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Denis Lynn was a former Bowen Rotary Club president and UBC professor


The swimmers are in their final weeks of training for the cancer fundraiser


The Bowfest fundraiser helps fund girls’ schooling in the gorgeous country with a dark past

What to do if your pet gets sick during vet clinic BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR

After Bowen Veterinary Services closed temporarily earlier this month, Islanders wondered where to take a sick Fifi, Fluffy or Buck. The clinic’s chief vet, Dr. Alastair Westcott, has been working at the new Mountainside Animal Hospital, which is scheduled to open later this summer on the North Shore. His staff is with him to receive training on the new equipment. Although he plans to re-open the Bowen clinic once the new clinic is opened, when he does return, he will no longer be offering 24/7 service. In the meantime, Dr. Sandra Madden of MyVet (604-786-1641) has agreed to take on extra non-urgent Bowen patients. She does house calls on Bowen on Tuesdays and Fridays. For urgent cases, the closest 24-hour emergency animal hospital is Canada West Veterinary Services, just off Boundary Rd. in Vancouver. Their phone number is 604-4734882. If there’s an emergency in the ferry off-hours, Cormorant Marine (604-947-2243) will ferry the patient to Horseshoe Bay. Bowen vet services says that pet emergencies when the ferry isn’t running is an on average once-amonth occurrence.

This is Cottage #9 of Davies Orchard Tuesday on the evening of July 10. Heritage Bowen had partially restored the building, spending significant resources stabilizing the foundation. Now mid-deconstruction, it is one of the four doomed dwellings. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto

Cottage demolitions in Davies Orchard are underway BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR

The sun is setting on four of the 10 remaining Davies Orchard cottages. The historic buildings’ demolition process began July 5.

There’ll be no wrecking ball, explosives, or dramatic collapses; instead the buildings are being stripped to their bones, from the inside out. Due to some hazardous building materials in the former dwellings, hazmat teams are stripping the

cottages for the next three weeks and then the landowner Metro Vancouver, says it expects the deconstruction to take an additional three weeks to complete. This deconstruction marks the end of Heritage Bowen’s long fight to save the cottages.

Historical conception The United Steamship Company built the holiday cottages in the 1920s as part of what would grow to be the largest pleasure resort on the West Coast. Continued on page 8

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Meeting Calendar


How did we do last year?

July 12, 2018 7:00 pm



The following recommendations apply for all Municipal Water Systems:

Heritage Commission Meeting


July 13, 2018 9:30 am

Please limit your water usage:

Economic Development Committee Meeting

July 16, 2018 1:00 pm Communications Team Meeting

July 16, 2018 7:00 pm Advisory Planning Commission Meeting

July 17, 2018 7:00 pm

The 2017 Annual Report for Bowen Island Municipality is now available on our website at The report will be presented to Council at its regular meeting on Monday, July 23, 2018. We invite you to review the Annual Report and to provide your comments and questions in writing or in person at the meeting. To request a paper copy of the Annual Report, please call us at 604-947-4255.

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Snug Cove parking changes Now that the Cove Commons is complete and the planned improvements to Cardena Drive are underway, we are proceeding with changes to parking on Cardena Drive, to accommodate the businesses and patrons of public amenities in Snug Cove. The 12 hour parking spaces will be changed to 3 hour parking, effective July 15, 2018.

Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee Meeting All meetings are held in Council Chambers unless otherwise noted.

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Council will be meeting in a Committee of the Whole to welcome Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino, to speak about Tofino’s Housing Authority and short-term vacation rental regulation. The meeting is open to the public, and we encourage the community to attend in person or watch the video live stream. Monday, July 23, 2018, 1:00 pm Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane Watch the video live stream:

Bowen Housing is an initiative identified by Council as a strategic priority for 2018. This series will help bring awareness to housing options for the community, including planning tools available to municipalities, best practices, housing types and partnership models. Events will include special meetings of Council and speaker events focusing on local solutions.

Drinking water and persons with compromised immune systems The Provincial Health Officer advises all British Columbians with compromised immune systems (such as HIV, organ or bone transplants, chemotherapy or medications that suppress the immune system) to avoid drinking water from any surface water or ground water that is under the influence of surface water, unless it has been boiled, filtered, distilled or treated with UV. Bowen Island and other areas in British Columbia use surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams). This is not a general boil-water advisory for the general public, but rather is directed only at persons with compromised immune systems. If in doubt about your immune system status, please discuss this further with your physician.

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Remembering Denis Lynn Former Rotary Club president killed by rogue wave while collecting mussels with UBC students


The following are highlights from Monday night at municipal hall, which included a public hearing and regular council meeting.


Denis Lynn, 71, died June 26 while on a research trip to Calvert Island, just east of Queen Charlotte Sound. The Bowen resident of eight years and UBC adjunct professor was collecting mussels in tide pools with graduate students when a stray wave struck him, causing serious head injuries. “His colleagues in the field were with him right away and did everything possible, but Denis had already passed away,” wrote Patrick Keeling, a fellow UBC professor, on the International Society of Protistologists website. “There was a dangerous and heroic effort to save him, but he could not be revived,” said Josh Silberg, a spokesperson for the Hakai Institute, which was hosting the bioblitz event on Calvert. On Bowen, Denis was known for his community contributions. He was a charter member and former president of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island which was founded in 2011. With other Rotary members, Denis mapped the Mt. Gardner trails and worked with local organizations and the province to acquire more local control over the trails. “He was an all-round guiding light for the club,” said Hilary Butler, a fellow member of Bowen Rotary. “He devoted an enormous amount of time to researching all facets of the Rotary world, providing a key role in training other directors.” Denis was born in 1947 in Kingston, Ont. Denis’s father, Ralph Beverly Lynn, was a surgeon and as a boy, Denis travelled a lot, crisscrossing the Atlantic for the senior

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Denis Lynn was an international authority on ciliated protozoa and was known for his work researching their evolution and taxonomy. Even after semi-retirement, Denis never stopped his work. He died on a research trip in June. Photo: University of Guelph

Dr. Lynn’s work. The oldest of four brothers, Denis spent much of grade school in Kingston, and would go on to study at University of Guelph, University of Toronto, and University of Maryland, where he met Portia Holt, a postdoctoral researcher. The two were soon married and went on to have two sons together, Francis and Robin. After earning a PhD in 1974, Denis spent much of his career at University of Guelph, through which he conducted ground breaking research on the evolution of ciliated protozoa (single-cell organisms that have hair-like structures on the outside of their membrane and that live in basically every water habitat on Earth). “He was by any measure the pre-eminent ciliate systematist of the last several decades,” wrote Erik Peterson, president of the Tula Foundation, which funds the Hakai Institute, on Twitter. “His work led to a major revision of our understanding of ciliate phy-

logeny and led to resulting changes in the higher level taxonomy of ciliate orders and families,” he said. According to the University of Guelph website, Denis was editorin-chief of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology between 1998 and 2012. At the time of his death he was treasurer of the International Society of Protistologists, a position he’d held since 2012. In 2010 Denis and Portia moved to Bowen Island and Denis took up an adjunct professorship at UBC, where he taught the odd class. “I came to know him not just for his unique contributions to science and as the foremost authority on ciliate diversity and evolution, but also as an outstanding role model for leadership and collegiality,” wrote Denis’s UBC botanist friend and coworker, Patrick Keeling on the Protistologists’ website. “We all learned a lot from Denis every day, about biology and about living a life in science, and we will miss him greatly.”

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Managing Bowen’s pot-ential: Bowen’s marijuana bylaw is in its final stages of becoming ratified. Once enacted, the “cultivation, production, packaging, storage, distribution, trading or selling of cannabis,” will be prohibited on Bowen, except for on agricultural reserve land. The wording of the bylaw has been met with some concern — that it could impede local adults’ freedom to have four cannabis plants. Councillors say that the intent is to prevent wanton sales rather than private recreational production. The bylaw will now pass to third reading and could be put into place before the end of summer. (Keep in mind marijuana will not be legalized until October 17, so put those doobies back down). They’re worried the firefighters will want to hold more dances: Council passed a first reading of a bylaw amendment that will prohibit the building of docks that “physically divide a beach” or that “limit or restrict public use of a beach.” If approved, the clauses would be added to the existing bylaw which says that moorage cannot “impede pedestrian access along the beach

portion of the foreshore,” or “negatively impact eelgrass meadows, kelp beds, clam beds or mussel beds.” Councillor Gary Ander was concerned that this would act a blanket ban on dock building. Mayor Murray Skeels, the bylaw’s proponent, argued that people could still build out from cliff faces.

But it doesn’t lay out community golf challenge guidelines: Council passed the first reading of a subdivision bylaw. Community planner Emma Chow said the goal is to regulate roads, water distribution, sewage collection and disposal, storm water drainage. It is designed to ensure orderly and safe economical development. The 86-page bylaw draft is available online. Stay healthy until then: Council passed a motion to sign a letter of understanding with the Health Centre Foundation, agreeing to lease them a .2 hectare property for a health care centre. The foundation gained charity status last week, therefore meeting the council’s prerequisite for a loan. The foundation hopes to open the health centre by 2020. Deck down: Council denied a zoning variance for local landowners who built a $40,000 deck on their property without a building permit. Council heard that the buildings on the property already exceeded the allowed property coverage.

Drive the line: no U-turns before BICS BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR

With the brand-new asphalt on Trunk Road, so comes a new paint job. The road dons double yellow lines between Miller Road and Mt. Gardner road to reinforce that cars cannot make U-turns in that section of road. RCMP officers have noticed peo-

ple aren’t always compliant with this directive. “The hill crest limits visibility,” said Cpl. Paulo Arreaga, head of the local detachment. “In addition, parked and moving vehicles in these four lanes make it an unsafe area to conduct such a manoeuver. “We will be enforcing any prohibited u-turns in this area and drivers could see fines up to $121,” he said.

FAREWELL NORMA A Bowen Island icon is leaving us. Af After more than 33 years, Norma Dallas is retiring from the marina and we want to wish her a fond farewell. Please join us on the Pier on Saturday July 21st between 1 and 4 pm to wish Norma well on her next venture.

Feel free to bring an appy & your singing voice. Hope to see you all there!

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CAWES offers support when there is an animal emergency Dear editor, The recent news that Bowen Vet Services will be closed for the entire summer until after Mountainside Animal Hospital on the North Shore opens will have come as a shock to many Bowen families with companion animals. Happily, Dr. Sandra Madden can provide non-emergency coverage for the rest of July on her visits to Bowen. But Coast Animal Welfare & Education Society is particularly concerned about emergency situations during this period. Although emergency vet visits outside ferry hours are rare, they are fraught with anxiety and carry an extra cost because of the water taxi fare and mainland taxi fare. To make sure no animal in need of emergency care suffers, until Mountainside

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Animal Hospital opens, CAWES will refund 50 per cent of your travel costs after the event, on presentation of the vet receipts, water taxi bill and taxi bill. And as always, CAWES will consider helping people in cases of financial hardship, and we have a process for that. CAWES is setting up an Emergency Transportation Fund and we invite members of the community to make donations to this fund through the CAWES website (, where you can specify the purpose of your donation. CAWES has posted on its website the locations of 24 hour veterinary hospitals. Together we can get through this difficult time and ensure the well-being of our companion animals. Susanna Braund President, CAWES

Thank you, Dr. Westcott, for your support Dear Editor, For many islanders, the news that Dr. Alastair Westcott will no longer be available in our island clinic 24 hours a day is indeed sad. We have had the luxury of his support and expertise for such a long time, for our pets of all breeds and kinds, for both minor All Advertising and news copy content are copyright of the Undercurrent Newspaper. All editorial content submitted to the Undercurrent becomes the property of the publication. The undercurrent is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, art work and photographs. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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ailments and emergencies. I am sure I speak for many to wish him and his staff the best in the North Shore endeavour, with sincere thanks for the excellent care we have received on island. We shall miss you while you’re away, Dr. Alastair. Renate Williams

Bowen Island has changed dramatically over the last four years. Let’s elect a council that acknowledges this change and offers a balanced, fair plan to bring our community back to inclusivity. This election season, please ask candidates how they plan on really making Bowen better. Bowen people are generally a wealthier and more educated group. Let’s show climate leadership by encouraging the transition to carbon free fuels. Let’s make the first 20 spaces in the ferry line-up reserved for carpools (three or more people), and electric vehicles. Bowen Island Municipality owns, on our behalf, 38 acres of community lands. Let’s take a tiny bit and try a one-year tiny house experiment. While we are at it let’s take a small area in the cove and immediately erect some temporary low-cost modular housing. Bowen has the envious situation of 15 fully serviced housing sites sitting empty in the Davies Orchard. Some sites even have old cottages on them. Let’s work with Metro and bring these community assets back into community service. They are desperately needed in our housing crisis. We are overflowing with tech skills. Let’s use these to make an inventory of short stay rentals (B&Bs) and then let’s have a discussion to determine what a healthy balance between short and long term rentals looks like in our neighbourhoods. We can do better! Let’s all work towards a healthy and balanced community where we care for the new and the old alike. A place we can proudly call home. Michael Chapman





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A slap in the face In hastily moving closer to rezoning lot 1 of the community lands, council bypassed public consultation efforts, argues Don

report was completed (which would be a few weeks yet) and reviewed. However, the mayor said he was concerned that there would not be sufficient time to wait for the report, deal with its findings and complete the rezoning process before the end of council term this fall. Some council members noted that concerns raised by the public must be considered during the rezoning process. In fact, the importance of doing so was clearly made by Councilor Gary Ander when he stated that it would be a slap in the face to those who were part of the of the workshop if mayor and council did not wait for the completion of the report to council. The mayor asked that if the wording of the bylaw were changed to include “residential as a primary use” would that be enough to proceed to a vote. However, this still would not change the light industrial use, nor that this is a rezoning bylaw. I was disappointed to learn this discussion resulted in the decision to proceed to a second reading, opposed by councilors Sue Ellen Fast and Melanie Mason, rather than waiting for the findings of the workshop, contrary to the May 28 meeting. I’d like to note that this site was the subject of a land-use proposal prepared in 2013 by our present Mayor Skeels that never came to fruition. Why is he pushing this type of land use where there have been no requests from our community or any of the committees appointed by council? When was there ever a discussion involving the community to request rezoning community lands for light industrial use? Why do we need this when we have more pressing needs to be addressed? With an election this fall, it’s time we consider what processes should be developed to strengthen the Official Community Plan documents, land-use strategies and the roles the community lands can play in supporting Bowen’s diversity, sense of community and character. We simply can’t afford a continued lack of long-term land-use planning, especially when, to date, our OCP lacks the strength to set achievable goals for our unique community. I’m hopeful the community lands workshop report will be given the proper respect and consideration for the commitment of the participants and information that was produced. Don Youngson

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SwimBowen suit-up is soon JILLIAN WALKER SWIMBOWEN

It’s not long now. In just a week and a half, 50 swimmers will plunge into the ocean and swim 1,000 metres (or 500m as a relay) around Tunstall Bay – all for a great cause! After four years of dreaming, our fearless race organizer, Mary Letson, has brought SwimBowen to life. After a breast cancer diagnosis and lengthy treatment in 2013, she learned how critical it is to support cancer patients and to provide them with as much access to services as possible. SwimBowen was created out of a wild idea to unite our love for ocean swimming with a cause very close to our hearts. The goal of the SwimBowen Society is to provide financial assistance for those going through cancer treatment so they may access the self-care services required to both heal and thrive. For some, self-care means easier access to alternative therapies, such as massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy. For others, it’s nutritional support, lifestyle coaching and meals delivered to their home. We are very proud to have developed a flexible fund with a thoughtful mandate. We are committed to dispersing funds that support both traditional and alternative paths to healing.

Over the past few months our team of 50 swimmers has been training and fundraising. Some have been swimming on their own, others have been meeting on weeknights at local beaches to train as a group. We were very lucky to have Peter Scott and Billi Behm host two open water swim clinics to support our swimmers in feeling com-

fortable in open water and learn some tricks of the trade! We have a large cohort of local swimmers participating in SwimBowen, but we also have swimmers travelling to the island from the lower mainland, Sea to Sky and the United States! We are thrilled by the support our race has garnered from our swimmers, our community on Bowen and from people abroad. Together we have raised more than $17,000 and we’re not done yet! Excited? Inspired? Us, too. We would love to see you out there on Saturday, July 21. The race kicks off at 3 p.m. at Tunstall Bay Beach. Come on down to cheer, enjoy a beach day and join in on the festivities. After the race, we’ll be having a celebration barbecue for swimmers and spectators at Tunstall Bay Beach. Many thanks to our sponsors & supporters: Harbour Air Seaplanes, Lululemon, Huntingdon Manor, Dee Elliott Personal

Real Estate Corporation, Frazer Elliott and Mary Lynn Machado Macdonald Realty Ltd, Orchard Recovery Center, Bowen Island Wellness Centre, First Credit Union, Tunstall Bay Beach Club, Bowen Island Sea Kayaking, The Soup Fairy, Monica McKinley & Royal Le Page Sussex, Tourism Bowen Island, Silva Images, Bowen Island Yacht Club, Peter Robinson Photography, Team Aquatic Supplies, Doc Morgan’s Pub, Katherine Gish & Phil Kemp, Frank Gish & Joanna Mereu, Tuscany Restaurant, Alderwood Farms and Bowen Life. All of you have helped make this event possible and ever so special. Thank you. To learn more about SwimBowen or donate to the cause visit: www.swimbowen. com.

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Dear Editor: I am concerned that our municipality continues to make planning and zoning decisions without any land-use strategy to guide development. As a result, a variety of decisions has been made ad-hoc and in haste. I attended the Community Lands Workshop on June 9. Guided by two respected professional facilitators from Bowen, our group of 50 included business owners, the mayor, council members, seniors, students, tradespeople, architects, developers, a Metro Parks planner and new and longtime residents. It was an eight-hour day, but the facilitators inspired dialogue and energy amongst us all. Divided into groups, we were asked to envisage the development of the 34+ acres of community lands. The facilitators offered a variety of issues, land uses and priorities to consider. Each table was asked to develop a list of land use ideas, densities and priorities which became part of a vision statement for the future of the community lands. As the workshop wrapped up, the room was humming, with lots of chatter about looking forward to seeing the results of our efforts presented to the municipality. In the following days I recalled the May 28 special council meeting where Mayor Murray Skeels strongly encouraged council to move to a second reading for the rezoning of lot 1 of the lands to include “light industrial” land use. Considerable reluctance was voiced by much of council. It was noted there were several letters to council against that zoning. In addition, during a meeting with representatives of island business people, land owners and developers, only one offered support for such rezoning. Council members noted the importance of holding off the second reading until the workshop had happened and staff had completed the accompanying report. Council decided against passing the second reading. Then comes the June 25 council meeting. BIM’s senior planner indicated that several letters had been submitted not supporting the rezoning and that indications from the workshop were significant enough to not proceed with it. He recommended that council wait to pass the second reading until the workshop


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Cottages lost and cottages gained

Local councillor says that keeping six of the 10 Davies Orchard cottages is a win for the Bowen Island community Continued from page 1 The USSC’s expansive operation dominated Snug Cove and Deep Bay with nearly 200 cottages throughout the area, including 20 in Davies Orchard. “It was considered one of the most romantic destinations,” said Bowen Heritage board member Judi Gedye. “Many people in their 70s believe they were conceived in one of these cottages.” The one-storey two-bedroom buildings, complete with washrooms and fir flooring, were initially summer rentals but by the time the USSC was sold in 1956, some had year-round tenants. Over the decades the cottages were home to many islanders, including Gedye herself.

The beginning of the end Metro Vancouver bought the orchard in 1983 and it was added to Crippen Regional Park. At that time, says Gedye, there were several USSC cottages on the opposite side of Trunk Road. In the 1990s the cottages were torn down, but Gedye said that in exchange, it was agreed that the orchard cottages above the marina were safe. Out of the 10 remaining USSC cottages, two are managed by the current United Steamship Company Marina as guest housing. One is a museum run by Bowen Heritage,

Davies Orchard in Snug Cove in 1937. Photo: Bowen Island Museum & Archives; donated by Joan Tennant. one is the Bowen Heritage office, another has been partially restored by the society, though it’s currently being demolished. The rest of the buildings stand in various states of disrepair. Bowen Heritage has spent much of its existence fighting for the pres-

ervation of all the Davies Orchard cottages. A 2017 Metro study estimated restoration costs for the six derelict cottages to be between $130,000 and $260,000 each. The budgeted demolition cost is about $1.3 million. The same study notes that the

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value of the cottages is not in their design or individual attributes, but in their clustering. Walking through the orchard today, one can imagine children running through the apple trees, stomping up verandah steps out of breath, banging on the cottage door of the friend they

just met. Gedye notes that it’s the orchard atmosphere and building proximity that preserves the ghosts of the original USSC. After consultations, reports and meetings, the Metro Parks Board voted unanimously last November to proceed with the Davies Orchard Revitalization. Under this plan, six cottages would be preserved and four would be demolished. The revitalization is slated to include orchard expansion, interpretive displays, a cottage-themed picnic shelter, a nature experience program area, a nature trail, open space with views of both the marina and coast mountains and improvements to the six remaining cottages. “It’s really important to look at this with the perspective not of what’s lost, but what’s gained,” said Bowen’s representative on the Metro Vancouver board, municipal councillor Maureen Nicholson. “The local community will have the benefit of six cottages restored and maintained without the tax bill.” Nicholson notes that even saving six cottages wasn’t an easy task. “There were some in the region who would rather there be no cottages because they’re difficult to maintain,” she said. Nicholson says that after this demolition, there’ll be a design process for the orchard area which will detail landscaping, parking and walking space.

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Umpire Paul McGillivray, speaks with pitcher Brian Thompson of the Brewers. Photo: Marcus Hondro

(L to R) Geoff McKay, Wilson Dives and their Brewers teammate chilling in the dugout at Snug Cove Field July 9. The Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch League is inching closer to the annual season-ending tournament, this year on August 10-12. Photo: Marcus Hondro

(l. to r.) Ryley McLeod, Chelsea Strang and Kayla Giroux watching their heroes, the Brewers, up against the Fireman in a game July 9.

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Team Red recently prevailed as coed soccer champions for the the spring season. Teammates include Teun Schut, Samuel Holm, Ross Bragg, Mike Shannon, Giorgio Riccardi, Inga Behm, and Link Ireland. Photo: Shannon Bentley

Baseball fan Nathan Hunter-James with his Dad, Clayton, July 6 at a game between the Cruisers and the Shakers. Clayton’s team, the Cruisers, won 6-1. Photo: Marcus Hondro

Summer is here and these kids couldn’t be happier! The BI Community Recreation Summer Camps kicked off last week – here’s a photo of the whole group. Day Trippers (8 to11 years) and Island Adventurers (5 to 7 years) by their chalk drawings on the lock-block wall. Submitted by Sheana Stevenson

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Annual run supports girls’ education in post-genocide Rwanda


Rwanda, land of a thousand hills but also land of a tragic genocide 24 years ago. In June 2000, Gen. Romeo Dallaire was found passed out, intoxicated, on a park bench in Ottawa. Dallaire had been the Canadian general in charge of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda when, on April 6, 1994, an atrocious couple of months of killing broke out in the country. Over 800,000 Tutsis were massacred, mainly by means of machetes, by their fellow countrypeople, Hutus. One might say, “Oh, tribal warfare again,” but the curious truth is that the Hutu/Tutsi delineations were created by the Belgians earlier on in order to classify the population and simplify their colonial rule. General Dallaire had seen this massacre coming and warned the United Nations. In Rwanda, the ruling Hutus, about 85 per cent of the population, had been building up to genocide with media rhetoric among other things. But the UN would not listen to Dallaire’s requests for troops to deal with the mounting tension. The trauma of the Rwandan genocide left Dallaire with post-traumatic stress disorder. It culminated in the park bench incident in 2000. It once again focused Canadians’ attention on the horrors of 1994. By 2008, when my husband Robin and I first visited the coun-

try, life in Rwanda was calm but tense. President Paul Kagame, to all notions a Tutsi dictator who had been the leader of the ‘rebel army’ that eventually brought an end to the killings, was in charge of a traumatised population. Our taxi drivers and Rwandan acquaintances assured us very firmly that the words Tutsi and Hutu were banned and that everyone was a Rwandan. There was evidence of an army, but it wasn’t very visible. An iron fist controlled the country and any opposition to Kagame’s rule was being firmly eradicated. But hey, anything was better than the horrors many of the people we met had gone through a decade previously. Thanks to a mutual acquaintance on Bowen Island, we met a Rwandan psychiatrist who was involved in the Gacaca process. This was a peace and reconciliation movement, which provided mediation among the Rwandan people. We attended one of his sessions in a hot and stuffy building and were amazed by the willingness of various groups to collaborate. We heard about families responsible for having killed their neighbours rebuilding their gutted houses and being forgiven, superficially anyway, by the victims’ families. We visited churches filled with bones and skulls of murdered people and we saw the Genocide Centre, then recently built, in the capital, Kigali. We saw evidence of rebuilding of the country by international aid groups, but oh my goodness, so much more to be done! So why would we choose to visit

a country gutted by tragedy? Well, a few reasons. This country is a tiny jewel, set amongst much larger and more influential neighbours. There are probably even more than a thousand hills, each covered with tiny plots of land, beautiful greenery and dotted with picturesque little houses. The majority of the population lives hand-to-mouth on the crops they till and sell at the local markets and the roads are filled with bicycles carrying impossible loads of bananas, plantains and other produce. Cheerful children are everywhere, on their way to school or carrying huge water carriers that they fill at local pumps. Rwandans are some of the friendliest people we have ever met. Our main reason for visiting, however, was to see our daughter who was spending a year working in a very isolated village where Partners in Health had set up a state-of-the-art hospital. There she had made the decision to initiate a girls-only run for all the schools in the area and start a small scholarship fund for girls who didn’t have the money to attend high school. Jump to 2015, seven years later, when I was able to join our daughter, now executive director of her organization, Komera (now sponsoring over 100 girls at high school and their families’ local businesses) at the annual Komera Fun Run in the same village. This is a run that is mind-boggling! There are over 300 girls, many of who are barefoot or in flip-flops, tearing along a red gravel road. They return to a stadium where there’s music, dancing

in colourful garb, speeches – endless speeches – and lots of shouting and cheering. The day ends with a lunch and more speeches and lots of hugs from the girls sponsored by Komera. The Komera team in Rwanda is thrilled to talk about their work, take us to visit some of the families of the girls (mud floors, no kitchen or bathroom and no furniture in their huts), let us teach a session or two at their Post-Secondary Training Program and entertain us with games and more speeches. Was there a difference in Rwanda seven years later? Yes, a palpable difference. The Rwandans seem more relaxed, many of the young people have no memory of the genocide (but are coping with other problems such as AIDS, malaria and difficult family dynamics). Kigali is a thriving city: this is a safe country for visitors and investors, tourism is on the up-and-up, and word is getting out that this is an African country that is leading others in community service. Once a month

everyone does community cleaning for a whole morning – schools are closed, businesses are closed and traffic is at a standstill. Bonus: plastic bags are banned in the country. Arriving at the airport, unsuspecting tourists are stripped of their duty-free plastic bags and given a dressing-down. Robin and my next date with Rwanda is in 2019. It will be great to see old friends and perhaps introduce new ones to the Rwandan experience. In the meantime, we are hosting our eighth annual Rotary Run for Rwanda on Bowen Island on August 25. Komera Canada, which is an offshoot of the U.S. Komera, (Komera means ‘Courage’ in the Kinyarwanda language) presently sponsors 12 girls at senior secondary school in rural Rwanda and three girls at university. In fact, most of the Canadian sponsors are from Bowen Island. Join us for a fun run or walk just before our Bowfest parade! Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for nine and under. Register at

Rwanda is renowned for its beauty, but also its 1994 genocide. Bit by bit, the country has rebuilt itself and today has a sucessful tourism industry. Photo: Hilary Butler.

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On the calendar THURSDAY, JULY 12 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm

Pico’s Puppet Palace A musical and interactive show Bowen Island Library 2 pm FREE Children’s event

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The Art of Conservation with Di and Gloag Opening reception 6- 8 pm The Gallery at Cove Commons Exhibit runs Wed - Sun July 11 – Aug 13, 2018

Rustique Bistro Jazz piano and voice Ft. Amber Mae, Randy Doherty and special guests. 6-9 pm Bowen Rotary Speaker Event New president, Damien Bryan, explains how to make informed food choices that support farmers, soil and diversity. Everyone welcome! Collins Hall 7:30 pm FRIDAY JULY 13 Snug Cove Blues Band Featuring Cindy Fairbank on keys. Bowen Island Pub 7-10 pm Men’s Fast Pitch Grab your crackerjacks! League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm SATURDAY, JULY 4 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch Game times 10am, noon and 2 pm; Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm

Live at Doc Morgan’s Enjoy this amazing duo Yvonne McSkimming and Mark James Fortin 7 -9 pm no cover Black Molly Put on yer’ dancing shoes! Bowen Island Pub 9:30 pm $10 SUNDAY, JULY 15 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10

Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Bowen Island Sea Kayaking WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm THURSDAY, JULY 19 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm Bowen Rotary Speaker Event Dr Peter Ross will discuss the problem of micro plastics in the ocean and the oceanic food chain. Collins Hall 7:30 pm Everyone welcome! Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955

Basics of Energetic Health Free talk with Denise Richard 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings@gmail. com

FRIDAY JULY 20 Men’s Fast Pitch Cheer on the Bowen boys of summer! League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm

MONDAY, JULY 16 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm

Pernell Reichert Fast finger-picking, smooth ballad singing #livemusic from Vancouver’s own singersongwriter Bowen Island Pub 7-10 pm no cover

TUESDAY, JULY 17 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field.


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Pickleball Drop in! 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Gym Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60

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Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch Game times 10am, noon, 2 pm At Snug Cove Field.

Swim Bowen! Tunstall Bay to Onion Island and back. 1000 metres Solo or Relay Team 3 pm Tunstall Bay A fundraiser to support Bowen Islanders undergoing cancer treatments.

Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm People, Plants, & Places Tour! An intimate peek into Bowen Island’s hidden homes and gardens Ticket info at www. Warning this is a Bowen favourite- tickets sell out! 2nd annual Bowen Island Classic Motor Show Classic cars, food, music, wine, beer, and art installations in a natural setting. Healthy Brain- a Dementia & Alzheimer Workshop Hosted by Bowen Island Caring Circle at Collins Hall 10:30 – 3:30 pm Free all day event including lunch. Participants must preregister at 604-984-8348 Norma Dallas Retirement Party Wish Norma well on her next venture after 33 years on Bowen –many of them spent hosting

Live at Doc Morgan’s Pub & Restaurant Enjoy a magic summer evening listening to the sounds of Yvonne McSkimming and Mark James Fortin on Doc’s Patio 7 -9 pm no cover SUNDAY JULY 22 People, Plants, & Places Tour! An intimate peek into Bowen Island’s hidden homes and gardens. Ticket info at www. Always a sell-out! Bowen Funday at the Pub 2-5 pm Patio Beats featuring DJ RoRaven 6- 10 pm live music dance party featuring The Naturals Bowen Island Pub Basics of Tai Chi Free talk with Denise Richard 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings@gmail.


While the staff prepare for the opening of Mountainside Animal hospital, a state of the art 24 hour emergency and critical care hospital in North Vancouver. Our goal is to open Mountainside at the end of July, at which time we look forward to caring for your pets there. We will re-open Bowen Veterinary Services as soon as possible. In the mean time we will be checking the voicemail and emails daily in order to provide access to your medical records as needed. DEPARTS SUN to THURS FRI & SAT SNUG COVE 11:15PM 12:15AM SNUG COVE 11:15PM 12:15AM HORSESHOE BAY 11:30PM 12:30AM HORSESHOE BAY 11:30PM 12:30AM

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Update: Daisy the deer had bad infection but is doing well

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What’s foamy, white and can now be tossed in the recycling bin? SUSAN REDMOND BOWEN WASTE

Yes Virginia, it is true — the recycling depot is now accepting Styrofoam! If you have been in the recycling depot lately you may have noticed that there are changes afoot. Because BIRD is no longer separating milk jugs from rigid plastic, the giant staircase that went nowhere was removed. In its place is the new Styrofoam collection area with its two different collection bins. One of the bins will collect white Styrofoam. This means that all the

Styrofoam cushion packaging like the kind used to protect electronics or appliances can now be brought to the depot. Clamshell containers, egg cartons, coffee cups — anything that is made from white Styrofoam — can be brought in for recycling. The other bin will be collecting all the coloured Styrofoam containers, such as meat or produce trays or coloured egg cartons. These bins will not be used to collect foam peanuts. Those still get collected in the green bin next to the light bulbs. Nor will the depot be collecting the liquid-absorbing pads used on

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the meat and produce trays. Those you will have to discard in your garbage. Just like the plastic you bring to the depot, all the Styrofoam that comes in needs to be CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN, particularly any produce or fast food Styrofoam! Please be sure to wash this Styrofoam with soap and water. You will be helping out the depot staff as it is that time of year when wasps are looking for small scraps of food. The staff at BIRD are excited and pleased to be able to offer this service to the public, so come on in and start recycling Styrofoam!

As the Undercurrent reported last week, a yearling doe gave birth to twins on Foxglove Farm a couple of weeks ago. One of the fawns had a severe limp. The mother and twin tried the best they could to nurture the young animal. But the fawn grew weaker and thinner. Foxglove Farm owner Daphne Fargher couldn’t stand by and watch the fawn die so brought her to Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley. The deer, dubbed Daisy, was admitted to the facility. “It was a horrible infection,” Critter Care’s founder and executive director Gail Martin says of the cause of Daisy’s limp. Daisy could have hurt her leg in many ways, Martin says. “Because they’re babies, their hooves aren’t hard yet. She could have stepped on something or got caught in a wire.”

In many cases, when a young animal is brought into Critter Care being returned to its mother is the best medicine, Martin says. But not in Daisy’s case. She had a large abcess which burst. Unable to walk properly, she was kept in her own enclosure for her own protection until the heavy doses of antibiotics kicked in. Now she’s with another fawn and seems much happier. “She was lucky,” Martin says of her recovery. “She’s doing well now.” If Daisy continues to get stronger, she’ll be put into an enclosure with the other young deer being cared for. The plan is to return her to Bowen Island in the fall once her spots are gone. People can have a chance to meet Daisy and the other critters at the facility’s once-a-year open house on July 21 and 22. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Bowen Island Rotary The Bowen Island Rotary Club is pleased to announce the election of Damien Bryan as our president for 2018/19, succeeding Ross Patterson.



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Bowen Rotary is part of Rotary International, a “global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves”. Thus Bowen Rotary, every year, takes on projects that improve our community, and the world as a whole. Bowen Rotary, in the past few years, has sponsored, among other projects: • The BICS outdoor learning centre, • The network of AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) across the island – which can be found in their little “bird houses” • The Rotary house number signs which enable first responders and other emergency services to quickly respond to emergency calls • The Rotary “Run for Rwanda”, and Komera Canada – scholarships for Rwandan girls • The municipal bike park at BICS • The Bowen Island Trails Guide • Chairs for the new Cove Commons • Support for Bowen youth to attend leadership training camps • Shelter Box, an organization that provides emergency housing in a kit for immediate deployment in disaster zones Bowen Rotary also sponsors speakers on issues that affect us all. The next speaker (July 19, at Collins Hall, at 7:30 pm) will be Dr. Peter Ross, from Bowen Island, who will talk about the problem of microplastics in the ocean and the oceanic food-chain

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