal parking reserve, and to provide two units of affordable rental housing. Council will be considering this application at the July 11th meeting.

ALL OPEN FLAMES ARE PROHIBITED. Smokers are urged to use EXTREME CAUTION and discard cigarettes safely.


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The Communities in Bloom Committee is pleased to welcome volunteer judges from BC Communities in Bloom (CiB) on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The judges will be touring to evaluate the Island’s tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, forestry, landscape and floral displays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The proposed permit and background material may be viewed at Municipal Hall between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays) or on the Municipal website at

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Islanders heartfelt initiative earns award MARIA SPITALE-LEISK EDITOR

Two islanders have received top honours in a Metro Vancouver-wide community hero contest for taking Bowen residents’ safety to heart. Bawn Campbell and Amanda Ockeloen were instrumental in bringing life-saving devices used in cardiac arrest situations to Bowen this spring. For their efforts, the altruistic duo earned first place July 7 in a contest organized by Iridia Medical, a Vancouver-based company that provides life-saving equipment and training. Bowen even beat out Vancouver International Airport, which came in third place in the contest that sought community heroes demonstrating excellence towards public health and safety. “I was thrilled,” said Ockeloen, of her reaction when she heard news of the award. “It will help continue to raise awareness about these life-saving devices.”

The island is now equipped with eight automated external defibrillators (AEDs) housed in distinct bird-house style enclosures and strategically placed around Bowen in public places, including municipal hall, the library and in the Hood Point area. Ockeloen, who is a paramedic, explains there is a short window after a heart attack to administer life-saving CPR. If delivered in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, defibrillation in combination with CPR can increase survival rates, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. But with each passing minute, the probability of survival decreases by seven to 10 per cent. “It’s the difference between standing there hopelessly and not having a plan versus having the tools and the confidence to jump into action and safe a life,” said Ockeloen, adding AEDs are user friendly with easy-to-follow instructions. There are plans to install more AEDs in the coming

months, possibly at Artisan and Village squares. A recent Rotary garage sale raised $750 to be put towards the local service club’s Jumpstart program, which is now focusing on educating residents in each neighbourhood with AEDs. Hearing the time lag between the first responder, the fire truck, and then the ambulance arrive in his neighbourhood half an hour later, was enough for Campbell to take the problem to heart. He went out and bought an AED for his Bluewater neighbourhood. Campbell said the response time can be lengthy in the more isolated areas of the island. “It is a concern, the length of the time for somebody to get to it,” said Campbell. Rotary has agreed to pay for one third of the cost of an AED for 10 units. The rest of the money would come from fundraising for each device. “Hood Point West paid for it on their own so that another

Outside the Bowen library Bawn Campbell and Amanda Ockeloen display one of the eight AEDs they helped bring to the island. photos Maria Spitale-Leisk neighbourhood could use the funds,” said Campbell. Campbell and Ockeloen are

humbled by the Iridia award and are appreciative for the overall support from Islanders

for the AED program. “It shows what a caring community this is,” said Campbell.

High E. coli count prompts Snug Cove swimming advisory MARIA SPITALE-LEISK EDITOR

Elevated E.coli bacteria levels found at Snug Cove beach have promoted health officials to advise people against swimming in the water there. Vancouver Coastal Health ordered on June 24 a sign be posted at the beach warning of the contaminated water. Beaches are closed to swimming whenever levels of E.coli (an indicator organism associated with sewage contamination) rise above 200 bacteria in 100 millilitres of water. Snug Cove beach recorded a 277 E-coli count at the end of June. When E.coli levels creep past 200, anyone who swims in the water is at an elevated risk of contracting a gastrointestinal illness, according to VCH. Bowen Island Municipality helps to monitor water quality by collecting a minimum of five samples each month in the summer from the local beaches and submitting them to a provincial lab for testing. VCH then interprets the results, based on federal guidelines for recreation water quality, to come up with an average E.coli count over the 30-day period. The Snug Cove swimming advisory will be rescinded when the E.coli numbers get back under 200 with an established downward trend, said VCH environmental health officer Nader Massoud. Last year Snug Cove beach had a posted water warning from June 11 to Sept. 26. As for the E.coli culprit, Massoud said it’s tough to point to any one cause. “There could be several sources, everything from sewage, storm water, agricultural runoff, so those are some of the potential reasons that would cause these elevated (E. coli) counts,” said Massoud.

Campfire ban now in effect MARIA SPITALE-LEISK EDITOR

A campfire and open fire ban is now in effect for all of Bowen Island, including beaches, parks and trails. There is also a ban on backyard fires, tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers and all open flames. Smokers are urged to use extreme caution and discard cigarettes safely. To stay up to date on the fire ban throughout the summer, please visit Bowen Island Municipality’s Fire Department page at

A recent sign posted at Snug Cove beach warns swimmers the water is unsafe due to E.coli concerns. photo Maria Spitale-Leisk

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Call of nature

Ah, summer. Time to pack up the tent, the camp stove and cooler and head off to one of our great natural parks for a weekend of R&R. Camping used to be one of the few remaining respites from our stress-filled world. It was also one of the last options for cheap family vacations, and it could be done relatively close to home. But the times, they are a-changing, and not for the better. Gone are the days when a regular person could make a spur-of-the-moment decision based on practical considerations like the chances of good weather vs. a weekend of sodden misery with the kids. To have even a faint hope of getting a camp site, people have to sit on their computer waiting for the exact second that reservations open – as though scoring concert tickets to the Tragically Hip, rather than vying for the chance to sleep on an air mattress. The chances are slim, though, as camp sites have gone the way of other real estate – with practices like scalping of reservations and online bulk buys by tour companies that resell the sites to tourists at a significant markup all throwing cold water on that sought-after campfire glow. We agree that some simple measures could improve the situation. Allow B.C. residents a head start on campsite bookings. Limit the number of sites tour companies can reserve or only take reservations from individuals. Require ID to claim the sites. Everyone – not just the canny and the wealthy – should have a chance to enjoy our great outdoors.

Homegrown initiative truly impressive Dear editor: It is without pause that I express my delight and exuberance over the unveiling of the new Bowen Island Community Brand. This is a true homegrown initiative that has been researched, developed, presented and implemented completely by Bowen Islanders (at almost no cost to taxpayers thanks to the donated time and work by Rethink, StoryTellings and BIM’s economic development committee). As a local business owner I see this brand as a reflection of our community spirit – playful and artistic, yet with a touch of defiance and even controversy! The cast of characters embodies a range of personalities in the same way that Bowen does. I love it! The brand tells people, we

are proud to be a bit different here … and we want our visitors to know that. Perhaps not everyone will “get it,” but I believe the vast majority will … and I think they will appreciate getting to know a bit about the nature of Bowen Islanders while getting to experience the nature of Bowen Island. Not everyone who comes to Bowen Island makes it their home, but the ones who do share a deep connection to this place for many common reasons. Perhaps we should be appealing to visitors who are of like minds to the residents. Keep the conversations going, there is still a lot of work to be done in rolling out this brand to the world. Make sure your character’s voice is heard. Glenn Cormier

One-liners entertain Dear editor: I would like to congratulate the economic development committee, Edward Wachtman and Sheree Johnson (of StoryTellings) and Rethink for all the work they did this past year on their branding exercise for Bowen. Frankly I wasn’t expecting to be so thoroughly entertained and I’m hoping that we use ALL those T-shirt one-liners. I happen to love them all. And I’ll have Christmas presents for family and friends for years to come. And kudos to all the islanders who attended all of those meetings. You did good. Colleen O’Neil, program director Caring Circle Health & Wellness Society of Bowen Island

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Local resident pleased to be able to follow all the action from Florence Dear editor: As one of the original members of Bowen’s economic development committee, I was disappointed that I would not be able to participate in Monday’s presentation to council by Gordon Ganong, Jacqueline Massey and the amazing “new” Bowen Islander, Chris Staples of Rethink! However, sitting in the living room of our VRBO apartment in beautiful downtown Florence, Italy at 10 p.m., I was able to link into the Bowen municipality’s live broadcast from council chambers. Thousands of miles and nine hours time difference but I was able to laugh with council, cheer . . . and a big guffaw at the snail’s “mind the salt” comment. Telling people it’s “awful” here is so fun!

The first time I saw it, I laughed out loud. Being chair of Tourism Bowen Island and previously the Chamber of Commerce, I’ve had many interesting discussions about tourism on the island with many individuals who just might, finally, be able to express their feelings with a smile on their faces as they come up with taglines for us to use throughout the years. It was the culmination of almost three years of discussion and work by many individuals . . . and to see on my iPad the smiles, the handshakes and to hear the laughter and discussion as people exited the chamber made it all worthwhile. Murray Atherton, chairman Tourism Bowen Island




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New brand doesn’t accurately convey today and tomorrow’s story of Bowen Island Dear editor:

One of Bowen Island’s official new slogans that was unveiled last week. image supplied Rethink

Writer feels misrepresented Dear editor: OK, I’m out on a Bowen limb here . . . I gotta say: Number one – I’m not “proudly defiant” and if I thought this island was full of defiant people, I wouldn’t move here. Number two – deers with red, threatening and glowing eyes do not make me want to bring my children here, or even talk to our awesome “strangers.” This is my not so “tongue-in-cheek” way of saying, I feel very misrepresented in these ads, and while I get the juxtapositional humour, I just don’t think they’re very funny, nor inviting, in that tourist, visitor kind of way. They feel smug to me and if smug is attractive, then maybe I live in a place that is changing. I totally appreciate how much work goes into these campaigns. The heart, the money, the time, the conversations, the interviews, the back and forth debate . . . the risk of misrepresenting a community, etc. I appreciate the influence of Portland’s “Weird” campaign

and I can see the energy of that behind these videos, postcards, etc. However, I think they are a better fit for an awesome craft beer campaign. Imagine: Mad Deer Pale Ale or Cranky Eagle IPA. After reading the (branding) PowerPoint, I can see pieces within it that feel right to me, as in an accurate reflection of who we are, but I can’t seem to follow it to this dramatic, rather dry humour result. In fact, there’s a quote in there about being “a little bit defiant” (the seed of the idea), but that’s after a long list of other kinder, warmer, more inviting qualities, yet what was latched on to was the smallest part. My big question is: Is this the way we want Bowen Island to be represented for the next decade or two? Because if it’s not, then let’s serve the full story of Bowen Island and celebrate this part of our story, but see it as that . . . part of our story. Tina Overbury

As I was flipping through the Undercurrent this past weekend I was saddened to see confirmation of the roll out of the new Bowen brand. You see, over the preceding few days a number of friends sent me the brand platform that was on the municipality website – they were aghast. They were looking to see my thoughts; I was just as stunned. People say, why this is such an important consideration? It’s cute, not really that big a deal. In fact it’s a huge decision. Brands are more than just logos and taglines. Brands are entities. People emotionally engage with them, invest in them, and the brands they associate with are intertwined with their own personal identities, helping to validate decisions they make in their lives. To this end the Bowen brand should be a platform that helps guide decisions from zoning, to public engagement, tourism endeavours, to festivals and

events to public space use and creation. In general, the brand and the thinking behind it are completely flawed because they don’t accurately convey today and tomorrow’s story of Bowen. The concept is “defiant welcome,” an oxymoron at the least and hardly encompassing of economic development at worst. This island is only just shedding the baggage of being a hangout for outcasts, isolationists and hillbillies. What we have been given is the rearview mirror, a tale of what the island used to be. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I see a worldly, cosmopolitan, urbane, highly affluent, educated and proud islander today. That’s the zeitgeist of today’s Bowen. Why doesn’t our brand connote any of that? Seriously, ask yourself: what do a poorly stylized campy deer, a goofy font, an aging color palette and the tagline, “Tell your friends it’s awful here” do for us? Ryan Laurin

New Seaside Marketplace looking for vendors ‘Where

can I buy a T-shirt?’

Dear editor: Summer is upon us! And with summer, comes the wonderful farmer and artisan markets that dot our Lower Mainland and coastal villages. With that being said, we have a brand new market that has hit the shores of our lovely island. The Bowen Island Seaside Marketplace will be open for business on the Union Steamship lawn by Paradise Grill and will continue every weekend all summer long until the weather quits co-operating. Let’s show visitors off the ferry a snippet of our vibrant, creative and passionate community. The Seaside Marketplace boasts local makers, bakers and growers from our island and neighbours across the moat with a free weekly community table for our local organizations that wish to educate the public. Please be sure to contact to reserve this space as it will fill up fast. The Seaside Marketplace is extending an invitation to all local growers that wish to participate. We do not want to interfere with the Saturday tailgate sales happening at BICS, so please come down after, or get picking Sunday morning and join us on the lawn. Farmer spaces will be at a reduced price due to the shortened length of time they will require to keep their goods fresh. All vendors must supply their own tent and table. The fee is $25 a day and $40 per weekend. Fresh grown produce rate is $15 a day. We are still accepting applications, so please visit our website to fill out a request form. See you at the market! More info:

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One-of-a-kind bags on display at the Bowen Island Seaside Marketplace, which is open for business all summer long on the Union Steamship lawn. photo supplied

Everyone has an opinion on the new Bowen Island brand identity, and here’s mine: Overall, it’s delightful. The characters are grabby, the tone is fresh and marvellously tongue-in-cheek, and with some very minor message tweaking, it’s good to go. I’m so relieved we didn’t end up with another earnest “spectacular by nature” slogan that dooms so many tourism campaigns to failure. Three cheers for the talented design and brand professionals at Rethink – and thank heavens this didn’t suffer the fate of “design by committee.” Where can I buy a T-shirt? James Glave

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Tour celebrates Bowen Island’s unique people, plants, places


Discover Bowen Island’s hidden beauty during the biennial People, Plants and Places tour which returns next weekend. In 1993, the People, Plants and Places tour was initiated by 10 Bowen Islanders in order to promote the community’s rich history and beautiful homes and gardens. The first tours were yearly and included heritage sites, such as the USS Company Store, the Collins Farm and the Post Office. Over the years, the PPP grew, evolving into a tour that also includes more recent homes and which takes place biennially. This month, we celebrate the PPP’s 20th year with an exquisite tour of nine sites around Bowen Island, including historic and heritage sites, an art exhibit, a variety of gardens, and architecturally interesting homes. Gracious hosts work hard all year to prepare these homes and gardens for public viewing, so it is the perfect opportunity to admire creative interior design and unique garden displays. The PPP also relies on numerous volunteers whose vital contributions make the event the spectacular attraction that brings out hundreds of visitors. The People, Plants & Places Tour runs July 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $20 per person for groups of 10 or more, available at Adele Therias is the archival assistant at Bowen Island Museum and Archives.

Calendar Jazz night July 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Bowen Island Pub. Eat, drink and paint Saturday, July 9, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gallery at Artisan Square. Artist and teacher Kathleen Ainscough will lead this stepby-step acrylic painting class. Cost: $45 and includes lesson, canvas, tools, a beverage and snacks. Art in the Garden, July 11-14 at Cates Hill. Children ages six to nine can paint en plein air in beautiful garden settings with art teacher Rebecca Smith. Cost: $180 More info: Community lunch Tuesday, July 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bowen Island Legion. Gourmet soup served with artisan bread, followed by dessert and tea or coffee. $5. Adult event. People, Plants & Places Tour July 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $25, or $20 per person for groups of 10 or more, at In the Cove: Past and Present Bowen Island until July 17 at The Gallery at Artisan Square. Vanessa Hall-Patch & Museum & Archives Historical Photography at The Gallery, June 22 to July 17 Bowen Island Seaside Marketplace is open every weekend all summer long on the Union Steamship lawn by Paradise Grill.

Admire some unfenced deer-proof gardens at this year’s People, Plants and Places Tour. BOWEN ISLAND


Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Bowen Island Community School.

Island’s orchard to come alive with history MARION ARNOTT CONTRIBUTOR

A heritage enthusiast duo will be spending their summer immersed in Bowen’s history while they give tours of the island’s storied orchard cottages. Lindsey Curtis is studying fine art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Marion Arnott is a history student at the University of Calgary. The Heritage Orchard Cottages are open every day and both students are able to give knowledgeable tours of the 1928 resort cottage museum. The students are also planning fun activities for the summer: tea on the porch every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m., games in the orchard (there are two balls in a net bag waiting to be kicked around) and upcoming art sessions. There is an extensive collection of used books, with all proceeds to the Bowen Island library, for sale along with locally made gifts and artwork in the main room of the information cottage. Both students would like to meet more Bowen residents and invite you to come enjoy the beauty of the orchard this summer. Bowen Heritage is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Reserve the last week of August for a long-table feast in the orchard. We have lined up five local chefs for what promises to be a gala feast.

The 25-year mission of Bowen Heritage has been to preserve 10 (of an original 200) resort cottages and educate you about the value of heritage and preservation. Volunteers have put in countless hours and the focus of our celebration will be to honour that work and our supportive community. An archway of lights in some of the oldest trees will be the entrance to a row of tables down the middle of the orchard. Local musicians will entertain and the cottages will be draped with artwork. The evening will commemorate our past achievements and celebrate what the orchard cottages mean to our community today and moving forward. Metro Vancouver has been working hard to clean out a whole lot of invasive plants and the place has a new, more open look. We’ve added benches overlooking the beach and think the whole area is much more inviting. Please come and see for yourself and while there, drop in and say hello to Lindsey and Marion. Marion Arnott is a summer student for Bowen Heritage. This year Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association is putting on the summer student program with funding from the Federal Young Canada Works and Service Canada programs, plus assistance from Bowen Island Municipality.

Lindsey Curtis and Marion Arnott (summer students), Judi Gedye (heritage board president) and John Riley (orchard expert and volunteer) recently spent the day cleaning up the orchard and cottages. BOWEN HERITAGE photo


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Morris dancers delight in The Happy Isle MARIA SPITALE-LEISK EDITOR

Bowen’s Black Sheep rung in the fourth of July in a decidedly English manner, dancing on the boardwalk outside Doc Morgan’s. The Black Sheep had performed as part of the EXPOnenti’Ale: Tiddley Cove Morris’s 30th Birthday Tour in Vancouver on Saturday, and managed to entice their Morris counterparts from California and the U.K. to come to Bowen for a visit. Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers from North Yorkshire, England, and Mad Molly from Palo Alto, Calif., looked to be thoroughly enjoying themselves in The Happy Isle as they skipped around in the sunshine Monday. For the uninitiated, Morris dance dates back to 1448 in England but continues to be embraced around the world by societies that carry on the tradition. The English folk dance is accompanied by music and characterized by rhythmic stepping from the performers who usually wear bell pads on their shins and wield props such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs. photos Maria Spitale-Leisk

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BICS new playground set to bloom in spring 2017 Playgrounds are where we gather together and this is why the Bowen Island Community School Association made the Spring 2017 community playground upgrade our number one project from 2015 to 2017. Dr. Seuss said “Look at Me! Look at Me! Look at Me Now! It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How!” We took that to heart because what is more fun than a playground and who can argue with Dr. Seuss? At BICS there remain two wooden play structures that are slated for removal by the West Vancouver school district. The projected cost (from 2015) for the removal, preparation of the site by Habitat Landscape Structures for installation of three new pieces, and WVSD facilities costs (excluding surfacing) is $42,000. In 2007 the BICS community playground began its upgrade through a few phases. The entire community worked together and with donations, fundraising and grants from BIM, B.C. gaming and West Vancouver Schools, major upgrades were able to be completed in 2010. After a six-year hiatus the last two wooden pieces need to be removed and replaced. This brings us to where we are now, the final phase of installation of three new playground pieces by spring 2017. With help from so many others we have raised $22,000 and are now halfway to our goal. The CSA would like to take this opportunity to thank the following Bowen Island organizations, the Undercurrent and individuals for their tremendous support of the 2017 spring playground upgrade and for showing such spirit of community:

Kids get in the swing of things at Bowen Island Community School playground, which is currently undergoing a facelift. photo supplied BICS

Bowen Island Community Foundation – community impact fund grant Bowen Island Municipality – community grant Smooth Stone Foundation – grant Knick Knack Nook – social sustainability grant Bowen Rotary – grant Parent Advisory Council – funding Alix Sinclair – magic show donation Terri Dewar – donation Levi Seberly – donation Youth Crafters – donation We are humbled and grateful for your belief in this project. September 2016 will see us continue to move forward into the final stretch with the playground project and we look forward to involving you – yes, you! We will be keeping all community members on Bowen Island well-informed on how you can help make the playground bloom in spring 2017! Please keep your eyes open because you will be learning lots more about this in the Undercurrent, on our CSA Facebook pages and the BICS Community School co-ordinator’s newsletters. If you are reading this and feeling like you want to be involved now, please keep in mind that the Community School Association can issue tax receipts for donations of $25 or more. Please contact our Community School co-ordinator Sarah Haxby at 604-947-0389 or Katherine Gish is past chairwoman of the Bowen Island Community School Association and grant writer for the playground project.

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Bright advice on summer sun protection lesions and perhaps even melanoma. Compared to today’s average Londoner, someone like Shakespeare was less at risk because of his shorter life span and the filtering protection of the ozone. UVB radiation is the main cause of skin tanning and burning. While the division is not totally clear, UVA seems to be the main culprit in the aging effects of sunlight, such as wrinkling, sagging and thickening. It is also responsible for the photosensitivity


For six billion years the sun has been emitting ultraviolet radiation in two forms that have been identified by the United States National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization as carcinogens. Both the UVA (long) and UVB (shorter) forms can cause the genetic mutations in DNA that cumulatively lead to basal and squamous cell

Book review: Seven Years of Summer by Loredana May-Brind Submitted by the author 1936 – a man rides a motorbike up to a cottage on a beach in northern Italy, shakes his blond hair into the sun and captures the imagination of the five young cousins summering there. Jacques is older, foreign and glamorous and obviously charmed by the beauty of the place and of the girls, one in particular. Milla, 17, pretty and discontented, conceals her romantic nature while dreaming of escape from an ordinary life. She falls for Jacques’ offer of a door opening on risky, unclear destinations. Her younger sister Ari, a silent observer, is caught in the allure of Milla’s daring. After surviving the war, coping with the threat of bombs, food and fuel shortages and the ever present danger of Jacques being caught as an enemy alien by both Italian and German Fascists, Milla enters into her seven years of summer, seven years of passionate happiness that encloses her in a triangle of deep unconventional love shared with Jacques and his best friend Alex. This fascinating and

romantic story, with its charge of risks and mystery in a country still very much under the influence of the Catholic church, is based on true events, as told to her by her mother and aunt. Loredana was born in Italy and now lives on Bowen with her husband, documentary filmmaker Bill Brind. Her daughter Geraldine Brind is a longtime teacher on Bowen. Copies of the novel are available at the Phoenix bookstore, at The Gallery in Artisan Square and at our local library. Also it can be downloaded from Amazon. com using their free Kindle app.


Celebration of the Life of Lee Dulong

will be held at the Bowen Island Legion on Sat. July 16 from 4pm - 8pm

reactions associated with certain medications (including some naturopathics) and diseases such as lupus and cold sores. Both forms play a role in skin cancer, but unlike UVB, UVA penetrates glass and clouds and puts us at risk all year round. The good news is that exposure, and hence risk, can be limited. While the most effective remedy is’ to avoid exposure altogether, wearing a beekeepers regalia is not an appealing option. Clothing that blocks or at least filters the rays is certainly worth considering, as is limiting outdoor exposure, especially during sunny days. Indeed this may be the best option for the very young. For those of us who insist on gardening or playing tennis outdoors, choosing a good sunscreen is important. Relying on the SPF in choosing a product can be deceiving because it indicates only how much longer it protects against burning than no sunscreen, and means little with regard to the other serious effects ~f UV radiation. There is no satisfactory gauge for judging UVA protection, so the most sensible approach is to ensure that the product you use offers broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB. Apart from lotions that

Cates Pharmacy carries a selection of sunscreens for the whole family. MARIA SPITALE-LEISK photo

are more waterproof or cosmetically acceptable, a good combination of ingredients is the key. An SPF of at least 30 does indicate acceptable UVB protection. And to absorb and block UVA radiation, look for ingredients such as ecamsule (Mexoryl) and avobenzone. Octocrylene or titanium or zinc oxide block both UVA and UVB. How a sunscreen is applied is a crucial determinant of how well it works. It must be applied liberally, and the rule of thumb is one ounce (two

tablespoonfuls - externally, of course) for the full body and a teaspoonful to cover face and neck. It should be applied every two hours (unless the label states otherwise,) or after swimming or heavy sweating. Again, it is important to note that a higher SPF rating does not offer significantly higher protection against burning for the time it is effective, but only slightly higher protection for a longer time. Avoid products that combine sunscreen with insect repellant, and if using both, apply the sunscreen first.

Sunscreens are affected by extremes of temperature - if it changes colour or smell, it should be replaced. Since Shakespeare’s time, the ruddy complexion or “native hue of resolution” whose absence Hamlet bemoaned, has in our time become a source of considerable concern, but at least we have a solution (or cream or lotion.) Bud Massender is a Bowen Island pharmacist at Cates Pharmacy

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Bowen Island Municipality from Bowen Island, BC has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Surrey for a Community Licence of Occupation for a situated on Provincial Crown Land located at Mannion Bay, Bowen Island. The potential Licence of Occupation area extends from the high water mark to a straight line between the northern and southern bounding points. The northern bounding point is at the southwest end of Edwards Road, where the end of the road right of way meets the high water mark. The southern bounding point is located at the northeast side of District Lot 490, PID 009-163-409 where the lot line meets the high water mark. The Lands File Number for this application is 2411752. Comments on this application may be submitted in two ways: 1) Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at: 2) By mail to the Senior Land Officer at 200 – 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC, V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations until August 11, 2016. Comments received after this date may not be considered. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information contact Information Access Operations at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services in Victoria at:

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New island park and ride program arriving soon MARIA SPITALE-LEISK EDITOR

Residents will soon have another option for commuting into the cove: a park and ride on the west side of the island. Four parking spaces will be installed sometime in the next couple of months at the satellite fire hall at 1421 Adams Rd., says Bonny Brokenshire, Bowen Island Municipality’s manager of parks and environment. The park and ride was created in response to increased parking pressures in Snug Cove and coincides with the island’s Integrated Transportation Master Plan, which looks at alternative forms of transportation. The pilot project will gauge whether or not there’s an appetite on the island for a park and ride as a viable transportation solution. More information is available by emailing the municipality at or calling 604947-4255.

The satellite fire hall on Adams Road is where a new park and ride is being created. photo Maria Spitale-Leisk


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Canada Day at Crippen Park Islanders of all ages celebrated Canada Day at Crippen Park last Friday. West Coast-inspired ska and reggae band Back Eddy and the Procrastinators

provided the tunes for the festivities that featured face painting, potato sack races, reptiles, arts and crafts, and free cake.


HEALTH & WELLNESS Dr. Susanne Schloegl M.D.

Open Mon.Wed. Thurs. Fri. Call for an appointment Artisan Square


Psychologist Dr. Carolyn Nesbitt PhD, R.Psych #1484

COURTNEY MORRIS R.Ac, DCH Acupuncture & Homeopathy Adults, Kids, Babies


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Dr. Tracy Leach, D.C.

Chiropractor Certified provider of Active Release Techniques Artisan Square Tues. & Fri.


Dr. Utah Zandy 604-947-9830

BODY VITALITY MASSAGE THERAPY James Goldfarb RMT BC#05279 Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon Call 604-288-2860 text 250-726-8080

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BOWEN ISLAND MASSAGE THERAPY 604-947-9755 EXT #1 @ #597 Wellness Centre & #595 next door!! TEXT: 604-653-9755 By Appt. 7 days a week MARY MCDONAGH RMT HARMONY SHIRE RMT ROBYN IZARD RMT ALICIA HOPPENRATH RMT

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Life Labs Tue @ Dr. Schloegl Thur @ Dr. Zandy

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For routine lab tests. Specialized tests & children may be referred to the mainland.

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Bowen Island Undercurrent July 8 2016