Bowen Island Undercurrent February 8 2018

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VOL. 44, NO. 05


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Saving sharks

Islanders work aims to keep rare species in our seas

Casting votes

A goodbye...

A call for our electoral system to keep up with the times

Reflections from the editor

Former MP continues work on derelict boats issue John Weston to highlight Bowen Island efforts in testimony about Bill C-64


Happy commuters head to work on Peter King’s express bus on Tuesday morning.

Peter King, photo

Bowen celebrates Queen of Capilano’s return MERIBETH DEEN EDITOR

At 5:20am on Wednesday February 7, the Queen of Capilano departed Horseshoe Bay for Snug Cove for the first time in more than a month. The ferry was supposed to be back on duty starting on February 4th, but sea-trials the day before revealed the need to replace one of the bearings that moves the boat’s propeller. “We had to order the part and then replace it,” says BC Ferries spokesperson Darin Guenette. “It was a two-day job that had to be done.” Guenette says that while the Bowen Queen, the replacement ferry on route #8, is due for retirement in the next couple of years, BC Ferries has not yet decided what it will be replaced with. A plan for a replacement during the next refit period (January 2020) also needs to be created. “By this time next year we should have a good idea of what we are going to do,” says Guenette. “If the replacement vessel is one with a smaller capacity we will try to come up with a plan that minimizes the impact for Bowen Islanders.”

Guenette adds that while he does not have any statistics demonstrating the effectiveness of BC Ferries’ efforts to make the re-fit period easier for people going from Bowen and back, his numbers show the ferry being full on just about all commuter runs. The express bus between Horseshoe Bay and downtown has enjoyed increased ridership during this period, with operator and driver Peter King having his highest level of ridership since the express bus started running in 2015. “On Monday, we had 192 riders on the bus,” says King. “I think this re-fit period was harder on people than the last, because prior to 2015, the Queen of Capilano was smaller so the change wasn’t as big. It has been good for the express bus though, as we’ve definitely generated more ridership.” King says his next goal, to improve the experience of express bus riders, is to provide a seamless ticketing experience by getting approval for the use Compass Cards on the bus. Ferry Marshall Jewal Maxwell has expressed her relief concerning the return of the Queen of Capilano, and will be awarded with a certificate of appreciation at council next week.

In November of 2017, federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau introduced Bill C-64 to the House of Commons to prohibit vessel abandonment, picking up where a private member’s bill submitted by former West Vancouver Sea to Sky MP John Weston left off. Weston, a Conservative, says he supports the new bill and is heading to Ottawa next week to comment on it before MPs vote on it for a third time. Weston says the creation of his private members bill, Bill C-695, which stopped moving forward with the 2015 federal election, was shaped largely by his work with Bowen Islander Bruce Russel and Bowen’s Municipal Manager of Parks and Environment, Bonny Brokenshire. “I spent a lot of time, as the MP for West Vancouver Sea to Sky, paddling around on Mannion Bay with Bruce and Bonny,” says Weston. “I am very happy to see that this issue has been picked up again, and to see that not just my work, but the work of a number of people, was not done in vain.” The background information included with Bill C-64 outlines the problems associated with abandoned vessels, including environmental damage and blemishing the sea-scape. Weston says these problems were very much alive in the Sea to Sky riding when he was MP, and “people were at their wits end.” Weston adds that alongside conversations with Russell and Brokenshire, as well as visits to Mannion Bay, one of the key influences in the creation of Bill C-695 was environmental activist Eoin Finn from Bowyer Island. “Mr. Finn was a harsh critic on Conservative environmental policies, overly so, I would say,” recalls Weston. “But one day we were standing next to one another and he suggested slapping the offender of this violation with fines and encarceration. This became the core of my proposal, and personal responsibility became the underlying value in Bill C-695.” This was the first time the idea of imposing jail times for abandoning vessels was proposed in Canada, and Weston says he is pleased to see Bill C-64 includes that specific aspect. continued P3


Meeting Calendar February 09, 2018 9:30am Economic Development Committee Meeting

February 13, 2018 7:15pm Regular Council


Our Notice volunteer fire department of public hearing is recruiting

Snug Cove pedestrian ramp closure

Applicants must: • be 19 years of age or older • live and work on Bowen Island • have a valid BC driver’s license • be willing to undergo a criminal background check • be available and willing to be called out at any time • be willing to undergo training for first responder medical situations, in addition to firefighting

The pedestrian gangway at Snug Cove South Dock will be closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, for the installation of a new gangway. Please make arrangements with other marinas if you need access to a dock during these times.

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February 15, 2018 7:00pm Heritage Commission Meeting

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Legislation highlights benefits of political co-operation from P1

The new Liberal government picked up this bill in part because Weston’s political opponent, current MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, “graciously endorsed it.” In his testimony next week, Weston says he will make

a number of suggestions to improve and clarify the bill. Weston says he sees the story of abandoned vessels legislation in Canada as an example of what can be accomplished when political adversaries come together to find a broadly supported solution to problems.

“My hope is that for people who are turned off government, they see a story like this and roll up their sleeves and do something to improve their community or country,” says Weston.

On the calendar A boom surrounds the site of a barge sinking near Port Mellon Jan. 31. Photo: WEST COAST MARINE RESPONSEVIA TWITTER


West Coast Marine Response, the private company tasked with responding to spills in navigable waters along the B.C. coast, says last week’s spill near Port Mellon involved between 120 and 200 litres of diesel from a fuel tank on equipment stored on a barge that sank Jan. 31. Michael Lowry of West Coast Marine Response said Monday that containment booms remain in place as a precaution, although much of the cleanup work was completed last Thursday afternoon. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) said the tank is now empty, and no further upwelling of fuel has been seen. “CCG will continue to take measures to minimize any impact to public safety and the environment,” the agency said in an email to Coast Reporter. The Coast Guard also said the owner of the barge, a pontoon structure with a platform holding a fuel tank and a diesel engine-powered deck crane, is known and the CCG is working with the owner on a recovery plan. “The Coast Guard coordinated the response with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, the province of B.C., the Squamish Nation, and other partners to ensure an effective and timely response,” the statement also said. An update circulated by Islands Trust Gambier trustee Kate-Louise Stamford said the spill was first reported around 7:30 a.m.

Grade 5 - 7 Dance at the BICS gym, 7pm $5

on Jan. 31, and the Coast Guard was on scene with a hovercraft around 9 a.m. and the Western Canada Marine Response units were there by noon. Opponents of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion were quick to point to the incident as proof of the dangers of increased tanker traffic. In a joint statement with several environmental organizations, the Squamish Nation called the incident “proof of the danger of increased tanker traffic that could result from the Kinder Morgan pipeline.” “When spills happen, they can devastate our coastline. Oil spills directly impact our economy, culture, and community who have lived off our homelands for thousands of years. The risk of spills is always present in our minds, and our communities feel the consequences,” said Squamish Nation councillor Dustin Rivers. William George, member of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said: “Just this month we saw orcas around the Sunshine Coast. The Kinder Morgan tanker increase puts Indigenous culture, ceremony and food at too great a risk.” The head of the oil campaign at Greenpeace Canada is also quoted in the release. “[The] oil spill foreshadows what’s to come if Kinder Morgan is allowed to bring 400 tankers to the coast each year. The accident is a stark and gut-wrenching reminder of why we need more protection for critical species such as salmon and herring and more scientific study of spill response readiness on the coast,” said Jessica Wilson.

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

Helan Wallwork Minister of Music: Lynn Williams



BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Clinton Neal ST. GERARD’S ROMAN 1070 Miller Road 604-947-0384 Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. CATHOLIC CHURCH

Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m.

ST. GERARD’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Administration Office: 604-682-6774 Mass: 10:30 a.m. Priest: Father James Comey


CATES HILL CHAPEL 604-947-4260 CATES HILL CHAPEL 604-947-4260 (661 Carter Rd.)

10:00 a.m. W 10:00 a.m. Worship

(661 Carter Rd.)

10:00 a.m. Worship • Sunday School: Tots to Teens Sunday School: Tots to Teens

Pastor: Dr. James B. Krohn

Pastor: Phil Adkins

Sunday continued Community Meditation Circle 7:30 at the Seabreeze building, right above the Barber Shop Monday, February 12 SKY: exercise at 9:00 followed by coffee and speaker, yoga at 11:00. Island Village Song Circle 7 -9pm at Collins Hall

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

Saturday, February 10 Community Labyrinth Walk will take place in the BICS gym Seedy Saturday and Veg talk hosted by Bowen Agricultural Alliance, 12 -2pm in the BICS multi-purpose room

Sunday, February 11 Parent & Tot Gym time, 10am. $3 per child

Tuesday February 13 Bowen Island AA - 7:15 Collins Hall Bowen Island Community Lunch Special Valentine Menu, a choice of soups followed by home made Belgian chocolate brownies - 11:30am at The Legion. $5 Adults only

Friday February 16 Trust Me Series: Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes 7:30 pm at Tir-Na-Nog Theatre tickets at Phoenix

Happy Birthday to Jim Moore! He’ll be 95 on February 15.

BC Ferries REGULAR SCHEDULE January 2, 2018 to March 31, 2018


5:20 am^> 6:20 am 7:30 am# 8:35 am 9:40 am 10:50 am 12:00 pm 1:10 pm 2:55 pm 4:00 pm† 5:10 pm* 6:15 pm 7:25 pm* 8:30 pm# 9:30 pm 10:30 pm

VANCOUVER Horseshoe Bay 5:50 am 6:50 am# 8:00 am 9:05 am† 10:15 am 11:25 am 12:35 pm 2:20 pm 3:30 pm 4:35 pm * 5:45 pm 6:50 pm 8:00 pm* 9:00 pm# 10:00 pm

Distance: 3 NAUTICAL MILES Crossing Time: 20 MINUTES

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Service and Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Service and Sunday School 10:30 am Collins Hall Bookings: Helen Wallwork MinisterCollins of Music: Williams HallLynn Bookings:

Friday, February 9 Library Storytime, 10:30am

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Thursday February 8 Duplicate Bridge, 6:45 - 10pm at Bowen Court. For more information, please call Irene at 2955



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Closing a chapter Dear readers,

As most of you have figured out by now, my time sitting in the hot-seat as newspaper editor in this incredibly engaged community is at an end. I’ve had a sense, for some time, that this job shares some similarity to sitting on council. There are a few differences, of course, one being that it is totally okay when you are editor to admit that you are clueless as to what’s going on, as long as you are willing to dig for answers... Another difference, of course, is that no one runs for “editor of The Undercurrent.” That said, without a boatload of community support, it would be hard for even the most hardboiled of journalists to stick it out here, week after week. Which brings me to the enormous THANK YOU, to this community. When Thursday hits and the deadline stress is over, it feels pretty great to see people’s heads stuck in the paper. To hear people actually talking about what they’ve read in the paper is even better. In typical Bowen-fashion, the community support that’s got me through has really gone over the top. Instead of just griping about typos, there are a few of you who have habitually popped by the office to help read the copy before it goes off to press. Many of you have sent in articles, and photography. Others have sent me pages of research, and bothered even to come in and explain what it all means. All of this puts the “community” into “community newspaper.” I have also been taken aback, in a good way, at the thank yous. Yes its true, this is a thankless job in many ways, until someone stops you in the frozen food aisle of the General Store to tell you how much they appreciate what you do. From my perspective, this role has been an unbelievable growing and learning experience. Part of me wishes I had taken a job on like this when I was 25, on the other hand I’m not sure my 25 year-old self could’ve handled it. The absolute best part of the job has been getting to know all kinds of people who I otherwise wouldn’t have. I won’t miss the deadlines, but I will miss this office with its view on Trunk Road and its door swinging open with a constant stream of visitors. Now, I could really go all “Bowen” here and launch into a very long list of thank yous, but I think I would rather take my time and put letters in the mail. There are a few obvious ones that need, absolutely to be stated: there are the best side-kicks I could ask for, Tracey Wait and Maureen Sawasy, who have helped me make a million judgement calls, who have shared the burden of deadline with me. There’s the community icon, Ron Woodall - how could any of us even function without your weekly take on things? Thanks of course to publisher Peter Kvarnstrom for keeping this ship afloat, and also to the colleagues we don’t see much, at the North Shore News, Squamish Chief and Courier, who let us run their stories. Oh, and to all the people who have helped with my kids over the years! I love you! You’ve saved many a paper. And to my husband, who has made countless lunches, who keeps dragging me out of bed (with coffee) and who made me take the job in the first place. I love you too! In four and a half years, I’ve seen one council wrap up its business and another take over. It’s been a wild ride, one I will no-doubt long for, but I can safely say my term is done. Civilian life awaits. All the best and thanks for everything, Meribeth

You postage stamps have helped children in need Dear Bowen Island, A big thank you to the many Bowen Islanders who have donated their used postage stamps to Save the Children Canada. The stamps will be sold and the proceeds used to help chil-

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The Legion and its good neighbours Dear Editor, The article in the February 1 edition of The Undercurrent about the “Good Neighbour Agreement” (GNA) between the Municipality, the Legion and surrounding neighbours was interesting in spite of a few inaccuracies which are important to clarify. Firstly, the changes the Legion would like to make to the GNA include increasing amplified events which require a Noise Exemption Permit from 10 to 12 per year and removing the requirement to have a Legion staff or volunteer member supervise non-member events to ensure doors and windows are kept closed. They have also asked for a blanket noise variance for member events to reduce canvassing neighbours, and for a definition of what is considered amplified. The last two are not GNA specific, but refer to the rules of the Noise Bylaw Exemption Policy, whereas the first two are key components of the GNA. This agreement was created in 2007 because relations between the neighbours and the Legion had become so challenging due to noise bylaw infractions that, to calm the waters, a meeting was set up between the Legion, the neighbours, the Municipality, the RCMP and the Liquor Control and Licensing Board (LCLB). Everyone agreed to the new

GNA, but unfortunately it has not been consistently adhered to by the Legion, and it has become obvious over the years that the Legion has not incorporated knowledge of the GNA as part of its succession when a new board is elected, nor have new neighbours been informed of it until recently. The most significant rules of the Good Neighbour Agreement that also have been most often neglected, are: #3. The Branch shall ensure that all users of the Legion Hall act in a manner that is in compliance with this agreement. #13. When the Legion Hall is being used for a non-member event that requires a Special Occasions License and/or an exemption to the Noise Control Bylaw, the event shall be supervised by a minimum of one member or employee of the Branch at all times. #15. As the Legion Hall is located within an existing mixed-use neighbourhood and is surrounded by residential properties, it will limit noise disturbance to others and will comply with the Bowen Island Municipality Noise Control Bylaw. In addition, the following noise mitigation measures will be adhered to: A. Doors and windows will be closed to prevent excessive noise. B. The Branch will post signs at all exits requesting patrons to leave the premises and park-

ing area quietly and quickly. C. The Branch will ensure that patrons are encouraged to leave the premises and parking area quickly and quietly. #18. As a good neighbour, the Branch will inform the neighbourhood and the Municipality, via electronic means whenever possible, of the Branch’s current calendar of events that are to be held in the Legion Hall. As good neighbours ourselves, we have mostly dealt directly with the Legion when events have become unbearably disturbing due to doors and windows being left open during amplified events with live bands or loud DJ music. But after receiving an array of responses ranging from deeply apologetic to somewhat belligerent; everything from statements of victimhood, lack of funds, lack of volunteers, to a defiant entitlement that does not require them to acknowledge the rules, we decided it was time to ask the Municipality to step in and educate the Legion board members of the GNA rules. As soon as this was done, the Legion asked for the GNA to be changed. The majority of neighbours are not happy with these requested changes, as no one wants the peace and enjoyment of their home to be jeopardized more than it already is with 10 amplified events per year. continued P5





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Caution: Are You a One Trick Parenting Reward Pony? KELLY ELISE NAULT COLUMNIST

Who doesn’t like a good carrot now and again? You know the crunchy kind, especially when it’s dangling from a string. What I’m talking about is that coveted promise (“Can you say Cocoa West after school boys and girls?”), the prize (lego anyone?), or that reward (How about an Artisan Eats macaroon?). They come in all shapes and sizes, and are one of the oldest tools in the parenting discipline book. The trouble? Rewards don’t ultimately work. Nope. While they can work in the short-term—a candy for going to the potty, a bit of coin for some chores and a toy for good behaviour—you’ll find they quickly loose their allure. Heaps of research proves it, too. Rewards, and praise, stroke a kid’s (or even an employee’s) external motivation (a.k.a. the ‘ego’). Those various ‘carrots on a string’ fail to nurture one’s internal motivation, which is where you’ll find the real sticking power juice when it comes to your child’s personal success. That’s why when I recently had three separate parents tell me about their rewards of choice—more screen-time, sweets and mad-money for a tween… well, I knew I needed to set the record straight, right here with you.

Now any good psychology student is familiar with Stanford University Professor, Carol Dweck’s, mindset psychology. She’s discovered, as did predecessors like Alfred Adler (colleague of Freud and Jung), that rewards such as praise in the form of “you’re such a smart boy”, or “you’re such a talented girl” only feeds unhealthy self-esteem, leading to one lowering their personal bar. While it’s oh-so-tempting, and oh-so-common, to pull out the parenting reward card it can bite you in the parenting butt, particularly if you’re a one trick parenting reward pony. And the flip side of rewards is punishment. But the reward/punishment see-saw only leads to a dizzying array of more melt-downs, frustrations and parenting guilt (‘I’ve gotta be the crummiest parent in the world…pass the vat of ice cream please’). Turns out the best gifts we can consistently offer our kids is to focus on their effort, give them the freedom to make mistakes, and to support their true interests. Research world-wide shows that when teachers and parents adopt this type of approach the results are nothing short of remarkable. What you’ll find is that kids spend more time on task, put more effort in and just try more. Bottomline: traditional rewards, includ-

ing praise, mean slower skill achievement, more mistakes and a poor attitude, in which giving-up is one’s default. So if you want more peaceful and joyful parenting in your future (cause there’s little more stressful than worrying about your kid), you’ll wanna wean yourself off using rewards and praise.

Kelly Elise Nault, M.A. (Kelly@ primarily helps support children with anxiety and helps dedicated, busy moms gain control over their family-life, so they can cut their anxiety in half and boost their energy, while establishing a closer relationship with their kids—without adding more to their to-do lists. She offers complimentary Joyfully Parenting Exploratory Session.


Legion needs to step-up from P4 We all recognize the good works of the Legion and while we can sympathize with volunteer issues, someone needs to monitor the events or the Legion will be at risk of losing their ability to offer a space for events if the doors and windows are continually left open. Surely there is a way to find someone to attend the non-member events to do this, or perhaps hire someone and add this onto the rental fee. Being released from this responsibility will only create more problems in the long run. Increasing events from 10 to 12 seems irresponsible at this point if the Legion is having trouble monitoring the current number of events. This would be akin to parents allowing a teenager more nights out when he or she has not been honoring their current curfew. Also the 10 event restriction was set by the LCLB, not the GNA, and was then simply adopted into the agreement. This restriction to 10 events came into existence after the Legion had its license suspended for 3 months for several LCLB infractions. Another item we would like to clarify is the reported comment by the Legion Board President stating that “the current rules of the GNA are really prohibitive of us and it has been challenging for us to throw any event in the past year, including bingo or Friday night dinners, without a complaint.” As far as we and other neighbours are concerned, this is a fabrication as no one has complained about bingo events or Friday night dinners over the past year. In fact, we are in support of these events as they provide a wonderful opportunity for the community to gather in a fun and peaceful way. It is only the amplified events, when the GNA is not honored, that complaints are made. We just want the Legion to be cognizant of the rules that govern their amplified events, so the noise disturbance is reduced and as neighbours we can have relatively peaceful enjoyment of our homes. Richard Best and Gini Grey

The extreme-right and proportional representation ANTON VAN WALRAVEN COLUMNIST

You might be aware that this coming fall, voters in BC will decide by referendum whether or not our voting system should change from the “First Past the Post” system to a Proportional Representation system. Proportional Representation election systems are designed to make it easier for smaller parties to get seats in parliaments, in contrast to the current First Past the Post system where large dominant parties almost always get 100% of the power with less than 50% of the vote. The referendum campaigns are already underway and the First Past the Post advocates have been making some rich claims. I will unpack the one that I find most offensive. Former NDP strategist Bill Tieleman, former BC Liberal attorney general Suzanne Anton and former deputy minister Bob Plecas are calling themselves the ‘No B.C. Proportional Representation Society.’ They have publicly claimed that if BC were to adopt Proportional Representation, extreme-right groups would be allowed to win seats in BC’s Legislature. According to this trio, people promoting Proportional Representation don’t like to talk about this aspect. This is most definitely untrue, as I love to talk about what Proportional Representation does in relationship to giving a wider variety of voices access to our provincial politics! However, before I do so, I want to say this: from an indigenous point of view, the extreme-right arrived when the first Europeans set foot on this continent. The European colonizers took control by the use of extreme-right policies aimed at systematically exterminating the people and cultures they encountered here - and if that failed - their policies aimed to forcibly assimilate the Indigenous peoples into Canada’s colonial society. ‘Indians’ became ‘fair game’, treaties were made and broken, Indigenous peoples were forced to relocated to unfertile lands to

make way for resource ‘extraction’, denied the right to hunt and fish. Alcohol was introduced to undermine communities. In 1876 Canada’s infamous Indian Act was passed with its provisions to strip Indigenous people of any racial, linguistic, cultural or family identity. Against their will, Indigenous children were taken from their families and communities and brought to Canada’s infamous residential schools, or were taken in the ‘sixties scope’ and placed in non-Indigenous homes. ‘Indian hospitals’ were opened not necessarily with the health of Indigenous people in mind, more so to have a population for medical experiments. Many of us turned a blind eye while we felt a justification in our supremacy to allow mistreatment and discrimination to continue.

Canadians of Japanese descent did not receive the right to vote until 1948, and Indigenous Canadians did not receive that right until 1960. Over time, Canada as a society has become more diverse, more multi-cultural, but that change is only marginally reflected in our political system. The right to vote was initially restricted to white men with property assets of specific value, restrictions of this kind were not entirely eliminated until 1948. Women first got the right to vote in Canada in 1916 (but only in the western provinces, other provinces addressed this in later years and in Quebec, women were not allowed to vote until 1940.) Canadians of Japanese descent did not receive the right to vote until 1948, and Indigenous Canadians did not receive that right until 1960. From the beginning of voting in Canada,

the election system of First Past the Post was there to keep a check on access to power. Now in 2018, isn’t it about time we let go of that monopoly on power that large political parties have enjoyed for so long? We know that here in BC, in 2018, there are people who hold ideas in line with extremeright ideology. We still have the Indian Act limiting the rights of Indigenous peoples, and colonial policies are still in place enabling resources to be taken from un-ceded Indigenous territory. I want these abhorrent views to stop finding their way into the current right wing parties. Changing our election system to Proportional Representation will help here: it will make people that still hang on these extreme-right ideas visible. And yes, they will be able to organize and get seats in our legislature, just like they did in the country of my origin, the Netherlands. Since early 2000s, an extremeright anti-immigrant group has held seats in Dutch parliament, but their hold on power remains ineffective. Their platform at last year’s elections was half a page filled with anti-immigrant rants. The other political parties are unwilling to work with them. Do we really have an extreme-right anti-immigrant problem in BC? No we don’t! It wouldn’t that be a bit odd in a place that pride itself to be an immigrant Nation. Indeed there are some white-supremacists groups, but not anywhere to the extent Tieleman, Anton and Plecas try to claim. Clearly First Past the Post is not the political firewall against such groups as the trio tries to argue, which becomes evident when we look south. Canada is facing the process of Truth and Reconciliation. Some Canadians are supportive of this and some are not. As supporters, one of things we can do to help de-colonise Canada is to bury the colonial relic that is ‘First Past the Post’. To help shape the referendum you can take the questionnaire at howwevote/

Anton lives in BC since 1999, married and father of two. Has made the promise that by the time his oldest child can vote, she can do so in an election that uses Proportional Representation. Anton is active in the BC Greens. This column was written from a personal point of view. VOTER REFERENDUM BASICS

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Proportional representation: when the percentage of seats held by a party represents the percentage of voters who supported that party. First past the post: also known as a plurality voting method. The candidate with the highest number (but not necessarily the majority) of votes wins. B.C. voters turned down two previous referendums on electoral reform in 2005 and 2009. The mail-in vote will require a 50-percent-plus-one margin of support to be successful.



Four years later, Tri-4-Ghana still keeping kids in school

Elevating the importance of running, skipping, hopping and more...

Bowen Island Recreation is encouraging parents and educators alike to hop on the Physical Literacy bandwagon. “It’s a big buzzword in the field of recreation, as well as within the school district,” says Rebecca Lyne at Bowen Rec. “I think we’re starting to understand that this is just as important as other kinds of literacy. Getting people moving, moving properly and staying moving just makes such a positive impact for health in the long-term.” Lyne says there are 18 specific movment skills including hopping, skipping and jumping that children are supposed to be doing properly from a young age. She adds that BICS teacher Sarah Bristow is bringing these key movements into her classroom, and Bowen Rec instructors are bringing these movements into a wide variety of classes and groups they lead. All Bowen Rec staff will be attending a workshop on fundamental movement skills so that they can teach physical literacy more effectively. For more information about how you can get your kids moving, and moving correctly, go to

Luke McKenzie four years ago, out on a training ride. Right, Luke visiting IPS and assistant head of school Jennifer Henrichsen.

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Four years ago, IPS students Luke McKenzie, Angus Duguid and Willem Young were training hard for a ride, swim and ride that would take them, collectively, from Deep Cove to the top of Mt. Gardner and back down to

Snug Cove. More importantly, this epic athletic endeavor would send their Ghanaian pen-pals to high school. The original goas was to raise $10,000, but the trio ended up raising more than $40,000. With that money, 11 Ghanaian orphans have completed high school, and five more are almost done. To complete their last term,

this final five need $3,500. Luke McKenzie was back at IPS this week to re-launch their original campaign and see those final five students graduate. To help make it happen, you can make out a cheque to Island Pacific School or donate on-line through go to .

Send a rose to show you care (and support a good cause) JAMIE WOODALL SUBMISSION

The moment 13-year old Maya Tamblyn heard about the Me2We Kenya trip, she was sure she wanted to go. The blend of cross-cultural education, adventure and service seemed like a perfect combination. Maya has been a traveller since her first trip to India when she was a mere 4-months old, and she spent 6 years of her childhood growing up in Indonesia. But this particular journey appealed to her because of the focus on inter-

action with Kenyan students and the Masaai tribe, the opportunity to learn more about local issues and help build a school, and the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream - to go on a real safari. Maya has long been involved with fundraising for the WWF to protect endangered animals, BAWA (Bali) to help street animals and has a strong interest in animal conservation and protection. As a student at IDLC, she now also spends some of her time learning about Kenya and even studying some Swahili. In order to go on the trip, Maya is fundraising the entire amount, 50% of which goes back to local community projects. In order to reach her goal, she has been busy babysitting, dog-walking, making natural beauty products to sell, and now, will be delivering roses and personalized cards anywhere on Bowen (on Valentine’s Day) for $10 a delivery. If you are interested in sending one to your beloved, to a friend, or to someone who could simply use a little extra love, please contact Maya via email to place an order: mayatamblyn@gmail. com

LEFT: Maya Woodall is fundraising for a trip this summer with Me2W to Kenya.

Students at BICS get active by participating in their own mini-olympics.

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Almost there - Bike Park on Bowen! VIGGO HENRICHSEN SUBMISSION

Thank you to all the people that have donated to the bike park so far. We have had bakes sales, toy sales and personal donations that have helped make a bike park on Bowen a reality. If we can raise $7,000 more in the next month we will be able to start the build in April 2018. Fundraising for the bike park is still happening and we need your help! You can donate by cheque at the municipal hall or on line through the Parks and Rec website ( We would like to publicly thank these donors: • Bowen island Volunteer fire department for $1500 • Bowen Island Community

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Thanks to our neighbors -GVRD Parks and BICS for working with us to create access to the site. We hope to announce a grand opening Party this April! Stay tuned and follow our progress on Facebook and Instagram - Bowen Bike Park

The Bowen Bike Park will be located in the forest behind the outdoor classroom at BICS.

No snowman means winter golf TERENCE MCKEOWN SUBMISSION

Golf balls are usually white, so snow is the only obstacle that can’t be overcome by denial and the stubbornness of Bowen golfers determined to play year-round. The Bowen Island Golf Club’s “Snowman Scramble” tournament, traditionally held mid-winter, was so-named as a bit of a tweak to the rest of the country, who are generally teed-off under a blanket of the stuff when we are still happily teeing off. Ironically, the event has been cancelled for the last two years by the actual presence of snow. But on February 3rd, thirty-five hardy Bowenians were rewarded for their persistence and optimism with a beautiful morning in an otherwise rainy weekend, and the Snowman Scramble was completed. The format was a ‘twisted scramble’: on each hole, one member of the foursome would play alone; the other three would play

as a team; and then the two scores would be combined. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, handicaps were then applied. (And here it should be noted that golfers need math skills far superior to the average sports participant. Parents, you can tell your children that there is at least one good reason to pay attention in math class. Remind them how much money those young golf stars are raking in.) When our accountants finally figured it out, the winning score was 55.3. This number looks absolutely meaningless to golfers and non-golfers alike. But it meant that the winning team was: Barb Rendell, Bob Miller, Laura McGregor, and Maurice McGregor. Congratulations! The Bowen Island Golf Club is a public course, open year-round. Everyone is welcome. Our next tournament is the Island Masters on April 7th. Please go to for more information.



BOWEN BEAT Locally designed kids library cards now available! Kids-only borrower cards are now at the library, designed by locals! Forty-seven designs were submitted last summer for our kids library care design competition. These masterpieces are now on display during February in the Library’s Children’s Section.

The three winning designs by Eliot Cormier, Franny Heffelfinger, and Rebecca Smith, were chosen in a blind judging process by three community members involved in children’s education, art, and design. All the artworks and the new cards were celebrated with a launch party on Sunday afternoon.

The card are now available to anyone under the age of 18. Young patrons can come in to the library and have their old card replaced, or sign up for a new account in the library. -Marysia MacGilvray

Winning artist Eliot Cormier, enjoys a book with his mom, Sarah.

Program co-ordinator Marysia McGilvray and Library Supervisor Sue Geist hold up the winning library cards.

Winning artists Rebecca and Frannie show off their cards.

Alex and Denis in party warm-up mode, reading.

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Islanders plan for Local shark researcher hopes work can help save rare species 1207km journey by boat, no motor


Growing up as a surfer and diver in Hermosa Beach, California, Islander Chris Mull says he can’t remember a time when he was not fascinated by sharks and rays. “I spent most of my time at the beach and in the water,” he says, “I remember seeing leopard sharks and thornback rays darting beneath me as I was surfing, and having to shuffle my feet to avoid being stung by round stingrays. We spent a lot of time over on Catalina Island and that’s where I saw my first bat rays, guitarfish, and torpedo rays. My fascination, I guess, is something I never outgrew.” Sharks, rays and chimaeras have skeletons composed of cartilage and are the oldest jawed vertebrates on earth. The creatures within this group are also very old, in an evolutionary sense, dating about 300 million years before the appearance of dinosaurs on earth, and are even older than trees! Currently one quarter of all known species are imperiled with extinction, with overfishing being the main threat. Mull is a Postdoctoral Scientist at Simon Fraser University, and recently published a study ranking all 1,192 species of sharks and rays according to their evolutionary distinctiveness as a way to prioritize species for conservation.

The goal of conserving biodiversity should be to maximally preserve the tree of life: to save things that are older, in an evolutionary sense, with fewer close relatives...

“When most people think of sharks

or rays, they only think of a few species like great whites, hammerheads or manta rays,” says Mull. “Unfortunately most conservation efforts tend to focus on those charismatic species. The goal of conserving biodiversity should be to maximally preserve the tree of life: to save things that are older, in an evolutionary sense, with fewer close relatives. These species tend to embody more evolutionary history.” He adds that every year the shark and ray tree of life increases by about 1200 years, or one year for every species. “If a single species is lost to extinction we will prune tens to hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history. from the tree,” he says. Mull’s team also highlighted two groups deserving of special attention when it comes to conservation: Mackerel Sharks (order Lamniformes) and Guitarfishes, Wedgefishes, and Sawfishes (order Rhinopristiformes). The former group is made up of large-bodied and wide-ranging sharks, including the basking shark, which was once abundant in BC waters but is currently Endangered. The former group is made up of large-bodied and wide-ranging sharks, including the basking shark, which was once abundant in BC waters but is currently Endangered. “Basking sharks represent about 95 million years of unique evolutionary history,” says Mull. “They are slow growing, reach maturity at a late age and also have few

offspring. What is really unique about them, though, is that they provide a rare example of filter feeding. This is only seen in two other species of shark and a single family of rays.” Mull says that while people don’t typically associate Canada with sharks, there are 65 species of sharks in Canadian waters. “Many of them are evolutionarily distinct and imperiled,” he says. “The broadnose sevengill shark and white sharks are other examples.” Mull and his team identified global hotspots for shark and ray conservation including the southwest Atlantic, West Africa, the Southwest Indian Ocean, and the South West Pacific Ocean. The Zoological Society of London will launch a conservation initiative to help build capacity for sharks and rays conservation in these areas. To learn more, you can follow Chris on twitter at @drsharkbrain.


Nine years ago, Miranda Berry spent five months cruising up the BC Coast with her parents, Judd and Leah. She was five years-old at the time, and her strongest memory is of Father’s Day, navigating through glaciers, and taking a break to slide down them on garbage bags. Upon return from that journey, Miranda, Judd and Leah moved from Vancouver to Bowen Island, where they had made an extended layover in order to sort out the final details before truly embarking. Miranda says she’s learned lots over the years from watching her dad putter and maintain their 1967 Cal-20 sailboat, The Sputnick, going on shorter summer trips with her parents, and learning to sail on her own through the Bowen Island Yacht Club Youth Program. Now, though, she says she’s ready for something more, ready to really learn sailing from her Dad, and to do the journey to Alaska again – only this time as a more active participant. Miranda and Judd have applied, and been accepted as participants in the annual Race to Alaska. As the Race to Alaska’s website explains: It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Starting every year in June 14 in Port Townsend, Washington, participants sail across the Straight of Juan de Fuca to Victoria (40 miles), all the way up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Alaska (710 miles). The race requires all boats to be propelled either by the strength of the wind or the human beings inside them. If you win the race, you get $10,000 and if you come second you get a set of steak knives. Judd, who reminisces about his daughter setting up a scene of dolls around the The Sputnik’s steering wheel when she was five, says that he has enjoyed following the annual Race to Alaska over the internet over the past few years.

One guy did it on a paddleboard, another guy, a fisherman, did it in an aluminum boat he built with his sons for a school project... “Usually sailboat races are super-stuffy with all kinds of rules,” he says. “But this race is the opposite of that, and to do something like this without a motor is very unorthodox. Every boat has a tracker so you can follow their journey up the coast. One guy did it on a paddleboard, another guy, a fisherman, did it in an aluminum boat he built with his sons for a school project. Watching the race becomes something like a hobby for a lot of people.” continued p9


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Bowen Islander Chris Mull holds up a finetooth shark in Bulls Bay, South Carolina, this summer. Mull says, “We were sampling as part of an Atlantic coast shark population and nursery survey. This shark was caught on a baited drumline, but before we could pull it in an even bigger shark came and bit this one clean in half! There were several larger lemon sharks caught and tagged this same day so one of them may have been the culprit. photo submitted

Team Calico, Judd and Miranda Berry out on The Sputnick, before they had even hatched plans to participate in the annual Race to Alaska. The fatherdaughter duo sailed to Alaska for the first time with their wife/mom Leah-May Walker back in 2006. photo submitted



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Last summer, while sailing around the Gulf Islands, Judd, Leah and Miranda bumped into a number of other boaters with Race to Alaska stickers on their boats. “They just kept on telling us not to over think it,” says Judd. Miranda brought up the idea of combining the race with school by basing her International Baccalaureate project on it. So, with that the two took the leap and registered. “I think my dad was meant to be a highschool science teacher or something,” says Miranda. “Because he’s constantly fixing things on the boat and teaching me about

them. Every time we go sailing I learn from him, so I know Iam going to learn so much from him doing this race and I am really looking forward to it.” This summer, Judd and Miranda will stick to the first leg of the race from Port Townsend to Victoria, “a test run,” says Judd, and a chance to ensure their rowing system (made using rollerblade wheels) functions properly. The pair plan to give themselves 20 days to make it all the way to Alaska in the summer of 2019. Miranda says she’s signed up for a “strength and power” class instead of phys-ed next year in anticipation of the hard work ahead, and has

also started training on a rowing machine. Her Dad, meanwhile, is simply excited about sharing the adventure with his daughter. “She was a bit hesitant to sail at first, when she started taking classes with the Bowen Island Yacht Club,” he says. “So I am just so happy that now she really loves it.” Logistics for the trip will be supported by Leah. The team will also welcome community support in this department. You can look them up on the Race to Alaska website (www. or on Facebook (look for Team Calico Race to Alaska).

Trust Me series: Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes

Second Discovery of America

The Truth About Stories is now available PAULINE LE BEL SUBMISSION

“This is the most important conversation happening in Canada right now,” said Indigenous Services Minister, Jane Philpott, at a recent forum. She was speaking about conversation on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous in Canada. Saturday, March 3rd, the Knowing Our Place Book Club offers you an opportunity to explore that relationship, to learn more about the culture of Indigenous people and their rightful place in our history and to ask what kind of relationship we want. “The culture of Native people amounts to more than crafts and carvings,” writes the distinguished Canadian jurist, Thomas Berger. “Their tradition of decision-making by consensus, their respect for the wisdom of their elders, their concept of the extended family, their belief in a special relationship with the land, their regard for the environment, their

willingness to share – all these values persist in one form or another within their own culture, even though they have been under unremitting pressure to abandon them.” Berger believes that the present day is still the age of discovery. The European explorers thought they had discovered the New World. We now know it was actually an Old World, and that there were many varied and thriving cultures living here. Today we have the opportuniat Phoenix. ty, Berger says, for the “second discovery of America.” Books are an important way to enter into this discovery and there are many excellent and inspiring books written by Indigenous authors. We have chosen for our inaugural book, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, by Thomas King. It’s a foundational book for understanding the worldview of Indigenous people in Canada. The first chapter begs to be read out loud and I have been known to do just that for anyone who is willing to listen. Copies of the book are available at the Bowen Library and Phoenix. As Creative Director of Knowing Our Place, I invite you to join me, the Bowen Island Library and the Bowen Island Arts Council to be part of this discovery. Saturday, March 3rd. 11 am-12:30 pm at the beautiful new Cove Commons. Please register at Pauline Le Bel is an award-winning novelist, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and the author of Whale in the Door: A Community Unites to Protect BC’s Howe Sound.

Patricia Jose

Nico Rhodes is now on tour with his childhood hero, Rick Scott.

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On Friday, February 16th, at 7:30 pm, the “Trust Me” series presents Rick Scott & Nico Rhodes in their new project “Roots and Grooves.” Not long after I came to Canada in 1972, I met one of the most unique songwriters and musicians I have ever encountered before or since. He played his teardrop shaped dulcimer like a guitar with a charismatic rhythmic and lyrical passion, and wrote and delivered songs like nothing I’d ever heard. When we formed the now legendary Pied Pumkin, along with guitarist Joe Mock, their imprint on BC music and my life as a musician was forged forever. Rick has released 19 recordings over his career and performed his music in nine countries, earning three Juno nominations and Vancouver Island, Western Canadian and Canadian Folk Music Awards. What he didn’t see coming, was that the little boy who penned a fan letter to Rick at 8 years old, would at 23 orchestrate Rick’s music for symphony and record and tour with Rick as a duo. Equally proficient on keyboards and woodwinds, Nico Rhodes is in constant demand as an arranger and musical director for stage shows from Chemainus to Ontario,

when not playing jazz with his own trio or touring with renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu. Nico says: “The playlist of my youth was Beethoven, Piaf, Oscar Peterson and Rick Scott. I grew up on his music. Fast forward 20 years and I’m privileged to share the stage with my childhood hero who happens to ooze groove. He’s steeped in old swampy music and I like to think we shake each other up and that the audience gets to come along for the good times.” Rick says, “Nico Rhodes is on fire -- bursting at the seams with music! Not since Robbie King, not since Pied Pumkin have I felt such unfettered originality. Nico reinvents and reinvigorates everything he plays.” So needless to say, when they asked if I would present their show on Bowen Island, it was an easy yes! As the series title suggests, you can trust that this evening of music will transport you for the two hours you join Bowen Islanders at Tir-na-nog Theatre. A Gabriola Islander recently testified that their performance there was “The best show I have seen in decades.” You can purchase the $20 tickets at Phoenix on Bowen, and online at And you can find lots of audience testimonials and videos on Rick’s website roots-grooves

Patricia Anne Jose of Bowen Island passed away peacefully January 28, 2018 at Lions Gate Hospital. Pat was born September 1, 1929 to Edith and Victor Bossons in Vancouver. She married John Jose on April 1, 1950. Pat (Nanney) is survived by her two children, Nancy (Ken) and Tom (Nancy). She also has six grandchildren, Matt, Tom, Kelly, Adam, Rachel and John, as well as six great grandchildren, Bella, Bowen, Mattie, Fennway, Jack and Lachlin. Pat spent many happy years with the Junior League where she volunteered in many different aspects. She had a true flair with flowers and worked in a florist shop for many years. After moving to Bowen Island with John in 1987 she became entrenched in the community that she loved and called home. The family will celebrate Pat’s life at Bowen Island Lodge on April 7th at 1:00 pm. We thank her many friends for all their support and friendship given to her and we would like to thank Dr. Paul Sugar and all the wonderful staff at Lions Gate Hospital for their compassion and kindness. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the BCSPCA.



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