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Winter driving

For the birds

Memories of Queen of Cap

Some tips on how to keep your vehicle on the road when it snows

Keeping track of how many birds are here one day a year benefits us all

After the re-fit, a ferry ride might not be as neighbourly as it once was

Committee to engage island in national park debate MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR

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Carlos VelaMartinez and Joanne Mogridge may have had the appropriate head gear for the Polar Bear Swim on January 1, but the fuzzy hats were no match for the cold waters of Bowen Bay. That’s why they, and the dozens of other people who took part, were so eager to get back to the beach. More photos are on pages 6 and 7. Martha Perkins photo

Bowen inspires new member of Order of Canada MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR

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hen Rudy North was growing up on Sea Island, his mother told him to go outside and find something to do with his idle hours. With the Fraser River in his back yard, he gladly spent his time “mucking away” in the water, fascinated by the creatures he’d find. A couple of decades later, when North had young children of his own, he wanted them to be able to experience the wonders of nature as freely and easily. In 1972, he and his wife Patricia

bought a waterfront lot on Bowen Bay, built a home and began spending their summers here. By the time his children were five, however, North had run out of answers for their questions about the natural world they were so curious about discovering. Then, one day, he heard Jeff Marliave of the Vancouver Aquarium being interviewed on CBC Radio. “He was spouting off all these wonderful things we miss when we’re looking at the ocean and I thought, ‘There’s my man.’” He called Dr. Marliave. “I listened to what he was doing and thought he

could use a student assistant,” North says. The Vancouver businessman proposed funding a scholarship to pay for this position and, in exchange, he wanted the scientists to do some of their research in and around Bowen Island. He offered his dock as a base for the research boat, adding that it would be great if they could also answer some of his kids’ questions while they were here. That was the start of North’s philanthropic relationship with the Vancouver Aquarium, which is now home to the Rudy North Marine Research Centre.

ne role of the municipality’s national park advisory committee is to determine islanders’ concerns and to come up with the questions that need to be answered before people can vote on whether they want a national park on Bowen Island. Figuring out exactly how the committee will do that, however, is still in the early stages. The 31-member volunteer committee had its first meeting before the Christmas break and elected islanders Rob Cairns as chair and Adam Taylor as vice-chair. The first meeting of the new year was January 6, before the Undercurrent’s press deadline. “It’s early,” Cairns says about determining how the committee will operate. If there are more questions than answers about the committee’s next steps it’s only because the members haven’t had the chance to get together yet. “We’re just getting started. We’re not of one mind at the moment about the process to be used.” What’s clear is that the committee wants the entire island to be engaged in the discussion. Having such a large number of members - the committee is comprised of everyone who applied - presents its own challenges but will also help the committee reach as many people as possible. “It will be difficult to get us moving in the same direction at once but many hands make light work,” Taylor says. Cairns says the committee’s role is twofold. One is identifying islanders’ interests and needs for the park but the other is identifying islanders’ interests and needs for the process in general.

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Island’s generosity to injured resident a lovely Christmas story

Winter driving tips

Slip, sliding away on Bowen’s snowy roads MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR

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hen it comes to winter driving, Bill Pocklington has seen it all. As the island’s busiest tow truck operator, he’s the person that people call when they end up in the ditch on a snowy day. “Stay home,” he says to people who aren’t accustomed to winter driving or don’t have a suitable vehicle. If you do feel you have to venture out, you’ll need four snow tires. “Allweather tires don’t cut it on Bowen’s hills,” he says. And speaking of hills, when you’re going down one, avoid using your brakes. “Gear down, even if you have an automatic,” he says. This lets the engine slow the car down; when you brake you can risk fishtailing or going into a skid. If you do brake, tap the brakes lightly. Of course, with winter driving it’s not how fast you can drive that’s important, it’s how quickly you can stop. “Go slower than you think you need to.” If you start to slip and slide, don’t accelerate. He notes that black ice is prone to develop on the stretch of Grafton Road where the large new culvert was installed so drivers should take heed when traveling along that section. RCMP Cpl. Don Southern says that

before drivers head outs, they should ask themselves two questions: • Do I have the sufficient skill and know-how to drive in these conditions? and • Is my vehicle ready for these road conditions? Are my brakes in good shape? Do I have proper tires? “Our best driving skills are what’s between our ears - it’s our mental approach,” he says. Careful drivers will avoid losing control, he says. If you know you’re about to go down a hill, make sure you slow down considerably at the top. Don’t oversteer if you lose control. If you’re in a skid, keep your eyes on where you want to go (not the tree in front of you) and steer in that direction. For those who, despite their best coping skills, find themselves in the ditch, Pocklington reminds people that if there’s more than $1,000 damage to your vehicle, he can’t remove it until the police have been called. As well, if it’s a dark cold night and your vehicle is not impeding traffic, he won’t be removing it until the next morning when it’s lighter and safer. He does have some good news: “Summer or winter we have the deepest, softest ditches on Bowen. There’s usually very little damage to vehicles.” This story was suggested by a reader. If you have a story idea, please call Martha Perkins at 2442 or email editor@bowenislandundercurrent.com.

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Who are you going to call if your vehicle slides into the ditch on a wintry day? Bill Pocklington. He says that if your vehicle isn’t properly equipped for Bowen’s hills in the snow, it’s best to stay at home. Martha Perkins photo

Who Is Parks Canada and What Might It be Like Living With Them? An evening to consider a national park. Parks Canada is doing a feasibility study of Bowen Island, as the potential site for a new national park.

National Park Reserve Feasibility Assessment for Bowen Island

On Jan. 14 the people of Bowen Island can begin their own feasibility study, this time of Parks Canada.

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We have invited 3 distinguished presenters to host a lively evening of questions, insights and discussion, as we aim to learn more about who Parks Canada is and to explore what kind of partner they might be for our community.

Please join us for an Open Space Session to share your ideas and feedback on whether and how Crippen Regional Park should be included in the possible establishment of national park reserve lands on Bowen Island. Hosted by Parks Canada and the Bowen Island Municipality. Saturday, January 22th, 2011 • 1:30-4:30 pm Bowen Island Community School 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island For more information, please contact us or visit our website: 604-666-1986 • bowen@pc.gc.ca • www.parkscanada.gc.ca/bowen

Our guests are: Philip Dearden, Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Victoria, member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, Chair of Canada’s Working Group on Marine Protected Areas and co-Chair of Parks Canada’s NMCA Marine Science Network. Dr. Dearden is also co-editor of ‘Parks and Protected Areas in Canada - Planning and Management’, published by Oxford University Press’. Bob Gunn, a member of several planning and public advisory committees related to land conservation, outdoor recreation, volunteer and youth engagement, and the management of a variety of parks and protected areas. Bob is currently the Chair of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and an Instructor and current Program Head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ron Kato, Bowen resident and project architect on Parks Canada’s recently completed Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre in Sidney, BC the first LEED platinum project to be certified in Canada. A practicing architect, Ron is also on the faculty of BCIT’s Architectural Science department and is on the board of the Cascadia Green Building Council.

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he island’s generosity towards Peggy Proudlock after she fell down a flight of stairs is one of the best Christmas stories, says one of the people who helped to collect money for the long-time Bowen Islander. “It’s the island saying we care,” says Bill Pocklington. He says Peggy is “a good-hearted, hardworking soul with a heart of gold. She’s really loved.” She broke her right arm and her nose in the accident, which happened right before Christmas. Not only were people immediately on the scene to help her, but they were also quick to respond to her financial needs since she wouldn’t be able to work until her arm healed. A group of people at the Legion, including Pocklington, set up a fund for Peggy and by mid-afternoon on Christmas day, there was enough money to pay for a month and a half of rent. After two weeks, the fund reached a total of $2,300. People were generous in all sorts of ways. Her landlords, the Parks, reduced her rent while she recuperates. Mik-sa’s has offered her a free meal a day. Another person paid for her pain medications. “It’s really nice to know I have a roof over my head,” says Proudlock, who wrote a letter to the editor last week, thanking everyone for their offers of help. “People on Bowen are very generous to those who need help.” “It’s amazing,” says Pocklington, who has wrapped up the fundraising campaign. “It’s lovely. Talk about a Christmas story.”


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A flock of surf scoters fly across Bowen Bay, with the snow-covered mountains of Vancouver Island as a backdrop.

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t’s amazing what an early morning on Bowen can reveal. It’s eight o’clock on December 27 and the sky is a slightly lighter shade of grey than the waters of Bowen Bay. Richard Wing is standing on the shore with a pair of binoculars around his neck and a 30-times magnification telescope propped up on the beach. In his hand he has a small notepad and pencil. He lifts the binoculars to his eyes as a flock of scoters fly low to the horizon from west to east. He counts them and then records the number in his notepad. A few minutes later he ignores the ones flying east to west because it’s probably the same flock. “There are masses of sea ducks,” he says a short time later, looking out onto the water. Minutes pass. The sound of the waves makes it hard to pick out any bird songs but Wing’s ears are attuned to his surroundings and he hears a wren nearby. He marks it in his book. A pair of marbled murrelets bob in the shallow water to his right. The telescope picks up the beautiful iridescent colour-

Richard Wing also keeps a log of all the species he sees. In England it’s called twitching; in Canada it’s listing.

ings of their necks. To his left, a lone Canada goose floats towards the beach. It rides the wave onto the shore like a seasoned surfer and waddles onto the beach, giving its wings a good shake. Wing marks it all down. Wing has been a birder for three decades. He started when his father took him for walks near their home in Bedfordshire, England. A year ago, he and his wife and two young children moved to Bowen so they could enjoy being surrounded by so much nature. He usually spends his days as a mechanical engineer with Westport Innovations, coming up with ways to improve natural gas engines. On December 27, however, he was one of 26 volunteers who fanned out across Bowen Island as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Wing wanted to get an early start so he could count as many birds as possible in the area he’d been assigned. After 45 minutes on the beach, he packed up his telescope and started walking to Arbutus Point, stopping to pause every time he saw or heard a bird. The Christmas Bird Count is a simple but highly effective way of determining the health of North America’s various avian populations. Although Bowen Island has only officially been taking part for less

ize how important it is to collect this data. After 111 years, they have this incredible database.” Sometimes it can be “a bit masochistic” to go out birding on a cold December day but the motivation is knowing that you are helping to protect the continent’s bird populations. “Birds just fascinate me,” Dicer says of why she wanted to learn more about them. She’s also an avid hiker and when she’s hiking with a group there’s not always time to stop and visually identify a bird so she’s been learning how to recognize them by their sound. “Having a trained musical ear helps,” she says. Bowen is an enjoyable place to be a birder, although Dicer is noticing that there are fewer birds than there used to be. “One of my personal favourites is the western tanager and we don’t get nearly as many of these.” To find out more about the Christmas Bird Count (which also invites people to count how many birds come to their feeder), and other bird counting initiatives, go to www.birdscanada.org. More volunteers are always welcome to join the Nature Club’s endeavours. Contact Pam Dicer at 9558 or bobandpam@shaw.ca.

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than a decade, the count started in 1900 and now includes volunteers in 2,000 communities across Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. In Canada, the statistics are compiled by Bird Studies Canada, which feeds the information into a large database. (By the way, Wing counted more than 900 birds that day, more than half of which were surf scoters. There were 39 species.) This database lets you know which birds are in trouble because of habitat loss. It provides clues about the impact of global warming and changing environment conditions. It lets you know which birds can usually be found where, and whether their numbers are increasing or declining. On Bowen Island, the Christmas Bird Count is organized by Pamela Dicer of the Bowen Island Nature Club. She was introduced to birding as a child by her mother and her fascination with bird behaviour and identification has continued unabated. Her first Christmas Bird Count was in 1983 in Vancouver. “When I started it was a great way to improve my birding by going out with people who knew a lot more than I did, but I don’t think I grasped the implications [of the bird count],” she says. “Back then I just wanted to be part of it but now I real-

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n the bleak mid-winter, it’s easy to make dire predictions about the future. Life can look rather dreary when the view outside your window is such unrelenting greyness. But on Bowen Island, there is indeed much to be happy about as we ring in a new year. For all the feistiness of the big debates, there’s also a tremendous willingness to bind together when someone or something is threatened or in need. There’s an underlying – and shared – commitment to the values that draw people here (even though people split hairs endlessly over how to define those values.) There’s a willingness to welcome and embrace newcomers. People’s otherness is accepted. A tremendous volunteer spirit makes it possible to do a lot with very little. And then there are all the events that bring a community together and give it a sense of cohesive. The Polar Bear Swim was a shining exam-

ple. People of all ages, from all parts of the island, with all kinds of educational and social backgrounds, converged together on a beach. Some dared to take a quick dip in the ocean while others enjoyed staying dry on shore. After the event, everyone lingered and enjoyed both the glow of the afternoon sunshine and the spirit of togetherness. We need events like that, events that bring people whose paths might not often cross to the same place at the same time. The golf course has been invaluable in achieving the same type of goal. It’s not a neighbourhood course or a private-membersonly course. It’s there for all the people of the island and provides a much need social and recreational outlook all year. The Undercurrent is endeavouring to build on this sense of community by acting as a sort of introduction service. The features and personal profiles are a way to find out more about the

people who share a love of Bowen Island. The profile of Rudy North is a case in point. As a summer resident, he might not be as well known as a fellow commuter on the morning ferry or fellow grocery shopper at the General Store. But it was a love for Bowen Island’s natural beauty that attracted him here, and once here, Bowen Island fed his innate curiosity and passion about the environment. And when he learned of any threat to that environment, he invested in people and organizations that fight to preserve it. The entire province of British Columbia has been able to reap the rewards, but Bowen Island should be extra proud of his achievements. So while it is the bickering that sometimes gets the most attention, at the core of Bowen Island there is a core of communal goodwill. That’s something to be celebrated. Martha Perkins

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e wish to thank the many people in our community who helped make Mad Mabel’s Christmas a success. Thank you to the great gals at Phoenix for all your generosity and handling of our tickets. Thank you Martha Perkins for your wonderful coverage of the play in the Undercurrent and Barbara Wilsthire for more great p.r. on Bowen Online. Thanks to Wendy Maxwell for overseeing the box office and managing our trusty front of house friends, friends who baked goodies. Thanks to all the volunteers. Thanks to the Snug for their donations of goodies and to our program advertisers/ sponsors.

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fter a few years of deliberation and considerable planning the Bowen Island Golf Association and Club is proceeding with plans for a much needed basic, functional and affordable clubhouse which will hopefully be ready for occupancy this spring, a date the Club believes is achievable as a 24’ x 40’ modular unit will be used as the core structure. An existing unit is ready for delivery/installation and is “on hold” pending the success of association’s fundraising campaign which is now underway. Our goal is to raise $110,000. Like the course, the clubhouse will be fully accessible to the public; therefore, the fundraising campaign is not restricted to members

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wanted to go with a column I wrote on the ferry, on our beloved Queen of Cap, on Monday, January 3, 2011. It was written upon a series of brown envelopes that I got from someone who works on the ferry, not a regular Cap worker but one who was there on that day to clean and stow things for the refit. Did you know that our ship was going in for a refit? Or were you surprised about it like Michael Segal said he was? Usually I’m surprised but this time I knew but only I forgot to take my notepad to write on the ferry and so had to mooch those brown envelopes. The envelopes, ergo the column, were lost, however, which really sucks. Maybe they fell from my pocket as I walked home along Cardena. If you find them, recycle them please, they’re no good now. Besides my thoughts are scrambled and handwriting is bad that to decode them you’d need a member of the Polish Biuro Szyfrow, the intelligence crew that cracked Germany’s Enigma cipher machine before W.W. II. It was a really nice trip, I remember that much. Spencer Culver, Nolan Tipton, Eric Stuart and Devon Frost were all onboard. They are fine youngsters, good role models, etc., and great choices to ask about their thoughts on the refurbished ferry heading our way in a couple of months. Without the envelopes though I can’t recall what they said, though on hearing the floors of the Bowen Queen are laminated instead of carpeted there was talk of skateboarding, so be prepared. The four have ridden the ferry for many years looking the old way but were unfazed when I told them it was gonna be totally different. The Welsh family were returning from a football game in Seattle that was not a good game. Paul called it a “non-event” but they enjoyed the trip. I got Paul to take a photo of me where the bulletin board was and one where the Queen’s photo sat all those years, now gone in preparation for the work. Never been a fan of the royal

Welsh, George Foster Born in Calgary, Alberta, September 24, 1925 George passed away peacefully, with family by his side, in Lions Gate Hospital, on December 24th, 2010. George came to Vancouver in 1946 where he met the love of his life, Jenny. They were together, in a loving marriage, for 62 years. In 1989 they retired to “Welsh’s Last Resort”, the dream home they built together on Bowen Island. Survived by his loving wife Jenny, his children Chris (Shelley), Kathy, Peter (Beverly), Paul (Darlene), Janice McMaster (Barrie), Michael, Mary Bender (John), Daniel (Trish), Patrick (Wendy), Stephanie Mose (Danny), Andrew and Suzanne Macdonald (Hugh), 31 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. George is also survived by his brothers Ted Welsh and Pat Welsh and his sisters Marie McIlhiney and Sheila Hunter. George was a member of the Bowen Island Seniors Society, Seniors Keeping Young, S.K.Y., the Bowen Island Recycling Depot, B.I.R.D., and the Bowen Island Memorial Society. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of the 6th and 7th floor at Lions Gate Hospital for their care and support. A memorial service will be held on January 14, 2011 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale, North Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please support the charity of your choice.

On January 3, Marcus Hondro was humming Auld Lang Syne as he wandered along the aisles of the Queen of Capilano, which is now out of service for a major re-fit. When the ferry comes back, he’s heard that it will no longer have seats facing one another, something he’ll miss, just like he missed the bulletin board, which was taken down in preparation of the refit. Paul Welsh photo family so didn’t miss the photo but it was odd seeing a blank spot there. On the newly refurbished Queen of Cap we won’t be facing one another, or so I’m told. I can’t remember if Lynn or Rich or another worker told me, or maybe it was my wife or one of you. Anyhow, that’s the scuttlebutt: they’ll be fancy-looking seats facing one way, like on the bigger ferries. This was disturbing news to many people. We are not, strictly speaking, a beautiful race of people on this Island – was that mean? – but we do enjoy communicating, and are good at it, and we like creating little groups of us on the ferry to pass the time and it helps to face one another. The Queen of Cumberland, by the way, the sister ship to the Cap on the Mayne Island route, is also being redone like ours. I’d love to go and ride her and ask the locals about it and what they feel about all

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the changes, and perhaps one day I will. I have just looked now at photos of the interior of the Cap on the Internet. Never again. Never again will we see that decor, sit facing one another on those seats, plop our kids down on those cheesy tables and feed them fruit or a bagel or a cardboard box of Corn Flakes. Paul Stewart will have to find a new place to juggle and we will all have to find new seats and altered manners of sharing our commutes. I’m sad to see the whole thing happening but understand that it’s the way of the world. Old gives way to new. Madonna falls, Lady Gaga rises up; Roberto Luongo stumbles, Cory Schneider fills the void; Cape Roger Curtis is developed and a National Park Reserve appears. Brown envelopes are lost and a Slow Lane is created from a memory.

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Going for a swim when it’s only 3° outside is certainly one way to wake up after an evening spent welcoming in the New Year, On January 1, a large crowd gathered on Bowen Bay beach for the annual Polar Bear Swim. With Kelly Miller on the bullhorn counting down the seconds to the stroke of two o’clock, about 100 brave souls dashed into the chilly Pacific Ocean and then quickly turned around and dashed back out. The look of pride and happiness on their faces afterwards proved it was all worth while. A large bonfire helped swimmers dry off afterwards. Photos by Martha Perkins except for Peter Baumgartner’s shot of the swimmers running in.

RHONA VANCE 1957 - 2010

Sadly, Rhona passed away on December 22ND. She struggled hard with cancer, but always managed to keep us smiling and laughing despite her long illness. We’ll remember her with a grin on her face and a chuckle in her voice. Friends and family are invited to share their memories of Rhona this Saturday at the Legion on Bowen Island. If you would like to bring a plate of finger food to share, it would be most welcome. Saturday, January 8, 3:00 pm.

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Advertise in the Premier Edition of Bowen Island Undercurrent’s Wedding Guide the ultimate source for planning a wedding on Bowen. The Wedding Guide will be available at Wedding Fairs throughout the lower mainland to showcase Bowen Island as the premier Wedding Destination. For many years, Ken Miller was the man behind the megaphone at the Polar Bear Swim. He died this past autumn. This year’s swim was in many ways a tribute to him, with his daughter Kelly donning his hat and picking up the megaphone. From left are family friend Matt Dean, Kelly Miller, family friend Kate Hartle and Susan Miller. Martha Perkins photos

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On the calendar FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 â&#x20AC;˘ Legion Dinner: Beef bourgignon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Members and guests welcome. â&#x20AC;˘ Baby Connections: For new and expecting parents and babies 0-12 months. 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 p.m. Family Place, (604) 947-6976. 583 Prometheus Place (Lower Artisan Square.)

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Temporary Part-time Recreation Clerk Bowen Island Municipality seeks a qualiďŹ ed Recreation Clerk. The individual will be required to provide information and assistance in a courteous manner to the public on general matters relating to Recreation programs and services, perform reception, program registration and secretarial duties as well as provide assistance with ďŹ ling, photocopying, agenda preparation and other administrative tasks. The applicant should have a strong administrative background, be comfortable working in a computerized environment and have the ability to work with limited supervision. This is a temporary part-time position for 21 hours per week until March 31, 2011 (workdays will include weekdays, evenings and weekends). Salary will be based on qualiďŹ cations and experience. Please submit your covering letter and resume via mail, facsimile or e-mail by Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to: Christine Walker Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, B.C. V0N 1G0 Telephone: Facsimile: E-mail:

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â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. SATURDAY, JAN. 8 â&#x20AC;˘ The Foghorn Trio: House Concert, 7:30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.). 1223 Miller Road. Tickets $20. Reservations recommended! Contact Bob - bob@bobdoucet.com or 604-947-0698. â&#x20AC;˘ Old Time Bowen Open AA meeting: 9

a.m., Collins Hall. â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free pizza from Tuscany and the Pub. Drop in. SUNDAY, JAN. 9 â&#x20AC;˘ Parent and Tot Drop-In: 9:45-11:15 a.m. in BICS gym. â&#x20AC;˘ Drop-in Meditation Circle Sunday evenings, 7:15 p.m. in the yurt at 903 Windjammer. All levels of experience welcome. No cost. Call Lisa Shatzky 2246. MONDAY, JAN. 10 â&#x20AC;˘ SKY: 9 a.m. line dancing, 9:45 exercises, 10:30 singing and refreshments, 11 a.m. Lorne Warr, singer and musician. â&#x20AC;˘ Improvisation Theatre Games: With Chris Corrigan and Jackie Minns each Monday at Collins Hall, 7:30 p.m.; $2

drop in. â&#x20AC;˘ Family Place: For parents, caregivers and children 0-6 years. Mon., Tues., Thurs.,101. (604) 947-6976. Lower Artisan Square. â&#x20AC;˘ AA Meeting: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Monday 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall. â&#x20AC;˘ Bowen Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre: Community Daycare, and Bowen Island Preschool. Programs run Mon.-Fri. 604-947-9626.

â&#x20AC;˘ AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933. â&#x20AC;˘ Bowen Island Library: Library hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.5:30 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Now open Sundays. Closed Mon. WED., JAN. 12

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â&#x20AC;˘ Post Partum Support Group: Meets two evenings a month. A Family Place program. Call (604) 9476976 â&#x20AC;˘ Drop-in knitting group: Every Weds., from 2-5 p.m., in the lounge at Bowen Court. All levels welcome.

â&#x20AC;˘ Legion: Open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Drop by for socializing, pool, darts and shuffleboard.

â&#x20AC;˘ Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. New PointsPlus plan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; free registration until January 29. Info: Angie 604-947-2880.

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CONALL the IRISH WOLFHOUND

It is with great sadness that I had to say goodbye to my lovely boy Conall on December 29. Conall had some issues with his pelvis that were under control but ended up breaking his back leg getting into the car on December 26. He would not weight bear as he was in great pain and ended up not moving too much which caused pneumonia to set in. The Bowen Vet team headed up by Dr. Anderson got the pneumonia under control as best possible so he could be moved to the Emergency Vet Hospital in Vancouver for further care. The X-rays showed there was bone cancer in the broken leg. Options were to amputate Conallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg which just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an option. His pneumonia took a turn for the worse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; probably with the pain in his leg. When I looked in his eyes, he told me he had had enough so this amazing boy was honored by letting him go and run again. I moved to Bowen to provide him a safe and loving environment to live in. He had that and more in the dog and human friends that he knew and loved â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so those that knew him, please light a candle in honor of this gentle giant. Thank you to all our pals for their care. Carol Petersen

RESIDENT CARETAKER / FACILITIES MANAGER Tunstall Bay Community Association requires a long-term resident Caretaker/ Facility Manager for the TBCA club-house, grounds, swimming pool and waterfront. Starting March 1st, 2011 (or sooner) F/T, mature couple will be responsible for the efďŹ cient operation of the TBCA including: â&#x20AC;˘ Supervision of the facility and support for summer recreational programs. â&#x20AC;˘ Full time schedule of daily pool and facility maintenance is required May 15 to Labour Day Weekend. Two days off per week preferably mid week. â&#x20AC;˘ Oversee rental activities. â&#x20AC;˘ Monitor membership use of facility. â&#x20AC;˘ Perform routine swimming pool maintenance. â&#x20AC;˘ Limited requirements throughout the rest of the year.

â&#x20AC;˘ Clean and do daily tidy up of clubhouse. â&#x20AC;˘ Handle basic grounds and gardening work. â&#x20AC;˘ Liaise with trades when necessary. â&#x20AC;˘ Oversee club-house security. â&#x20AC;˘ Manage First Aid issues appropriately. â&#x20AC;˘ Communicate ďŹ&#x201A;uently in English (both written and oral) â&#x20AC;˘ Perform basic computer tasks. â&#x20AC;˘ Keep maintenance records of pool and facility â&#x20AC;˘ Work ďŹ&#x201A;exible hours in order to accommodate the TBCA activities Suitable applicants will also be able to: and pool maintenance program â&#x20AC;˘ Take care of basic carpentry/ â&#x20AC;˘ Oversee and manage part time grounds/club-house repairs. replacement caretaker (for days off)

Experience in working with community volunteer groups with proven customer service and public relations skills a must. Remuneration package includes waterfront, ocean view cottage, modest monthly allowance and club privileges. Please submit your resume/letter of interest by January 31st, 2011 to: TBCA Board of Directors, RR#1 Y-5, Bowen Island, BC, V0N-1G0 or electronically to: president@tunstallbay.org. Please refer to our website www.tunstallbay.org for more information or call Dee Elliott at 604-612-7798 or David McCutcheon at 778-689-9244.

THURSDAY, JAN. 13 â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. â&#x20AC;˘ Rotary Club: 7:30-9 p.m. at the Snug Cafe. Visitors welcome. â&#x20AC;˘ Al-Anon: Meetings have been changed to Thursdays at 7:15 at the United Church â&#x20AC;˘ Bridge Club: 7 p.m. at Bowen Court. To post your free listing here, please send a one-paragraph description to editor@ bowenisland undercurrent.com.

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Finding the answers to national park questions continued from PAGE 1 “There are outcome needs and process needs. It’s not clear to me yet that the process needs will be met,” Cairns says. “The timeline is the biggest concern,” Taylor adds. Cairns got involved with the committee because he’s interested in the outcome and how it’s reached. He’s lived on the island for seven years and attended a lot of the meetings about the Cape Roger Curtis neighbourhood plan, as well as the meetings about the national park. He’s seen how the public process has been done in the past and believes he has the skills to aid a robust public process about the park. He’s a professional mediator and facilitator, with a special interest in conflict resolution and workplace human resources. He wants to ensure the debate about the park is a two-way dialogue, where there can be an exchange of ideas and opinions, not just coming up to a microphone, stating what you think and sitting down again. He calls it an iterative process - you learn something, adjust, learn something, adjust... “As the process moves along, people’s opinion will change,” he says. “We really need people to be involved up front.” “The goalposts are always moving,” Taylor adds. Will that process be done at public meetings or around kitchen tables? Will there be Internet discussions on the Phorum and Bowen Island Ourselves? Will committee members express their own opinions as they talk to people or is their role simply to hear the questions that people want answered? Or all of the above? These are some of the issues that the committee needs to iron out. Taylor is a fourth generation Bowen Islander whose family has seen a great deal of change since his great-grandfather homesteaded here in 1895. “I’d rather be involved in the process than be an armchair cynic. This is a major decision and we need to look at it from all angles. Anything to do with the park must be thought through thoroughly.” He finds the debate about the national park to

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Rudy North’s message to Canadians:

We must invest in the environment continued from PAGE 1 North’s generosity later spread to Simon Fraser University, and in particular its salmon conservation efforts, a $1 million donation to found BCIT’s River Institute, and countless other organizations that are committed to learning about and protecting our natural environment. One that he’s most proud of is being a founding donor of the Bear Rainforest Solutions Project. On December 30, the federal government said thanks by naming him a member of the Order of Canada, one of 13 from British Columbia. While the honour pleases him, it’s not so much for the personal recognition as it is being able to highlight the environmental causes he feels so passionately about. “We don’t really treat the environment with the right respect when it comes to channelling support,” he said from his office at North Management Fund on Burrard Street. “It’s very, very difficult to raise money for the environment. It’s at the bottom end of the giving totem pole, which is surprising for British Columbia. The environment needs more exposure. “Most people do value the environment very highly but they don’t want to pay for it. The costs of [environmental protection] are usually exaggerated but people don’t see the costs of destroying the environment.” North said he’s been blessed to live at a time when he’s been able to witness the environment at its best but he’s also watched the destruction and loss of too much natural habitat. “We have benefited from one of the sweet spots of the history of the world,” he says. “These last 10,000 years have been pretty super for human beings. We’ve had 200 years of terrific material gains and advances in knowledge. We’ve also really used up a lot of natural

capital in the process. It’s probably a lot more serious than most of us realize. We have to be on guard.” Bowen Island has been an important part of his education about the value of the natural world. Since childhood, he’s been completely absorbed by biology. He’s terrible at learning other languages but he can easily recite the Latin names of all sorts of plants and critters. “It just stuck,” he said. He wanted to become a fisheries biologist but found himself heading towards a career in economics instead, eventually becoming a co-founder of the Phillips, Hager & North investment firm. He sees strong ties between economics and ecology, as well as his approach to investing in stocks and environmental projects. There has to be long-term sustainability. “Economics and ecology are really part of the same discipline,” he says. In his life, economics is the career and the environment is the hobby. “The career supports the hobby and the hobby supports us all.” He adds, “business is probably our best chance at solving our problems.” As he made more money, he could either do something like buy a new car or invest in a project that’s fighting the removal of gravel from the bed of the Fraser River. “I look upon donating for research or acquiring land as an investment. It’s also, for me, something I like. It’s like going to the symphony; I enjoy it. And I follow my donations like I follow an investment. That’s why I might dump [groups I donate to. If they’re not doing a good job with the money], I’ll move on to more effective people. I’m very active on this but I don’t think of it as paying back. I think of it as getting results in something I’m interested in. I get more pleasure out of dealing with these people who really are trying to make a difference.”

Too many people say they value the environment but don’t want to do anything to protect it, says Vancouver financier and Bowen Bay summer resident Rudy North, who has been awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropic efforts to preserve British Columbia’s precious wildlife. Photo courtesy BCIT When he retired from Phillips, Hager & North, he thought of volunteering as an amateur biologist but then realized he could achieve more by helping to fund science projects and staff. He obviously has a particular interest in the Howe Sound and says the Vancouver Aquarium is a world leader in some aspects of research. He went back to work in 1998 when he founded Growth North Management, which specializes in U.S. equities. The website says, “One of Rudy’s objectives in starting his new firm was to pass on his investing approach to a new generation of fund managers. This was partly altruistic and partly self-serving. Rudy knew that by passing on his investment approach, he could share 40 years of knowledge and insight while also ensuring that his money would still be invested how he wanted.”

He and his wife Patricia also started a foundation which provides grants of all sizes to worthwhile projects and funds. In 2005, when SFU awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws, the audience was told that “his business acumen, profound sense of fair play, and deep respect for the well being of others have earned him the trust of clients and placed him in the front ranks of innovative business leaders... Sustained by a passion for education, dialogue and the environment, Rudy North envisions a society in which people collaborate to bring about significant change.” His investiture as a member of the Order of Canada will likely be some time in the spring. “They take pity on us West Coasters and don’t drag us to Ottawa in the winter.”

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Jan 14th is the instructor deadline to submit proposals for programs, classes, and pro-D day workshop for the Community Learning Brochure for the March-June programs.

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NOT LOST - Hope and early occupancy FORE the golf course clubhouse. Please join our fundraising “drive”. Bowen Island Golf Club @ 604-947-GOLF (4653) or www.bowengolf.com and click on “Clubhouse”.

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Around Bowen with Lorraine Ashdown On Bowen it’s possible to go skating in the morning and swimming in the afternoon – on New Year’s Day at least. Clockwise from top: A game of shinny on the frozen waters of Josephine Lake; Jacob Strubin gets taken for a whirl by his dad; Brijit Bacon laces up; Ethan McCorquodale gets ready to set off; Coral Upton’s body art gets its place in the sun at the Polar Bear Swim; and Kami Kanetsuka warms up with a cup of tea.

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