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The Pub

Hondro digs for answers on opening of new building

Babysitters’ guide

Names and numbers of keen kids to help you out

Kindness shines through

A few of the smiling faces at the grades 5 -7 dance

Lot 1 land inches closer to light industrial


Mike Shannon stands with his water taxi, The Bowen Guardian, docked in Snug Cove. Tracey Wait, photo

Bowen water taxi has nowhere to dock in Vancouver


Michelle de Cordova works for a financial institution that believes in making socially and environmentally sustainable investments. She tries to walk the same walk when it comes to how she gets to work every day — only she does the commute by boat. As of this week, however, the former diplomat will no longer be able to get from Bowen Island to downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes on the Bowen Island Land and Sea Taxi. Last Friday afternoon, the Vancouver Park Board told the water taxi’s owner that its dock at Coal Harbour needs repairs. An engineer had said the Harbour Green dock is unsafe so, as of Shannon’s last run at six o’clock that night, he could no longer pick up and drop off

passengers there. That leaves about 35 daily commuters without a quick and convenient way to get to work every day. “It’s wrong what they’ve done,” says Murray Atherton, the chair of Tourism Bowen Island. “What Mike has done for the quality of life for commuters is phenomenal. (The park board) doesn’t understand the necessity of this — the quality of life you have when you can leave downtown and be on the island in 25 minutes.” The availability of the water taxi was one of the reasons de Cordova decided to move to Bowen Island a year ago. She has a five-minute walk to get to work from the Coal Harbour dock. Ironically, when she lived in Kitsilano, it would often take her much longer to get home from work because of traffic and construction. continued P3

“Lot 1” of Bowen’s community lands is one step closer to getting a light industrial overhaul. Currently zoned as rural residential, council on Tuesday night gave first reading to bylaw amendments to pave the way for development and divvy up into distinct areas the eight-hectare site, which spans the public works yard on Mt. Gardner Road. In November 2016, council directed staff to prepare amendments to Lot 1 to allow eight rooms for tourist accommodation on the north side of Guild Creek and up to 20 detached or attached primary living units at the southwest corner bounded by Carter Road. Proposed for the southeastern portion of Lot 1, meanwhile, is light industrial and artisan uses with secondary components such as retail and residential. Since 2016, Bowen Island Municipality has undergone a public consultation period on the proposed Lot 1 plans, including an open house. Some public feedback was received, along with recommendations from various BIM committees, before draft bylaws for Lot 1 were crafted in the fall. Area 1, which is slated for some light industrial use, elicited the most community feedback, according to BIM manager of planning and development, Daniel Martin. Staff presented council with a couple of options for allowing residential units to be melded with light industrial uses in this area, including either having the residential as an accessory or principal use. How to incorporate residential on the site drove most of the lively council discussion. Pleading for flexibility, Coun. Melanie Mason said she was stumped at why five acres would be allocated to one use “when we have such a need for diverse housing.” “… I’m not even sure where our BC Housing is going to be located on Lot 2 and how much,” said Mason. “To me that seems to be the priority and not light industrial. I’m not against light industrial I just don’t see where it fits in within our priorities when we

have people who are struggling to find affordable housing.” Coun. Maureen Nicholson countered by saying they are waiting for the provincial budget to be presented before having more fulsome affordable housing discussions related to Bowen. “At the point when BC Housing is able to say more, there will be more to talk about,” said Nicholson. Mason remained adamant, saying she wanted to have the discussion now, at which point Mayor Murray Skeels interjected. He said conversations have been had internally in regards to the community lands, with the highest priority given to affordable housing. Bowen has started a reserve fund, added Skeels, and identified a large area of land available with a sewer line to service it. Lot 1 is a “totally different” conversation “from our perspective,” said Skeels, adding Bowen has “far, far more land than we have money to build diverse housing.” Coun. Alison Morse made reference to Artisan Square, where there’s a building with four different commercial uses on the bottom and four different apartments on top, as a good model. Coun. Sue Ellen Fast said she is in favour of live-work units, where both spaces are occupied by the same person, as long as no one cheats the system. Creating a sub area within Area 1 to set the light industrial and residential apart was another option on the table, of which Skeels was very much opposed to. Adding residential, he said, defeats the purpose of having a light industrial zone and creates safety hazards for children and noise from trucks and other traffic. “And the beauty of this area is that it doesn’t infringe on any other residential areas,” added Skeels. In the end council voted in favour of allowing residential units as an accessory use above commercial spaces in Area 1. In Area 2, where the primary housing is proposed, council approved an increase in the maximum unit size to 1,500 square feet, with an average unit size of 1,200 square feet.


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Community Centre Select Steering Committee Meeting

Heritage Commission Meeting

February 16, 2018 9:00am Economic Development Committee Meeting

February 19, 2018 7:00pm Advisory Planning Commission

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Owner Glenn Cormier stands in the Island Pub. Marcus Hondro, photo


the various zoning hoops. More recently the weather presented roadblocks, or rather rain and snow blocks. “The fall of 2016 was one of the wettest falls on record and then December came and so did the snow,” Cormier said. “With snow on the ground for most of last winter we probably lost several months in productivity. I came close to shutting the site down a couple of times. “(There were) many days the builders spent their mornings shovelling snow from the build future Bowen site just to try and keep things moving,” he added. When they took over in the summer of 2012 the pub and building were in such poor shape that work had to be done just to get things running again. The kitchen wasn’t functional but they had our island’s annual baseball tournament to feed. The makeshift kitchen they created was a barbecue on the patio and in pulling it off they quickly earned their place in the community. The Bowen Island pub opened in 1987, at that time the frame was built up over a cinder block building that had been there circa the 1960s. It would be charitable to say the building has seen better days and regulars are anticipating the new drinking, eating and entertainment digs to come. Ditto the staff. “I can’t wait,” longtime server/barkeep Jennifer Loree said during a shift this week. “This place is kinda falling apart. It’s going to be warm and lovely and wonderful down there.” Kitchen staff member Sam Sandeen echoed Loree, saying he’s “extremely excited” and that from what he’s seen on the site he is certain the town is going to

get an “amazing” new pub. The building is up and standing and passersby are getting a feel for the look of it. Inside is roomy with a large bar area and a stage that is, unlike the current one, bigger than the proverbial postage stamp. The outside landscaping should be finished soon and while there is still work to do on the interior a little imagination suggests the atmosphere will be warm. The building includes four apartments up top for staff housing and three ground floor retail spaces, with the businesses that will occupy them already determined. Negotiations are ongoing for one so Cormier isn’t releasing those details but the other two are Marie Neys and the Catching Stars Cooperative Gallery and Susan Pratt of Fabulous Finds. Upon the opening of the new, the old will be torn down. In a reversal of the way it was for decades, that upper space will take a turn as a parking lot, temporarily. “The long-term plans for that lot,” Cormier said, “is...(for) market sellable apartments but we don’t have a timeline for it yet.” The seemingly tireless Cormier, some 30 years in the food and beverage industry, has decided which items from the old establishment that they’ll take to the new. Some things from the public house’s storied history – “that iconic Bowen Island neon sign” – will make the move, but others are too worn. They may decide to give some mementos away, ones that do not dissolve in a puff of dust upon being touched, in a contest or a raffle. Taking stuff from the old down a hill to the new isn’t a long haul, but for Cormier the project has been a long haul and, he says, at times a challenging one. But he has stayed the course and remains happy he and his family moved here, bought and staffed (difficult to do on Bowen) a rickety old pub and then started to build a new one. For Cormier, it’s really been about community. “Meredith and I still think coming here is the best decision we made,” he said. “This community has been nothing but supportive of us the entire time. I have had a lot of bad days over the last while but our customers keep showing us their support and offering their help and words of encouragement. “It really does feel like we’re building a community pub.”

The new and improved pub coming to a corner of Bowen Trunk Road near you is close to arriving but the precise due date is still undetermined. However, pub manager and owner, Glenn Cormier, said this week that if you marked the spring on your calendar, say sometime in late May, there is a strong likelihood you’d be right. Ground was broken on the ambitious construction project in May of 2016. For Glenn and his wife Meredith Cormier, along with business partners Nick and Connie Shaw, the pub project has been a labour of love and, at times, a labour that served up kegs of stress Cormier says support from the community has gone a long ways to getting them through the more challenging times. There’s an excited buzz about getting a new public house where a parking lot once was and people in the community at large, on the ferry and in the pub itself are speculating when they’ll be able to raise a pint – or two (or more) – in the spanking new watering hole. Cormier says he is often asked about exactly when the new drinking/socializing era on Bowen begins. “We have not pinned down an opening date yet, nor am I planning the parties,” he told the Undercurrent this week. “Still too much to deal with. I know everyone is excited for the big closing party and the opening party but there are too many unknown factors for me to commit to dates yet.” The ownership group, who have all played a role in building the pub, have had roadblocks to navigate, such as, back at the start of the project, getting caught up in a municipal election that The Bowen Island Pub with a “Now Open” sign, 1975. delayed jumping through Bowen Island Museum and Archives

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“We’re never caught in a traffic jam (on the water taxi),” she says. More than that, the people on the boat have created their own sense of community. “Anyone who isn’t a regular, they will know everyone by the time the boat gets to the harbour on the other end,” de Cordova says. As well, the quick commute makes life more manageable and enjoyable for young island parents who work in Vancouver, she says, concerned that the island remain an option for all generations. At $25 for a round trip, the water taxi fare is less than what it would cost to take a car back and forth on BC Ferries. The loss of dock access is not only grounding Shannon’s commuter water taxi but also threatens the viability of his Granville Island summer water taxi service for tourists and his island land taxi. He had trouble finding a Bowen Island resident with a Class 4 licence to drive the land taxi so he’s been doing it. “If I have to go to town (to get work) I’ll have a hard time running the land taxi,” he says. He also can’t afford the water taxi to be a seasonal business only. He needs the downtown Vancouver run to justify the costs of keeping the boat for the summer service. “I don’t think we’re down and out but it is demoralizing,” he said Monday. The Vancouver Park Board says the Harbour Green dock was designed to accommodate pleasure craft only. Last year it contacted the Bowen Island water taxi and another commercial operator about their use of the dock. The other operator left and Shannon was given a permit that expired on January 31. He also paid the city $500 a month. “Unfortunately, commercial and other activity has caused unexpected wear and tear and reduced the service life of the dock,” says a Park Board email. “An independent engineering report has determined that dock is unsafe to all traffic. The repairs are a major capital expense and the timeframe has not yet been determined. The dock is now closed for an extended period for repairs.” Shannon offered two round trips early in the morning and two in late afternoon, also picking up a growing number of construction workers who live in Vancouver but work on the island. He doubts it was his boat, the Guardian, which is wrapped in rubber membrane, is the cause of any damage. “It’s like a floating bumper.” Regular passenger Ross Beaty says the idea of the water taxi damaging the docks is bogus. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he says. The water taxi barely touches the dock, from Beaty’s observations, and as soon as passengers are off and on, the water taxi is gone. “It’s just touch and go,” he says. “The water taxi is too small to do significant damage compared to much bigger boats that tie up.” Passengers have wondered if the naval vessels that regularly use the dock for training exercises might have caused some of the problem. Shannon is approaching other dock owners in the area. The private marinas are out because they have locked gates and Granville Island is not an option because not enough of his commuters want to land on that side of the city. Atherton says that he’s put a good word into Harbour Air about the potential use of its docks. One of Harbour Air’s owners has property on Bowen Island and the float plane business already offers a sightseeing service there in the summer. Ideally, Shannon says, he’d like to be able to dock at the side of the Waterfront station, near the SeaBus terminal. It would make his business even more viable given the location’s quick access to downtown, the North Shore and the Canada Line to the airport. The dock is unused and in disrepair; it is owned by TransLink. Until he finds a solution, commuters who don’t want to drive onto the ferry have two options. There is morning commuter bus that takes passengers from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal downtown, as well as the regular TransLink express bus (which, unlike the commuter bus, isn’t linked to the Bowen Island ferry schedule). The commuter bus also has an afternoon service which is linked to Cormorant Marine’s water taxi service from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island.



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Howe Sound thrives because of our efforts, an acknowledgment Letter to the Editor

I just wanted to send a wonderful SHOUT OUT to the amazing Meribeth Deen who has been the Editor and primary writer for the Bowen Island Undercurrent for the past four and a half years. I have to admit that I was somewhat sceptical when I heard that a very young new mom was going to head up our local paper. I must say I have, with my many volunteer initiatives, been so pleased with the dedication to not only her job but to the island as a whole. Meribeth’s always been so willing to assist in promoting things like Light Up Bowen, the Green Man Festival, the annual Book Sale, all things tourism and keeping us up to date on the Municipal Hall initiatives. Keeping a community newspaper relevant in todays Electronic Age is a huge challenge. Not only do they employ islanders but they do their best in keeping Community alive with their articles and overall support of our local business’. Bowen needs to support them. Right now, there is a subscription initiative going on with the Undercurrent that I hope MANY islanders will take advantage of. Bring them a receipt from any of their island advertisers and you can have the weekly paper delivered to your mailbox for only $33.00 (including tax). Please show your support to Meribeth and her successor, to Tracey (advertising) and to Glacier Media for keeping this great little paper alive. Good luck Meribeth. You’re going to be missed but I’m sure not by your family and some organization is going to be very lucky to have you join their ranks.

My article in February 1 edition of The Undercurrent, “To help Howe Sound, be curious and appreciate its gifts”, pointed to many efforts by Bowen Islanders that benefit the environment of Howe Sound and our awareness of it. Any listing of such efforts will inevitably be incomplete. However, I feel compelled to acknowledge one obvious omission. Given that the context of the article was my early January video of the remarkable anchovy ball in Deep/Mannion Bay, I regret not mentioning the excellent joint efforts of the Bowen Island Municipality and Friends of Mannion Bay

to manage human use and to enhance environmental health of Deep/Mannion Bay. I really applaud their important efforts. The Bay is an ecological jewel, which we may overlook because of its significant shoreline development and boat moorage. Deep/Mannion Bay is our island’s most significant estuary, where the waters of our island’s largest stream, Terminal Creek, bring nutrients to the ocean. The Bay hosts our largest sand and mud flats, hosts our largest oyster and clam beds, and hosts very significant eelgrass beds offshore. I regularly see heron, oystercatcher, cormorants, gulls, mallards, and merganser feeding in the bay,

schools of perch and stickleback, crabs, along with a seal or two. In the fall, our biggest chum salmon spawning beds are immediately upstream at the Causeway and head of the Lagoon, and these salmon carcasses fertilize the entire Bay. The Bay is also our island’s most public waterfront and prime recreational asset with public access at two major public beaches, the Causeway, and boat launch. The Bay deserves our attention and protection and I applaud the efforts led by the Municipality and Friends of Mannion Bay. Bob Turner


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A reckoning with my “Dad Bod” Bowen Island Babysitters! ROB WYNEN COLUMNIST

Hey hon, check this out, you’re in a picture on Facebook... I take a quick glance at the phone as we wake up for our early 5am start. It was the cover photo on the New Year’s Undercurrent, there I was running into the frigid waters at this year’s Polar Bear swim at Bowen Bay. It wasn’t the best way to start the morning. While have never been overly self-conscious about my physique, I must say 2017 has definitely added a bit more “tissue” to my figure. What didn’t help was that running (my brother mentioned I was really “mincing”, a word I needed him to explain to me) into the water right next to me was a gentleman in his mid 50s (I’m 46) with a well cut mid-section and biceps to match. As a fitness professional this is a bit worrying, it has been a bit of a slow creep but I have had some awareness that while not on a Bitcoin trajectory, there has been a bit of a trajectory in the upwards direction of my weight for some time and I’m doubtful it is muscle weight or extra gray matter. Even more worrying is that my blood pressure has been up as well. This is not me and not something I want to get too comfortable with. Dad bod is a term I had not come across until a recent guys chat on the ferry. The definition is broad and can be as charitable as “a male physique that

is relatively slim but not lean or toned” or as negative as “any guy who is modestly overweight with a pair of moobs.” Moobs, I speculate are not a good thing. An article in The Odyssey describes the dad bod as, “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time. It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.” The Mirror lists Leonardo Dicaprio as the new role model for those sporting the dad bod, I’m good with that although I’m not sure the dad bods at Bowen Bay felt like we were running into the ocean sporting the physique of Leonardo. We may not have let our bodies go completely but the realities of life tossed in with a bit of age and a sprinkling of over indulgence has created a bit of a change in physique. I talk to many of my clients about the aging process and ensuring that our activities match our body’s natural capabilities, this does change as we age and hence our activities should match this change. When our activities do not take into account our aging process issues start popping up and in many cases out. For the “young at heart” it could be injuries resulting from demanding too much from our bodies. I notice this with many competitive sports, guys in their 40s and 50s trying to keep up to much younger competitors.

We are better to cuddle with, like to have fun, don’t intimidate other men and generally don’t go overboard on the health thing.

Rob Wynen is a Health and Lifestyle consultant with a passion for policy issues relating to population and environmental health.

I’ve long stopped expecting to compete at a high level with 20year olds, it took a while but I’ve seen the light. Where I hadn’t seen the light was on the food/drink side of the spectrum. With aging

The kindness of Bowen: A random memory About a month after we moved here, I’m at thecash in general store and realize I forgot my wallet. The woman behind me, a total stranger, says, “I’ll pay for it. You’ll pay me back.I’m a good judge of people. Just leave an envelope with Nancy.” I just stared at her and mumbled “Thank you but I’ve just moved here from the city and I can’t deal with this.” I drove home and got my wallet. -Ron Woodall

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our muscle mass does naturally decrease as do our overall energy levels, take the 7:30 am ferry once in a while and you will see the youthful energy on full display. With this drop in physical output there is a natural decrease in energy consumption. The “eat as you will I’ll just burn it off later” philosophy I and so many men live by does eventually catch up with you, for me it did in my mid 40s. For men the added drop in testosterone levels, busy workdays, long commutes and it is not surprising that our physiques begin to change. The Dad bod is not all doom and gloom, a search on the Internet reveals dozens of articles praising the dad bod. We are better to cuddle with, like to have fun, don’t intimidate other men and generally don’t go overboard on the health thing. Who wants to hang out with someone drinking lime water at the bar? The pictures of dad bods are also a bit confusing, many of the guys that I see sporting the dad bod are relatively healthy, it is more our perception of what is considered normal and for those that think having a washboard stomach in your 40s and 50s is normal, I invite you to come to next year’s swim, it is a rarity and sometimes not even healthy. Body fat for most healthy men is in the neighbourhood of between 12-22%, the higher levels being normal as we get older. The level requiring a washboard stomach are likely in the 8-15% range and this takes work and good genetics to maintain. For men, we concentrate our fat in one area, the stomach, so it doesn’t take much for that size 32 to turn into a size 34 plus. In talking to those rare older men who do have a well cut physique I wonder if the benefits are worth the effort. I recently spoke with Bill whom is 55 and sports one of those rare tight physiques, he tells me his secret is to swim 3 times a day, eat no processed food and he hasn’t had a drop of alcohol in 20 years. I’m not sure if I want to go there, it is why I do appreciate the dad bod, it is a reflection of our reality as a coworker put it to me recently. The dad bod is the new normal, it does come with its risks but as the new rage would suggest, it is probably a result of a balanced modern day man. The trick is keeping the dad bod in check. It means being a bit more aware of our calorie intake and ensuring we do get out and move. What I also appreciated about my dad bod on the swim was that extra layer of insulation and the freedom to share a shot of whiskey with the other dad bods on the beach.

The Grafton Community Gardens On February 19, 2018 the Bowen Island Garden Club welcomes Jessica Mitts who will give us a presentation on “The Grafton Community Garden”. Jessica is a born and raised Bowen Island woman who owns and operates her own land care business called Land Heart and Sky. With a team of volunteers she is an active participant in the Grafton Community Garden, a rural farm and community garden dedicated to building a healthy community and environment, growing food, sharing skills and educating each other. Jessica will tell how us how this model garden, situated in the middle of the Island on a piece of private land zoned for agriculture, offers both volunteer opportunities for individuals to grow vegetables and learn about growing food. Please join us at the Legion on February 19, 2018 at 1 PM for an inspirational discussion how we can become more thoughtful gardeners by learning more about local food systems, caring for the land and how the objectives of the Grafton Community Garden will benefit all of us. Jessica’s passion for the land and its uses will truly be motivating. Members no charge, guests $3.00.

Dear Parents,

There is a fantastic crop of young babysitters and mothers-helpers available here on Bowen Island who would love to help you out in your time of need. Here at the Undercurrent, we want to make sure their contact info is close at hand! Enjoy! Ethan Age 10/almost 11. Older toddlers and up. Mother’s helper. Good for short periods (under 3 hours alone). Eaglecliff Contact his mom, Michelle Harrison: 604-341-4104 Rhiannon Certified 13 year-old babysitter, available between Cates Hill, Belterra, Scarborough neighbourhoods. Has worked at Monika’s daycare, comfortable putting kids to bed, changing diapers and cooking basic meals. Contact her at 947-9563 Mattias Age 12, certified, Scarborough area. Skills include: sports (any kind), can bake a frozen pizza, is fun and funny, attentive, little boys especially dig him Parents: Andy and Becca Behm, we will pick him up from babysitting. Contact him at: 604-947-2804 Beck 12 years old, certified Scarborough neighbourhood Available Fridays between 3:45 and 8:30 Loves to play with kids whether it’s sports or board games, entertaining, and cooking (only very simple things). Contact mom, Quentin at: 604-928-9642 Makena Almost 12 with certificate plus lots of experience babysitting younger siblings and pets. Comfortable changing diapers. Scarborough. Contact mom, Jean at 778689-9799 Ainsley Cates Hill, certified babysitter 12 years old. Available until 9pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends. Can cook simple meals. Call 604 803 4400 Bea 12 years old, Bowen Bay/ Bluewater. I can look after your kids from 3pm-9pm on school days and 9am-12pm on weekends or holidays. I can do simple cooking, cleaning, changing diapers. Call: (778)233-4425 Michaela Certified, Age 11, Cowan Point, Mother’s helper Phone number: 604 947 0309

Teagan 12 years old, certified, Bowen’s West Side: 604-6523890 Alissa Cowan Point, certified Comfortable with kids of all ages. Call: 947 0309 Josephine 13 years old, certified... able to stay alone when parents go out for a late night out! Tunstall Bay. call Chris or Liz: 604.288.7959 Teagan - Collins Rd Age 16 - contact: 604-9470519 or: teaganhartwick1@ Maesy age 12, Collins Rd Certified call mum (Ali) or Dad (Mike) at 947-0519



Bowen Footballers win the Over-50’s 8-A-Side soccer tournament at the Palm Desert Seniors’ Games

Finding the light on Family Day

Bowen Islanders Harry Hubbald (top row centre) and John Reid (bottom row centre) with the UBC Tri-Nations Masters Team. HARRY HUBBALD SUBMISSION

The Palm Desert Seniors Games in California has a wide range of competitive sports for various age groups. Soccer is one of the main sports played in these Seniors Games, with teams competing from all over North America in the Over50’s, Over-70’s and Over-75’s Soccer age categories. Two Bowen island veteran players (John Reid and Harry Hubball) in the Inter UBC Tri-nations Masters Team (players selected from Canada, England, and the USA) entered the Over-50’s age category on February 10/11th in Palm Desert.

This Over-50 tournament also included masters league teams from California, Toronto, and Calgary. Each team played a gruelling 3-hours of group games on Day 1 in hot Palm Desert temperatures. The two-time masters world cup team winners and Bowen footballers played consistently high impact games to win all group games, and then go into the championship final on day 2 against Calgary. Both final teams were evenly matched in the first half until the Inter UBC Masters Team broke the deadlock and pressed on to win 3-0 as champions. The next soccer challenges for three Bowen Island veteran players include preparation for the upcoming 055’s International Masters Football World Cup in England.

Brothers enjoying the blinding sunshine on September Morn beach on Family Day 2018.

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Meet Tucker! Tucker came in for having been quite nauseous for a couple days and then not being very interested in food. Not normal for this bouncy guy! After hospitalization and supportive care he’s back to his usually self and happy to be home.

On Saturday morning the big beats from Thursday’s dance party in the BICS gym had transformed into a deep throbbing hum by the melodic sounds of the Bowen Island Rhythm Keepers in celebration of the Community Labyrinth Walk. Getting islanders to attend an indoor event on a blindingly bright holiday weekend can be a daunting task. When the sun appears after a long slumber, many of us feel almost a manic desire to do every single fun and productive activity all at once and all within the limited hours of daylight in winter. The Family Day Labyrinth offered a gentle reprieve and an opportunity to find the light from within. It proved to be the perfect compliment to the bright light that daybreak brought. Participants were welcomed into a room that appeared to glow from within. Within a few minutes of being in the space, the body began to match the pace of room. One of the coordinators of the event, Sarah Haxby, was impressed by how many new families attended. For Haxby, watching children and grandchildren walking the Labyrinth together was a powerful testament to the quiet power of the Labyrinth. My boy of 10 who has had the chance to experience the Labyrinth, shared that he thought he would race through it (which I suspect is because his heart races as fast as a hamster), was taken aback at how slow he became. He reflected that in turn, this provided his mind the chance to contemplate, “to think about nature and what was in my heart because the room was powerful and dark”. This Family Day event was symbolic of the balance of life within a family. It offered participants the platform experience themselves within the context of the whole. The resulting effect created a feeling of peaceful alignment with the bright winter day as the Labyrinth lit the light from the inside.



BOWEN BEAT Bowen Kindness Dance rocked! For the first time since anyone who remembers these things, can remember, the BICS gym was home to a Bowen Grade 5/6/7 Dance on Thursday night, hosted by Bowen Island Community Recreation (BICR). The theme for the dance was “Random Acts of Kindness” and the 95 participants made Bowen proud! Thank you to the BICS administration for allowing BICR to use the gym for the dance. As Bowen is without a community centre, we use the community school as our hub for events and are very grateful to work with willing and supportive administrators of the space. So, much gratitude for your ongoing backing and willingness to be creative in the use of the building. And, of course, many thanks to Les for cleaning up after us – it was a big job! Many thanks also to our volunteer chaperones for providing a fun and safe evening; Courtney Morris, Tammy Brockmeyer, Alida Edwards, Rachel Canning, Jared Brown, Kaitlin Brunt, Sara Skuce, Ryley McLeod, Sharon Sluggett and Siena Valley. The dance was a parent-free zone so our chaperones

stepped in to supervise and help make the night enjoyable for everyone. Also, thanks to the businesses who donated the prizes that were a huge hit for the dancers; Phoenix, Cates Pharmacy, Cocoa West, Artisan Eats, the Sweet Stand and the Snug Cove General Store. We really appreciate your ongoing support of all the community initiatives who come to you and your involvement in making Bowen great! We shan’t forget to give a shout-out to our awesome DJ – Molly Chan, who rocked it! The children danced, laughed and made memories that will last a lifetime. Finally, mad props (as the kids would say) to the Grade 5/6/7s of Bowen and their parents. We are very fortunate to have such kind, caring and considerate children in our midst and feel truly honoured to have the opportunity to provide programming that will help keep them active and contribute to their positive memories. Thank you for your participation and ongoing support of BICR programs! -Bowen Island Community Rec

Grades 5, 6 and 7 students from all Bowen Island schools had a BLAST at last week’s Random Acts of Kindness dance.

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From Left: Wendy Alexander, Heather Coulthart, Ruth Openshaw, Hedda Duntz.

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Tried pickleball yet? Join in the fun on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the BICS gym. Above, from left: Denise Richard, Mary McGregor, Sue Sinke, Tom Thonig.



Dustin Bentall cobbles together a new tune MARIA SPITALE-LEISK NORTH SHORE NEWS

Bowen Island based singer-songwriter Dustin Bentall.

“I already know what I like to do, and I’ve found a place where I get to do it.”

Dustin Bentall belongs in a different era, by all accounts. He croons about classic cars and country roads in a pair of shoes Bentall made with his calloused hands. In fact, on any given day this urban cowboy is sporting something he fashioned out of leather. There were some growing pains as Bentall walked his own sartorial path at North Vancouver’s Sutherland Secondary in the late 1990s. “High school was definitely, stylistically, a confused time for myself, as it is for probably for almost everyone,” says Bentall, adding some peers thought his sense of style was weird. “But I’m definitely more confident with it these days.” The Undercurrent caught up with Bentall last week while he was kicking back at his family’s ranch in the B.C. Interior, near 70 Mile House. He’s found his shoe-making tools and is in his element. “It’s just a place to decompress and have some space. It’s very remote, kind of out in the middle of nowhere,” explains Bentall, the son of Canadian pop/rock singer-songwriter Barney Bentall. The family ranch is where Bentall was first exposed to the versatility of leather. Seeing saddles and horse tack made from the durable material had an influence on Bentall’s desire to create leather accessories. Naturally the first thing Bentall, who followed in his father’s musical footsteps, created was a guitar strap. Then he started kicking around the idea of experimenting more with the rustic looking material. In 2013, Bentall was at the end of an album cycle and decided with a friend to go full hog and dive right into making leather accessories. “We both started from scratch which made it really interesting because we were able develop our own style because of trial and error and just teaching ourselves,” says Bentall, who leans towards clean lines in his designs. These days Bentall has gone out on his own, establishing a new brand, aptly named Dust Leather, an abbreviation of his first name. “There’s sort of an evocative sound to it,” he explains, describing an image of dust on a pair of leather boots. There is no sewing machine to serve as the workhorse in Bentall’s home studio looking out to the ocean on Bowen Island, where he lives these days. “There’s some strategically placed mirrors so you

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can catch that reflection if you are looking the other way,” describes Bentall of his inspiring view. Bentall and his brother started building houses on Bowen when he was 19. His parents later made a move to the island and their sons followed. “It’s really nice to come home from touring and be able to escape to an island in Howe Sound. It’s pretty incredibly beautiful over there,” says Bentall. Back in his scenic home studio every leather bag, belt and wallet in his collection is hand-stitched by him. The high-quality leather he uses couldn’t even be punctured by a sewing machine. Making his own shoes from scratch has proven to be an inspiring experience for Bentall. “I draw up a pattern just for the pair of shoes that I’m making at the time, nothing has been scaled or anything,” says Bentall. In today’s throwaway culture, Bentall says he takes great pride in making stuff with his hands that he knows will last a lifetime and look better as they age. “You visualize something and maybe you draw it down on paper and then you create it in your mind and then you hold that thing in your hands – there’s a very great level of satisfaction,” says Bentall. He sources his leather from a couple places in the Lower Mainland, including Lonsdale Leather in Vancouver. The accidental cobbler explains how you have to go into the shop and sift through the different hides to find the right one for the project. If he wants a softer feel, Bentall goes for the chromexcel leather, which undergoes at least 89 separate processes. However, if he needs something more durable and longer lasting, it’s the vegetable tanned leather that does the trick. But that type of leather does take a lot longer to break in. “With certain products you get more of a payoff with that because it takes a long time to get the patina, other things you want it to be soft and supple to begin with,” explains Bentall. Working with his hands is a trait Bentall inherited from his grandfather, who Bentall says was an inspiration to him and his brother. “When we were kids he would always bring over a broken toaster or something and take us down to the shop and be like, ‘This doesn’t work right now but I know we can fix it and I’ll show you how.’” So does Bentall have a dream leather fashion project? “Yes, yes!” he says, enthusiastically. “A leather jacket. I’ve been thinking about it, which means eventually I will do it.” Bentall only sells his products online, at, to keep life simple for the bustling musician. Last fall he was on the road with his dad Barney’s Grand Ol’ Opry-like touring road show, the Cariboo Express, while launching Dust Leather between gigs. continued p9



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Dustin made a special pair of shoes for his dad, which he is proudly wearing while on tour at the moment. The younger Bentall has made his mark on the local alternative folk music scene ever since the release of his

debut album, Streets With No Lights. He’s currently in the process of finishing a new album and releasing a poignant song this spring. Bentall started penning “Not Been Sleeping” after his grandpa passed away. “So there’s definitely some

weight to it,” he says. A few years have gone by since Bentall first put pen to paper, with the song evolving and gathering new meaning for him over time. The video was shot on a train travelling through the Rockies this winter. “I’m really excited to push

it from the nest and let it into the world because it’s a special song and it means a lot to me,” says Bentall.

BELOW: A few items from Dustin Bentall’s catalogue of handmade leather goods.

Thursday February 15 Duplicate Bridge, 6:45 - 10pm at Bowen Court. For more information, please call Irene at 2955 Friday, February 16 Library Storytime, 10:30am Dinner at the Legion Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 Trust Me Series: Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes 7:30 pm at TirNa-Nog Theatre tickets at Phoenix

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Monday, February 19 SKY: exercise at 9:00 followed by coffee and speaker, yoga at 11:00 Bowen Island Garden club speaker series presents Jessica Mitts who will give a presentation titled “The Grafton Community Gardens.” 1pm Village SongCircle 7-9pm, Collins Hall

Tuesday February 20 One World, One Voice Singers 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Collins Hall Singer/songwriter/cobbler Dustin Bentall makes a new pair of shoes by hand in his studio on Bowen Island. photo supplied

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of women-in-the-arts tales. Painting and music were the backdrops for those books: The Muse of Fire transports readers to early 19th Century London, where orphan Edward Plantagenet toils backstage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. At heart a gentle soul, he’s quick to rescue young Grace, alone on London’s perilous streets after fleeing an abusive father, and soon introduces her to his world of behind-the-scenes friendships and jealousies and front-of-the-house rowdiness and, eventually, the riots which are the novel’s factual setting--weeks of angry audience anarchy, the Old Price Riots of 1809, protesting higher admission prices to the theatre built in the wake of a fire that destroyed the original stages. Cram captures the frenzy of class antagonism with sound research, crafting a solid thematic structure for her breezy but assured novel of friendship, love, betrayal, and redemption--and of a somewhat bawdy life on the London stage of the Georgian era. Join Cram to celebrate her book launch Sunday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel.

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Tamar Ilana grew up traveling through Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Turkey with her mother, an ethno-musicologist, and says she does not remember life before stepping on stage. On February 25, Tamar and her band, Ventanas, will step on stage at Tir-Na-Nog and take their audience on a journey made by music and dance. “I was raised to believe that we needed to preserve folk songs that might otherwise be

lost,” says Tamar. “Ventanas preserves these traditions, while at the same time present them in an exciting way, both sonically and visually. We infuse them with new energy, dance and diverse instrumentation to keep things moving forward.” Ventans will bring a dynamic array of instruments to the stage, including the derrbuka, a goblet drum commonly used in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe, and the Cajon, a boxshaped drum originally from Peru, as well as the double bass, guitar and violin. Tamar and Ventanas skip from heart-wrenching flamenco arrangements in Spanish to mournful Sephardic love songs to Balkan party tunes. They will also play new, never-before-heard material that will be recorded after the tour. Tamar and Ventanas FEB 25 at Tir-Na-Nog Theatre

Susannah Montague’s Things I Can’t Unthink at the Seymore Art Gallery Ceramic sculptor Susannah Montague’s highly symbolic and eerily beautiful sculptures at once draw you in, and repel you. In each of Montague’s surreal porcelain sculptures, there is narrative to be discovered. Using a combination of hand building, press molds, and slip casting to build her sculptures, she also references traditions from ceramic fine-craft and art history. In her most recent body of work, Montague uses symbols such as fading flowers, bubbles, skulls, and insects to represent death and the transient nature of life. These symbols, interspersed with casts of toys including dolls, helicopters, and bunnies, take on a slightly sinister feeling in their modern compositions. Montague’s exhibition examines the cycles in


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