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“Ian was a volunteer member of the Bowen Island Fire Department for eight years, four of which he was the department’s training officer, before being appointed fire chief in 2014,” read the press release.

The community centre referendum, where Bowen Island Municipality was poised to ask if community members support the municipality borrowing up to $4 million for a new community centre-municipal hall, has been put off, at least until the fall. The municipality recently received word from the province that the project didn’t need to go to referendum in order to remain eligible for the Canada Infrastructure Grant, as previously thought and reported. “We thought we would be having a referendum this spring but now we don’t have to,” said Sophie Idsinga BIM’s communications coordinator (and the appointed deputy elections officer for the referendum). BIM applied for a $7.96 million federal-provincial infrastructure grant back in January after a fall-winter awareness and fundraising campaign for the community centre project. If successful, the grant would cover just over half the cost of building the facility. The project proponents had been hoping to raise enough money so as to not require tax-affecting borrowing but despite a million-dollar donation, fundraising fell short. This prompted Bowen council to approve a loan authorization bylaw mid-February, triggering a referendum, which was supposed to be held within 80 days of authorization (before May 4). Now a referendum will not happen until after the grant announcement in the fall, when Bowen will know whether or not it got the money. The $14.5 million proposed facility, driven by both BIM and the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC), includes municipal offices, a performing arts space, gathering areas and multipurpose rooms. Proponents have described the project as “shovel-ready” with a location, a building permit and mostly-complete working drawings.




Janis Treleaven, one of Bowen’s paramedics, shown here holding her long service award from B.C. Emergency Health Services, injured her shoulder while on the job in May 2018. She’s since reinjured her shoulder and won’t be able to return to work for at least the next five and a half months, putting her in a tough spot financially. Islanders who know Treleaven as an active community member (she’s been called the Ellen DeGeneres of Bowen) started a GoFundMe to help her out. For more on this story see page 3.

Bowen’s fire chief resigning


In his omnipresent red truck, it’s not unusual for Ian Thompson to be first on scene in an emergency. But a Bowen emergency services

staple Thompson will no longer be. In a press release Friday, Bowen Island Municipality said that the fire chief of five years had resigned. It said that Thompson will stay on as fire chief until the municipality appoints his successor.

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Event Calendar


Employment Opportunity Fire Chief Bowen Island Municipality is looking for a permanent full-time Fire Chief to join our team.

Mar 19 2019 7:00 pm Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee Meeting

Mar 25 2019 6:15 pm Regular Council Meeting

Mar 26 2019 7:00 pm Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

Mar 28 2019 11:00 am Emergency Program Executive Committee Meeting

Mar 29 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Metro Vancouver Board Meeting 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

Mar 30 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Climate Conversation: Sea Level Rise Workshop with Islands Trust and Living Oceans

April 3 2019 11:00 am

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Fire Chief will administer, plan, direct and control all aspects of the Fire Department including administration, fire suppression, fire prevention and rescue activities. In addition, the Fire Chief will abide by and implement applicable local, provincial and federal regulations. The successful applicant will: • Have completed, or will be enrolled within six months, the required certifications from the Justice Institute of B.C. • Have knowledge of Provincial Fire and Emergency regulations. • Have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated success in working effectively with volunteers, staff and elected officials in a team environment. A complete posting and job description is available on the Municipal website at or from the Municipal Hall. Please submit your cover letter and resume by Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 4:00 pm to:

Committee Meeting

Bowen Island Municipal Council is requesting applications from residents interested in serving on the municipal Housing Advisory Committee. Volunteer commitment includes a twohour monthly meeting and actions generated from the meetings. Responsibilities include: • providing advice and recommendations to Council on a wide range of existing and emerging housing issues and trends to help inform strategic planning initiatives, bylaws and policy development; • sustaining a long-term focus on housing diversity for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups; • identifying and advising on housing management models that enhance housing diversity and inclusiveness as well as ensure financial viability. If you are interested, please email Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at for an application form to be submitted before Monday, March 18th at 4:00pm.

Kathy Lalonde, Chief Administrative Officer 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 Email: Fax: 604-947-0193

We are hiring: Planner 1 Bowen Island Municipality is looking for a permanent full-time Planner I to join our team. Submission deadline extended to Monday, April 1st, 2019.

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Transportation Plan Open House We need targets to understand how well we’re achieving the goals of the recently adopted Transportation Plan. In twenty years, do we want to see 5% of all trips by bike? 10%? 15%? Have your say! Open House Municipal Hall March 20th, 2019 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Behind the reclining chair where Janis Treleaven sleeps, lights flash on the toy ambulance the islander received as a 50th birthday present. Three other toy ambulances are parked beside their flashy counterpart, organized in descending size. Since she watched the exploits of ambulance squad 51 in the ‘70s TV series Emergency! it’s been Treleaven’s dream to be a paramedic. Five years ago, her dream came true. For five years Treleaven has responded to emergency calls on Bowen Island, first as a driver, then as an emergency medical responder and then as a primary care paramedic. As a B.C. Ambulance Service Provincial Honour Guard, Treleaven’s at many Bowen events in uniform – including Remembrance Day and Bowfest. But last May, while on the job, Treleaven sustained an injury to her right shoulder, preventing her from returning to work. “[I] tore everything off my shoulder, basically. It was partly dislocated.” she said. “One of the two heads in my bicep came off as well.” As a workplace injury, Treleaven received workers compensation and WorkSafe BC set up her surgery, which took place in June 2018. Sometime in her projected six-month recovery period, Treleaven re-injured her shoulder and needed a second surgery. After looking into the reinjury, WorkSafe BC said that the second surgery and recovery would not be covered. The surgery went ahead February 15 in Squamish without the WorkSafe financial and organizational support. WorkSafe BC couldn’t com-


Treleaven’s shelf is a playful homage to her profession – behind her collection of ambulances are playmobile emergency workers, a miniature skeleton and a stethoscope. ment specifically on Treleaven’s case due to privacy issues but the nuances of these claims can be complex. As a permanent part time member of B.C. Ambulance, and one of Bowen’s two community paramedics, Treleaven is part of a union and she is challenging WorkSafe BC’s decision, but in the meantime, she has bills to pay, on top of the physical and emotional distress of being injured. “I’m left with, you know, everything, the plug being pulled on my whole life,” she said. “I had long term disability, which is less than half of what you get on WCB, which I’m lucky to have long term disability for sure, but it just basically takes care of my rent and that’s it,” she said. As a single-income household, Treleaven’s long term disability is not enough to cover other costs such as food, phone and internet, car insurance and the like. “I was an absolute mess for weeks [after the decision] actually, trying to figure out what the heck,” she said. “I was scared. Literally fright-

ened,” she said. “I’m almost 55 and I’ve cashed in all my RRSPs and everything. And this is going to be, I won’t make it.” “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she thought in those dark weeks. “I don’t have parents that can I can move in with or anything. I’m hooped.” So to help ease the financial burden, islander Murray Atherton set up a GoFundMe campaign for Treleaven, which quickly drew in donations and comments of support for the paramedic’s recovery. The campaign currently has 75 donors and has raised $6,251. “She’s done so much for the community and given up so much for the community, and knowing she was just at wits end…she was down to nothing,” said Atherton. “I had to do something,” “The go fund me has taken away all that challenge,” he said. “It took me and it’s still taking me a long time to switch roles from the person that helps people, even though it’s my job, to the person who’s receiving help,” Treleaven said. But community members said that it was their turn to help and

Treleaven is grateful. “I realized that there’s no other way I could have gotten through this. There is no other way,” she said, tearing up. People Treleaven didn’t even know donated (along with many friends, neighbours and people who knew her as a paramedic), allowing Treleaven the stability to focus on her recovery. “I just look at it, that this is my job right now. My job is to heal and to do all the rehabilitation,” she said. But with the use of only one arm, on heavy pain medication and needing to be careful to prevent reinjury, Treleaven can’t do basic tasks such as washing dishes, laundry, or even walking her dog. Islanders have set up a Meal Train plus to help Treleaven with her household chores – from recycling, to dog walking, to dinners. She says that the support she’s received so far has been incredible. “I get tucked in by my neighbor every night,” Treleaven says with a laugh. She can’t sleep in her own bed as the pressure is too much for her shoulder. For most of the last year she’s slept sitting in a recliner. Treleaven is still facing a six month recovery period before she can get back to work but she’s looking forward to getting back to her passion. “When [the injury] first happened, I’d hear the sirens and I’d cry. Like it’s supposed to be me, either behind the wheel or in the other seat. “I can’t wait.” Those who would like to contribute finacially can visit And for those who would like to help out with tasks or meals: k7n1ld.



Idsinga says that the referendum delay is a good thing. “We can continue to build momentum for the project,” said Idsinga. “It’s great news for the municipality and for the project.” Project co-manager Shauna Jennings said that her team will continue working on communication, will go ahead with some open houses (which had been planned in leadup to the referendum) and will continue fundraising. The referendum delay could allow time for the chips to fall in other controversial municipal issues –the fire hall and use of the community lands. Some community members and councillors, particularly Rob Wynen, have raised concerns about the number and cost of BIM’s projects (including the fire hall, for which a 2017 referendum authorized BIM to borrow up to $3 million, and a water treatment facility for the Cove Bay Water System). Jennings’ report to council on Feb. 19 said that a referendum will cost $20,000.


“His dedication and service to the fire department, the municipality and to the community have been immeasurable. Ian will be greatly missed by all. “We would like to sincerely thank our fire chief for his years of service, and wish him the best in his future endeavours.” The fire chief job is posted on the Bowen Island Municipality website with a deadline of April 12, so presumably Thompson will still be patrolling in the fire chief truck until then.

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In her words a must see

DEAR EDITOR: There is a very interesting art exhibit at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, here until March 31. From 10 Indigenous women in Australia, the show’s titled “In Her Words.” It’s not clear if the women consider themselves “artists” but they are admired and collected in many of the “best” galleries in the world. The women describe how they’re relating their understanding of the wanderings of their mothers, the dreams of their fathers, the land as they see it and the stories they’ve been taught. The patterns are simple – repetitive dots or lines or both. The simplest materials and patterns result in mesmerizing, huge paintings, often on bark, a few on hollow eucalyptus branches (which in the past were used as ossuaries but now are decorative). One woman describes how the tiny white petals of a “bush plum” flower would completely cover the ground and her paintings with millions of tiny dots, pulling you in like a constellation. Another woman is reminded of fishing nets her grandparents made and covers massive canvases with fine, multi-coloured, intersecting and overlapping lines. All the women are from remote areas in the interior of Australia, all have experienced themselves or through their families, the equivalent of residential schools and are using their art and their stories to teach their children and the rest of the world about their connection to a harsh landscape. If you can, plan a trek to deepest Kitsilano to visit before it leaves, if only to appreciate a whole other perspective and how to document your reality in patterns of simplicity and complexity. Judi Gedye

Sponge protections


Prioritize medical centre DEAR EDITOR:

Council must prioritize social housing and medical centre Mayor Gary Ander and some councillors have our priorities totally wrong. The first priority should be our health centre on Lot 3. Since Dr. Zandy has now totally abandoned us, we need more medical help urgently. I went 17 years to Horseshoe Bay to see Dr. Sugar until I got too old and needed local medical help whenever I was too ill to get up. Aging at home requires local medical help for all island seniors. Councillor Wynen is right, that the referendum should ask all our basic questions, like, should the fire hall be on lot one or three? Should the health care centre be a priority for Lot 3? Should social housing be

a priority? Since house prices on Bowen went out of reach for normal people, social housing is urgently needed. Putting the health care centre and social housing on hold is totally wrong. We borrowed two million dollars to buy these lots, we agreed to borrow another three million to build the fire hall, the building of which is still ahead of us, and now we might have to borrow another four million for the community centre. The question is, would it be cheaper to buy the building the municipal offices are in now and build a simpler community centre? Are we living beyond our means? Let’s at least get our priorities right for our local population of today. —Imke Zimmermann

Last week, Fisheries and Oceans Canada established eight new marine refuges in Howe Sound, banning commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing that could threaten recently discovered endangered glass sponge reefs. This includes one reef off of Dorman Point. Glass sponge reefs were thought to have gone extinct about 37 million years ago but they were rediscovered by Canadian scientists in 1987. Many of the individual discoveries are credited to the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, which has been pushing the federal government to create protected areas for them. The first glass sponge reef protection areas came into effect in 2015. Islander Adam Taylor who’s been highly involved in conservation efforts said that the Howe Sound reefs are by far the most healthy to date. He noted that conservation efforts have been supported by so many groups and people - and many many volunteers along the way. Those interested in contributing to the volunteers involved in conservation efforts should visit the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society website. -Brent Richter, North Shore News; Bronwyn Beairsto

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DEAR EDITOR: The issue of an island health centre is important to many of us, especially those who may need urgent medical support overnight or on weekends, when emergency services are not always available without delay. If the report in last week’s Undercurrent is correct, the medical clinic centre project may again be delayed. We urge council to avoid further delays, for the benefit of all Bowen Island residents and visitors. We need this facility and we need council’s most intense efforts to finally have it built and operating. Respectfully submitted, —Renate J. Williams, Cherie Westmoreland, Ron Hogan, Dennice Hall, Gillian Barber, Nicholas Lay, Mary Ellen & Hal DeGrace, Susan Nelson



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DEAR EDITOR: In her recent letter (Undercurrent, March 7), Nerys Poole explains how our local council’s policies and bylaws and our Official Community Plan are legally embedded in our inclusion within the Islands Trust. She also outlines other important legal aspects and the significant benefits to our community as an island within the Trust. It is a must-read for islanders interested in this issue. The Islands Trust is a federation of islands whereby islanders govern themselves within the legislative structure that protects their island environments and ways of life – not only for their communities but for our entire province and the rest of Canada. Islanders do this not only for themselves as individuals but for their children and their children’s children and for the progeny of all those who will come to visit these unique, magnificent and majestic islands in perpetuity. That is the kind of long-term vision embodied within the framework of the Islands Trust and the vision that propelled those of us who laboured steadfastly in the creation of our Official Community Plan. Our vision was nothing less than creating a community that is a true model of sustainability for the rest of Canada - a vision driven, not by mere profit motive, but by the longterm will of the community and a fundamental caring for the land and its surrounding waters. Removing Bowen Island from the Islands Trust would render our community plan more vulnerable to major changes that could drastically alter our island community and its way of life. By removing the legislative checks and balances of the Islands Trust, the fate of our island and its people would be essentially determined by succeeding short-term municipal councils - as it is with regular off-island municipalities. Ten, twenty or thirty years from now, councils could bring about changes that our current island community would find unacceptable. Contrary to what some opponents believe, the great majority of islanders who support the Islands Trust are not involved in blanket opposition to development. After the creation of the Trust in the mid-‘70s, we began raising issues of sustainability that are now being discussed by all forward thinking communities. Long before other communities, we had the forethought of realizing that our North American cities, with their unsustainable development projects, are sleepwalking toward environmental degradation. The issue, therefore, was never opposition to development. It was the creation of a community plan that lays out land use provisions for more balanced, sustainable and comprehensive development practices, and the creation of covenants that respect our island ecology and environment commensurate with the gradual growth of a rural island community. Bowen Island is different from other municipalities in B.C. It has the unique status of being an “island municipality” within the Islands Trust - the first and only island municipality in the province. If it were not for this special, dedicated status within the Islands Trust, the incorporation of Bowen Island would have been soundly defeated by islanders in the 1999 referendum. Given our short distance from a large urban centre, our islanders were not so naive as to agree to self-government without the special status and protections established by the province for natural treasures such as Bowen Island. I urge our municipal council and all islanders to very seriously consider the future, long term implications of losing our status as an island municipality within the Islands Trust. The formal attempt to remove Bowen Island from the Islands Trust would also be overwhelmingly ill-received by the citizens of our province, many of whom would find it unwise and foolhardy - regardless of their political leanings. In 2011, a public opinion survey showed province-wide support for the mandate of the Islands Trust, with at least 83 per cent supporting the preservation and protection of the islands within the Trust. Within the Islands Trust area, that figure rises to 90 per cent. The attempt to sever Bowen from the Islands Trust is a course of action which would find itself on the wrong side of history, British Columbians and our provincial government. In the same manner as we led the way with the first community school in British Columbia, we can lead the way as the first “island municipality” in the province. We will abdicate that leading role if we ever become a municipality with the same status as those on the mainland. For those of us who have fought relentlessly to uphold our island way of life since the ‘70s, we believe the political agenda behind severance from the Islands Trust is to erode the integrity of our Official Community Plan. Our community plan reflects who we are as a people, a people who stand for our long term common good rather than merely bending to the will of vested interests who expect us to bend the rules on their behalf. The issue of Bowen’s inclusion within the Islands Trust goes to the heart of who we are as a people and the fundamental reason we came to live on this island. For the sake of our children and all future generations, I urge our mayor, our councillors and fellow islanders to claim the future by maintaining our allegiance with the Islands Trust - with island communities who stand with us as beacons of light for a better world on our western shores. —John Sbagia Bowen Island

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BOWEN’S DIARY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES Happy Birthday to Gordon Rose on March 16

Ian Thompson in 2014, when he became fire chief. DEBRA STRINGFELLOW, PHOTO

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Birthdays in the coming week: March 13 Rita Dempsey March 14 Janet Esseiva March 16 Diane Buchanan March 18 Josie Huskisson Carol Cram March 19 Ellen McMahon March 20 Holly Cleator March 21 Sandy Mulholland

Frankie’s no stranger to the Undercurrent as her mom (Meribeth Deen) was editor here for four years. Here Frankie’s working away at her next story, though since she can’t write yet, we’re not quite sure what it was about. MERIBETH DEEN, PHOTO


The 257 bus: There’s been some concern that TransLink’s 257 will no longer be an express bus. According to the TransLink website, the March 11 schedule change simply makes it so that the bus will be doing pick up and drop off at all its stops on all its runs. There are still just nine stops. BC Ferries sign: Some have suggested that the new Snug Cove BC Ferries sign should play Netflix. This is disgraceful. We should be supporting Canadian content - it should play CBC Gem.

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Upon hearing that Ian Thompson resigned as Bowen’s fire chief, some islanders wrote on the Undercurrent’s facebook post to thank Ian for being a great fire chief. • Thank you so much for your kindness, dedication and service to all in this small community. – Sheila Keir • In 2014, after multiple calls to and from 911, he was woken up and the first to respond at our residence in the middle of the night – Keith Slade • Full quality human –John Stiver • Thank you Chief Thompson for your service. Being a fire chef in a small community is rewarding, stressful and you never really relax when you are in the community you serve. Thank you again to you and your family for your service to the great community of Bowen. – Michelle Weston • I find this sad. He is always the first guy on the scene. I feel he will have huge shoes to fill – Dee Elliott • A man angel walks... –Deedee Cavanah • Ian, start a rugby team on Bowen –Daxton Curry

RHODODENDRON WALK Jacquie and Tony Clayton will take the Bowen Garden Club with them on a journey through Sikkim and West Bengal India where they traced the path of western plant hunters to find wild rhododendrons.

Patient of the Week MEET TOBY. Because Toby is a senior citizen, a geriatric blood panel and urinalysis was performed to rule out possible disease processes related to heart, kidneys, thyroid and others. He also had x-rays to address some abdominal discomfort. Regular exams with bloodwork are excellent ways to screen, treat or even prevent some of the common illnesses related to aging.

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Singing Back the Light

Cates Hill Chapel filled with music last Saturday as a selection of singers from all of Bowen’s choirs gathered for a food bank benefit concert: Singing Back the Light. The event premiered compositions from islander Brian Hoover and the sold out show raised $4,800 for the Bowen food bank. Above: Conductor Alison Nixon guides the choir of more than 25 singers through the show. Photo: Raia Landry Left: Flautist Shasta Martinuk, Bassist (and composer) Brian Hoover, and cellist Liliana Belluk-Orlikow accompany the choir. Photo: Chris Mann

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Headed to worlds In June 2018, the athletes of the Bowen Island Gymnastics Club heard that they had qualified at nationals to represent Canada in World Gymnaestrada 2019 in Dornbirn, Austria from July 7 to 13. As you can imagine, the gymnasts were ecstatic. World Gymnaestrada occurs every four years, bringing five continents together to roll, tumble and vault. More than 60 countries send more than 20,000 gymnasts to compete. The Bowen World Gymnaestrada Team is a group of athletes ranging from 10 to 21 years. These gymnasts are dedicated competitive and advanced recreational gymnasts who have successfully competed at the provincial level. The team consists of 19 gymnasts from Bowen as well as six from the mainland. On top of their training, to help finance their trip, each athlete is also fundraising every month to help make this opportunity a reality. It makes one’s heart do a vault of its own to see these young gymnasts’ dedication. There have been lemonade stands, bake sales, snack stands at baseball games, Purdy’s Chocolate, proceeds from babysitting, movie nights, multiple bottle drives and so forth (they were even there election day to keep voters well-fuelled). Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported the BIGC team fundraising events so far. Our next fundraiser is our online auction running from March 30 to April 6. As a club we truly appreciate all your support. If anyone would like to become a sponsor or make a donation please contact Lisa Brougham, team manager and coach, at ALEXANDRA SINCLAIR BOWEN ISLAND GYMNASTICS CLUB

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Muni Morsels: tune in in 90 days

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Now try hitting the fast forward: Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation and Bowen Isvland Resilient Community Housing (BIRCH) will have to wait for up to 90 days to hear if they will get leases on their preferred Lot 3 properties. Council voted to wait (or “pause”) until the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Community Lands had reported back with a recommendation before entering into lease agreements with the organizations. They gave the committee, which has met once, 90 days. A similar resolution came before council on February 19, when council gave the committee 30 days to report back on the health centre and BIRCH properties, however Mayor Gary Ander said Monday that wasn’t enough time for the committee to do its work. Representatives from both organizations said Monday that this delay is a hindrance to their respective projects. Council stated through resolution that it was still committed to leasing land to both BIRCH and the health centre at a nominal rate. A real multi-use facility: A Land Use Bylaw amendment for Eddie’s pit on Buchanan Road passed first reading Monday. “The applicant [Eddie Weismiller and Donna Pringle] would like to use a portion of his property for a vehicle impound facility, to temporarily store and sort green waste and scrap metal, and to carry out wood chipping,” said the staff report to council. Though councillors raised concerns about the noise, the hours of operation and the state of the road, the amendment passed unanimously and will now go to a public open house, to municipal committees for recommendations and for technical studies. Bowen’s own Sea to Sky gondola: Owners of a property at Hood Pt. want to put in a tramway between their house and the sea. The tramway would be within the 30-metre ocean setback all around Bowen, meaning the property owners need a variance.

Councillor Sue Ellen Fast said that similar tramways have started popping up on other islands that she’s concerned about the visual impact of such a structure. Ander noted that this wouldn’t be the first tramway on Bowen (there’s apparently one out at Captain’s Way). The recommendation that came before council was to notify neighbours that council would be considering the variance. The motion passed with only Fast against. Rough seas for ferry lineup bylaw: Council deferred giving second and third readings to the ferry lineup bylaw that’s roused some controversy. The proposed bylaw states that: “All vehicles in the ferry line-up must pull up within 0.6 metres (24 inches) of the vehicle next ahead in the ferry line-up or at the start of a hatched area; and only enter the ferry lineup for the purpose of waiting to board the next available sailing..All ferry traffic must enter the ferry line-up behind the last vehicle in the ferry line...No person shall park overnight in the ferry lane. No person shall stop in the ferry lane other than to wait for the next available ferry.” Councillor Michael Kaile called the bylaw as it’s written “cack handed and ill-conceived” and said that “it’s turned into a ghastly topsy of a mess.” Councillors Maureen Nicholson, David Hocking and Fast defended the bylaw but noted it needed a few changes. Council sent the bylaw back for revisions, taking into consideration the myriad of public comments such as taking into account the double lanes up by the community school, the possibility that people might abandon lineup spaces and the practicalities of enforcement. What’s Boris up to these days?: As the Island Trustees meet this week to discuss the 2019 budget, council unanimously decided to ask that the Islands Trust review Bowen’s contribution “to reflect an equitable contribution for Bowen Island and its taxpayers.” Councillor Alison Morse, a former Islands Trustee, noted that this will have no impact on this year’s requisition. Bowen’s proposed 2019 contribution is $329,609 (it has gone down from 332,658.


We live on a wonderful island in the wonderful Salish Sea. And we have people like Adam Taylor and Bob Turner who are out there, in or on the waters of Atl’Kitsem / Howe Sound, bringing back stories of wonder and close encounters with the creatures who live in the liquid world that is so close, yet so very different from ours. Adam Taylor is probably one of the few humans most familiar with this liquid world and its inhabitants; he is president of the B.C. Underwaterworld Council. The Undercurrent has reported on his work numerous times over the years: especially his works with Glen Dennison to successfully advocate for the protection of glass sponge reefs. At times, we also have advocating off-islanders visit us bringing stories and news about decisions that affect the lives of all creatures, under and above water. Last weekend, Devon Page, executive director of Ecojustice, came to Bowen Island to give a talk about the state of wildlife and wilderness protection in Canada. Ecojustice, formerly Sierra Legal Defense Fund, supports individuals and environmental organizations by defending their cases in court or suing governments on their behalf. In many cases, such as that of wild salmon scientist and open-pen salmon farm opponent Alexandra Morton, Ecojustice is suing because the government is ignoring its own laws. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, our Member of Parliament, has taken the position that salmon farming should take place in closed-containment systems. Something demanded by salmon farm critics for some time now. Yet, how serious can we take PGJ’s position, when a colleague, a fellow party member, representative for the neighbouring riding of North Vancouver and, too, the Minister of Fisheries, Jonathan Wilkinson, is the target of Ecojustice’s next case? A case that will most likely lead to Ecojustice’s fourth court victory over the minister. Will the minister then finally enforce the prohibition of an illegal practice; salmon farms

introducing a disease agent into Pacific waters by stocking their open pens with Atlantic salmon that have tested positive for the piscine reovirus. I’ve followed this case but thought that, apart from some other exceptions, Canada’s protection of natural areas and wildlife was not too bad. Could I have been more wrong? I was shocked to learn from Devon that the farmed salmon example is illustrative of how Canada talks the talk about protecting wildlife and natural areas, but doesn’t walk the walk. Deep cuts in staffing and budgets from the Harper era have not been brought back to levels where Canadians can be assured that wildlife numbers are not falling. Poor compliance with and lack of enforcement of existing laws are culprits but according to Canada’s commissioner of the environment and sustainable development indicated in a 2018 spring report on conserving biodiversity there is no systematic approach to meeting Canada’s 2020 goals for conserving wildlife. Due to the absence of comprehensive information gathering by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the ministry simply doesn’t know how it’s doing. To come back to our neck of the woods; no doubt Adam Taylor and many of us were pleasantly surprised when Wilkinson announced that more glass sponge reefs in Atl’Kitsem / Howe Sound will fall under federal protection. This is wonderful news! But, in light of Devon’s talk, I cannot help thinking: who will do the enforcement? Is there a budget for this? Or will enforcement happen here in Atl’Kitsem / Howe Sound just because there are many eyes to see it happening, taking attention away from the places where enforcement is sorely lacking? After all, we are in an election year and we will see many announcements and press releases coming our way, trying to persuade us to vote for this or that party. It’s like buying a used car. The shine, the “super clean” and “it comes with a CD– player” distract us from the real issues. We know what to do in that circumstance: come well prepared and decide carefully.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Dopplegang Cates Hill Chapel 6:30 pm Collectively created by Jen Zdril and the Island Pacific Players. Tickets $15 at IPS, Phoenix, and at the door.


Dinner at the Legion Bowen Island Legion Doors at 5:30 Dinner at 6:30 Members and guests welcome

Bowen Island Community Choir -Coffee House Cates Hill Chapel 7 p.m. Celebrate your inner green at this annual loved Bowen event. Tickets $15


Outdoor Meditation Circle Meet at the picnic tables at the entrance to Crippen Park 11 a.m. Open to everyone. Dress warmly. Tea will be served. No cost. More info:


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Friday Night Live at the Pub Bowen Island Pub 7 -10 Live music, dinner special, and no cover The Dopplegang Cates Hill Chapel 6:30 pm. Collectively created by Jen Zdril and the Island Pacific Players. Tickets $15 at IPS, Phoenix, and at the door. Bowen Island Vinyl Social Swap Artisan Eats 6:30 - 10 p.m “Enjoy some beer & wine while you catch up with friends. Drinks & Bites will be available for purchase. $10 table rental (proceeds go to Bowen Island Community Foundation). Table space is limited. Reserve now at Artisan Eats or e-mail: nicholas@ Free to drop in and shop. Live DJ and door prizes!


The Naturals Bowen Isand Pub

Just in time for a St Paddy’s Eve Party, The Naturals, return to the pub with Dr.Goulet. $10 cover at door

Bowen Island Garden Club presents: Rhododendron Walk Legion 1 p.m. “Jacquie and Tony Clayton will take the Bowen Garden Club with them on a journey through Sikkim and West Bengal India where they traced the path of western plant hunters to find wild rhododendrons. Please join us at the Legion. Free for members $3 drop-in“ Seniors Keeping Young 1070 Miller Road will have exercise at 9 a.m., coffee at 9:45 a.m., Sue Ellen Fast speaking about Birds at 10 a.m., and Yoga at 11:15 a.m.. Yearly membership is $20, drop in fee for the first time is $3 and $2 for members. Stephen Fearing Tir-na-nOg Theatre 7:30 -10 p.m. Another special evening for Bowen from Shari Ulrich’s TRUST ME series Tickets at or Phoenix $30 advance. $35 at door.


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Collins Hall 7:15 p.m.


Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 p.m. Info call Irene 604-947-2955


Friday Night Live at the Pub Bowen Island Pub 7 -10 Live music, dinner special, and no cover Dinner at the Legion Bowen Island Legion Doors at 5:30 Dinner at 6:30 Members and guests welcome


Communicating Costs of Climate Change Cates Hill Chapel 3-4:30 p.m. Researchers, performing artists and community members will come together on Bowen Island to discuss how to finance climate change adaptation and mitigation, and how to use the performing arts to foster public policy discussion. The Community Meeting’s format is five speakers, plus a performance aspect and then an open exchange of ideas. Free.


Outdoor Meditation Circle Meet at the picnic tables at the entrance to Crippen Park 11 a.m. Open to everyone. Dress warmly. Tea will be served. No cost. More info:


Seniors Keeping Young Exercise at 9 a.m., coffee at 9:45, Guest speaker at 10 and yoga at 11:15. Yearly membership $20. Drop in $3

Places of Worship Welcome You BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH Shelagh Mackinnon Marie Paul 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

Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m.

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


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Pastor: Dr. James B. Krohn

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Knowing Our Place

“How do we get rid of colonialism,” asks Arthur Manuel in his powerful book, The Reconciliation Manifesto, “and how do we live together afterward?” Manuel, a widely respected Indigenous leader of the Secwepemc Nation in B.C. insists the answer is simple: “Canada needs to fully recognize our Aboriginal and treaty rights and our Aboriginal right to self-determination. At the same time, we will recognize the fundamental human right of Canadians, after hundreds of years of settlement, to live here.” Then, he writes, we sit down together and negotiate how we can all live and prosper on this land “in a way that protects the environment for all generations.” The Reconciliation Manifesto, first published in 2017, the same year as Manuel’s death, is one of the most important texts on truth and reconciliation, a crucial read for all people interested in social and economic justice. With clear prose and great humour, he challenges almost every belief non-Indigenous Canadians have about their relationship with Indigenous peoples, and offers us the steps needed to make this relationship healthy and honourable. His vast knowledge and experience, his straightforward explanations of complex legal decisions and his love for his family and the land make this a compelling read and a call to action. With wit and clarity, he takes us through Canada’s constitutional history, beginning with the British North America Act in 1867, which gave the federal government complete power over “Indians” and the land reserved for them.

Manuel apologizes for taking readers into the “legal swamp,” but insists on the necessity of understanding of how the Canadian legal system works. He describes the impact of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions that have consistently decided in favour of Indigenous rights, from the landmark Delgamuukw decision of 1997 through to the Tsilqot’in Nation v. British Columbia decision of 2014, “which picked up where Delgamuukw left off with the first ever declaration of Aboriginal title on the ground in Canadian history.” At the same time, Manuel relates how the federal government continues to ignore these decisions, sharing details of his own battles with the Canadian government. Manuel demonstrates how the poverty of Indigenous people is the direct result of settlers living on Native land and taking almost 100 per cent of the profits from natural wealth and resources. “Our dependency was not some accident of history. It is at the heart of the colonial system,” he writes. “The brilliance of the Canadian system as it has evolved is that today our poverty and misery is actually administered by our own people.” The Reconciliation Manifesto is a guide for all those who would be allies to Indigenous peoples. You are invited to join the Knowing Our Place Book Club to discuss the book on March 23 and April 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Knowing Our Place is brought to you by the Bowen Island Library, the Bowen Island Arts Council and Pauline Le Bel. Books will be available from the Bowen Library. Please register at For more information contact songspinner@ or

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

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Trust Me series presents roots-rock musician Stephen Fearing SHARI ULRICH

Trust Me Series

You would be hard pressed to come across anyone in Canada who doesn’t know the music of Stephen Fearing. He is one of Canada’s most celebrated singer-songwriters for good reason. I met him in Vancouver about five years after he landed in there (via Dublin and Minneapolis) to pursue his career in music. I was totally captivated by his exceptional songwriting and guitar playing. Since then he’s been called one of the finest songwriters in Canada and built a national and international audience.

Though he has just released his tenth solo album, in 1996 he also co-founded Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson which now, 22 years later, is currently recording their tenth album. With a JUNO award to their credit, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock. Their musical collaborators include (shameless name dropping warning) Emmy Lou Harris, Nick Lowe, City and Colour, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Cockburn, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, Serena Ryder, Holy Cole, and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Fearing’s first solo album featured musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo

Timmons, Rose Cousins, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. For his album Every Soul’s a Sailor, he was awarded the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and named 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Okay – I guess that’s enough evidence! And now that he’s based in Victoria I was able to invite him to Bowen Island as part of the “Trust Me” Series, though the moniker is hardly necessary in Stephen’s case. The show is March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Tickets are at Phoenix and on line at

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Nothing says spring like wonderful music! And you can “TRUST” Shari Ulrich to bring the BEST music to Tir-na-nOg Theatre. On March 18th the remarkable Stephen Fearing graces the stage and on April 3 - one of Shari’s favourite duos of all time - Big Little Lions. You can trust even if you hadn’t heard of them, that you will love them! Tickets for both are at Phoenix and online at and


Join us every Friday night from 7-9pm for an evening of live music and great dinner specials. Different musical artists each week with something for everyone from jazz to blues to country to singersongwriters. Follow us on Facebook to see whats happening each week. No cover charge.


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Spring into golf, play with friends, play to learn, play for the banter, just play, on Bowen’s own award-winning golf course. The flowers are coming into bloom, the trees are filling in, the greens are running fast. Come play!




Fresh new looks have arrived at Out of the Blue! New spring collections from CHARLIE B, Parsley and Sage, No. Mi. No. U., FOCUS, KEKoo, Harris Cotton, TRIBAL, and Kokomarina. Have some fun, try something on! Open 10 - 6 everyday in the cove.

SPRING POTTERY CAMP AT CLOUDFLOWER CLAYWORKS March 19, 20, 21. 10:30 - Noon All ages welcome. $90 per person. Please come and have some fun with clay. 589 Prometheus Place at Artisan Square, Lower Level. Call Jeanne 604-947-2522 to register.



Celebrate spring with the Bowen Island Community Choir. Our annual Coffee House highlighting local Bowen talent is this Saturday March 16 at 7:00 at Cates Chapel and our spring concert, an event not to be missed will be on May 4.


MARCH 18- 21 Kindergym/Pre-comp (4-6 yrs) 9:30 -12 $20/day Comp/Interclub 10:30-2;30 $35/day Stick it Camps 12:30-3:30 $40/day To sign up please email

Monday’s 2 piece cod & chips for the one piece price $13.95. Tuesday’s Kids free pasta special! Wednesday’s are Wing Days for $8.95. Thursdays all day Happy Hour and Rack of Ribs day. Friday Prime Rib day and Saturday the chef fresh sheet and free live music!


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