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The longtime marina owner is leaving Bowen The Dock Dance is celebrating 27 years and the in a few weeks. Undercurrent wants your best stories from events past.
Just keep swimming
DFO assures locals that red algae bloom is safe for humans BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
Parts of the ocean around Bowen look like someone’s spilled gallons and gallons of tomato soup, but it’s just a Noctiluca scintillans bloom. “Noctiluca is a non-toxic species of algae,” said Elysha Gordon, Canadian shellfish sanitation program coordinator for Department of Fisheries and Oceans. “[It] does not hurt humans if they swim in this bloom.” Since last Friday evening, the algae has prompted worry on social media about “red tide.” “Red tide” popularly applies to harmful or toxic algae blooms. Such blooms include the algae that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), which is relatively common along the B.C. coast. When bivalves (think mussels, oysters, and clams) ingest the algae and then humans consume the shellfish, the toxins can cause severe and potentially fatal neurological illness. “Most people think the PSP variant is red, but it’s colourless,” said Gordon. She said that the “red tide” misnomer may come from the fact that multiple species of algae often bloom at once, including red/orange algae.
While Bowen’s current case of algae is non-toxic, it doesn’t eliminate the gross factor. “Most people don’t want to swim in the water when it is bright red or orange,” said Gordon. Bowen beaches may have sanitary closures due to e.coli levels, though. For that information check: bowenislandmunicipality.ca/beaches.
Derek Ing faces-off with a menacing figure: a life-sized bear. The bear is one of local artist Guthrie Gloag’s creations. Gloag and painter Di Izdebski opened their first show together last week. For more pictures of the event see Bowen Beat. Photo: David McCullum
Murray Skeels not seeking second term as mayor BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
There’ll be at least one new face at council meetings this fall. Mayor Murray Skeels told the Undercurrent Tuesday morning that he would not be running in the October 20 election.
This was Skeels’ first term as mayor. “I decided it was time to get on with my retirement,” said Skeels. “It’s been four years of more work than I anticipated,” he chuckled. Skeels says he looks forward to using his newfound free time to play golf, garden and travel.
All told though, Skeels says he’s pleased with his term as mayor. “There’s less conflict,” he said, “we’ve managed to make local government boring.” In a 2014 question and answer with the Undercurrent, Skeels listed a “boring” council, manageble staff workload and beach protection as
his priorities. “I’m pretty happy with the state of the island now,” he said. No other council members or potential candidates have contacted the Undercurrent. Nomination packages for Bowen Island mayor and council are available at BIM starting July 23.
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How did we do last year?
Fire Ban in effect
July 23, 2018 9:30 am Regular Council Meeting
July 23, 2018 1:00 pm Bowen Housing Speaker Event
July 24, 2018 9:30 am Emergency Program Executive Committee Meeting
July 24, 2018 7:00 pm Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting
July 30 2018 7:00 pm
The 2017 Annual Report for Bowen Island Municipality is now available on our website at www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca The report will be presented to Council at its regular meeting on Monday, July 23, 2018, 9:30am. We invite you to review the Annual Report and to provide your comments and questions in writing or in person at the meeting.
The forest ﬁre danger rating is currently HIGH. Forest fuels are very dry and the ﬁre risk is serious. New ﬁres may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge ﬁre suppression efforts.
Drinking water and persons with compromised immune systems
To request a paper copy of the Annual Report, please call us at 604-947-4255.
Public Hearing - Lot 1 All meetings are held in Council Chambers unless otherwise noted. 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:
(scroll down the page to “Committee of the Whole Meetings”) 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.
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.
Free FireSmart Workshop Tuesday, August 14th, 7pm Fire Halll #2, 1421 Adams Rd Everyone welcome FireSmart@bimbc.ca www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/ﬁre-smart
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Longtime marina owner bids Bowen adieu Norma Dallas has been the Bowen Island Marina proprietor since 1985, but at 79 she’s ready to retire
BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
On a deck overlooking Snug Cove, Norma Dallas leans on the bannister. She winces as some girls in flip flops climb along the shore below, picking their way over the rock faces sloped toward the water. “Those rocks are blue clay,” says Norma. “If they fall, they’ll get barnacled.” From her sprawling home, wedged between Cardena Drive and the ocean bank, a cement and stone path winds down to the pier. A line of wooden buildings, the kayak shop and a collection of other stores are some of the first structures one sees from the ferry. The buildings are perched above the six docks that make up the Bowen Island Marina. For 33 years Norma has watched over the marina’s waters. She’s warned parents of babies fallen in the water and warned owners of tiny dogs stuck under the dock. She’s fixed dock planks and weathered storms, built businesses and nurtured newcomers. But beginning next month, Norma will be watching no longer. It will be the end of an era since the local businesswoman has a long history with Bowen Island. “I’ve come here all my life, over 75 years,” says Norma. Raised in Kitsilano, Norma’s parents were boaters and would frequently come over to the island, back in the Union Steamship days. As fate would have it, when Norma married Denis Dallas in 1961, he owned property up at Queen Charlotte Heights. Though they settled in Kerrisdale, having three children together, Bowen was never far from their minds.
Norma Dallas says that she hasn’t had a vacation since grade 11 and is looking forward to a break from the responsibility of running a marina. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto “We came up every weekend with the kids,” she says. “And then marina came for sale in 1985.” The Dallas children were graduating from school and Norma, a 47-year-old career housewife, was ready for a change. “It just seemed wonderful that I’d have the chance to be on the water and own a marina,” says Norma. “So my husband very kindly said, ‘Okay, we’ll buy the marina,’ and then he commuted to work every day.” Dennis was a lawyer in
Vancouver, and though he helped out, the marina was Norma’s endeavour. “When we bought the marina, it was in pretty poor shape,” says Norma. “We basically built a new marina. “I started from scratch knowing nothing about business. Not a thing. But innocently I was enthusiastic and I wanted to learn.” They were in the midst of marina building when the Dallas’s son Darran died in an accident on the
island. “I just kind of lost interest [in the marina],” says Norma. “Darran was supposed to be with me. It didn’t work out that way.” “Finally I had to get myself going again because the dredges were coming in,” she says. “We needed a plan. Everything had to go forward again.” By 1992 the new marina was ready. “I had a vision of what I wanted to do here. I wanted to make it a
people place,” says Norma. “I wanted our marina to be unique. I have all Bowen Islanders. We all worked together. Everybody knows one another and it’s like a family down here. That’s the way I wanted it.” But the decades of marina tending has weighed on Norma. “All those boaters are my responsibility,” she says. Dennis has been in care since 2011 and last year Norma decided it was time to sell. The new owners of the Bowen Island Marina, who take possession this summer, are six boaters from the North Shore. “They’ve been coming to Bowen Island for years and they’ve always wanted to own a marina,” says Norma. “They want the community to know that they’re community minded and [the marina] will be the same for at least a year,” she says. The house is part of the marina deal, and Norma will be returning to Kitsilano, where she’ll be living near her children (and a floor below her grandson!) While Norma says that she’s leaving the island disappointed that elder care wasn’t in place in time for her to be able to stay, she’s ready to pass on the torch. “Bowen has changed a lot. And it’s time to let it go and let the younger people take over now,” she says. “I hope that when I leave that the new people that come are gentle with this island. “It’s been good to us.” There will a goodbye party for Norma on Saturday July 21 at the Pier, between 1 and 4 p.m. Organizers invite people to bring an appetizer and your singing voice.
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The legend of Dock Dance
As a newbie on Bowen, I’ve got a lot to learn. But I’m gathering that there are a few island events that are annual benchmarks the Round Bowen races, the People Plants and Places Tour, Hallowe’en, Light Up Bowen and Applefest. At the pinnacle there’s Bowfest. But there’s a particular grin people wear when they describe Dock Dance. What is it that inspires that smile? To get to the bottom of this, we’re holding a contest. We want to hear your favourite (publishable) Dock Dance stories! You can either enter by telling your story on
the Facebook contest post (look on our Facebook page) or by emailing editor@ BowenIslandUndercurrent.com. Rules: one entry per person; stories must be about you or you must know it to be true (no fanning rumours); and some of the more explicit details must be left to the imagination. All entries must be in by June 30 at 5 p.m. We’ll draw a winner and publish our favourite stories in the August 1 edition of the Undercurrent. The winner will receive two free tickets to the August 4 Dock Dance (thank you Bowen Island firefighters!) Bronwyn Beairsto; Editor
The Dock Dance used to be held on Norma Dallas’s pier. Back in 2005 she snapped this photo of the b’ys moving a long, heavy picnic table that, according to Brian Biddlecombe, weighed several hundred pounds! Left, front to back: Phil Wood, Alan Leigh, Kevin Huskisson, Rick Cannell, Lloyd Harding. Right, front to back: Chris Sorrentino, Jeff Dempsey, Bob Clark, Scott Begg, and Randy Arnott. Front and centre: Gord Begg. Photo: Norma Dallas 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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Back in the beginning...
To get your memory jogging, we’re reprinting the article that ran in the Undercurrent after the first Dock Dance back in 1992! Five alarm fun! Last Saturday’s ‘Dock Dance’, presented by the Bowen Island Firefighters’ Social Committee, was a huge success. All 25 of your local volunteers worked very hard to prepare for this event. The dance kicked off with Captain Hook and the Ladders (rumour has said that this may even have been a local group), who played through to 8:30 p.m. and really got the crowd rockin’. Hamburgers and fries were consumed with relish as the next band set up. Jimmy Roy and the Five Star Hillbillies got the crowd stomping into the wee hours. Many old friends got reacquainted at this dance which proved that Bowen’s long standing reputation for events like this is intact. Proceeds from the event will be used to help fund the volunteers’ social activities, as well as the fireworks display and other events. A sizeable donation is to be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Children’s Unit as well as the VGH Burn Unit. The firefighters would like to publically thank the Dallas family for their generosity in allowing the use of their front yard. Thanks also to the firefighters’ families, Juan-Paul, Wes and Cecile, the ambulance crew, Monty and Larry, Richard Grierson, the surrounding neighbours, Hank Strubin, Bowen Island Bed and Breakfast, Reidun, the leigion, Mike Carachelo, Whistler Brewing, Doc Morgan’s Inn, and of course, the great, fun-loving people of Bowen. See you next year. July 17, 1992
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Ivor Kerr of Cormorant Marine recovered a sunken boat from Mannion Bay last weekend. Its mast can be seen protruding from the water in picture above. The municipality received up to $6,000 from the federal Abandoned Boats program for the recovery, said BIM’s manager for parks and environment, Bonny Brokenshire. Brokenshire also said that there are two other boats around Bowen Island that the municipality intends to dispose of. Photo: Barry Pynn
After a few months on the bottom of Mannion Bay, a boat was salvaged on Sunday by Ivor Kerr. If it were not for the irresponsible, uncaring owner, we taxpayers would not be out of pocket $6,000, which is the cost of the salvage and demolition. Indeed, it would have been tempting to leave it in its nautical grave. However, because the mast was protruding above the water, it was considered a navigational hazard, hence the funding from Transport Canada via its Abandoned Boats Program.
I would be remiss not to praise and thank Ivor Kerr, of Cormorant Marine Taxi & Barge, for his incredible job of salvaging this sunken boat last Sunday. It was an intriguing process and, while most entertaining, I would have far rather watched France defeat Croatia in the World Cup final. This is certainly not the first such command performance by Ivor and sadly will not be the last as we still have the “Cat Boat” on the rocks at the west end of the bay, where it has been for many months. We also have some other boats “in waiting” that could meet the same fate. Toroka is also sitting like a beached whale at Seymour Bay, ready for its removal and demolition. Thank heavens it only anchored for one week in Mannion Bay, all of which proves derelicts are not unique to Mannion Bay, just much more prevalent and in a much more inhabited and iconic area.
In addition to the kudos to Ivor, thanks is in order for Bonny Brokenshire and her staff at the municipality, the latter of which needs everyone’s support and encouragement to be more proactive to rid ourselves of the problem boats and not permit their replacement. Bruce Russell
The boat salvaged from Mannion Bay last weekend.
Photo: Bruce Russell
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
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BC Ferries REGULAR SCHEDULE May 17, 2018 to October 8, 2018
BOWEN ISLAND Snug Cove
5:20 am^ 6:20 am 7:30 am# 8:35 am 9:40 am 10:50 am 12:00 pm 1:10 pm 3:10 pm 4:15 pm† 5:20 pm * 6:30 pm 7:45 pm* 8:50 pm# 9:50 pm 10:50 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 2:35 pm 3:45 pm 4:50 pm 5:55 pm* 7:10 pm 8:20 pm* 9:20 pm# 10:20 pm
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Whether Transport Canada attempts to recover the salvage cost from the somewhat phantom owner remains to be seen, though I think it is highly unlikely as he appears to have taken up residence elsewhere. While grateful for the federal funding, I find little consolation in the fact all Canadian taxpayers are participating in this salvage cost versus just the Bowen taxpayers. If the owner was responsible, it would be his cost. Far too many long-stay anchorages end up the same way as this sunken boat. It is best we not permit them in the bay in the first place and those that are here now should be requested to leave in order to spare the taxpayers the inevitable expense of salvage when the owners have no more use for their boats. Care should be taken by everyone, myself included, to understand that not all boats at
anchored in the bay are long-stay anchorages; most are owned by responsible owners, are insured and actually used for their manufactured purpose… boating! Those boats are welcome as are tourists’.
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Leave Snug Cove
Where is the owner of the derelict boat?
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Classic cars are on display this weekend BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
Last year’s Bowen Island Classic Motor Show saw vehicles of all colours gather on Raef Grohne’s lawn. This year there’ll be 29 motorized vehicles at the July 21 event. Photo: Brad Hawthorn
Notice of Public Hearing Lot 1 Rezoning
HAVE YOUR SAY. Public Hearing July 30, 2018 7:00 pm Council Chambers
981 Artisan Lane
Questions? Contact Daniel Martin, Manager of Planning and Development
Ofﬁcal Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 432, 2017 Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 433, 2017
About the bylaw
Currently, Lot 1 is designated as “Rural” in the Ofﬁcial Community Plan, and it is zoned “Rural Residential 1” in the Land Use Bylaw. Council is proposing to change this designation. Bylaw No.432, 2017 would amend the Ofﬁcial Community Plan designation from “Rural” to a combination of “Light Industrial, Rural Residential and Village Periphery.” Bylaw No.433, 2017 would amend the zoning in the Land Use Bylaw from “Rural Residential 1” to “Comprehensive Development 21”, with four “sub-areas” as follows: Area 1: Light Industrial, Artisanal, Retail, and Residential uses Area 2: Residential, up to 20 homes Area 3: Rural Residential (Land Bank) Area 4: Rural Residential, one dwelling
Bylaw timeline Council 1st Direction Reading
November February 2017 2018
Public 3rd Reading Bylaw Hearing Adoption
(Estimated) (Estimated) Sept. 2018 Sept. 2018
How to get more information
The proposed bylaw and background material may be viewed at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, during ofﬁce hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), or on the Municipal website at www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/planning
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Speak at the Public Hearing: July 30th, 2018. 7:00PM at Municipal Hall.
Write to the attention of Mayor and Council: E-mail: email@example.com Mail: 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G2 To ensure a fair process, Council cannot consider any submissions received after the Public Hearing has ended.
If you’ve ever thought Bullitt could’ve used a few more lilacs or that all American Graffiti needed was another bushel of roses, you’re in luck. There’ll - it’s hoped - be no car chases this weekend, but 29 cars, trucks and motorbikes built before 1978 will grace the fields of the Bowen Island Classic Motor Show. Raef and Darla Grohne started the event last year as a fundraiser for Bowen Island Museum and Archives. Raef described the show as “a garden party with cars.” An architectural photographer by trade, and Bowen resident of five years, Raef said that the idea came from noticing interesting cars around the island. “I figured there must be more,” he said. “In talking to a bunch of people I realised, ‘My neighbour has this in his garage.’” So the enterprising Islander decided to bring all the cars together. Held on his five-acre property on Adams Road, Raef said that last year’s event attracted more than 300 people. He says he expects more people at this year’s show. It not only coincides with the People Plants and Places Tour but there are a few more vehicles on display. Raef said that the majority of the vehicles entered are from Bowen, but there are always a few entries from off island. The featured car will be a 1953 Mercedes 220, in original condition, which Raef says has a unique body style. While that car doesn’t live on Bowen, there’ll be a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster, customized in the fifties hot rod style, owned by islander Tim Misko. Raef ’s own contribution to the show is a 1958 Dodge Power Wagon. While entry to the motor show is by donation, the suggested entry fee is $10. There’ll be draw prizes, beer, wine, summer sodas and pizza from Tuscany. A takeaway with donation will be a program featuring the pictures and stories of all the cars. All proceeds will, same as last year, go to the Bowen Museum and Archives. The show will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday July 21, at 1141 Adams Road (Raef and Darla’s property next to the satellite fire hall).
Think before dropping off old items at KKN CATHY BAYLY KNICK KNACK NOOK
The Nook is your neighbour, staffed by your friends and dedicated to social responsibility, primarily through sale of used items in good condition. Let’s work together to keep things out of the landfill in a respectful, community spirited way. Here are some guidelines to assist you with decision-making when it comes to dropping off items: Please do not dump and run. If your items did not sell at your garage sale, it is unlikely they will sell at the Nook. We should not have to be responsible for your leftovers! If you are moving and anticipate many boxes of donations, please do not leave things to the last moment. Bring over a few boxes at a time so that we have the time and space to deal with them. We are not a repair shop. Please only bring us items that work and clothing that is in good condition. Please do not bring us your laundry or dirty dishes. We do not have a washing machine or dishwasher and dirty items do not sell, no matter how lovely they are. Please bring clothing that is in season only. Please work with us on this community project! In the past six months volunteers have taken more than 1,000 bags and 500 boxes of items that could not be sold at the Nook to various locations (Salvation Army etc.) on the mainland. We can’t send anything that is broken or in very poor condition (large or small) to other reuse-it organizations and therefore the cost of disposal becomes our responsibility. The majority of people donate clean, usable items. They take the time to check clothing for stains, rips and broken zippers; they wash dishes and pottery. They check to make sure games have all the pieces and they plug in appliances to make certain they work. We so appreciate their effort! The Knick, Knack, Nook is a volunteer-run organization that gives back to the island in many, many ways. Please pass this message on and help to educate all the members of our amazing island community.
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The Art of Conservation is running at Cove Commons until August 13. The exhibit by local artists Di Izdebski and Guthrie Gloag had its grand opening July 14 and was an instant local hit. Top left: Deborah Bramm and Tina Overbury give their best smiles for the camera. Bottom left: Kathryn Wasylik and Summer Izdebski mill with the crowds admring the paintings and sculptures. Above: A young girl admires Gloag’s life-sized wolf scuplture made of driftwood. Top right: Steven Trende and Catherine Epps admire a gem of local art. Bottom right: Guthrie Gloag and Marie Neys pose in front of one of Izdebski’s paintings.
All art show photos: David McCullum
Penny White, her husband Chris and daughter Laura listen to a fantastic (Penny’s words) singer from the mainland at Doc Morgan’s earlier this month. Photo: Penny White
With soaring temperatures around the Lower Mainland, Bowen Island Community Recreation Summer Camp kids had a great time escaping the heat at Big Splash water slides last week. Photo: submitted by Sheana Stevenson
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Bowen preparing for ﬁrst annual SwimBowen Saturday MARY LETSON
Wig that helped SwimBowen organizer through cancer is up for auction
Who knew this event would capture Bowen’s heart with such passion and cardiovascular vigour? Fifty swimmers, 25-plus volunteers, 22 corporate sponsors and 280 donations totalling $22,000 – these amazing numbers will launch the inaugural SwimBowen event Saturday July 21, 3 p.m. at Tunstall Bay. Novice, experienced, curious, and elite swimmers from Bowen and beyond make up the roster on Saturday. Swimmers start in three waves, one minute apart and will complete an out-and-back, timed (thank you Elliot Rushton!), 1,000-metre triangular route. A 500-metre route is available for the relay teams and an option for those signed up for 1,000 metres but decide this distance may exceed their comfort level. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions: Is this a race? Only if you want it to be. It’s your event! Can I wear fins? Sure! We recommend fins not exceed four inches in length from toes. If you wish to place in the top three fastest swimmers, no fins. Do I have to wear a wet suit? Only if you want to. The water has warmed up beautifully, so wet suits are definitely optional. If you have been training in your wet suit and enjoy the comfort and buoyancy, wear it. Do I have to wear the SwimBowen cap? Yes, so we can see you. It’s a safety thing. Is the route well marshalled? Very. We’ve got four powerboats, six paddleboards and two kayaks ensure swimmers stay on course and are safe. Is the course well marked? Yes. Four large sighting buoys mark the course effectively. What do I do if I experience trouble
MARY LETSON SWIMBOWEN
SwimBowen registrant Catherine Shaw is the top fundraiser so far for 2018! Photo: Susan Leithead
during my swim? Flip onto your back and wave. A marshal will come to your aid. Do SwimBowen registrants have access to Tunstall Bay Beach Club washrooms? Yes. Popular questions about the SwimBowen Fund include: Who is eligible for the funds? Bowen Island residents in active cancer treatment to support their selfcare. All cancers, all genders are eligible for the support beginning October 15. Are donations tax deductible? No. SwimBowen is a not-for-profit society without charitable status. Online donations will close July 27. However good old-fashioned cheques and cash always accepted. Post-swim festivities include a beach barbecue (we love you, Frank Patt!), with awards and draw prizes beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Hair is a big deal. Flip open any fashion magazine or stand amidst the acres of haircare products in any given drugstore and the reality of our obsessions drive home in spades. When you are sick and lose your hair, the focus is painfully acute simply because you don’t have any. Five years ago, when I knew baldness was coming down the pipe for me in the first three weeks of a six-month course of chemotherapy treatment, I read through the relevant chapter in my complimentary copy of The Intelligent Patient Guide to Breast Cancer. This handbook was my bible, the breast cancer (and less joyful) equivalent of What to Expect When You Are Expecting. I avoided the chemo section of the book until the treatment schedule was confirmed after surgery. Then I read it carefully and followed their advice. It was oh so helpful. The authors recommended a wig purchase in advance of actually needing it. While I was still feeling well. So off I went with my dear friend Sue Nicholson to Eva & Co Wigs conveniently located in “Cancerland” just steps away from the B.C. Cancer Agency in Vancouver Location, location, location. The shop was quiet, with several kind clerks who helped me sort out what I liked and what looked best, all in a private fitting room. I may have cried a little. The privacy was appreciated.
I found a blonde, bobbed wig that, once on my head, made me feel beautiful. Perky. Well. Sold. The price tag was $500 – a veritable bargain compared to the other wigs with real hair
starting at $1,200. Husband Cam said, “Buy it, whatever you like. Whatever you need, buy it.” My guide book also recommended shaving my head before the hair fell out to avoid the nasty shock of handfuls coming out in your hand. Like a bad dream, the ultimate definition of a bad hair day. So the week before I expected it to fall out, Cam shaved my head. It was a bizarre initial ritual to the whole treatment adventure that firmly placed me in the cancer patient arena. There was no turning back, no maybes, negotiating or pretending. Here we go. A week later the remaining stubble on my skull fell like dirt into the white porcelain sink as I rubbed my skull dry after a shower. Along with my eyebrows and eyelashes. I felt like a chicken. This all said, I could don my beautiful wig, draw in some brows, apply a little eyeliner and anyone who didn’t know me was unaware of my illness. Brilliant. The hair was so good in fact that I had total strangers ask me who did my hair. Marvellous. Five years later I am just three months away from graduating with cancer-free honours with my last oncologist appointment in October 2018. This happy ending coincides with SwimBowen on July 21, an annual swim event supporting Bowen Islanders enduring cancer treatment. The timing is serendipitous in so many ways. I hadn’t been ready to give away my beautiful wig until now. Now is the perfect time. Said wig will be auctioned off by (soon to be retiring) United Church minister Shelagh Mackinnon with the suggestion that the winning bidder donate the wig to Bowen Island’s Caring Circle. Amen!
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Mary Letson having her head shaved and then donning her new wig.
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Bring pruning shears and a smile —Bowen’s trails need you JESSICA SLATER BI TRAILS SOCIETY
Now that our organization is a year old, members of Bowen Island Trail Society (BITS) are having for some foot-pounding, pedal-pumping, branch-cutting fun. The society is dedicated to enhancing our island trail system, whether for safety reasons or pure enjoyment, and has a solid membership of around 40 people. Our board includes president Alicia Hoppenrath, vice-president Phil Osborne, treasurer Bev Attfield, chair Chuck Venhuizen and secretary Jessica Slater. Some of our projects include helping rebuild a bridge on Handloggers, and updating signage on the main Mt. Gardner trail. New this year, BITS has started hosting monthly trail socials on the third Saturday of every month to pique community interest in our society and the Bowen trail systems. Our May social saw Chuck Venhuizen lead a reconnaissance up Valhalla Ridge Trail. Braving Bowen’s answer to the Grouse Grind, participants were treated to views of Howe Sound and the Georgia Strait (once they huffed and puffed their way to the top). Last month, Dangerous Dan Cowan (godfather of extreme mountain biking), who’s built many of the mountain bike trails on Bowen, led a ride down “The Fun” trail on Mt. Gardner. A couple of us enjoyed the introduction to one of the more extreme sports on Bowen. One of the exciting developments for BITS this year was signing a partnership with the Crown back in May. This means that we can (legally) do trail work on Bowen’s Crown land!
Which brings us to our upcoming social. This Saturday, July 21, we invite you to join a rewarding afternoon of trail maintenance on Mt. Gardner. It might sound like large-scale yard work, but how often do you get to do yard work with a dozen of your closest (or perhaps newest) friends? We’ll be meeting at the Laura Road trailhead at 1:30 p.m. and we expect to be on the trail until 4 p.m. Bring your heavy-duty pruners and clippers (hand saws, rakes and shovels if you’ve got them). After a brief volunteer orientation we will divide into teams. Each team will tackle a specific trail section, ensuring that underbrush and branches encroaching the trail are cut back and branches and loose rocks, etc on the trail are removed. For more information contact Jessica Slater at 604-9998073. Come out to help improve our trails and join BITS. Membership for this year is free!
GARAGE SALE TOOLS, TOOLS, TOOLS!
From hand planers to drill press, and much more! Many $1 items. Some automotive. Some household effects including gardening and kids’ books, etc. Sunday, July 22 • 10 - 2 1248 Miller Road
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Bowen Islanders rally to replace Mike Shannon’s lost (and returned) rum MARTHA PERKINS VANCOUVER COURIER
Like any Bowen Islander, Mike Shannon thinks it’s his civic duty to do a good turn for his fellow islanders. However, when one of his good turns ricocheted and bit him in the backside, he went on a Facebook rant. He was pleasantly taken aback by what happened next. Fellow islanders stepped in and, before he knew it, Shannon found himself in the middle of an impromptu restorative justice circle — and a whole lot of rum. Shannon owns and operates the Bowen Land and Sea Taxi. In his off hours he recently picked up two teenagers who were hitchhiking to Snug Cove. They told him they didn’t have money for the fare but Shannon said not to worry, they didn’t need to pay him. “That’s what we do here in a small town.....we help each other out,” he wrote on Facebook. Imagine his dismay when he realized that when the teenagers got out of the taxi, they took with them an unopened bottle of rum that Shannon had purchased earlier in the day. “This really upset me,” he wrote. “Not because of the $30 [for the rum] but because of the fact that this happened here in a community where we rarely even lock our doors and we leave our keys in our vehicles.” Reaction to his post was swift, in ways expected and unexpected. The expected (albeit still surprising):
Mike Shannon stands before his taxi with an armful of rum community members gave him after hearing that his bottle had been stolen by a couple of kids. “Throughout the day I started getting visits from friends and neighbours bringing me rum!! [My wife] Wendy was even handed a bottle at the grocery store when she stopped in for groceries (also left there anonymously).” The unexpected: one of the people who read the post thought they knew who the teenagers might be. They offered to contact one of their fathers. “The kid’s father calls me and tells me that his son confessed to taking the
rum,” Shannon told everyone on the closed Bowen Island and Everything Else Facebook page the next day. (The Undercurrent has the permission of the people involved to retell the story.) “We had a really nice chat and I really felt how bad he feels. As I am a father also, we talked about how to deal with it, etc. All the time I’m thinking to myself, ‘Would this conversation be happening in the City in this calm and constructive manner?’” Here’s where the story does become an only-on-Bowen head-shaker. Half an hour after he talked with the father, his taxi service got a call to pick up some passengers at the library. “When I arrived at the library....... GUESS WHO!..... a couple of sheepish looking kids. They apologized, told me it was a dumb move and offered to come chop my firewood or do hard labour.” The teenagers also handed Shannon back his still unopened bottle of Captain Morgan rum. Shannon laughs at the thought of how Captain Morgan, a Welsh privateer who raided posts in the Caribbean, would feel about these taxi pirates with a conscience. “Well, all in all, I feel good,” Shannon wrote at the conclusion of his post. “I love how our community was as upset as myself that this even happened in the first place. I’m impressed at how our community came together and helped towards making things right. And lastly I’m offering the whole Island a RUM AND COKE!!....... because frankly if I drink all this rum there’s going to be problems.”
BOWEN VETERINARY SERVICES IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
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. Dr. Sandra Madden of MyVet will be working on Bowen Island for the month of July should your pet need non-urgent attention please call her at 604-786-1641 or go to the website http://www.myvetvancouver.ca/ to book an appointment. In case of an emergency Canada West Veterinary Specialists is the closest 24 hour emergency hospital – their phone number is 604-473-4882. We appreciate your understanding during this time.
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THURSDAY, JULY 19 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm
of us at the Bowen Island Marina. 1- 4 pm at the pier. Feel free to bring an appy and your singing voice!
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!
SwimBowen! Tunstall Bay to Onion Island and back. 1000 metres Landlubbers can cheer this hearty group on at 3 pm at Tunstall Bay A fundraiser to support islanders undergoing cancer treatments.
Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955
Live at Doc Morgan’s Pub & Restaurant Enjoy a magical Bowen summer evening listening to the sounds of Yvonne McSkimming and Mark James Fortin on Doc’s Patio 7 -9 pm no cover
FRIDAY JULY 20 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 SATURDAY JULY 21 Pickleball No dainty pickle and cheese sandwiches here Just serving up a whole lotta fun. 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Drop in Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch Root for your friends and neighbours! Game times 10am, noon and 2 pm At Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. (yeah, we got it going on Saltspring) Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook People, Plants, & Places Tour! An intimate peek into Bowen Island’s hidden homes and gardens. Ticket info at www. bowenislandmuseum.ca Warning this is a Bowen favourite- tickets sell out! 2nd annual Bowen Island Classic Motor Show Classic cars, food, music, wine, beer, and art all taking place in the garden. It’s paradise, right? 11 am – 4 pm 1441 Adams Road. $10 suggested donationproceeds to Bowen Island Museum BowenIslandMotorShow.com 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 all
SUNDAY JULY 22 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 People, Plants, & Places Tour! An intimate peek into Bowen Island’s hidden homes and gardens. Ticket info at bowenislandmuseum.ca Always a sell-out!
Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955
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Men’s Fast Pitch Grab your box of cracker jacks it’s another league game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm
THURSDAY AUGUST 1 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955
FRIDAY JULY 27 Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm Bowen’s fashion foray into the 80’s A wine and cheese video screening of a ‘Fashion Show in the Royal Canadian Legion circa 1980’ Bowen Island Museum Archives 7-9 pm SATURDAY JULY 28 Pickleball Just serving up a whole lotta fun. 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Gym Drop in Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60
Dock Dance Ticket Sale! At Snug Cove Community Dock 1:30 pm sharp ‘til they’re gone. Limit 4 tix per person $30 each Be there or be square!
Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook
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
Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch Root for your friends and neighbours! Game times 10am, noon and 2 pm At Snug Cove Field.
Basics of Tai Chi Free talk with Denise Richard Bring a chair sit back and be inspired 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings.com
Bowen Island Lumberjack Show Pancake breakfast 8 am – 10:30 am Fun includes Axe Throwing, Pole Climbing Chokerman’s Set, Cross Cut Saw & Hot Saw & more. 10 – 5 pm Food & Beer Garden Tickets $10 at the gate ( cash only) A family event at Veterans Park. www.bowenloggingsports.com
MONDAY, JULY 23 Bowen Housing: speaker event with Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino Municipal Hall 1 – 3 pm Men’s Fast Pitch League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm TUESDAY, JULY 24 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch Take yourself out to the ball game League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak (bring a date!) Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266 WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Men’s Fast Pitch For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the ol’ ball game! League game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm THURSDAY, JULY 26
SUNDAY JULY 29 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 Bowen Island Lumberjack Show Flapjacks and lumberjacks -the fun continues at Veterans Park. www.bowenloggingsports.com Basics of Chi Kung Free talk with Denise Richard Bring your chair, sit back and be inspired 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings.com TUESDAY, JULY 31 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Take yourself out to the ball game League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak (bring a
SATURDAY AUGUST 4 Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Root for your friends and neighbours! Game times 10am, noon and 2 pm At Snug Cove Field. Random Acts of Comedy A hilarious series of skits, based on the popular British comedy show “Smack the Pony”. directed by Robin de Zwart. 7 pm Tir-na-nOg rated PG 13 Tix $20 at Cates Pharmacy The 27th annual Dock Dance! Brought to you every year by Bowen’s amazing crew of volunteer firefighters Featuring The Sly Virus, the Dustin Bentall Band and The Hip Show. If you’ve been reading the calendar with rapt attention –you will have already noted July 22nd is ticket sale day at 1:30 pm on Snug Cove community dock. SUNDAY AUGUST 5 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 Line Up for Fun – learn to Slackline “Slacklining requires a zen-like quality of clearing your mind and tuning into your body… What you will remember is how much fun you had.” Info at bowenislandadventures.com Random Acts of Comedy A hilarious series of skits, based on the popular British comedy show “Smack the Pony”. directed by Robin de Zwart. 7 pm Tir-na-nOg rated PG 13 Tix $20 at Cates Pharmacy TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Take yourself out to the ball game League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak (bring a date!) Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266 FRIDAY AUGUST 10
The 32nd annual Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Meet at the ballpark for a burger and cheer on Bowen’s very own league of ballers – many are second and third generations of the players that went before them. Snug Cove Field SATURDAY AUGUST 11 Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Intro to Outdoor Climbing Propel yourself out of your comfort zone! Info at bowenislandadventures. com Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Continues today and Sunday at Snug Cove field Don’t miss the highlight of a Bowen summer SUNDAY AUGUST 12 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 Bowen Island Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament Today is championship day! FRIDAY AUGUST 24 The Marwills Release Tour Bowen Island Pub SATURDAY AUGUST 25 Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Rotary Run for Rwanda 2018 8:30 am: Kids’ 1.5K run 9:00 am: 10K and 5K run/walk Register at raceroster.com or pick up a registration form at Phoenix or First Credit Union BOWFEST 2018 Mark the date, invite the mainlanders, ready your parade floats. This year’s theme Carnival! SATURDAY SEPT 1 5th annual Handloggers Half Marathon 21 km counter clockwise loop around Mt Gardener Register by Aug 31 at raceroster. com And finally, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Or tell you that Bowen’s public golf course was named one of Canada’s top 9 hole experiences. Now you know, try a round! 604-947-GOLF We’re looking to fill up our calendar help us out – email us at ads@bowenislandundercurrent Calendar listings are free!