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THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2018 VOL. 44, NO. 39


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Meet all Bowen Island’s candidates in our centrefold pullout

Carol Shatford tastes some of the apples HC Behm and Marysia McGilvray had out at Applefest Sunday. More photos on pages 6 and 7. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto

Muni morsels: the one and a half weeks to election edition


The last council meeting before the election began with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” from council and audience alike and ended with a table of long faces as end-ofterm business prolonged the penulti-

mate meeting. This council will sit one more time, after the election, to tie up some of the term’s loose ends. The following are reports from the regular council meeting October 9.

So now can we get a sabre toothed tiger? Council adopted

a Public Art Policy for Bowen Island (it was one of this policy’s presenters who had the birthday.) The document is to act as a guide for acquiring and integrating public artwork on Bowen. The policy calls for BIM to establish a Public Art Advisory Committee with the mandate of developing

and administering the policy, establishing a public art inventory and developing public art priorities.

Both mayoral candidates are on the steering committee: Rounding the bases toward a (loosely) projected 2021 opening date, council approved

the completion of gate four of the community centre project. Councillors unanimously voted to release previously-budgeted funds so that the design team could get to 95 per cent complete working drawings. Contiued on page 17

Event Calendar Oct 11 2018 7:00 pm Heritage Commission Meeting

Oct 12 2018 9:30 am Economic Development Committee Meeting

Oct 13 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Emergency Support Services Introduction to Pet Services

Oct 16 2018 7:00 pm Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee


On-Call Ice Patrol/Snow Removal Services Bowen Island Municipality seeks applications for interest in the following:

Environment and Climate Action Advisory Committee

Oct 18 2018 10:18 am Great BC ShakeOut

Oct 20 2018 8:00 am - 8:00 pm GENERAL VOTING DAY Bowen Island Community School 1042 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island or Westcot Elementary School 760 Westcot Road, West Vancouver

Oct 20 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Special Waste Clean Up Day Outside Recycling Centre

Oct 22 2018 9:30 am Regular Council Meeting All meetings are held in Council Chambers unless otherwise noted.

GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of Bowen Island Municipality on:

Please provide a written response expressing interest in the On-Call position(s) by email before Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00PM to: Rachel Pryce-Jones, Public Works Coordinator EMAIL: Phone: 604-947-0613 Please contact ICBC (1-800-663-3051) to request a driver’s license abstract and ask ICBC to forward it directly to BIM by fax at 604-947-0193. A one day paid training will be provided upon acceptance.

Emergency Support Services Saturday, October 13th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Municipal Hall Animals are an important part of our families and our livelihood, and should be included in the emergency preparedness plan. By the end of this one day course, participants will understand how to prepare providing pet care in an emergency situation. Lunch is included in this free workshop. Contact to register.

Invitation to Building Trades Business Owners EDC Business Breakfast Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:30am The BIM Economic Development Committee would like your feedback.

Please RSVP to Stef at: or 947-4255

Burn Season begins October 15 Open burning season on Bowen Island will begin on October 15, 2018. Burning Permits are required for yard burns and machine burns. Permits can be purchased at Municipal Hall. Machine burns now require a site visit by the Fire Chief prior to burning. General Enquiries

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General Voting

Ice Patrol (Temperature Dependent) Snow Removal (Temperature Dependent)

Introduction to Pet Services

Oct 17 2018 7:00 pm


We are hiring

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between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM at the following locations: Bowen Island Community School, 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island Westcot Elementary School, 760 Westcot Road, West Vancouver

Water Main Flushing As part of its regular water system maintenance program, flushing of all systems will take place from Saturday October 6th until December 6th, seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. During the flushing process, temporary water interruptions will occur and your water pressure could be low or turned off completely for periods of time. Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected, but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up.

Pavement Resurfacing Secondary Roads Pavement resurfacing is scheduled on the following roads weather dependent from October 15 to 17: Cowan Rd, Creek/Catalina Rd, David Rd, Ecclestone Rd, Harding Rd, Hillcrest Rd, Lower Oceanview Rd, Upper Oceanview Rd, Upper/Lower Williams Rd, Willies Way. Public Works will be hand delivering notices to homes in the affected areas 24 hours in advance and will indicate more instructions at that time. Please note, the pavement resurfacing is estimated to affect each road for one day or less. Access to driveways and roads may be blocked for hours at a time. Please follow the instructions indicated on the notice delivered to your door. Thank you for your patience and understanding while the work is ocurring.

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Fix-It-Fair: find joy in your broken stuff


There is really very little more annoying than the broken goods that seem to accumulate in one’s home, all too quickly. You don’t want to get rid of your ripped duvet cover or risk ripping it more, so you shove it into that dark corner of the linen closet. And that broken toaster? Well maybe there’s hope for it yet, you think, as you shove it into the back of the cupboard. There is hope, there really is! Just bring your broken thing-amajig to Collins Hall on October 21 and let the island’s tinkerers have a go at repairing it. At a previous Fix-It-Fair, Steve Frazer repaired a 34-year-old waffle iron. Reed Bement, with the assistance of his sons, repaired a VHS player of almost the same age. Both will be there, alongside electronics whiz David Wrinch and Deanna Adams, who will be bringing her sewing machine. Going out of your way to attend this event may save you money, and it may divert items from the waste stream (or that pile of junk in your hallway). Worst case scenario for the event is that you get to rub shoulders with some of the island’s handiest people, acquire some insight into what makes our stuff tick and learn a few things about fixing yourself. Your broken stuff is really not very fun but fixing it can be. So gather what you’ve got, and mark October 21 on your calendar as a day to not be missed!



Q&A: Cpl. Paulo Arreaga

We’ve had some questions lately about the policing process, especially on Bowen. Not being lawyers or police, we decided to ask someone who’d know.

Something happens on Bowen (an accident, an assault, a brawl) and the police are called. What happens when you arrive? Our priority in any serious and potentially violent incident is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This means identifying and locating any weapons, ensuring first aid is administered to anyone hurt and accounting for all persons involved. Other considerations include identifying any evidence, speaking to witnesses, and contacting other resources we might need in order to complete an investigation. How do you decide whether or not to arrest someone? Section 495 of the Criminal Code outlines our authority to arrest. We can arrest without a warrant a) a person who has committed an indictable offence (most serious offence), or on reasonable grounds believe someone has committed or is about to commit an indictable offence; b) a person we observe committing a criminal offence; c) a person who has a warrant of arrest. We will not arrest or we will release from custody once the following are satisfied: a) identity of the person being investigated; b) preservation of any evidence; c) there is no continuation of the offence; d) there is no reasonable grounds to believe the investigated person will not attend court. If charges are going to be considered there are a variety of procedures police can take depending on the investigation (type of offence, location of offence, warrant arrest, etc). Police can: a) release the per-

son with intention of compelling their appearance in court by way of summons at a later date; b) release the person on an appearance notice, promise to appear, or recognizance; c) Some of these release documents can be issued with conditions or undertakings which means the accused is being released conditionally and must abide by these conditions; d) release and request a warrant at a later date. Section 28 of the Mental Health Act also gives us the authority to apprehend someone who we believe is acting in a way that is dangerous to themselves or other people and is apparently a person with a mental disorder. We then escort this person to a physician. How do you decide what’s the reasonable amount force? When arresting someone the police are allowed to use as much force as is reasonably necessary to ensure the situation is safe. As to how we decide varies greatly in each situation. A police officer has to determine how much risk each incident brings. To quote the Criminal Code, “Police actions should not be judged against a standard of perfection. Regard must be had to the circumstances as they existed at the time that the force was used”. The officer on scene writes a report, what are the next steps? Each investigation is unique in that it carries numerous/different steps. The basics in each report include who was involved, what happened, where did it occur, when did it occur, why did police attend and sometimes how did it hap-

pen. Gathering a detailed account of this information takes time and must be done thoroughly to avoid errors in an investigation. If it’s evident that an offence occurred and we’re proceeding with charges, we take steps to secure and process evidence, speak with witnesses and complete any follow ups. These step can take hours, days, weeks, and in some more serious cases, months. We want to get any information that will complete a picture of what occurred. We want to provide Crown counsel with reasonable grounds that an offence occurred and that all the elements of that offence have been identified. It’s important to note that the majority of police attended incidents anywhere in Canada do not end up in arrests or charges. How does social media affect your job at this stage? Social media has helped us in many investigations. We’ve used it to identify suspects, locate missing persons or provide information to the general public. However, when a serious incident hits social media it can hinder or slow an investigation in that it can prevent possible witnesses from coming forward or create other offences that police would not otherwise have. Bowen Island RCMP are currently finding a way to get information out to the public faster in order to prevent misinformation from being spread. My advice is to be mindful with what you post and with what you read. How does investigating incidents on Bowen differ from investigating incidents in larger

cities? It all depends on the incident. However, the majority of Bowen Islanders are very cooperative and willing to assist the RCMP in getting the job done. Matters tend to come to a more agreeable understanding on Bowen than they might in a larger city. We all recognize that we have to live together in a small town and we all do what we can to get along. I feel that in a small town it takes longer to heal after a major incident. Social media can unfortunately prolong this healing process. Having said that, because we are a small town, we tend to care for each other that much more. What are the misconceptions you find regarding your job? It’s understandable to have a misconception of any profession when you’re not exposed to it. For police officers there are many. Policing can be a very dynamic and complex job. We can’t always quote every single statute on the spot.Unlike an hour-long Netflix special, our investigations can take time and involve numerous steps. Not everything can be dusted for fingerprints How long does it take on average to close a file? A file can range from a lost wallet to a serious collision to a drug trafficking investigation. Every file will take as long as it needs to take in order to complete it to its entirety. Is there any TV show that sort of gets it right? I’ve was always a fan of Third Watch and felt that it did a good job of dramatizing the job. However, COPS is the real deal.

Haig Farris sent in this photo of the 6:30 a.m. sunrise over Vancouver from Fairweather, Bowen Island last week. Photo: Haig Farris




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Yep, another editorial about voting I’m quite excited to be writing this editorial for the largest paper since I joined team Undercurrent. With fewer than two weeks before the municipal election, we’re delivering this edition to every mailbox on Bowen. You’ll find in our centrefold pullout, profiles of every candidate for mayor, council and school trustee. We’ve tried to ask candidates questions that give you an idea of where they stand on key issues, while not completely rehashing the all-candidates meeting or Chris Corrigan’s all candidates group on Facebook. If you have more questions for our nine councillor candidates and two mayoral candidates, there’s a meet and greet at the Bowen Island Pub on October 11. There’s an all candidates meeting on October 14, hosted by the Bowen Island Arts Council and one October 16 hosted by Belterra residents. Get informed and let them know what matters to you, what you want to see done in the next term. Now this editorial is my second-to-last chance (there’s only one more paper before the election) to urge you to vote. I’m not allowed to cast a ballot in this election. I’ve only lived in B.C. for five months and Elections B.C. regulations state you need

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to have lived in-province for six. It’s disquieting to not have a vote. To hear others discuss their conflicting feelings and decisions while sifting through the pre-election information dumps and know that I’ll be a mere spectator on October 20. It’s uncomfortable to have people ask me who I’m going to vote for (not that I’d tell them if I could) and to respond “I can’t vote.” This editorial isn’t to deride the Elections B.C. policy, I understand why it’s there, but rather to explain why I’m so invested in you voting. We might not personally agree on every political point, but we both want what’s best for Bowen. I’m trusting you to show our future mayor and council that the public is paying attention. A strong voter turnout will tell them that not only have they been chosen, but now they’ve got to deliver. They’ve got to represent you, us. If you want to rezone your house to build an addition, run an Air BnB in your basement or rejig the island’s water systems, you’re going to need to work with the seven people sitting at the council table. And you have a say as to who’ll be sitting there. Bronwyn Beairsto, Editor

Folk duo plays Bowen



Wednesday, October 17, the Trust Me series presents Alberta born, Ontario based singer-songwriter extraordinaire James Keelaghan and UK artist Jez Lowe in concert. James Keelaghan has established himself the world over as a writer and performer of considerable skill. Jez Lowe is from County Durham in North East England and is widely acknowledged as something of a national treasure on the UK folk circuit and beyond. James and Jez began their partnership when they found themselves on the same touring circuit of Australian folk festivals in 1997. Their first formal tour together was in 2001, a month-long haul across the U.S. and Canada. The partnership has continued sporadically ever since, most recently when they were joined by Archie Fisher for the Men At Words tour in 2015. As the moniker of the series conveys, you can trust me that you will love this night of music. They are favourites of folk festivals all over the world and they are making Bowen their only stop in the Lower Mainland. You can get tickets at Phoenix and online at





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Dear Editor: As they prepare to vote for the two representatives on the Islands Trust Council in the upcoming election, I believe it is important for all electors to fully read the very insightful article on the Islands Trust in “The Bulletin” mail-out publication (“The Islands Trust - What Is It and Why Are We Part of It?”, Oct. 3). It was written by Nerys Poole, a retired lawyer, former Bowen Island municipal councillor and Islands Trustee and former board member of the Islands Trust Fund (now renamed the Islands Trust Conservancy). The article explains how our local council’s policies and bylaws, and our Official Community Plan

Dear Editor: Despite dreary weather, last Sunday’s Applefest was a well rounded success, thanks to a handful of volunteers and many apple connoisseurs. And thus a venerable tradition of the Davies Orchard carried on. But not all is well and much of the sadness and frustration many Bowen Islanders feel over the neglect and loss of four of the last ten Union cottages could have been averted, if our councils, present and previous, had taken the initiative to declare the Davies Orchard a heritage site. Our hopes shot up when this council, as one of its first acts, created the Heritage Commission and appointed nine knowledgeable community members to it. It was and still is chaired by councillor Maureen Nicholson. She also became Bowen’s representative on Metro’s Parks Board. At the same time that Metro debated the fate of Davies Orchard, they also decided to demolish several heritage cottages in Belcarra Park. However, Port Moody had an active Heritage Commission with an established heritage register and that council moved to designate and protect their cottages. Metro reacted with threats of lawsuits to recoup the costs they could be forced, under existing legislation, to pay for restoration. They later backed down and agreed to put the same amount of money required for demolition into restoration. By contrast, when Nicholson took her seat at Metro, Bowen’s council acquiesced to Metro’s demands. Any planning support for Bowen’s Heritage Commission, which was and still is chaired by Nicholson, stopped. The commission is still in limbo. Much of what happened was never made public. One assumption is that Metro decided to “clean up” all heritage buildings in all regional parks with the stated preference to improve views

John Sbragia

Bowen needs affordable housing, not just for staff Dear Editor: Affordable housing is built because of government policy and support. It is housing that costs 30 per cent of your monthly income. It benefits those most in need of a home. It benefits the diversity of a community by allowing lower income folks like seniors and those on a disability pension to have a chance at making ends meet and to inch above the poverty line. Staff housing benefits the business owners first and foremost. It

increases their profits and their businesses’ overall value. There is a small benefit to the community by way of taxes and better service levels at the private business. We need both on Bowen but we need affordable housing to also be part of any staff housing; so some units must be offered to lower income folks as well as staff. It’s our affordable housing policy and it’s the right thing to do. Michael Chapman

Letter makes voting easy Dear Editor: It was entirely predictable that come election time we would see an arrogant letter from Eric Sherlock slamming three hardworking members of council, Ander, Morse and Kaile. Bowen Islanders would very likely

have been shocked if he hadn’t written this letter. He made mayor and two council choices easy for me. I will be voting the exact opposite from him. Thank you, Eric! Iain Johnstone

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

Helan Wallwork Helen Minister of Music: Lynn Williams



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

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and create better access and parking. To my knowledge, Nicholson never made public such policy discussions within Metro, never tabled or discussed with either the Heritage Preservation Association, the Heritage Commission or any other organization trying to preserve Bowen’s heritage and history, any policy changes within Metro generally or specifically concerning Davies Orchard. In 2016, Metro organized a forum for the community to comment by on the proposed changes in the Davies Orchard. Metro selected organizations and invited one representative to attend. Bowen Heritage was told there was no time during a walking tour for those representatives to include either of the cottages that had been fully restored. But there was time to visit a cottage that had been neglected, and to hear about salmon enhancement efforts and the history of baseball in Davies Orchard. This forum, although deliberately limited, would be considered part of Metro’s “extensive” public engagement. Later, at a public information event, billboards designed by Metro, confronted Bowen Islanders with two options: to destroy four or six of the remaining ten cottages. A third option to save all cottages and to revitalize the Davies Orchard, was spontaneously added by islanders, and got the vast majority of votes (over 60 compared to six for the other option). Later still, a representative of Bowen Heritage made a formal presentation to Metro Parks to add the third option before deciding, but the third option was never publically mentioned or discussed by either Metro or Bowen’s council. Bowen Heritage organized a petition that garnered over 560 signatures and 27 craftsmen and businesses agreed to volunteer their talent and time, as did nine professionals offering their expertise in management.

This writer made a plea to the Regional Parks Committee in September 2017 and to the entire Metro Board in November 2017 on behalf of Bowen Heritage to stop the destruction and engage in constructive dialogue. One of the hands raised to vote for demolition was Nicholson’s. My personal plea is informed by the policy that Metro Parks does not include management of habitable structures in its mandate and that a danger of future annihilation of the remaining cottages exists since they have not been given any registration or designation as heritage sites. Therefore, I believe, the only safe way to protect this unique heritage is a transfer of management of the Davies Orchard to Bowen. Better yet would be an outright transfer of ownership, including the baseball field. It is imperative for the survival of Davies Orchard to elect a council that will protect Bowen’s Heritage and not stand idly by while it is destroyed or further threatened. With the right attitude at Municipal Hall, the full potential of recreating the festive spirit of the Union Steamship era could be achieved with a variety of events (eg. demonstrations of trade skills of the past, building with hand tools and their maintenance, wooden boat building and restoration, an expanded community garden, including orcharding. Artists and crafters could use the spaces. Workshops on fauna, flora and geology for different age levels could be offered and theater and music productions could be encouraged. All would create a unique experience in the Davies Orchard. The new council must inform themselves and support heritage protection for the benefit of Bowen and the entire region. To quote Joni Mitchell, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” H.C. Behm

Schedule in Effect: October 9, 2018 to March 31, 2019 On December 25, & January 1 service will begin with the 8:35 am sailing from Bowen Island and the 8:00 am sailing from Horseshoe Bay.


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

Distance: 3 NAUTICAL MILES Crossing Time: 20 MINUTES

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Not all is perfect on Bowen: plight of the heritage cottages

are legally embedded in our inclusion within the Islands Trust. As well, the article specifies the very significant and extensive benefits to our community as an island within the trust. I believe the article also demonstrates, in many ways, that the values embedded within that federation of islands are synonymous with maintaining the priceless quality and uniqueness of our island way of life - a quality and uniqueness which needs to be preserved for our future generations, and to be shared for the benefit of all visitors who experience the boundless beauty of our island.

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Applefest 2018 in Davies Orchard It was an apple fan’s heaven Sunday when vendors, educators, pie makers, musicians, children, parents and tourists bit into their favourite apple varieties. Top left: Melissa, Titania Michniewicz and Wilde Marsh take a break from face painting to pose for a photo. Top right: William, 3, eats his first candied apple. He said that it was quite sweet. Bottom left: Applefest organizer Sarah Haxby (centre) presents departing apple orchard owners John and Josephine Riley with a basket to thank them for their years of contributing apple displays to Applefest. Photos: Bronwyn Beairsto

Chantal Eustace (you might recognise her from the Undercurrent) read from her recently-published book, Do you take this man Elli Moon? at Cove Commons Saturday. Drawing inspiration from humourous writers, such as Marian Keyes, in her first published novel, Chantal tells the lighthearted story of an anti-bridezilla and her quirky companions. And then there’s the moose. Photo: Daniel O’Sullivan




All smiles despite the rain

Above: pie contest winner Sophie Naldrett shows off her ribbon. Right: a judge guarding the entries in the pie contest. Below: Bob Doucet providing the music for the children’s cupcake walk.






Do you brake for snakes? Slow down for frogs? MICHELLE NELSON, WENDY PALEN CONTRIBUTORS

One of the things that makes Bowen Island such a special place to call home is the unique way that we are surrounded by nature. We live in a rainforest and are lucky enough to call deer, seals, songbirds, frogs and other wild creatures our neighbors. But just like with human neighbors, sometimes there are conflicts. In the case of wildlife, one of the biggest sources of trouble is our roads. Where we see a clear path for quick travel around the island, wildlife often cannot comprehend our intentions or the danger posed by several thousand pounds of metal hurtling along at high speeds. For wildlife species that move more slowly, roads are especially deadly. Bowen Island is home to many of these slower species (slugs, snakes, amphibians) and some are also identified as being threatened by extinction. For example, Canada’s Species at Risk Act lists our northern redlegged frog as a species of “special concern”, which means it is not yet categorized as endangered but may well be on its way. While these designations don’t currently restrict landowners or even the government from altering land and water needed by the species, they do alert us to the fact that these species deserve extra attention. Certain seasons and locations make for hot spots of road mortality risk for wildlife, and if we try to

A red-legged frog (Rana aurora). Frogs and other amphibians are particularly vulnerable to traffic in the fall and spring Photo: Wendy

A rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa). Photo: Wendy Palen understand a bit about what they are up to, we can help reduce that risk. In the summer, many frogs and other amphibians inhabit freshwater ponds and streams where they breed and rear their young. In the winter, they often hibernate in the forest under logs and leaves, which means they migrate between these habitats twice a year (in spring and fall.) So as the summer days wind down and the temperature cools, frogs are starting to move and the


heavy rains of fall are their cue to get going, especially at night. Garter snakes on the other hand spend the summer harmlessly eating garden pests like slugs and grasshoppers. In the fall snakes are also getting ready to find their hibernation spots in the forest and as the days grow shorter and the sun less intense, the road is one of the few good spots left for them to bask. Snakes use heat from the sun to warm up and get their metabolism going and are even more at risk on the road in the fall when they are fairly cold and

slow moving. So as a driver and good neighbor to wildlife, pay close attention and drive slowly (or avoid driving) on rainy days in the fall, especially at night and especially near our lakes and streams (Grafton is a hotspot.) What may look like a fallen stick or leaf could very well be a vulnerable frog or toadlet trying to survive its first year of life. At the other end of our weather spectrum, keep your eyes out for snakes on sunny fall afternoons. What may look like a dead snake may actually just be a

cold snake trying to warm up on the blacktop. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved in community conservation projects with frogs, snakes and other wildlife, find BFFs (Bowen Friends of Frogs Society) on Facebook. Drs. Michelle Nelson and Wendy Palen are both wildlife and conservation biologists who call Bowen Island home and look forward to the enchanting trill of the chorus frogs next spring.

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BOWEN ISLAND, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH YOUR VOTE ON OCTOBER 20TH Below is the list of incumbent candidates for the role of School Trustee for School District 45 (Bowen Island, Lions Bay and West Vancouver) who are seeking your support for re-election CAROLYN BROADY

I believe passionately in public education and the important role that local Boards play in supporting and encouraging student success while also ensuring members of our local communities have a strong voice in shaping our public education system. We have, in West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Lions Bay, one of the finest education systems in the world and my goal is to continue to ensure excellence in education for every child.


Parents, students and residents of Bowen Island should feel confident that every child in our district is receiving an excellent educational experience that will help them develop into healthy, engaged citizens that are able to pursue the life path of their choice. Our schools continue to empower students with a variety of program choice such as Robotics and Mechatronics, Environmental Science, Digital Animation, Honour Choir, Carpentry, First Aid and Athletics. We are leading the province with innovative for-credit offerings that focus on student-directed passions and skill development. The trend towards personalized learning will continue to be a priority.


There is a unique relationship between BICS and the community, and demographics and transportation needs set the Island apart from the rest of the School District. Along with the four incumbent trustees, I supported both the ongoing funding of past Bowen bussing and its recent expansion to five days per week. Ferry service is also critical to Bowen families and I will continue to advocate for smooth transit on Island and commuting to and from Rockridge. I look forward to serving Bowen Island with dedication and enthusiasm for another four years and continuing our tradition of excellence in personalized learning.



During the last election I campaigned on (1) meeting the challenges posed by technology and globalization; (2) maintaining the current scale of our district – avoid amalgamation and rationalization; (3) preserve civil society, build consensus; (4) address demographic challenges; and (5) ensure financial stability. We have achieved a considerable amount in all five areas, but they will remain a key focus in the next four years. In addition we will need to increase our focus on postsecondary success and ensure our students will strive once they set out in an uncertain world.

“It’s all about making it work for our students” My priority is to continue to make: • Student achievement and success the key issue for all West Vancouver public school students • Negotiate a new contract with our teachers that is fair and maintains the board’s ability to manage and improve our schools • Continue my strong tradition of working to create an effective board of education for our community • Continue to advocate at the board table for programs that meet our unique challenges with innovative solutions

The above candidate listings have been approved as follows:

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Fall has arrived on Bowen Island. Darkness shrouds early morning and evening ferry departures and arrivals once again. The new school term means more youngsters out on the roads and cyclists, motorcyclists and bikers hurry to get to the ferry on time. And don’t forget the moms and strollers braving the elements in the mid-day mist and rain. So what can we all do to avoid accidents and near-accidents on our sidewalk-deprived and street-light-less roads? At the Rotary Club booth at Bowfest this year, small strobe lights were handed out to visitors as an introduction to our new project “Be Bright at Night on Bowen” in cooperation with Snug Cove House. Here is the next step. On October 15, at the weekly Seniors Keeping Young meeting, there will be a display of these lights plus all sorts of other reflective gear to help you decide what suits you best, plus some useful advice on the topic. First on the program is a “New rules for retesting senior drivers” presentation by ICBC examiners. However, everyone is welcome at this meeting. Don’t let the “senior” word put you off – you may have a parent or grandparent to update. The show starts at 10 a.m. sharp at the hall at Bowen Court, 1070 Miller Road. Refreshments will be provided. And our children, who are most at risk as they walk or bike to and from school in the early morning or late afternoon? To bring awareness to young people, the Rotary Club of Bowen Island and Snug Cove House are offering a $50 prize to a young person in grades five, six or seven, who creates the most interesting poster entitled “Be Bright at Night on Bowen,” illustrating the necessity of wearing reflective gear while walking, on a bike or in a car on our island. The deadline is October 18. Hand in your poster at the office at school or at 1219 Miller Road by the end of that day and you will be in line for that prize! Finally, the RCMP and ICBC are combining forces in the next few weeks to distribute reflectors to students commuting into West Vancouver on the school buses and the ferry. So watch out, Bowen, we shall all be bright at night very soon!

What is physical literacy?


B . I . C O M M U N I T Y R E C R E AT I O N

As kids, we all remember learning how to become literate in reading, numbers and writing. While no one can argue the importance of learning how to complete a math equation and write a full sentence, there’s another type of literacy that’s just as important. Physical literacy means for individuals to have the confidence and competence in movement to participate in physical activities for life. This concept is important now more than ever. Several country-wide studies have found that over half of Canadian children have not reached the suitable level of physical literacy for their age. So how can we help foster this literacy? It’s as simple as getting outside, enrolling in sports and engaging in a variety of activities that emphasize different movements. Physical literacy looks like the ability for participation and competency in all activities and their different requirements, whether it’s throwing and catching a ball, hopping on one foot or staying balanced. If you want to learn more about physical literacy, BICR is holding a physical literacy workshop October 22 at BICS from 5 to 9 p.m. If you are interested in attending the event, contact Shauna Jennings at


Creating a giving legacy


B . I . C O M M U N I T Y F O U N D AT I O N

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, we on Bowen are thankful for our community and are reminded of how fortunate we are to be able to call this our home. I think it’s safe to say that we all share a commitment to a sustainable future for our island community. On behalf of your Community Foundation, this is an invitation to a discussion about how your values may pass to future generations through legacy giving. It is part of the foundation’s educational commitment to generate awareness and provide informational resources to you and our island charities. As you are no doubt aware, our mandate is to work with our donors and supporters to create permanent endowment funds, the income from which supports our community through numerous charities, scholarships and bursaries. The foundation published “Vital Conversations 2017” based on public dialogue, identifying the “what” of our community priorities. Now we will explore the “how” through this presentation. It should be noted that all legacies are derived from a donor’s vision and it is the role of the foundation to help shape that vision to become a reality. If it is not us who consider passing our values to the future, then who?

On the day when you exercise your civic duty at the voting booth, we invite you to join us and two legal experts in the charitable field. The presenters will be Michael Blatchford of Norton Rose Fulbright, whose practice is focused as legal advisor to numerous charities and Michael Haywood of Trowbridge Haywood, a lawyer and financial planner. They will share the practicalities of what charities must do to position themselves to accept legacy gifts and further, how legacy gifts can be provided between generations through tax-assisted strategies. These experts will further explore how charities should be structured to manage these gifts and the process by which gifts may be donated during one’s lifetime or through their estate. The format will be informal and questions will be welcomed. Why? Because we share a commitment to a sustainable future for our community What? Identifying the current and future needs of our community through Vital Conversations. How? To attend this presentation and learn how your intergenerational vision can be realized. We anticipate limited seating, so please RSVP as early as possible with the total number of attendees. I hope you can join the foundation and our invited speakers on October 20. “For Bowen For Ever.”


Gary Ander for Mayor

THIS WILL BE DONE! • ENVIRONMENT - Guarantee of no future Crown logging.

Adopt the principles for conservation development, and protect our fragile water sources.

• TRANSPORTATION - Good progress has been been made but more work is required. Passenger only ferry service to downtown Vancouver, extended island bus offerings and expansion of Park & Rides. Continuance of the trans-island pathway.

• HEALTH CENTRE - This much needed community facility will be a collaborative project between public and private sectors.

• COMMUNITY CENTRE - The first phase will be a reality with private and peer government assistance.

• FIREHALL - Emergency Operations Centre will finally be operational in late 2019.

• AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Lot 3 BIRCH project is where we will make a start. 20 units and more to come.

• PARKING IN THE COVE - Parking is inadequate and

Brunching out on Bowen



• BOAT LAUNCH - West side boat launch is in dire need


Who says you’re too old at 48? Not the Tunstall Bay Beach Club, that’s for sure. And to prove it she hosted 48 people for the first long table brunch September 30, for the club’s 48th year on Bowen. A big fan and active participant of the long table dinners from Artisan Eats and Home Farm Gardens, I decided it was time for two things. Great food before it’s dark outside, and amazing wines at lunch. So I decided to launch the first of what will likely become a series of long table brunches, starting with a Spanish flair. Local mom and Flamenco dancer extraordinaire Monica Laurin opened things up with some Flamenco

dancing. Then chef Oliver Waterson of Snug Cafe fame and Spanish Paella Master Jesee Mongeot began their parade of four courses of mouth-watering food, including sous-vide octopus, marinated kale salad and paella. Paul Ricketts from Bowen’s Wine Shop paired wines with each course. A silent auction help raise money for a new deck for the Tunstall Bay Beach Club Pool, and then a yummy treat of strawberries and Catalonia cream and blackberry dessert wine finished the lunch. Based on the feedback from those attending live, this is sure to become a regular event, in fact late breaking news, the next event will be Sunday, Jan. 6. Reach out to Tom Matzen on Facebook for more information.

scattered. Expansion of library parking lot is needed. a better way.

of repair -long overdue and needs to be addressed.

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an all candidates discussion on arts and culture

Some of the plastic-alternative products available. Photo: Emily Erikson McCullum

There will be life after plastic


Sunday, October 14 Gallery @ Cove Commons 2 pm - 4 pm Everyone Welcome!

hosted by the bowen island arts council

There was life before and there will be life after plastic. The proliferation of plastic is an issue about which we can all do something concrete if we flex our collective consumer and electoral muscles. If you already know why plastic is bad news, skip the paragraph below and go right to the next one, which talks about what we can do about it. We’ve all heard the horror stories about the floating masses of plastic waste that block sunlight and trap sea life, not to mention microparticles that are bio-accumulating in marine and now terrestrial life. In March 2018, scientists reported that they had found that bottled water contained roughly double the number of plastic particles found in tap water. The effects of microplastics on human health are still unclear, but smaller particles can enter the bloodstream and lymphatic system and get trapped in organs—which can’t be a good thing. What can we do about it? A lot! We have an election coming up. Why not

ask our new council to pass a resolution against single use plastic bags similar to that passed by the Victoria City Council? At home, we can: • Replace saran and cling wrap and the like with waxed cotton wrappers which wipe clean and absorb the heat of your hand to mold to whatever shape you need. These waxed cotton wrappers are readily available online, and stores are starting to sell them too. • Use and re-use cloth bags and paper bags and glass containers wherever possible. • For situations where you feel you can’t do without a plastic bag, try a compostable kitchen bag instead. These come in various sizes and are readily available online and in stores like Canadian Tire. These are just three relatively low cost and easily implemented replacements for the ubiquitous plastics. There are lots more great ideas out there—let’s start sharing them and support each other in making this really positive change in our lives. Our grandparents managed without plastics. So can we!


Skilled, experienced, committed.

ACTION ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST • Protect our diversity with varied attainable housing in the Cove. • Deliver more convenient, safer transportation choices. • Improve Bowen life with health and community centres. • Permanently prevent industrial logging on Crown Lands. • Protect nature by preventing suburban sprawl. • Cut emissions and protect forests from hotter, drier summers. • Manage spending to ensure the Municipality’s financial health. Please see David’s full platform, qualifications and background at This message is approved by David Hocking.




Councillor candidates answer answer questions from the crowd of islanders at Bowen Island Municipality’s all candidates meeting on Sept. 29. Photo: Len Gilday BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR

In anticipation of election day in a week and a half, the Undercurrent conducted questions and answers with every candidate for mayor, councillor and Islands Trustee. While there’s a selection of questions included in this pullout, we couldn’t fit everything. You can find more information (What about skunks? Who inspires your favourite councillor?) on our website.

The municipality has already received a number of mail ballots with more arriving daily. And, as this paper goes to print, islanders are casting their ballots in the only advanced voting day. As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, chief elections officer Hope Dallas said that more than a hundred people had visited BIM to cast a ballot. Dallas says she wants to stress that even if people missed Wednesday’s opportunity and won’t be here on October 20, they can still vote. Islanders need to

visit BIM and ask for a mail ballot. In-person mail ballots are available until Friday, October 19. Islanders can fill out mail ballots on-site or take them away, so long as they’re returned by October 20 at 8 p.m. If you don’t know if you’re registered to vote, call the municipality at 604-947-4255 or email People on the registration list don’t need to bring identification on election day, but if you’re a non-resident property elector or not on the voters list, you need to

bring identification that shows your name and something proving your residence. This could be two pieces (a bank card and a phone bill) or a single piece (a drivers licence.) You do not, however, necessarily need photo identification. The day of, there will be two places you can vote. On-island you can vote at the Bowen Island Community School. On the mainland you can vote at Westcot Elementary School, 760 Westcot Road, West Vancouver. Election day runs between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Undercurrent will be at BICS on election night to bring you up-todate results. Keep an eye on our website (BowenIslandUndercurrent. com) and our Facebook page. For undecided voters out there, there are still a few opportunities to speak with candidates. There’s a meet and greet at the Bowen Island Pub October 11 between 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday there will be an all candidates meeting hosted by Bowen Island Arts Council between 2 and 4 p.m. to discuss arts and culture.

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Read the full profiles online at * Incumbents

Gary Ander

Melanie Mason Robin Burger

David Hocking *Maureen Nicholson

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Mapping specialist/parent


Semi-retired, consulting

College professor

Been on Bowen

Off and on, 50 years, permanently for 24 years

5 years

28 years

20 years

13 years

What are your priorities if elected (beyond housing or transport)?

Supporting a diverse population, which is the core of a healthy community. Protecting at all costs our “natural capital.” Efficient, effective and fair governance that works for the taxpayer.

Great public engagement and public process. See through to completion the community centre and firehall. Promote environmental sustainability and protecting our forests from logging.

Protecting our environment and natural resources especially water due to climate change and development on the island. Supporting local businesses.

Protecting Crown Lands by removing logging threat; clustering homes in new developments; completing community centre, firehall and health centre while living within our means.

Communications and engagement, improved infrastructure, “rural recognition,” responding to funding and partnership opportunities, protection of green space, no industrialscale logging, park expansion and enhancement.

What would you specifically do to address the lack of affordable and/ or rental housing?

Review zoning bylaws to assure they do not impede progressive ideas to augment our rental or affordable market stock. i.e. manufactured homes, mobile homes, tiny homes, etc. Incentivize, in some way, home owners to rent their unused spaces. Review short term vacation rentals and how they fit into our housing market.

Comprehensive planning of our Community Lands to enable greater housing diversity within easy access of Snug Cove. Work with B.C. Housing, private developers, municipality Housing Committee and housing non-profits (i.e. BIRCH) on providing diverse housing options (duplexes, town homes, co-ops etc.) Implement established municipal housing policies.

I would utilize my current and local MA housing research to address the gaps in process for planning, policy, and community consultation required to move forward to bring housing projects to fruition on Bowen. These key issues need priority in order to provide any future housing on the island.

Townhomes, duplexes, apartments on leased or sold Community Lands through two approaches: facilitate partnerships with non-profits, BC Housing and developers to build mix of subsidized and market homes. Refine zoning, set standards, call for expressions of interest to Bowen developers, assess options, opportunities; address issues, barriers. Housing agreements to maintain affordablity.

Partner with non-profits or other groups; issue an expression of interest for Lot 1, Area 2, for a potential project; develop a bequeathment policy for private land donation; fast-track rental-only rezoning projects; convene a local developers meeting to generate ideas; use a municipal and regional district tax with funds going into the Affordable Housing Fund.

What ideas do you have for managing Bowen’s tourism tensions?

First, “identify” where the friction exists. Work with Tourism Bowen and BC Ferries to alleviate overloading. Encourage passenger ferries from downtown. Find the balance between tourism and economic benefit to our merchants. Work to spread our tourist “crush” throughout the year. A meeting involving merchants, the service industry and the community should be convened.

Since our grumpy logos haven’t worked, we need to take further steps! Seriously, I will continue to work with BC Ferries to proactively manage marshalling/ capacity issues. Also work to strengthen the shoulder/ winter tourism season to smooth out the summer peak. A year-round, strong and vibrant economy is great for Bowen!

Bowen’s tourism tensions need to be managed in a way that tourism growth avoids negative impacts occurring in our community. We need to carefully consider how we manage tourism to promote economic growth while balancing impacts on our community related to social and environmental sustainability including housing.

Tourists are great. Tourists with cars-clogging Cove not so much. Encourage walk-on visitors and offer incentives to patronize businesses. Increase ferry traffic marshalling. Implement wide information campaign on ferry line procedures and etiquette for all visitors – and hope it helps.

Improved traffic management (use of water taxis, BC Ferries-funded marshalling); help for Tourism Bowen to develop a community-and businesssupported tourism plan; affordable housing for employees to help ensure better service for visitors and residents in the summer tourism season; tell your friends it’s awful here.

Air BnB - yes or no? Why?

Short term vacation rentals are currently illegal on Bowen and must be addressed. Neighbourhood issues, parking and compliance are all considerations. Short term vacation rentals are also a key factor in affordability to some. These vacation rentals do not really affect the rental deficit, so yes, but registered like bed and breakfasts.

An important issue and one we need to address. First step is data collection to fully understand the scope and impacts of short term vacation rentals. Before we can decide how to regulate– we need to know how many, current compliance, impact on affordable rental stock and wider community impacts.

Air BnB has had significant impacts on long term housing stock in many communities throughout the world. While some members of our community benefit from increased income, loss to our local housing stock outweighs these benefits. We have lost too many islanders due to decreasing and lack of housing options.

There are two valid, opposing arguments: 1. Air BnB is eliminating some long-term rentals. 2. Air BnB provides critical mortgage helper for some. We need more data to sort this out. We also need to regulate to ensure personal safety and issues like water/septic capacity.

Yes, where the accommodation rented is a legal bed and breakfast, commercial guest accommodation, or guest house. Such rentals are a significant local economic driver for businesses and home owners.

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Lawrence Phillips

Rob Wynen

*Michael Kaile

Peter Williamson

**Sue Ellen Fast

**Alison Morse



Councillor /Islands Trust

Councillor /Islands Trust

Councillor /Islands Trust

Councillor /Islands Trust

Buyer at the Ruddy Potato

Mapping specialist/parent

Councillor / hotel consultant

Retired economic geographer


Chartered professional accountant, retired

15 years

5 years

12 years

15 years

25 years

23 years

Completion of the medical centre with important services for families (occupational therapist, speech pathologist, family councillor.) Being a progressive voice for young families, working people.

Keeping our unique island character in the face of an expanding region. A vibrant, pedestrian-focused Snug Cove surrounded by forests. Sound fiscal management.

No logging, medical centre, Bowen community centre, high speed Internet, islandwide connectivity, expand recycling, including on island composting

Progress on extending and linking trails on the island. Building the multi-use community hall. Developing the arts, green construction and creative industries on Bowen.

Protect wildlife, forests, wetlands and shorelines. Work for public access and in public interest. Oppose logging. Pursue rural grants. Act on climate. Manage growth sustainably.

Community Centre, Crown lands protection, watersheds, firehall asset management plan, facilitate economic development, health facilities/services, derelict and problem vessels, sell some community/surplus land, fiscal responsibility.

Build non-market rental housing on Community Lands. Encourage suites through tax incentives, making building easier. Reduce property size requirements of secondary suite bylaw. Use Community Lands by school for housing co-op, townhouse, nonmarket housing, supporting car-free community. Fund BIRCH or others implement affordable housing options: create housing council.

We need to provide more choices in housing outside of single family buildings. Housing needs to be centrally located where we can service them and not create sprawl into our forests. We can relax our building code to allow for more innovative housing types and consider bonuses for affordable units.

As a member of the Housing Advisory Committee focus on: Pursuing all available grant options. Supporting the work being done by BIRCH (Bowen Island Resilient Community Housing) and working with private interests. Municipality providing early input on proposed projects resulting in greater certainty as well as an open, straightforward process.

Promote projects to increase density and rental accommodation in and near Snug Cove. Use B.C.’s recently-enacted legislation that allows municipalities to zone for rental-only use to ensure an increase and ongoing supply of rental accommodation. Flexible approach allowing for limited development of multiple units on appropriate sites.

Get data. We need an updated housing needs assessment with hard numbers that will enable us to plan and also to compete for grants. I also think we need an independent report on the number of Airbnb and similar short-term rental spaces advertised online for Bowen.

Encourage council to fast track any applications for rezoning or permits that would create rental housing. Work with BC Housing and not-for-profits, quantify need. Consider: reducing the minimum lot size for detached secondary suites, revitalization property tax exemptions, additional units, FSR for covenants for perpetual rental, new legislation.

Bowen is a tourist destination. It is important to our local economy. We must put pressure on the government to expand service. A terminal redesign is in the works, we must be at the table to ensure improved service to include a passenger only ferry and increased service levels.

I believe we need to focus on visitors who appreciate our unique island, not globe trotters looking to fill up their “bucket list.” Closer to home, walk-on visitors who don’t create huge impacts, appreciate our natural environment and respect our local residents. I like the term visitors, not tourists.

Our future approach needs to be 100 per cent strategic, focusing on promoting the “shoulder seasons” and spreading the wealth throughout the year. We need to be proactive in countering peak-season problems including managing summer ferry line-ups which so inconvenience Bowen residents.

Small-scale tourism provides economic benefits and jobs. It has a role in sustaining the arts community and other businesses. A passenger-only ferry service would reduce the overloads from too many walk-ons. We have to address issues of noise and parking where these become a local nuisance.

Councillor Plenty. Part of my work is providing advice in visitor experience planning. Look at the data to start with–why are Crippen Park visitor stats down while others think numbers are up? Are the tensions different from other summers? Can AirBnB and similar short term accommodations be a factor?

Need to ascertain what the tensions are, consider doing a survey as was done previously to gather community information on attitudes toward tourism. Meet with the businesses to hear their concerns and issues, Economic Development Committee, Tourism Bowen Island, Bowen Island Arts Council and Bowen Community Foundation. Then examine causes of tension and management plan for them.

Yes. Should be regulated, taxed. Taxes to fund affordable housing group, such as BIRCH, seek out all possible options for affordable housing, from non-market to co-op, higher density, townhouses, etc. and make recommendations to council. Search and apply for provincial and federal funding.

I am open to looking at this issue. While I am not a big fan of heavy regulation, I do have concerns that our housing stock may be limited by vacation rentals. I will approach this issue with an open practical mindset.

Air BnB should never take from desperately needed long-term rental housing. However, if it provides income for those away for a short period of time and fulfils requirements such as neighbour approval, parking, septic etc. it would be one activity making a good case for a business licence.

Most houses are not suitable for short-term rentals. Airbnb has contributed to a lack of rental accommodation, but it is also part of how some home-buyers are affording mortgages. A blanket ban is not the answer but we need better monitoring of where these are and the effects on neighbourhoods.

Yes, if we regulate and enforce and probably limit them. To create a fair and level playing field and to protect our community and neighbourhoods. Short-term rentals can replace long term rentals and they affect speculation so house prices go up. I think we should be proactive.

Air BnB is a platform to rent short term vacation accommodation with kitchen facilities. Bed and breakfasts are allowed with home occupation and short term vacation rentals are allowed in Snug Cove. Consider regulating short term vacation rentals and consider Victoria, Vancouver and Tofino models.

Rob Wynen

Peter Williamson for Council and Islands Trust




Profiles originally published in the North Shore News


Lynn Block

Carolyn Broady*

Nicole Brown*

Charlotte Burns

Sheelah Donahue*

Pieter Dorsman*

Dave Stevenson*



School trustee

School trustee

School trustee

Venture capital

Higher education

BA, teacher’s certificate, master of edu admin, UBC.

BA, history from UBC.

BA from SFU.

Master’s degree in economic history.

Sudent conduct and judicial officer Master of arts degree.

PAC experience

30 years’ as parent/ educator with many PACs.

DPAC president: DPAC treasurer; PAC chair, Ridgeview,

BA, poli-sci, UBC; project management, SEEC. 4 years as PAC chair, Pauline Johnson; 1 year DPAC executive. 4

Operations planner (p/t) B.Sc., MBA.

1 year PAC chair; 1 year volunteer coordinator.

WV DPAC chair; DPAC rep, finance/ facilities, and more.

PAC chair, Lions Bay Community School (2007-’10).

Involved prior to election to school board.




Our biggest challenge is change: evolving student needs, new funding realities, upcoming bargaining, a new curriculum, and classroom composition. But change is good with the right leadership. I bring the experience, balance and collaboration needed to navigate this transition and turn these challenges into opportunities.

Contract negotiations are the biggest short-term issue we face. In 2019, government will enter negotiations with the BCTF and I believe we need to negotiate fair wages and working conditions for our educators while ensuring we have the flexibility to ensure optimal classroom conditions for all our students.

Adapting to a changing society, and preparing students for a future that at present we can’t even imagine while still providing the classic building blocks of education to create strong, independent, responsible and caring thinkers and citizens.

Biggest challenge boards face is imminent bargaining pressure and between boards and local teaching associations. As employers, boards have legal responsibilities and I will collaborate with fellow trustees to ensure respectful and productive relations.

Continued provincial funding. We are concerned about the funding formula review the provincial government is conducting as it may negatively impact our school district. We are working closely with parties to ensure we have input on this process.

Continuing to manage the public schools in SD45 and offer students and parents and the community the best education with diligent financial management over all aspects of the budget with effective labour settlement with our teachers and continuing to prioritize the needs of students.

Years on board What is the single biggest challenge facing the school district and how will you achieve a solution?


Personalized learning will grow as more students register for specialty programs in addition to their traditional learning portfolios. New, forcredit courses offered by our district include robotics, environmental science, carpentry and fencing alongside a wide array of athleticbased academies.


Masterworks advisors needed for IPS

Docks, business bylaws adopted in penulitmate council meeting Continued from page 1 As the community centre project is eligible for a substantial federal infrastructure grant (it could pay up to 73 per cent of eligible costs,) the project’s steering committee is scrambling to build the best case it can for the January grant application deadline. With this in mind, council also authorized staff to apply for a building permit for the community centre.

Two and a half months left until we conform:

With unanimity, council adopted Bowen’s business licence bylaw. Before passing to vote, councillors Melanie Mason and Gary Ander said that they were uncomfortable with the vocal public dissent but attributed it to lack of communication between council and populace. Mayor Murray Skeels, the only elected person at the table not standing in the upcoming election, bluntly disagreed. “It’s absolutely not a communication problem,” said Skeels. “It’s a culture problem. “We don’t have a lot of government in our face and we like it that way.” Bowen’s chief administrative officer, Kathy Lalonde, noted that it’s very important


to her that the new council review the bylaw in a year’s time and to look into how business licenses could regulate short term vacation rentals. The bylaw will come to effect in the new year.

Ron Woodall submitted this week’s cartoon before this happened:

One of the more divisive bylaws in recent months passed in the twilight hours of council. No new dock that physically divides a beach shall be built. However, a last minute amendment from Mason (to the dismay of Skeels and councillors Maureen Nicholson and Sue Ellen Fast) added the words, “Except for community docks which may physical divide a beach.” A community dock is defined as a public dock in the Land Use Bylaw. The four-to-three vote (Kaile, Ander and Morse against) followed a discussion that critiqued the subjectivity of the bylaw (what is a beach) and proposed mapping out all the beaches on Bowen and noting which ones cannot be divided.

Every year the grade nine students at Island Pacific School complete a compulsory Masterworks Project on a topic of personal interest to them. Students research their projects extensively, write an extended paper, and defend their work at a public presentation in June. Students are supported in the Masterworks process by an advisory committee that consists of one IPS faculty member and two external advisers. The advisory committee meets five times throughout the school year to review the student’s work-inprogress and to offer suggestions, guidance, and support. Their guidance, expertise and knowledge helps our students complete this challenging task and is greatly appreciated. This year we have some very interesting and diverse topics, as you can see below. We are still looking for advisers for some projects. These are indicated with a star. If you are interested in mentoring one of our students (or want to be put on a roster for your area of expertise for future projects) please contact Jennifer Henrichsen at jhenrichsen@go.islandpacific. org

For more information on IPS Masterworks: See past IPS Masterworks presentations: https://www. Computer programming for video games How music can help with your personal journey *The civil rights movement and its effect on jazz and blues (advisor needed) *The science and ethics of genetic editing (advisor needed) Dreams and our unconscious Mind Cybercrime and cyberterrorism Games–why we play them? *Anxiety in teens and how to overcome it (advisor needed) How to become an actor *Time dilation (advisor needed) *The psychology of positivity (advisor needed) Mechanical engineering in a mountain bike *Ocean plastics (advisor needed) Different religions’ view of the afterlife How forensics solve crime *The history of art (advisor needed) Animation - stop motion, claymation and computer Special effects makeup


Bowen Heritage Association A.G.M Saturday October 13 3-5 p.m. Multi Purpose Room at BICS

Special Guest Speaker Artist & Author Michael Kluckner


While Bowen Veterinary Services is temporarily closed, Mountainside Animal Hospital is available to take care of all your pets needs including 24/7 emergency and critical care services, routine appointments, vaccinations and surgeries etc. Located only 10 minutes from Horseshoe Bay just off Hwy. 1 at the Capilano Road exit. Mountainside Animal Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Services 2580 Capilano Rd. (exit 14), North Vancouver, B.C. (604) 973-1247 Transport Options: Cormorant Marine Water Taxi- (604) 250-2630 North Shore Taxi (pet-friendly)- (604)922-2222 We will continue to check messages and emails daily at Bowen Vet.

SNUG COVE HOUSE SOCIETY, with funding from the Bowen Community Foundation, is looking for expressions of interest from facilitators and researchers (preferably based in the Bowen Island community) to assess how to create a physical and virtual SENIORS HUB. The project will consist of three phases: 1. From October to November, doing research on services available and seniors’ needs, as well as best practices from other communities. 2. December will be the presentation of a report with recommendations, and 3. January to May, 2019 (after these recommendations are reviewed) will be the preparation and implementation of a plan to create a Seniors Hub, including a Coordinator of Volunteers role. A fuller description of the project, including fees and timing, as well as the criteria by which we will select the successful consultant, may be found by emailing Proposals will be due by 4:00 p.m. October 15th, 2018.

Phone: 604-947-9247 Email:




Notice of Election by Voting

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of Bowen Island Municipality that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor, six Councillors, and two Municipal Trustees for the Islands Trust Council, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:

MAYOR - One (1) to be elected Surname ANDER MASON

Usual Names Gary Melanie

Residential Address 23 Arbutus Bay Lane, Bowen Island 814 Hummingbird Lane, Bowen Island


Usual Names Robin Sue Ellen David Michael Alison Maureen Lawrence Peter Rob

Residential Address 3-983 Davies Rd, Bowen Island 504 Reed Rd, Bowen Island 822 Captains Way, Bowen Island 835 Hummingbird Lane, Bowen Island 1235 Fairweather Rd, Bowen Island 1104 Harding Rd, Bowen Island 946 Windjammer Rd, Bowen Island 1471 Tunstall Blvd, Bowen Island 725 Smith Rd, Bowen Island


Usual Names Sue Ellen Michael Alison Peter

Residential Address 504 Reed Rd, Bowen Island 835 Hummingbird Lane, Bowen Island 1235 Fairweather Rd, Bowen Island 1471 Tunstall Blvd, Bowen Island

SCHOOL TRUSTEE ELECTIONS: The School District #45 Trustee Election is administered through the District of West Vancouver. For further information, please contact their Election Office via telephone at 604-925-7048, via e-mail at or visit their website at

VOTING DATE AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of Bowen Island Municipality on:

Saturday, October 20, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM at the following locations: •

Bowen Island Community School, 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island • Westcot Elementary School, 760 Westcot Road, West Vancouver

QUESTIONS? Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer Phone: 604-947-4255 E-mail: Website:



Stop wasting food and save money



On Bowen we pride ourselves on diverting used items through the wonderful Knick Knack Nook and disposing of packaging at the recycling depot. The Bowen Food Sovereignty Group proposes expanding that notion: how about we put our brains to work on getting as much of the food we grow and buy into our bellies and out of the waste stream? Canadians waste some $31 billion worth of food every year. This is bad news, both for our pocketbooks and the environment. Land-filled organic matter releases methane, which is 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The food we grow and don’t eat reduces biodiversity by destroying habitat, adds to landfills, and uses lots of water. Now, onto your pocketbook: the average Canadian household wastes more than $1000 a year on food. Does that fact incline you to take on this issue in your household? Here are a few super-simple tips to get you started: • Don’t shop when you are hungry. According to research, grocery stores encourage us to buy more than we need with bulk buying, two-for-one deals, and family-pack sale prices. These options only save you money if you meal plan,


Kian Bristowe, 7, collects fall leaves for composting. Dry “browns” like leaves, straw and sawdust aid in the breakdown of food waste into compost. Submitted: Susan Swift store carefully, or make meals ahead and freeze them. If you are shopping hungry you may be more

inclined to over-purchase. Plan your meals, eat sitdown dinners, freeze your leftovers. It may not be pos-

sible for you if there is no one in your home with the time to plan and organize meals. However, if you can

manage it, these ideas will save money and cut down waste. For great leftover ideas, check out: • Share with neighbours if you are going to travel, or have extra fruits and veggies that you might not eat before they spoil. • Learn to trust your nose over best-before dates. Best before dates can be both confusing and misleading. For more info, check out: • Learn how to store food, and use parts of food that normally get thrown out. Carrot-top pesto is a real thing. Onion skins, broccoli bottoms and other veggie bits that normally get tossed make exquisite stock. Eggs are freezable. Dive into the wonderful world of the internet to learn more. • And finally, compost your vegetable scraps. A compost bin in the yard will provide fabulous nourishment for a garden. Alternatively, Bowen Waste picks up organic waste from households across the island every Wednesday for off-island processing. Less waste means more cash on hand and a cleaner environment. So, it makes a lot of sense to put our Bowen creativity to work and reap the rewards of reducing food waste.

Notice of Election by Voting



If you are not on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place. To register you must meet the following qualifications:

Qualified electors may vote by mail if they: • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR • expect to be absent from Bowen Island Municipality on general voting day and on advanced voting day.

• • • • •

18 years of age or older on general voting day Canadian citizen resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration resident of OR registered owner of real property on Bowen Island for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration, and not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

To register, resident electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. To register, non-resident property electors must produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the other property owners.

Requesting a mail ballot package: To receive a mail ballot package by mail we must receive your application before 4:30 PM on Friday, October 12th, 2018. To receive a mail ballot package in person we must receive your application before 4:30 PM on Friday, October 19th, 2018. The application is available on our website at: Mail ballot packages will be mailed as early as October 3, 2018. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 20, 2018. It is the obligation of the person applying to vote by mail ballot to ensure that the mail ballot is received by the Chief Election Officer within this time limit.



Whyte Lake fire sparked by NICOLE NEEDS A HOME embers from camp oven Born October 11th 1975 in West Vancouver, Nicole Thomas Zyczynski.

I love Bowen. Bowen is for me. The first time I set eyes on this beautiful paradise I fell in love with it. Never have I felt so at home in a community and surroundings in my 43 years (today) of existence. Five years a full time resident and I still love every minute here. I have family and friends on the other side of the water but not even they can convince me to stay a night away from my paradise. I have been fortunate to live on Woods Road for these past 5 years, but sadly my rental accommodation has come to an end and I am needing to relocate. I dread the thought of having to leave this beautiful island, like so many have had to… Here on Bowen I have made so many roots, friends and connections, not to mention our well loved choir Men On the Rock that I formed in September 2016. Those who have grown to know me can affirm that I have done my utmost to share my love and talents with the community amid my busy commutes to the North Shore for other work related activities. You may have seen me perform for the Rotary Club, Coffee Houses, Legion dinners, Light up the Cove, Norma’s Dock, and accompanying the Madz SIngers, Black Sheep, Community Choir, Children’s Choir and Violin recitals with Alison Nixon, directing Men On the Rock or simply out enjoying the great variety of cultural events offered by fellow Islanders. My work is Music, my life is Music and my native language is Music (in addition to English and French). To exercise my art and maintain my musical activities on and off the Rock I require a modest, quiet, private, independent space to live, with relatively easy access to load musical gear in and out of the car and house. This could be a cabin or a small house, or even a bigger house at a smaller price. As a composer, I am particularly sensitive to the view around me, my surroundings - people and places play an important role in my art and inspiration. I can assure you that I am responsible and trustworthy, have an extensive resumé, good credit report and can provide excellent references. Please be assured I will love and look after your home as if it were my own. I am open to “out of the box” ideas. Currently I teach piano, direct four choirs, and am the music director at a church in West Vancouver. You can contact me by email: or by phone 778-926-4286. Men On the Rock, Bowen’s Male Choir, are a big part of my life. We rehearse Monday nights, 7:30pm at the Legion. Gentlemen, please come and check us out sometime, no experience is necessary. Mark your calendars for our Winter Concert Saturday November 24th at 7:30pm, at Tir-na-nOg. Tickets soon available at the Pharmacy.


A fire that burned three hectares of forest land near Whyte Lake in West Vancouver in August appears to have been started by a makeshift oven, possibly used by a person or people living in the bush. According to a municipal report, fire investigators traced the likely cause of the fire to what appeared to be a man-made oven, created from rocks and “determined that’s probably where it started,” said fire Chief Randy Heath, of West Vancouver Fire and Rescue. “It is suspected that the fire was left unattended and embers that were windblown ignited the surrounding area,” according to the fire investigator’s report. The report noted the fire appeared to spread away from

the structure in a pattern consistent with the direction of the wind on the night it was reported. Firefighters got several 911 calls about a large wildfire near Horseshoe Bay on the night of Aug. 8. The fire, which was about one hectare in size that night, grew to about three hectares before helicopter bucketing by Metro Vancouver wildfire crews began the next morning. The fire this summer prompted the temporary closure of the Baden Powell Trail and the Black Mountain Trail. Heath said firefighters never saw anyone in the area of the fire, but added there were signs of people having lived there in the past. During fire season, parks staff monitor the area for people camping in the bush.

Be a branch of Bowen’s BIRCH, join project advisory committee ROBYN FENTON CONTRIBUTOR

Bowen Island Resilient Community Housing (BIRCH) is so pleased to be partnering with the municipality to create new affordable rental housing on Lot 3 of the community lands. One of our most important next steps is to establish a project advisory group. The purpose of this group is to engage with a cross section of community members about the project: to review progress, provide feedback and direction, and assist in policy and decision making (for example – who will

qualify for the below-market units). We plan to meet every three months or so, for about two-to-three hours. If you would like to be a part of creating our first community housing project by volunteering to participate in our advisory group, please send an email to: birchousing@ Tell us a bit about yourself, and your background and why you would like to be part of the team! We will accept applications until October 15 and hope to have our first meeting by the end of October/early November. Thank you Bowen Island for your support!

Melanie Mason for Mayor of Bowen Island 2018 Your voice for a diverse, inclusive and vibrant community Authorized by Melanie Mason as Financial Agent

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Undercurrent helps solve stinky chicken mystery


Bette, the zen master, Westerleigh PARC


Every once in a while you hear a story that just oozes Bowenity. This one started with an oozing chicken. Part-time islander Cheryl Hooge was peeling off the wrap of a newly-bought chicken when she realized the poultry was gooey and smelly and not fit for human consumption. Somewhat dismayed by her discovery, Cheryl called the Snug Cove General Store, where she’d purchased the chicken. Cheryl explained the situation to the lady who answered the phone and the lady insisted that she’d refund the full amount. But, when Cheryl went to the store, the attendant knew nothing about it. So Cheryl let the issue drop – it was merely $20. Two years passed. Now, Cheryl is a runner. This year she participated in the Handloggers Half Marathon and was the top of her age class. The Undercurrent, in our Sept. 6 issue, published a list of winners, including Hooge’s. That’s when the general store’s manager, Nancy Lee, picked up the paper and a few days later an envelope appeared in Cheryl’s mailbox. “Dear Cheryl, I have been looking for you and happy that I read my Undercurrent and saw your name,” it read. “I don’t even know how long it has been or even if you remember you bought a whole chicken at the General Store and it was off,” it said. “I had to do a bit of detective work, but I hope this envelope finds its way to you.” Nancy had carried around the envelope for two years, convinced that one day Cheryl would come back for her money. “I just kept thinking I’ll meet her,” said

The note from Nancy that Cheryl found in her mailbox. Nancy with a chuckle. “I was just so amazed that it’s been on her mind,” said Cheryl. She’s returned to the store many a time, the $20 long forgotten. “It kind of epitomises Bowen life, the sense of community,” said Cheryl. “That would never happen in West Vancouver.” When the Undercurrent spoke to Cheryl in September, she still hadn’t spent the bill. “It’s in the back pocket of my jeans now,” she laughed. “We live a pretty cashless life now, but it’s nice to have a little cash every once in a while.” Epilogue: Cheryl and Nancy have still not met.

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Life’s better here

A day in the life of Bette, the zen master On a typical day, you’d be hard pressed to keep up with Bette. You’ll often find her on a resident bus trip, at a fitness class or out walking around the picturesque Westerleigh PARC neighbourhood. One activity that Bette always makes time for is meditation. In fact, she started the healing circle – a group of residents that meet to practice mindfulness together. “I’ve been meditating for over 40 years. It’s a wonderful way to relax,” she says. See Bette’s full real-life story and discover why life is better at Westerleigh PARC.


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Thursday October 11

Cocktails & Conversations with the candidates Bowen Island Pub 5-7 pm Join your mayoral and councillor candidates for a casual and candid evening of discussion on issues that matter to you. Complimentary appetizers. Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm Info call Irene 604-947-2955

Friday October 12

Friday Night Blues Bowen Island Pub 7-10 p.m. Snug Cove Blues Band Dinner at the Legion Bowen Island Legion Doors 5:30 pm Dinner served at 6:30 pm “Members and guests welcome. “

Saturday October 13

Farmers Market


FALL COMMUNITY Bowen Island Community School 10-noon Last market of the season. Reap the harvest!

Bowen Island Community School 12:30 - 2 pm followed by the Bowen Agriculture Alliance AGM

On the Wings: Reflections in object and image opening Elliott Hall, Bowen Court 6-9 p.m. An exhibition of instruments and carvings by Bob Miller. Photographic images by Cherie Westmoreland

On the Wings: Reflections in object and image Elliott Hall, Bowen Court Noon-8 p.m. An exhibition of instruments and carvings by Bob Miller. Photographic images by Cherie Westmoreland

Introduction to Pet Services Municipal Hall 9 -4 p.m. Learn how our animals can be supported as part of the island’s emergency preparedness plan. All welcome. Contact Jennifer McGowan to register Free workshop with lunch provided.

Bowen Island Community School 3-5 p.m. Special guest speaker artist and author : MIchael Kluckner

Farmers’ Market Wrap-Up Lunch and Discussion

3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee Cove Commons 7:30 pm. 3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee, fundraiser for Library Annex furnishings. Come out and cheer your favourite team, spell along, and support the library! Tickets 15.00 in-library or online at

Sunday October 14


Art Matters: an all candidates discussion on arts and culture Gallery@Cove Commons 2-4 p.m. Hosted by BIAC. Everyone welcome

Free poker league Bowen Island Pub 7 p.m.

Monday October 15

Seniors Keeping Young 1070 Miller Road Exercise at 9 am, coffee at 9:45, a speaker from ICBC discussing senior regulations at 10, Yoga at 11:15. Annual membership $20 or drop in $3. Garden Insects:The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty Bowen Island Legion 1 p.m. The Bowen Island Garden Club guest speaker, Wil Husby, will give a presentation on insects in the garden. Members free. Guests $3

Tuesday October 16

Art Workshop 1070 Miller Road(Seniors Court) 9 - noon. Informal painting-drawing group meets every Tuesday. All stages and ages welcome. Drop-in $7 “Dying Without a Will & Tips on Making a Will” Library Flex Room 10:3012:00 pm NIDUS. ca Personal Planning presentation “Dying Without

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Take home kit provided with training. Seating is limited. Pre register at accounting@

Bowen Island AA Collins Hall 7:15 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm Info call Irene 604947-2955

Another Council Candidate Get-Together Belterra 7-9 p.m. Informal but with a moderator and hosted by Belterrans. Open to all. To explore election themes, for candidates to give evolved thoughts and recieve questions from the audience.

Wednesday October 17

Trust Me series presents Jez Lowe and James Keelaghan Tir-na-nOg Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tix $25 at Phoenix or online at

Thursday October 18

Friday October 19

Safeteen violence prevention program 9 a.m.-noon Must register in advance, bowencommunityrecreation. com or call 604-947-2216. $10 Dinner at the Legion Bowen Island Legion Doors 5:30 pm Dinner served at 6:30 pm “Members and guests welcome.”

Saturday October 20

12 Step Codependency Group Elliott Hall, 1070 Miller Road 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Election Day BICS 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Register to vote today: election-voters

Naloxone Free Training Orchard Recovery Centre 7 p.m. Learn how to help someone experiencing an overdose and save their life.

Dump Day BIRD For items too large for weekly pickup. For more information:

The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty On October 15, 2018 the Bowen Island Garden club will welcome Will Husby, a fellow Bowen Islander, who will give us a presentation on the insects that live and work in our gardens. Will, who calls himself a “recovering entomologist” will provide us with an opportunity to see close up photos of the many tiny creatures that we meet and wonder about in our gardens. We will learn about their interesting lives and how 90 percent of them are helping our gardens by providing important ecological services that cost us nothing. Please join us on October 15, 2018 at the Legion at 1 PM for what promises to be an educational and lively presentation. Everyone is welcome, members no charge, guests $3.00.

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Sunday October 21

Fix-it fair Collins Hall 1-3:30 p.m. Bring your mending, your holey socks, your bicycles, your broken electronics and household items... Everything you need fixed by donation. Organized by Bowen in Transition. Free poker league Bowen Island Pub 7 p.m.

Monday October 22

Seniors Keeping Young 1070 Miller Road Exercise at 9 am, coffee at 9:45, guest speaker 10, Yoga at 11:15. Annual membership $20 or drop in $3.

Council meeting BIM 9:30 a.m. This term’s councillors take to the table to hack through one last agenda

International Wine Festival Evergreen Hall 6:30-9 pm. Proceeds go to support the Helping Hand Fund Tickets at Beer and Wine cellar $55

Tuesday October 23

Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm Info call Irene 604-947-2955

Art Workshop 1070 Miller Road(Seniors Court) 9 - noon. Informal painting-drawing group meets every Tuesday. All stages and ages welcome. Drop-in $7 “Consent to Healthcare & Facility Care” Library Flex Room 10:3012 pm Personal Planning presentation “Consent to Healthcare & Facility Care” Register and view the other presentations in this series at planning-presentations Bowen Island AA Collins Hall 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday October 24

12 Step Codependency Group Elliott Hall, 1070 Miller Road 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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Friday October 26

Dinner at the Legion Bowen Island Legion Doors 5:30 pm Dinner served at 6:30 pm “Members and guests welcome. “

Saturday October 27

Black Molly Halloween Dance Bowen Island Legion Halloween with Blackberry Wood Bowen Island Pub Tix go on sale October 10th Knowing Our Place: The Book Club Library Flex Room 11-12:30 pm Knowing Our Place: The Book Club discusses Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian. Register at Solo Flemenco Tir-na-nOg Theatre 7 p.m.

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Q&A: the legalities of cannabis



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The following answers were provided by Kyla Lee, a Vancouver criminal defence lawyer with Acumen Law Corporation who specializes in impaired driving law, procedure and police practice. What do parents need to be mindful of in terms of the legality of cannabis in the home? Do you have to keep it stored specifically, grown in a certain place? “Parents need to be mindful about having cannabis in the home, in making sure that it is not stored anywhere that it is accessible [to] the children or that it is not used in a way that would make it enticing to children. For example, people who are making their own cannabis baked goods or candies expose themselves to significant legal jeopardy if those are in a form that is appealing to children and accessible to them. The consequences aren’t just potential charges for distributing cannabis to children, it is also likely that [Ministry of Children and Family Development] investigations would flow from circumstances where parents are making cannabis available to children.” The U.S. border guard asks if you’ve ever used cannabis. What should you say? “If you tell a U.S. border official that you have even just used cannabis, you could be subject to a ban on entry to the United States. Lying to the officials exposes a person to significant cross-border consequences as well, and can make the situation a lot worse. The best advice for anyone who is asked and concerned about the impact of the answer is to withdraw their application to enter the U.S. and try again another day. Hopefully the U.S. and Canada will come to an agreement about border crossing soon, but for now any cannabis-related answer is potential for exclusion from the U.S.” What happens when a VPD officer pulls

you over and suspects cannabis impairment? What sort of test will be administered? Can you refuse a test? If so, what happens? “One of two things can happen. The police could issue a demand for a sample into an ‘approved drug screening device’ which is a saliva tester. However, the VPD are currently taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to using the saliva testing equipment, so what is more likely is that you would be asked to participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. These are a series of three tests: horizontal gaze nystagmus, one leg stand, and walk and turn which are designed to assess impairment of cognitive and motor function. If you refuse to comply with those tests you could be charged with a Criminal Code of Canada offence of refusing. The penalty on conviction is a fine, driving prohibition, and criminal record. So don’t refuse. The reality is that the results of the tests are not admissible as proof of impairment; they are only admissible to give the officer grounds to arrest and make a demand for further testing at the police station. So there is no advantage to refusing.” How would the VPD assess levels of impairment? It’s pretty accepted that cannabis affects people differently and lasts in the body for a prolonged period. If a person smokes pot five days before being pulled over, it’s still in their system but they’re not “impaired.” What happens in these cases? “The Criminal Code has created two offences: one for impaired driving, where there is evidence of an impaired ability to operate a motor vehicle by a drug; the second for being in excess of a blood drug concentration limit. The second offence does not require proof of impairment.” “To prove impairment, the police can simply rely on evidence of bad driving and physical observations, but they may also rely on the results of a Drug Recognition Evaluation test.”

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Bill and Marie Iles from Bowen Island, BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Surrey for Permission for a residential private moorage situated on Provincial Crown land located at 430 Smugglers Cove Road, Bowen Island, BC. The Lands File Number for this application is 2412062. Comments on this application may be submitted in two ways: 1) Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at: jsp. 2) By mail to the Senior Land Officer at 200 – 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations until November 16, 2018. Comments received after this date may not be considered.


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BC Liberal “fear mongering” over electoral reform draws fire GRAEME WOOD, JEREMY HAINSWORTH GLACIER MEDIA

B.C. Liberal talking points for party MLAs urging a “No” vote in the upcoming proportional representation (PR) referendum are “fear-mongering,” “distortions and absolute fabrications,” a former University of Victoria political science professor said Oct. 4. “What we have here is a deeply cynical approach by the Liberals to take advantage of voter ignorance,” said Dennis Pilon, now a professor at Toronto’s York University. According to an internal Liberal document, the Liberals intend to stick to four key allegations about the mail-in referendum (Oct. 22 to Nov. 30) and its three proposed PR systems, claiming that some MLAs will not be more accountable to their party than to their riding; that there will be more government instability with more elections; that extremist groups will win seats; and that the BC NDP crafted an unfair referendum process. “It was an opportunity to ensure all of our team members have an opportunity to speak to their communities,” explained Michael Lee, Liberal MLA for VancouverLangara. To drive their points home, the Liberals will highlight instances where coalition governments are formed in “political backrooms” by politicians who are chosen from party lists and who “don’t even need to live in your riding.”

Former Liberal MLA Suzanne Anton, who is campaigning against the referendum, said while some MLAs do not live in their ridings (she didn’t) under the existing firstpast-the-post (FPTP) system, they nevertheless maintain close ties to them. Under PR, many more MLAs will not be “local,” said Anton. The Liberals intend to cite Italy, Greece and Belgium as countries that have had “unstable” governments under PR, with frequent elections (the document claims Italy has had an election every year since WWII, though it has only had 19, with 65 coalitions). Frequent elections inherently lead to “short-term planning only,” according to the Liberals. NDP Minister of Education Rob Fleming accused the Liberals of engaging in rhetoric, singling out Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson as having “degraded the debate to the point of being ridiculous.” Wilkinson and NDP leader John Horgan were unavailable for comment. Fleming said New Zealand, Australia and Scandinavian governments using PR “have had stable governments for decades. “This is all about their self-interest as a party rather than what is good for British Columbia,” said Fleming. “I think British Columbians deserve a more honest debate.” But Lee said the New Democrats have created a “flawed process.” The Liberals intend to argue the

BC NDP and BC Green Party politicians made “unfair” referendum rules in secret. Specifically, they will highlight that the referendum does not require a minimum number of voters and that it can pass with 50% plus one vote. Lee argued such a fundamental change to the democratic system requires a higher threshold than the existing voting system, not unlike constitutional changes. Pilon said the threshold isn’t something the NDP and Greens invented. Switzerland, New Zealand, Ireland and United Kingdom all have held referendums under such provisions, he added. Moreover, Pilon argued, it was the Liberals who imposed a so-called “super majority,” or significantly higher threshold, in the 2005 and 2009 electoral referendums, out of partisan concerns. That method, Pilon said, was motivated by political expediency, with Gordon Campbell kowtowing to rural backbenchers fearing the loss of their seats under PR. Also part of the Liberals’ strategy are claims there is a “stacked deck” and the referendum is a “rigged game.” Lee noted an online public questionnaire lasted just three months and over last holiday season. Furthermore the PR systems cited in the questionnaire did not end up in the final proposal from Attorney General David Eby, said Lee. “We’re quite concerned this government hasn’t properly engaged

British Columbians,” said Lee, adding, “it’s a failing that many British Columbians aren’t aware of this referendum.” At the root of such concerns is the belief PR is being proposed by the government to “lock” the NDP and Greens into power, according to the document. Pilon suggested under the existing FPTP system the same theory has actually been realized, just on the opposite partisan spectrum; there have been 24 B.C. elections since a left-leaning party appeared in 1933 and the left has won four, he said. Pilon’s research shows that in Germany and New Zealand parties from both sides of the political spectrum have been elected under PR. Contrary to the Liberal talking points, Pilon said, PR provides accurate representations of party voter strength and potentially higher voter turnouts and delivers majority governments representing a majority of voters. He contended PR allows for cooperation across parties, plausibly creates for more transparent government and delivers better voter diversity representation. The current system, Pilon said, is “a dictatorship of a minority of voters.” The Liberals will also play on fears rural areas will be underrepresented by PR. A map in the document paints an image of a province with 10 large

ridings under PR instead of the current 87. Pilon said the Liberals are suggesting parties could dominate super ridings under a new system. He dismissed that notion, saying people’s political persuasions are not region-dependent. The Liberals also intend to claim an anti-immigration party controls New Zealand while in Germany a far-right party claimed more than 90 seats in the government. MLAs may note B.C. has 27 registered parties. Pilon dismisses the notion a change would lead to a rise in extremist parties holding seats. “If a small party is too demanding, they are punished in the next election,” Pilon said. He said arguments that fringe groups might be allowed to participate in elections “are an insult to democracy,” and that people making the effort to vote for parties with policies they want to see realized “is the check on extremism.” Another talking point will be the ballot, which appears in the Liberal document, suggesting – as has been previously argued on social media by Fort LangleyAldergrove MLA Rich Coleman – that it is confusing and problematic. “That’s where the government will have to respond with people to help people,” Pilon said. “If Rich is saying it’s confusing, get to work.” The Liberals will be asking people to sign against PR on their party’s website, and to donate to the party.

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