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Dunk tank and reptiles

Shall we dance?

Old General Store

Bring the pull-out section with the Bowfest map and schedule to the field

The island’s summer festivities may have inspired some to take lessons

Neighbours column explores the library building’s history

Community recreation programs now online

What number to call on what occasion SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR

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pl. Nancy Joyce of the Bowen Island RCMP is planning to utilize the detachment’s website more frequently to inform community members of relevant issues. One of the first topics she plans to communicate is when to call 911 as opposed to dialing the local RCMP office’s non-emergency number. Joyce said that islanders might not be sure how to contact the police, especially outside of office hours and 911 operators receive numerous non-emergency complaints that can interfere with legitimate emergencies. She added that there is no question that if a serious injury or a crime is in progress, 911 is the number to call but in other instances, the non-emergency line is a better choice. “This is meant as a reminder on how to use the 911 line that should be called only in emergency situations,” Joyce explained. “The calls should concern things like a serious injury or relate to occasions when a response from an ambulance and fire fighting apparatus is called for.” Joyce added that anything that has happened in the past or other suspicious activity can be reported through the non-emergency line at 604-947-0516. When calling the non-emergency line after office hours, the answering service will pick up and prompt callers to either leave a message or be connected with an E-Comm operator (for more info, please see www.ecomm911.ca) who will decide whether the call warrants for the local detachment to be called out. “I wanted to get that out to people on Bowen Island specifically because what happens is that we come into the office and there would be a message waiting that says that something is happening at that moment,” Joyce said. “It might say, ‘I’m here and I’m watching this happen and I continued PAGE 3

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Since 2004, Hank Strubin has paid the piper nearly every year after inviting the B.C. Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums to participate in Bowfest. Story on page 3. Susanne Martin photo

igning up for community recreation, education and arts programming has just become a great deal easier as both registration and payment can be submitted online. In the past, Bowen Islanders had to show up in person at the community recreation office to reserve a spot since payment could only be made with cash or by Interac. But the fall brochure will be online and a new registration system offers not only convenient registration but a range of other services such as email updates, information on class sizes and waiting lists. Shelley Shannon, the Bowen Island Municipality’s recreation programmer said, “We now have online registration available but people can still come in person. And you can pay with a credit card online as well as in the office.” Jacqueline Massey, the executive director of the Bowen Island Arts Council, has been working closely with the community recreation office to set up the new system. “With the online brochure, we are trying to be make [sign up] more convenient while making the process more cost effective. On top of that, we’ll save some trees and be environmentally responsible. The advantages of the system is that we can keep the information timely. For instance, if a course proves to be very popular, we can run it again and get the information out quickly.” Massey explained that the arts council has been collaborating with the community recreation office for three years to produce the brochure that includes information about community recreation, arts, culture and education continued PAGE 2

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Shelley Shannon and Jacqueline Massey test the website that will allow online registration for community recreation programs. Susanne Martin

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programming as well as special events information. “The printing cost of the brochure was one of the reasons we were looking at a different option,” Massey said. “Online registration is more cost effective and efficient for users. You can sign up anywhere and anytime as long as you have access to a computer or any kind of mobile device. The registration comes into effect immediately and indicates how many people have signed up and you get a receipt to print out.” Shannon added that this information comes in handy when tax time rolls around. “You have all the information in one place and don’t need to go to different locations. In the past, there were three different offices involved: the arts council office, the recreation office and the community school coordinator’s office.” Shannon added that registration will go live on Wednesday, August 29 but information on classes and instructors is already available for browsing. The website for general information (www. bowencommunityrecreation.ca) and for registration (https://activenet2ca.active.com/bowencommunityrec), will be linked to the BIAC, BIM and BICS websites. Shannon hopes that online registration will make it easier for people to register early as they don’t have to rely on office hours. “Some classes fill up fast,” Shannon warned. “We will see how online registration will affect that.” Shannon also encourages islanders to set up their accounts ahead of time. “To sign up for classes, people need an account,” Massey explained. “It can be done online and there is no fee. Once there is an account, you can register for as many classes as you want. It’s also a communication tool.” Massey added that people use their email address to register and have a number of choices

available for receiving more information, including email alerts. Shannon said, “For people who are interested in Salsa lessons, for instance, and want to know if the class is going ahead or if there is a new session coming up, we send notifications though email.” Shannon added that in case of cancellations, the same policies for refunds are still in place. Shannon said that this system will also help the community recreation to have updated information about their customers. “In many cases, the information that we have in the office is no longer current,” she said. Massey agreed. “This should increase accuracy and it’s also a great tool for feedback about programming needs and wishes,” she said. “And people can check their registration at any time or find out their status if they are on a wait list.” Shannon said that people will be able to easily check their schedule and see when the classes are on and the system can also send the instructor a list of the class. “It’s a real help for instructors,” she said. Massey sees this as a big benefit. “Instructors can derive timely information from the site, and find out how many people are registered,” she said, adding that, in the past, community recreation and arts council staff or the community school coordinator had to pass on current registration details. “It is a system that is used by many different recreation departments. The municipality did extensive research to find a program that is ideal for Bowen Island.” Massey said. “It’s designed for our community.” Shannon said that people who need help with the registration can still phone or drop by at the office on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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f this summer showed us anything, it’s that A. You don’t have to, but you’ll want to. Every dancing is alive on Bowen Island. Steamship few minutes, the teacher yells “rotate” and we all Days, the Dock Dance, and this weekend’s change partners. If you prefer to stick together as Bowfest — we’re up on our feet or at least tapa couple, you can do so, but you’ll miss out on ping our toes. If you’d like to overcome dancemuch of the fun. You learn so much when you floor shyness before next summer’s events, join dance with people of different abilities and styles, us (alone or with a partner) and learn some and by the time you meet up again with your dance moves in a relaxed and comfortable setoriginal partner, you’ll have a new appreciation ting. Dance styles this time for his or her dance foibles. around are East Coast Swing Q. I don’t have a partner to and salsa. If you’ve thought bring. Does it work out when of signing up in the past but singles sign up? weren’t sure what you’d be getA. As our teacher likes to ting yourself into, here are some say, “No partner? No problem.” quick answers to put your mind Ideally, the number of leaders at rest. matches the number of followQ. What kind of dancing are ers, but that never happens. we talking about? Our teacher fills in as leader or A. It’s all partner dancing follower, whichever is needed. and totally non-competitive. Q. What if I can’t remember Followers try to follow and the steps from one class to the leaders try to lead and most of next? the time it works out. The goal A. There’s always a review at is to laugh and have fun while the beginning of each class and learning a few dance steps that that’s generally enough. But if we can use in social settings. you want even more dancing Q. What if I’m not good at it? or just the occasional memory A. You’ll still end up a betnudge, we have a drop-in at ter dancer than you are now Collins Hall most Fridays while – guaranteed! And our classes If you’d like to be able to do that dance classes are on. That’s really are mostly about having where we try to remember what and have as much fun as those fun. two are having, sign up for dance we’ve learned while we shuffle Q. What dance styles have around the dance floor. lessons. Submitted photo been taught? And there you have it: A. We started with salsa and dance classes on Bowen then tried out East Coast Swing, West Coast Island. This session’s classes run on Mondays Swing, and Country Two-Step, but we didn’t stop from September 24 to October 29 (no class on there. In the Latin styles, we tackled cha-cha-cha October 8), East Coast Swing from 6:30 to 7:30 and a very tame form of bachata, as well as the and Salsa at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at ever-popular salsa. This coming session, we’ll the Gallery at Artisan Square. For more informabe learning East Coast Swing for beginners, and tion, please call the community recreation office salsa for intermediates. at 604-947-2216. Registration starts August 27. Q. I only want to dance with the person I sign up with. Do I have to partner with others? Norma McCarthy


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Hank Strubin with the BCR Irish Pipes and Drums at one of their first appearances on Bowen Island. He invited the band to Bowfest 2004 and started a tradition that has been upheld until this year. The only year Bowfest went ahead without the Irish tunes was in 2009 when Strubin was away on Saltspring Island celebrating the wedding of his grandson. Photo courtesy of Hank Strubin

And I was sorry about the fact that there was no band at our Bowfest.” Strubin decided to ask the BCR Irish Pipes and Drums if they would consider coming to Bowfest and offered to look after the expenses and the details. A new tradition was born and Strubin adds with a smile, “I didn’t expect it to run over so many years.” In 2008, Strubin was an honorary life time member of the Vancouver Irish Pipes and Drums Society and he takes great pride in the band’s achievements. Two years ago, they were invited to Ireland by the Irish Regiment. Strubin treasures a picture of them, decked out in their finery and leading the St. Partick’s Day parade in Belfast, carrying the Canadian flag. The B.C. Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums band has been part of Bowfest every year, missing only the 2009 festivities when Strubin was away, celebrating his grandson’s wedding on Saltspring Island. For the other years, he has covered travelling expenses as well as lunch for band members. “I’m doing it because I said I would,” he said, adding that he was thinking of taking a break this year. But when he suggested that the band would not participate in 2012, the Bowfest organizers balked. “I had a fall and the band was over in England so I thought it might be best to skip this year,” Strubin said. “But when I approached them, they were horrified about the idea.”

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Strubin added that having the Irish Pipes and Drums at Bowfest really makes a difference for the audience. Strubin was born in Switzerland near Basel and recalls the local Fastnacht celebration with fondness. “We went to every parade and the bands were a big thing for me,” he said. “In Liestal, the Fastnacht was a three day event. Every neighbourhood had a drum and fife band and at 4 in the morning, every door in the city burst open. Everyone came out to join the fun in costumes and the bands led the parades.” When Strubin came to Vancouver in 1924, he sought out similar festivities and made it a point to participate. For 2013, Strubin hopes to find a solution where he doesn’t need to be involved at the same level. “It used to be a two-pronged thing. It was my contribution to Bowfest but it was also meant to be an outing for the band. I realized that they really enjoy coming to Bowen,” he said. “Next year, I’d like to get together with the [Bowfest] committee and find a way to keep the tradition alive.” He sees the band as an inegral part of the celebration. For Bowfest, the band usually takes part in the parade and then marches over to the festival field to play a few tunes in front of the beer garden. Then Strubin raises his glass in a toast to the band: Faugh A Ballagh! Please join in and toast the man who has, year after year, brought merry tunes to our island’s festival.

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hen Hank Strubin moved to Bowen Island in 1991, he was happy to discover that the community held an annual festival. One of the highlights was the pipe band that played at that first Bowfest Strubin attended but, the year after, he found the program lacking. “In 1992, a lone piper came marching down the hill and the year after that, there was nothing,” he recalls. When the BC Regiment started an Irish Pipes and Drums band, Strubin was delighted and invited them to participate in Bowfest. That was 2004 and, since then, the band has returned nearly every year. Ahead of Bowfest, Strubin usually drops by the Undercurrent office to promote the BC Regiment’s Irish Pipes and Drums and this year is no exception. The 93-yearold arrives on his scooter that sports the Canadian flag. He’s brought along a bag full of memorabilia about his connection to the band and a wealth of stories about the past. And he proudly wears a T-shirt that says: Faugh A Ballagh. “It means ‘Clear the Way,’” Strubin says with gusto. “And it was the battle cry of the Irish Fusiliers.” Strubin has a fascination with the Irish Fusilier Regiment that had been sent by Britain to “bail out the Canadians” in the war of 1812. Strubin particularly likes the fact that the members of the pipe and drum band wear the same uniforms that the soldiers back then fought in. In 2002, the Irish Fusiliers of Canada and the British Columbia Regiment were formally merged and the BC Regiment (BCR) Irish Pipes and Drums became a symbol of the two regiments. “In consideration of that, they started the Irish Pipes and Drums,” Strubin said, adding that he was so pleased with this that he sent them a contribution. “That was a personal gesture,” he said. “Since they are an independent band, they have to cover their expenses including their own uniforms.” In January 2004, Strubin received a thank-you letter for his donation with a note that he should “identify [himself] to Pipe Major Barrett or any other member of the band” if he attended a band event. Strubin was set to take part in a mess dinner of the B.C. Regiment and heard the BCR Irish Pipes and Drums there. “That’s when the idea hit me,” he said. “I went up and made myself known to them. I found out that they are pretty good guys.

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would like the police to come over.’ But when we get the message, the event might be over.” “We check messages for the 0516-line regularly whenever we are working,” Joyce said. “but if [islanders] have something to report that requires police action outside office hours, they should follow the instructions that get them to a call taker.” There is a set of community-specific rules that E-Comm call takers follow to determine whether police officers will be called out after hours, says Joyce. “If there is a crime or suspicious activity going on, call takers will decide whether we are contacted,” she said. “If, for example, someone is seen looking into the windows of homes, that would elicit an immediate response.” Joyce says that the other option that people have outside office hours is to pick up the phone at the police station and that will take them through to a non-emergency call-taker. The message Joyce wants to relay is to call the police and don’t assume that someone else has already picked up the phone. “A lot of people think someone else will call but the other guy down the road might be thinking the same,” she said. Joyce added that if she hears about an incident a week later, it might be too late to do something about it. Another number that is available for people to call is 1-800-222-8477, the line for Crime Stoppers that offers a confidential and secure tip option. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted through the website at www. bccrimestoppers.com.

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n a press release, the Bowen Island Municipality announced the appointment of Keith Wahlstrom as the new manager of development and operations. “[Wahlstrom] has spent his career in municipal engineering including a comparable role with the City of Vernon. These experiences have provided him with a solid understanding of how varied the requirements of a municipality are,” the press release states. The position of island community planner will be filled be Annie Dempster who brings “rural planning experience [and] a delightful enthusiasm and passion for community planning,” according to the press release. Dempster begins her new role at BIM on Monday, August 27 and Wahlstrom’s start date is Monday, September 10.

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thank Melissa Harrison and James Hickling for raising very important, additional concerns regarding the mail-out Building Community on Bowen (Undercurrent, August 17). As Harrison outlines in her letter, the on-going day trip visits to our island are an intrinsic part of Bowen history. As they did in the past, the day trips continue to engender fond memories of picnics, dances, weddings and other social gatherings in one of the most beautiful and serene natural settings on earth. This vital part of our history speaks to the universal humanity of this wondrous community we love - a place of welcoming inclusiveness, as opposed to the exclusive nature of resort property developments and elitist playgrounds for the rich. Within that true hospitality dwells the very character of our island way of life. As we warmly welcome people from all over the world during these summer months and as we hug our friends and relatives coming off the ferry, we provide them the gift which no money could ever buy in this estranged and alienated modern world we have created. Therein lies the true spirit of our island community. People need and crave the fundamental human experience which is Bowen Island - and the esthetic, creative fostering and promotion of our unique, authentic island way of life will lead to a healthy prosperity for our local businesses. Our long and valiant struggle on Bowen Island is and has always been about one single thing - the survival of the human spirit itself, the survival of a strong, independent citizenry within a vibrant, democratic community where freedom of speech is given every opportunity.

As Hickling indicates in his letter, without those opportunities for unobstructed freedom of speech, there can be no true democracy. Hickling drives the point home that a fully democratic framework which permits the unimpeded expression and exchange of views and ideas at our local, municipal level is vital to a sound decision making process - a process intended to reflect the intelligence, the wisdom and the will of the community. All of these aspects were fully reflected in the democratic creation of our official community plan and islanders must ensure that the municipal council does not attempt to push through developments which contravene the fundamental provisions of the plan or the various legal obligations which flow from it. They must also ensure that council does not take steps to pull Bowen out of the Islands Trust - whose mandate it is to preserve and protect the unique amenities of all islands in the Trust. Islanders must be wary and vigilant, and for a very good reason. A municipal council that is incapable of expressing trust and faith in the people it was elected to represent does not deserve it in return. The publication Building Community on Bowen leaves me shocked and dumbfounded. Here we have three municipal councillors who, having been elected to represent all islanders, are involved with a political mail-out published by a property development company. Is this the future of “public office accountability” and “democratic representation” on Bowen Island? Is this the future we want for a strong, vibrant, socially and economically independent Bowen Island? John Sbragia

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udos to the volunteers and municipal councillors and staff who pulled off a successful launch of Bowen Island’s organics curbside pickup program. By all accounts, it is working well, diverting a valuable resource from landfills and reducing carbon pollution. Thanks also to the Metro Vancouver board for establishing this policy in the first place. It’s another example of The Undercurrent is published every Friday by Black Press Group Ltd. All Advertising and news copy content are copyright of the Undercurrent Newspaper. All editorial content submitted to the Undercurrent becomes the property of the publication. The undercurrent is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, art work and photographs. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities.

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how leadership can move “doing the right thing” out of the realm of the voluntary and into the realm of the mandatory, where it is considerably more effective. Good policy such as this, applied fairly and across the board, benefits us all. James Glave Editor’s note: this letter ran in last week’s edition with the wrong attribution. Editor Susanne Martin

Duncan Glave has been an ardent supporter of BowFEAST and has been growing local food. Elle Glave photo

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e at the BAA (Bowen Agricultural Alliance Society) want to take a minute to thank everyone for a wonderful BowFEAST community farmers market and local eating celebration this past week. Lots of islanders were talking about their recipes for their locavore feasts, plucking plums and potatoes from the garden, and picking up B.C. libations at the wine shop. The Saturday farmers market had a fun, festive feeling and nearly all of the 30 vendors sold out their veggies, fruit and homemade goodies. Foot stomping musical entertainment from Sarah Haxby, Bob Doucet and the Chillbillies set the mood. What I found particularly inspiring were all the kids who came out to sell their lemonade and muffins. A special thanks to Sarah Haxby, the Bowen Island Community School coordinator, for all her support and to James Glave, Sabrina and Duncan Glave, the ueber-assistants. Thanks to Jim Clark and IRLY for the truck transporting the tables, chairs and tents. Thanks to BIPR, First Credit Union and Bowen Football Club for the tent loaners; thanks to the volunteers for pitching in on set-up and take-down; thanks to the Bowen retailers for getting into the spirit. Finally, thanks go to farmers and back yard gardeners out there for providing us with gorgeous and scrumptious local produce. Here’s to the harvest! Cheers, Elle Glave P.S. There are still three more BowFEAST farmers markets this season: September 15 at BICS; October 7 with Applefest in Davies Orchard; October 20 at BICS. Contact Elle Glave: elle.glave@bowenagalliance.ca.

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Al and Norah Ryckman admire the work inside the old general store and outside renovations. Photos courtesy of the B.I. Museum and Archives

The story of saving the old general store Welcome to the 22nd year of Island Neighbours, a gathering Neighbours of items about island people, activities, interests and events. To share an item, email lbmcarter@shaw.ca or telephone 947-2440. slanders who use the Bowen library are charmed by its comfortable atmosphere and pleased by the staff’s helpfulness. Few library users, however, know the history of this island treasure. It is, of course, a heritage building. It started life in 1924 as the Union Steamships Company’s new store and soon became a key part of Bowen’s resort life. In the years between then and now, the building has had many adventures. One of the biggest came in 1978, when a threat of demolition turned the shabby old store into the focal point of a massive community project to save the building and establish a park. The community’s concern soon galvanized the creation of a team, calling itself the Bowen Island Park and Store Use Society. From the beginning, the group was determined. They encountered one challenge after another but rallied to solve each one. Progress was slow but steady so that by January 1984, BIPASUS reported that the building had been raised and the site was being prepared for the pouring of the foundation. Tenders for the roof were to be issued shortly. The team had been successful in acquiring a Canada Works employment creation program that provided five jobs for 43 weeks. Working with GVRD staff, the crew’s assignment was to gut and rebuild the interior, restore the exterior and participate in landscaping the grounds. Brian Redman had been in contact with GVRD landscape architect Gordon Smith who was responsible for the area surrounding the old store. As a result, Brian was inviting aid from

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those interested in the planning or development of the area. With the old building in the midst of restoration, the highly successful flea market (the Fleam) had moved up the street to a new location in the warehouse at the top of the cove. Although landlord Hanen had reduced the rent by one third to $200. the team was finding the location not as convenient or as pleasing a location as the old store. The BIPASUS group had pledged $1,000 towards maintenance and restoration of the causeway. Lawrie Lock was preparing a list of priorities including relighting the area “the way it used to be.“ Once the list was reviewed by the executive, work would begin. The on again-off again negotiations with Canada Post about relocating into the refurbished old store were on the upturn and the team was optimistic. It was terrific when zoning for the store was finally settled. In the park, the Katimavic crew, under the direction of Andy Durrant, was continuing the work clearing the trail around the lake. BIPASUS was hoping that they would take away many wonderful memories. Members of the program had come and gone but through all the changes Andy Durrant had remained. His next posting was to be in the Yukon. Considering the fine job he had done, it must have been more than just a way to make a living. He had given much to Bowen Island and the BIPASUS team was grateful. There was a glorious conclusion to the successful park and store project with the community dedication in August 1984. After that, the revitalized old store was on its way to new adventures. Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrents of August of 2002 – Summer was ebbing, the days were becoming shorter and the upcoming autumn was bringing Bowen’s second municipal election. • Barbara Murray’s

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article on Bowen land development covered the sale of Union Steamship lands, the Stan James proposal, the Nunweiller Commission, creation of Islands Trust and much more. • The Undercurrent planned to interview each member of the current council, working alphabetically in reverse order. • In the August 23 issue, Richard Underhill commented that he regretted the abolition of the committee system: “Only by having competent committees can you keep the bureaucracy at bay.” He added that there were many good things about this council. “As a council, we have avoided polarization. There’s mutual respect.” • The Teen Centre’s letter thanked the volunteer firemen for allowing them to work the Wheels of Fortune at the Dock Dance: they earned nearly $1,400. • Festival of Fantasea was the Bowfest theme and the program looked good. •An ad from Chevron noted that work was underway to make the former bulk storage and handling facility at Cardena Drive and Government Road suitable for future noncommercial use. • Bob Turner, interviewed in the August 30 issue, noted that there was a balance between community rights and individual rights. • Reporting after Bowfest, police had been kept busy, dealing with numerous complaints concerning threatening drunken behaviour in the cove area plus five narcotic investigations, two impaired driving investigations, a motor vehicle accident, a breakand-enter in progress, two loud music/ party calls plus numerous liquor infractions, In addition, the RCMP was investigating the theft of two 10 by 10 awnings, two 3 by 8 tables and two 3 by 6 tables from the Bowfest grounds area. The Last Word: Are you one of those folks who don’t know about Bowen’s LIFT program that was developed to make hitchhiking easier? For info, see www.bowenlift. com/lift-stops-for-bowen-island.

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• AA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall. 604-4343933.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 • Rotary Run for Rwanda: August 25, start at 8:30 (1.5K kid’s run) and 9 a.m. (5K, 10K runs and 5K walk) at the ferry dock. For info, see www. rotaryrunforrwanda.com.

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Islander’s ‘Pedalling for Papua’ campaign reaches the east coast

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fter giving his 28th performance of riding a bicycle along his 9,000 plus kilometre journey across Canada to raise awareness of human rights issues in West Papua, Jeremy Bally will be leaving Sydney, Nova Soctia, and heading into Newfoundland. This will bring an end to his current effort, but his trip has been so inspirational he is already planning another one. As Jeremy’s blog suggests: “this campaign has been amazing, and I feel I’ve reached a lot of Canadians, it is not as good as it could be. It could be so much stronger, now that I have the experience of having done it once. I know what to do better, what mistakes not to make – how to work even more effectively towards making West Papua a household topic in Canada. Pedalling for Papua 2013? Yes’m.” As Jeremy’s parents, we must acknowledge that we were constantly worried about Jeremy’s safety and well being on the road, but this worry was misplaced. Canada is full of wonderful people and our son was blessed with helpful hands all along his journey. A warm meal brought to him when

arriving at a camp site; a passing motorist stopping to help Jeremy as he contemplated an unfixable tire; people welcoming our son into their homes….the stories we’ve heard are many and all are remarkable. So Jeremy’s journey has turned into two stories: One about the plight of the indigenous people of West Papua and one about the generosity and caring of Canadians from coast to coast. We will miss this year’s Bowfest (perhaps one of the first that we have missed in over 20 years) because we will be in St. John’s to greet our son as he pedals his way into the Atlantic (we think that this literally might be the idea). Jeremy will be back on Bowen Island on the 26th of August and then off to Bragg Creek, Alberta, for his work with the Easter Seal’s Camp which starts on the 31st. There is no rest for the weary, but there will be time to thank all of those on Bowen who played such an important role in getting his campaign started. We live in a fantastic part of a fantastic country. Marcel Bally

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Natural and industrial activity along the coast MELISSA HARRISON B . I . N AT U R E C L U B

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Happy Bowfest!!

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What’s up at Bowfest 2012? Where and when? At the festival field in Crippen Park. Parade at 10:30 a.m. Festival field open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. How much? Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate for adults (19 and older); $8 in advance and $10 at the gate for youths (ages 3 to 18) and seniors (64 and older), entrance for children under three is free. All ticket prices include entertainment, games and rides. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Phoenix on Bowen Island until Friday, August 24, at 4 p.m. Cash or cheque only please for advance tickets and tickets at the gate.

Rides? Carousel Spaceball Swing Ride Moonwalk Bouncy Castle High Striker

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Remember the days? Clockwise from top left: Bowfest queen Ms. Donnie Poole at the first Bowfest in 1959, Paul Hoosen on his unicycle leading clowns in ‘Bowen’s Magical Fair’, Lawson “Boots” Boutelier in the dunk tank in 1986, Cpl. Don Southern in the dunk tank more recently, Don Leigh, Dustin riding with Jan De Groot in the Citizen of the Year car in 1990 and Queen Suzanne Holte riding on the float with her attendants in 1961.

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1317 HILLCREST ROAD | BOWEN ISLAND | $499,000 Great family home, on a quiet dead end street. Two level home with a basement, main floor features, living room, family room, good sized kitchen, dining room, bedroom/den & mud room. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms – the master having soaker tub and separate shower. Unfinished basement with a roughed in bath. Good size lot 66’x165’. Call today for a private viewing.

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Fantastic value just a 20 minute ferry ride away! Situated on a spacious, private property with idyllic views of the forest, creeks and nature at its best. This newer custom built home was constructed with excellent quality. Finished with natural wood siding, wood casement windows, and wrap around deck to enjoy the peaceful setting. It features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 3 levels. The main floor has 9’ ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors, and big open living room with fireplace. Custom wood cabinets with rich granite counters and stainless appliances grace the kitchen. Huge, private master suite on upper level with ensuite bathroom and walk in closet. Fully developed walk out basement with 2 bedrooms. Too many fabulous features to list here. This lovely home is situated on the west side of the island and close to beautiful beaches, trails and gorgeous island living.

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Architecturally designed custom home on private and serene estate-like acreage within walking distance of the cove. Amazing 2700 sq. ft. updated home with 3 bedroom & den (could be 4th bedroom) & 3 full baths on mostly 1 level. Quality construction and versatile floor plan make this home one-of-a-kind. Solid wood windows and doors, stainless steel appliances, 3 fireplaces, rich maple hardwood & spa-like en suite. Massive entertainment sized kitchen and family room that flow out to private patios. Stunning property with expansive lawns, fresh water pond, trails & forested backdrop. Double car heated garage, greenhouse, garden & wood sheds complete the picture. Perfect home for growing families and empty nesters alike. PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE TO SEE VIDEO Call Lyn 604-765-7983 or 604-947-9214

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