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Santa Paws is coming to town

The mo’s gone

Not ready to retire

Artisan Square prepares for Christmas Fair this Saturday

Changing one’s look can be scary but for some, there are rewards

Hand engraver Frank Gurney, at 87, loves to create beautiful things

New council revamps schedule

Get a mohawk to show that you care

Council meetings to be held during the day but the public can speak up at town hall meetings

Bowen’s barber is getting her shaver and gels ready in support of the food bank







ecember 12 marked the last of a long series of weekly Monday night gatherings for Bowen’s municipal council. When corporate officer Kathy Lalonde presented the 2012 meeting agenda, the list of dates proved to be half as long because the meetings will now be held only twice a month. Monday was kept as the day for council meetings but councillors decided to alternate between holding them in the morning and the afternoon. To enable public engagement and get various committees and working groups under way, a town hall meeting was tentatively scheduled for January 14. First, council weighed the different timing options for council meetings. Councillor Alison Morse cautioned that daytime meetings would mean that people who are working could not attend. She suggested to alternate the meetings to start in the daytime and after work and get public feedback about the new schedule. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz said, “It is my experience from attending council meetings that there is hardly ever anyone there who I recognize to be a commuter. It depends more on the items on the agenda than on the time of day whether people are going to attend.” He thought the community would be better served by alert councillors during the daytime. All councillors agreed to schedule the next two council meetings for January 9 at 9 a.m. and January 23 at 1 p.m. Continued, PAGE 2

his season, Barbara Murphy at the Bowen Barber Shop has come up with a special idea for a fundraiser to benefit the Bowen Island Food Bank. She wants to combine giving with doing something she loves. And she loves cutting mohawks. For the remaining days leading up to Christmas, Bowen Island’s barber is giving free mohawks; she’ll even throw in free colour gels. The donations from her customers will go to the food bank. Murphy has been working on the island for 11 years. Although she is commuting, she feels that she is part of the community. “I want to do something nice for Bowen,” says Murphy. “And I don’t get to give enough mohawks.” Nine-year-old Noah Robichaud decided to get a mohawk last summer and his photo was featured on the front page of the Undercurrent. Noah said that the mohawk is definitely his favourite hairstyle. He returned to the barber shop on Tuesday, December 13, after hearing of the fundraiser. He brought along his own colours as he likes his mohawk to be red with tips of white and silver. The result is an elaborate hairstyle that is not easy to maintain. A mohawk typically costs $20 and Murphy says that people can donate money to get the mohawk for themselves or for someone else. They can also donate not to get a mohawk. Murphy is aware that some parents might be hesitant to take such a big step.

Barbara Murphy considers the mohawk she created for Noah Robichaud. The proceeds from the haircut go to the food bank. Susanne Martin photo

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Retracted but not forgotten: council ponders controversial bylaws SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


ow steep does a slope have to be to become hazardous and what areas should be classified as environmentally sensitive? These are some of the subjects addressed in the two controversial bylaws that had been shelved during the last council term. Bowen Island’s new council debated whether to rescind or improve the bylaws on steep slopes and environmentally sensitive areas at its first meet-

ing on December 12. The conclusion was to retract the bylaws and have municipal staff work on better options. Three of the four speakers at the public hearing at the beginning of the meeting also addressed the issue. Bruce Howlett said, “The steep slopes bylaw was improperly drafted and wrong. The issue is hazard from unstable slopes and not steep slopes. Many of Bowen’s slopes are already developed and therefore not a hazard.” Howlett did not think it necessary to classify mature forests as environmentally

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sensitive areas. Michael Cornellisen and Bud Long added their voices and expressed the sentiment that the bylaws should be withdrawn. Long said, “The need of these bylaws has never been demonstrated.” Mayor Jack Adelaar said, “I think it is a real travesty to have people come out to a meeting in July and speak so passionately against these bylaws. The two bylaws should be removed and we should start again if we need to in the future.” Councillor Wolfgang Duntz agreed with the intent but said that rescinding the bylaws without plans to replace them would be irresponsible. “I was one of the sharpest opponents to those bylaws but we do have areas on the island with hazardous slopes and we also need Driveway Drainage a bylaw for environmentally Property owners are reminded that it is your responsibility to sensitive areas.” ensure drainage from your driveway, driveway ditch, or wing He suggested to base the deflector does not allow water, gravel or debris to flow onto the road. In addition, it is the property owner’s responsibility bylaws on science and facts to ensure that driveway culverts are free of debris and are not and said that he, in a recent blocking the ditch. These conditions can cause dangerous situations on the roads during heavy rainfall or in freezing meeting with the Islands weather. Trust, saw examples of fair Snow Clearing assessments of hazardous slopes. “Such bylaws need During winter road maintenance operations, trucks fitted time and effort and they defiwith ploughs and salt/sand dispensers need to be able to manoeuvre freely throughout the island. Please ensure nitely need to be on agenda.” that vehicles or other items are not parked on or blocking Councillor Andrew Stone roadways and/or cul-de-sacs.

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agreed that staff should revisit the bylaws and possibly look towards the Islands Trust for examples. Councillor Cro Lucas drew attention to the fact that the previous council had already rescinded second reading of the bylaws and asked staff to review the process. “Our goal was to include more public consultation and come up with friendlier options.” His suggestion to change the name of bylaw #296 from steep slopes to hazardous slopes bylaw found approval around the council table. About the question whether to work with the existing bylaws or start anew, Councillor Tim Rhodes used the analogy that it is often easier to build a new house than to renovate an old one. Adelaar said, “In my opinion, rescinding the bylaws means that they will be brought back in a better form. We have to come up with something that is more palatable to the public.” Duntz said that public opinion should not guide the process but “the bylaws should be scientifically backed and have a precedence in other areas.” Council agreed to rescind the bylaws and Councillor Alison Morse summed it up: “The bylaws are gone but we still have direction to staff to come back with recommendations to council on how to replace them.”

Council asks for public input on new committee structure Continued, PAGE 1

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Adelaar addressed the issue of volunteer involvement. “We have a number of different committees on the island. Some are not very active, some are completely dead,. From my discussions with council and members of the public, I understand that we can amalgamate some of the committees.” Adelaar suggested to find out what committees should be active and recruit new members. “I am hoping that we get lots of volunteers for the five or six committees that need special emphasis.” As examples, he mentioned the ferry advisory committee and the advisory planning commission (ACP). Adelaar added, “It is of real importance to form a finance committee to assist council in the next few months. We need to look at increasing revenue and decreasing cost. I look forward to having volunteers from the public assist council and staff.” Adelaar also hopes to reactivate the surplus lands working group and the affordable housing working group. “We want assistance from the public. We want to learn what problems they see and what solutions they see. We want Bowen residents to tell council what they like us to do. I hope we get this moving as quickly as possible and I look forward to receiving the volunteer list.” Duntz cautioned that council should be clear on the mandate and terms of reference of the individual committees before going to the public. “I suggest we also have realistic time plans so we don’t have volunteer burn-out.” Adelaar was interested in reducing the number of committees and hoped to receive feedback from the public. Councillor Cro Lucas offered

the opinion that current committee members might provide some insight. “For instance, we have had correspondence from the chair of the APC who has expressed the desire to discuss the committee’s role and maybe the changing of the role.” Councillor Andrew Stone said that he has been approached by islanders who are interested in advancing affordable housing. “I suggest that we get the process started soon.” Councillors agreed that a town hall meeting provided the best format for public engagement. “Early daytime on a weekday is not the best time for a town hall meeting,” Duntz said. “If we address the issue of committee work, I expect quite a turnout including people who work off island.” Even though council was in favour of holding council meetings in the morning and during the daytime, town hall meetings should be scheduled at a time when commuters would be able to attend, said Duntz who suggested choosing a Saturday. He added, “This may lead to people coming forward and could spark considerable interest.” Lucas said, “[The town hall meeting] should be an open forum where people can present their case whatever it is.” “I think we should keep it to committees,” Adelaar said. “Which committees people would like to see and what committees should move forward.” During the month of January, council meetings will be held on Mondays, January 9, at 9 a.m. and January 23 at 1 p.m. And a town hall meeting about Bowen residents’ involvement in committees and working groups is scheduled for January 14 from 9 to 11 a.m.



Guns ’n’ seals, statues ’n’ bracelets Hand engraver Frank Gurney started up his business again because he loves his work SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


uffs, burrs and gravers are lined up neatly on Frank Gurney’s spotless workbench in front of a window that overlooks the slopes of Scarborough. Adjacent to the windows are a couple of bird feeders that attract a lively crowd this December afternoon. Gurney likes to watch the birds but when he sits down to work, he often forgets about his surroundings and about the time. Gurney is a hand engraver. He holds up his current project, a silver bracelet. “I’ve been working on that for over a week,” he says. “But it is difficult for me to pinpoint the amount of time as I don’t keep track.” Gurney is 87 years old. He retired three years ago and sold his equipment. “That was a foolish mistake,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I had died.” He went to get new tools to take up engraving again. He says wistfully, “I have no more lapidary equipment, that’s equipment for cutting stone, but I would like to get it again.” Gurney says that sometimes engravers make their own special tools even if they use them only once. The only appliance in Gurney’s workshop that is plugged in is a home-made machine for touching up gravers. When Gurney was 16, he apprenticed with Birks jewellery in Victoria. “Then I went into the army,” Gurney said. He served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1946. “When I came back, I continued engraving.” Back then, an apprenticeship took at least five years. This may seem like a long period but Gurney says a craft like engraving takes time to master. “You don’t find it in a hobby shop because it takes so long. For about one year, you have to practice cutting.” Gurney has created several keepsakes for royalty. He engraved the baton for the Edmonton Commonwealth Games in 1978. It is a walrus tusk with gold caps at both ends. He also worked on a lighter for the Queen. And he engraved a large silver plate with pure gold inscriptions that was presented to the Royal Family when they visited Alaska in 1970. “I wonder what they do with all those things.” In Victoria, Gurney created the brass plates for Munro’s, a well-known bookstore. A big part of Gurney’s business has been engraving guns. “I’ve done a lot of custom work on rifles and handguns but most of my business has been in the United States and it is nearly impossible to send guns across the border any more.” Working with weapons has put Gurney in dangerous positions in the past. He said, “I’ve

Frank Gurney has worked on keepsakes for the Royal Family, seals, guns, statues and the Grey Cup. Susanne Martin photos been held up a few times. They tied me up in my office and put a hood over my head. They broke into my house looking for guns.” Always interested in expanding his range of skills, Gurney tackled the art of heraldry. He designs coats of arms and creates rings that are used for sealing. What is especially challenging is that he has to engrave the coat of arms in the reverse of how it will appear on the seal. Gurney also used to cut and engrave gemstones. He holds up an amethyst bust of a beautiful woman. “I call her Scarface because she has a flaw under her eye,” he jokes. The name has stuck even though no scar is visible to the untrained eye. Among the statues Gurney has carved are bulldogs, unicorns and an imaginary Inca god. Gurney once saw an Ukrainian Easter egg and was inspired to engrave a chicken egg. “It took five eggs because the walls kept weakening. I had to work with a special graver with a fine point,” he laughed. “All together it must have taken me about 500 hours.” Gurney didn’t engrave the egg for anyone in particular but once he started the process, he wanted to finish it. He knows that patience is essential in his craft. He shakes the egg and says, “Listen, it is all dried up inside. Outside, it bears all the symbols of Easter.” Among the countless treasures Gurney

has made is a belt buckle of gold on silver that says ‘Alberta Diamond Jubilee.’ And, in 2009, he created a replica of the Grey Cup. Gurney said, “I’ve worked with just about everything, gold, silver, steel and brass and precious stones at some time. But my favourites are gold and silver. They have nice textures and cut well.” But these materials are also very expensive. “I pay $32 per ounce of silver now; gold is $1,700 per ounce.” Add his many hours of labour, it’s no wonder his creations are expensive. He added, “But sometimes people only see it as a piece that is shiny.” Gurney is sad to report that machine engraving has replaced some of the work that has traditionally been done by hand. “The machine does a fine job for trophies or routine engravings. If you would like a name engraved, the machine can do it but it is confined to a template. With hand engraving, you can even replicate a signature. You can do anything.” Gurney adds that machine engraving is cheaper as it is much faster. Gurney, who used to teach a class in Edmonton, thinks the option to learn the trade of hand engraving should be available more widely. “It should be done again in trade schools. It’s very popular in England. People there are more inclined to demand things to be original. But in this part of the world, it seems


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that cheaper is always better.” Gurney misses having a pet. “I had a dog but he was blind and sick so I had to put him down.” Because of his advanced age, Gurney does not want to have another dog but he is thinking of getting a lovebird. “They are so beautiful and I heard that you can even teach them tricks.” Gurney says that he hasn’t been able to get much commissioned work. This year, he has made four silver bracelets. They were for sale at the Shamon Gallery at Artisan Square. Even though they were much admired, they haven’t been sold over the summer and Gurney moved them to the Union Steamship Company store. “I had them priced at $650 each but when they didn’t sell, I reduced them to $400.” There is some pressure to lower the price even further but Gurney says, “Each bracelet costs me $130 for the silver. Then there are mailing fees and fees to get the silver hardened, bent and polished by a silversmith. That comes to nearly $300.” Added to that are the countless hours Gurney spends working on them. Although Gurney would like his work to sell, he says that it is the process that is important. He shrugs, “I’ll keep on making bracelets and things. I am having so much fun with my work.”

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A break from report cards


t’s the last day of school and a lot of students who attend public schools won’t be coming home with a report card. This may be a cause for relief for some (the kids), and a cause for worry for others (the parents). The report card is supposed to tell us how well the students have done during the last term and how they measure up to their peers. But can we really reduce half a year of academic pursuit to a few percentages and letter grades with a couple of comments tagged on? Sure, report cards fill a need. They let us know when things go really well and when they don’t. But there are a lot of things that report cards fail to convey. They do not tell us what subjects were covered and which of them elicited excitement and enthusiasm. They do not tell us what assignments were easily completed and which ones needed extra time and effort. They do not tell us much about what goes on in the classrooms and the school hallways in addition to the formal instructions. Report cards are highly standardized and, even though they serve the purpose to measure the student on some

grander scale, they might be outdated. Educators have long known that students have different learning styles and require assessments that are flexible, adaptable and motivating while being measurable. B.C.’s new personalized learning agenda aims to address that issue, at least in principle. Students will thrive if they have a plan that more closely reflects their learning styles, interests and goals. And the teachers’ contract dispute might be a chance to explore different ways to assess and report on student learning. There are examples where teachers are communicating with parents and students by e-mail or phone, where they post information online or send home records of individual assignments with a view to improve overall learning. And parents are encouraged to seek out information about their child’s progress. There will always be an area where standardized assessment and reporting will be necessary, but the traditional report card, by itself, was never a fully meaningful record of success. Susanne Martin

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Bowen visitor goes home with fond memories, a request for information and wish to return To the editor and kind residents of Bowen Island:


y friend Naomi and I recently spent five days on Bowen Island and we were very touched by all the wonderful people we met. Once we were settled in at Rivendell, we took a small tour of the island. We took our time exploring the beauty around us when we were made aware that we were driving on gas fumes. We pulled over wondering what to do next when a couple pulled up behind us and asked if they could help. We were somewhat surprised to learn that the one gas station was in the opposite direction and closed on Sundays. The gentleman told us that they were only a few minutes away and he would return with some gas for our car. We are very grateful for the couple’s kindness. Thank you for looking after us and not leaving us stranded. We explored as many nooks and crannies of the island as we could. I was on the lookout for sea shells but failed because we did not check the tidal charts. But I must say it was great to hear the water crashing against the shore. I did come away with a great arch of driftwood and maybe I’ll make it back to search for sea shells soon. Before the week was out, we saw so many gorgeous homes and cottages, tree-lined streets and driveways, we thought that this is a great place to retire. I could enjoy that life style easily. We enjoyed eating at several of your nice restaurants. When you see Ferris and Peanut, please give them a scratch behind the ears for me. The fish and chips at Doc Morgans were very tasty and the company and waiters pleasant. You have so many awesome shops to snoop around in and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I had to take a picture of your oldest fire truck and plan to mount it in a frame to give it to our Oliver Fire Department for the support they gave us when my husband was dying of cancer. Can anyone please tell me the year when the fire truck was built and some of its history? I grew up by the water and did not realize just how much I missed the ocean until I placed my feet back in the salty water. My dad often took us kids along on the boat to different islands. We also landed in Snug Cove, but it has grown since then. When our kids were still young, we left and moved to Oliver because of chronic asthma. We live in Canada’s only desert and have rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, scorpions and praying mantis. All, except the scorpions, seem to enjoy my carport. It may be time to move to Bowen Island. So, for all those who pointed us in the right direction, supplied gas for our car, chatted in stores, kindly took our orders and served us, thank you all for making a long overdue vacation a very pleasant stay. Your hiking paths and beaches are so beautiful and well taken care of. To the dog owners, thank you for introducing your dogs, even they had great manners. Linda Knelsen Oliver B.C.

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Waltzing from rags to riches a certain grace and warmth. By 1946, when he formally incorporated the franchise school business, there were 72 schools, which produced total revenues of $20 million annually. Murray went on. Among his pupils t’s amazing how advertising slowere Eleanor Roosevelt, the Duke gans, jingles and rhymes can of Windsor, John D, Rockefeller and invade our consciousness. Since Jack Dempsey. A highly rated telethe advent of billboards, radio and vision series began in 1950, and by television advertising, our lives have 1960, there were 450 schools bearing been filled with little commercial his name. messages. My generation was raised Eventually, Murray sold his conon “T-I-D-E spells TIDE Happy Little trolling stake in the company to a Washday Song” and dozens of other group of investors but stayed on as jingles. I was reminded of this when, a consultant. He formally retired in some years ago, I read that Arthur 1960, and moved to Hawaii where Murray had died. Immediately, I he began a second career as a finanrecalled the popular song whose lyric cial advisor for a coterie of affluent included the phrase “Arthur Murray friends. The company now has frantaught me dancing in a hurry.” He chises all over the world, a major certainly taught millions of people success story by a shy guy who used and I was intrigued by his “rags to advertising techniques considered riches” story. cutting edge at the time. Arthur Murray Teichman was the Ten years ago, the Undercurrent son of Jewish immigrant parents of December 14, 2001 was full of who’d come from Austria. He was a Christmas and the advertisesickly child who grew into a island ments celebrated that. There shy teenager. Realizing that Neighbours was notary Betty Brandson, Wes being a good dancer could and Cel from Bowen Taxi, Joan easily boost his popularity and Susan from Vonigo, the with young women from pottery shop, Peter and Sharran any social milieu, he asked from Community Transit, A a female friend to teach him Bit of Everything, Bowen to dance. He quickly realWineworks, and barrister Jeff ized that he had a gift for Scouten, as well as master goldit. But, being realistic, he smith Dietje Hagedoorn. Blue took a job with an architect, Eyed Marys was right there planning to become one suggesting their holiday brunch himself. However, the dance floor still lured him and after winning while Trevor and Angela of Phoenix Photo wished everyone a wonderful a waltz contest, he found work with New Year. Alderwood Farm and the the G. Wilson Dance Studios. About then, there emerged a raft of Bowen Butcher Shop suggested freerange Christmas turkeys. Remy and new dances such as the bunny hug, Mirjam and the La Mangerie staff the grizzly bear, the kangaroo dip as well as Village Video added their and the turkey trot. They required wishes. instruction how-to. Dance studios Also noted were Dr Bueckert were the answer. Beside his regular (replacing Dr. Hurlburt) Pat Grohne, job, Murray spent several hours each Tamara Pearl, and the lively lineup day at a school for dance instrucof health practitioners. Santa ( in tors run by Vernon and Irene Castle, the guise of Bert Davies) said” Buy major dance celebrities of the day. bulk . . Bags, yards, truck loads!” A About this time, he was advised major breakthrough was noted by the to drop the Germanic-sounding Undercurrent’s announcement that name of Teichman because a wave the Undercurrent now had e-mail. of anti-German sentiment had swept Editorial, advertising and classified across much of America. Eventually had a new address. he went to Atlanta to study business • Birthdays December 17 through management. To pay his tuition and December 31. We lead off with the living expenses, he found a dance December 17 birthday of Serena job at Atlanta’s most elegant hotel. Slade, followed by the December 18 His classes for children and teenagbirthdays of Murray Journeay, Todd ers were so popular that he soon had Braraten, Richard Krukowski, Heidi nearly a thousand pupils. In fact, Hayden and Jacqueline Bakker. Forbes magazine featured him in a Then we move to December 21 story entitled “This college student with birthdays for Eric Michener, earns $15,000 a year. “ Pauline LeBel and Tyder Louis. His career had begun. There were radio broadcasts of his dance instruc- Then, on December 22, it’s birthday time for Jim Thoman, Laura tion and he prepared an easy-toBuckner and Christine Bert (and it follow instruction book. He named would have been Charlie MacNeill’s his business the Arthur Murray 95th birthday). On December 23, Correspondence School of Dancing. the birthdays are those of Marais He ran ads in pulp magazines and Hollywood gossip weeklies. This ven- Schubert and Catherine Ducayen. On December 24, there’s Bob Otis, ture was so profitable that he moved Chantal Jonsson, and Charlotte back to New York City, opened an Rose. Christmas Day, as a birthoffice and hired staff to keep up with day, is celebrated by Sam Beck and the demand. Murray showed a knack Natalie Helm. After that, December for writing advertising copy: his ads 29 is Nathaniel Budzinski’s birthbegan to feature in-person testimoday, December 30 is for Bob Bates, nials under such headlines as “They Edythe Hanen, Imke Zimmerman gave me the ha-ha when I stepped and Angela Cutting. Last of all are onto the dance floor.” By 1938, he the December 31 birthdays of Anne launched another franchise busiDeFerriere, Lynn Krukowski and ness, this one using his name for the Emma Townsend-Gault. freestanding dance studios across Want to share an item? Just telethe United States. He personally phone 604-947-2440 or e-mail to screened his instructor franchisees, looking for those who could project Welcome to Island Neighboursstories of island history, people, activities and events. This week’s topic: Pervasive Advertising


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he election season has come and gone, giving way to a warmer season of celebration, solstice and the birth of a new year. For many, the changes that November 19 brought were long-overdue; for others, it was a stark awakening to a Bowen Island that is very different from their sense of this community. This is an open note of thanks, recognition and reflection to my community. I begin with thanks. Firstly, to Pam and River for allowing me the political journey and supporting me through the lost weekends and evenings – your sacrifice (and that of the families behind all who serve on council, municipal staff, fire department and volunteer committees) is what sustains the ‘service’ in public service. Next, to municipal staff for your commitment, diligence and hard work in serving the Bowen community and council – local government is a challenging place, even more so in a small community, and I admire your professional dedication. And lastly, to Bowen council, our MLA Joan McIntyre and MP John Weston, for bringing your passion and ideas forward and for working so hard to listen, prepare and engage the public debates with respect and equanimity. I want to recognize the fierce commitment to Bowen Island and our community that so many have shown in the past few years. Our council work began with resolve of deeply divided perspectives on the future of Cape Roger Curtis and the artificial turf field – fears of over-development and inappropriate development were clearly voiced. We moved past these divides and into inspiring discussions that defined our vision for Bowen and community-held values in the updated Official Community Plan and the Snug Cove Implementation Plan. These plans collected the contributions of many volunteer committees and community planning efforts over the years into a single vision that will serve us well as we chart the course of future community growth over the next decade. I want to also recognize the passion and hope that was brought forward in our assessment of the national park proposal. The opportunity spoke deeply to many in our community and it pulled them into thoughtful consideration of core community values and opportunities for ecological conservation, recreation, education and a more sustainable on-island economy. The caliber of the work of Parks Canada and our volunteer Bowen committees set a new standard of excellence and their contribution was invaluable to our community consideration. On November 19 we voted 55/45 to stop

the national park review process. The national park vote result reflects, in part, a justified fear of change and fundamental opposition to the proposal. But, it also reflects mistrust and many unjustified fears that were inflamed by a campaign that used exaggeration and misinformation to support a negative outcome. But democracy speaks not to the process, only the outcome, and council and Parks Canada terminated the review, as promised. For me, I saw the opportunity through the lens of time — looking back at the changes in the past 100 years and thinking of what might come in the next 100 years, I am proud to have stood, in 2011, on the side of yes to considering a national park initiative. On November 19, we also elected, for the first time ever, a slate of pro-development proponents. The vote reflects, in part, a desire for change, but also a negative assessment on council performance over the past term on matters such as environmental bylaws and progress on Snug Cove revitalization, a community centre and seniors and affordable housing. While I could argue the details, I accept mistakes were made and I respect the will to try a change of leadership and political direction. I offer my sincere congratulations and support to the new council and wish them, on behalf of us all, the greatest success. I would also like to recognize all the candidates who participated in the campaign – thank you for leaning in and showing your commitment and love for this community. Finally, I want to consider the future. In reality, Bowen did not change on November 19. We are a community united by our passion for our rural living, close friendships and access to wild lands and the sea. We are a community united in our passion for self-reliance and slow and managed growth. We are a family community with deep commitments to education and offering inspiring opportunities for our children. We are a community that can stand on its own and respectfully engage differences and opportunity. For those who may feel disenfranchised or disheartened by the new politics of Bowen – please don’t turn away, this is a time to turn towards your fellow islanders and re-find your sense of place here. I am proud to have served Bowen and I am proud of our council achievements of the past three years. Many thanks for the kind words of encouragement and the most excellent hugs. Pam and River and I will see you out there at music events and community centre fundraisers. Happy holidays! Doug Hooper


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t is with regret the Bowen Island Golf Club directors have made the financially responsible decision to discontinue food and beverage operations at the Cup Cutter. While the directors and staff were delighted with the very positive feedback received dur-

The popular restaurant on the grounds of the golf course will close for the season with plans to re-open in the spring. Janis Treleaven photo

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ing our 2½ month start up, the overall sales volumes were not sufficient for even a break-even operation. As the club cannot afford to underwrite any loss greater than we have incurred to date, common sense left us no other decision. The club is most appreciative of the patronage of both non-members and members and thanks our dedicated staff for their team effort. It is in the

best interest of the long-term success of the club to hibernate for the winter. If the bears can do it and survive, so can we. A great deal has been learned during our brief operation that should auger well for our reopening next spring. We look forward to seeing you all at that time. Bruce Russell President & Director

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he Bowen Island Community Choir sang a fabulous holiday concert on Saturday, December 10. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and enjoy the choir. It is always such a joy to work hard throughout the fall season, learning the wonderful music that Ellen MacIntosh brings us. We have an enjoyable and often challenging time when we gather on Wednesday nights to practice. When the music has been memorized and finessed, it is a true honour and privilege to be

able to bring that music to our community. Thank you to percussionist Brian Hoover who keeps our beat. Thank you to Fineen Davis who graced the program with her oboe playing. Thank you to choir member Shasta Martinuk who equally embellished the program by playing her flute. And, thank you to Cam Hayduk who brought us a fabulous “Elvis”. Graham Ritchie was our emcee once again and we thank you Graham for your sparkle and wit. The techie team deserves our thanks as well. Thanks to

Doug Fleetham for sound and Ian Davidson for lighting us up. Thanks to Shale Wrinch and Corbin Keep for the audio recording and Andrew Stone for the video. Singing with the community choir is a true joy. It is an open choir and auditions are not required. We hope that you may give some thought to joining our choir in the spring. Rehearsals begin again on Wednesday, January 11, at Cates Hill Chapel. All are welcome! Lorraine Ashdown Manager-Bowen Island Community Choir

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On frozen pond: Red beats Pink in final MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


he Bowen Island co-ed soccer league completed Season 5 last Saturday as Red United whitewashed Pink FC 3-0 to take home the Wooden Trophy before 34 fans on a frozen AT field at BICS. The Red horde rode the hot goaltending of Michael ‘Mikey’ Bingham and a defence led by Claudia Schaefer. Nick Page, Joel Schudson and Robert Gray scored for Red, who led 1-0 after the half. The games are played without referees and players call their own fouls; despite the field conditions making stopping and starting difficult, the final saw fair play throughout. It was a disappointing loss for the Pink club, down three key players — David Verlee (business trip), Iona Buchan (knee injury suffered at her own birthday party) and Courtni McGillivray

(pregnant by teammate, and husband, Paul ‘Pablo Pablo’ McGillivray). “We wanted to win for those guys but it wasn’t our day,” Pink goalie Marcus Hondro told this reporter. “Bingham was great and Schaefer and Shauna Jennings and Burns played well. I mean we find them annoying but we gotta give them credit.” Fields conditions were the same for both teams but Hondro attempted to use the hard surface as an excuse. “I slipped on the first goal and then I fell on the second one and then basically I just lost my footing on the third,” he claimed. “But other than that it was mostly okay.” The six vs. six league started back in the fall of 2009 with four teams. They have two seasons per year, in the spring and fall, and are up to 10 clubs. Chris Corrigan, who tweeted game updates during the final, has been there since the start

and said this season saw 58 different players score a goal, a league record. Corrigan points out the league is competitive and yet very friendly. “What is great about the co-ed league is that it both intensely competitive and intensely community based,” he said. “The teams switch every season meaning you are always playing with or against friends. “It is as much about the social scene as it is about the football and that is by design. A whole bunch of people play together, including folks from more than 15 different nationalities from every continent, making it a diverse and welcoming group.” The Bowen co-ed soccer league will launch its sixth season in the spring of 2012. The league has a website with information on registration at www. New players are welcome.

The icy field added an extra challenge to the championship game last Saturday where team Red dominated. Debra Stringfellow photos

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hat do Christie Grace Studios, Fabulous Finds and the Bowen Island Flower shop have in common? The owners of the three popular stores are very fond of their rescue pets. And this weekend, they will give back to the Bowen organization dedicated to the well-being of animals: CAWES. At the Flower Shop, Tiger Lillie, a CAWES cat, is as much of an attraction as the merchandise. “Many people come in just to say hello to her,� said Caroline Walker, the flower shop’s owner. On Saturday, December 17, the flower shop will donate all cash sales of Tiger Lillie’s cards (yes, the beautiful shop kitty has her own greeting cards). Susan Pratt, who runs Fabulous Finds at Cates Corner next to the ferry line-up, has two cats. One of them was also rescued by CAWES. Pratt

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Christie Grace creates beautiful, one of a kind jewellery pieces that can add a bit of sparkle this Christmas. Debra Stringfellow photos said the cat is a bit of a handful; she calls him Koa which is Hawaiian for warrior. On Sunday, December 18, Fabulous Finds is donating 10 per cent of all sales to CAWES. And Christie Grace of Christie Grace Studios is looking after Danni Girl or Dannica, a Bowen Island rescue dog. Grace said, “She has bloomed in our family along with our felines – we also have three cats.� On Saturday, December 17, Christie Grace Studios will hold a professional pet photo shoot with Santa at the first annual Artisan Square Christmas Fair. A donation box will be at hand and every penny will go towards CAWES. CAWES is a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating harmony on Bowen Island between pets, wildlife and people. It has helped many Bowen residents locate missing pets or find the perfect “new� companion. It also looks after injured wildlife. This weekend, customers can combine the pleasure of shopping at these great stores with helping the animals.



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the House Housekeeping cleaned up with a prize for best-dressed reindeer team. To help shepherd the herd, this year’s run was marshalled by Nancy and Jim Cox, Kate Coffey, Bob Clark and Ian Thompson from the Bowen Island Fire Department. Thank you. A big thank you to Dee Elliott for taking lots of fabulous pictures. A very warm thank you to Neil at The Village Baker. You are a sweetheart. For five

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Losing the mo – for a cause The story of what became of Gary’s and his friends’ moustaches long-time compadre was overwhelming; not only did they achieve their goal, they exceeded it by raising $1185.28. Supporting Anderson by agreenly on Bowen would a fundraiser like ing to shave publicly were Todd Pearson, Rick this turn into a full-blown event, drawing Stedman and Cliff Spears. a crowd of people dedicated to having All three men braved the shears as Lee carefun and celebrating the simple act of shaving. fully trimmed off each man’s Mo and even a On Saturday little off the night, Gary top in one Anderson and case. Adding some of his to the suspense, closest friends Anderson decidand family all ed to go last. To gathered at the set the stage, a Bowen Island special rendiPub for a ceretion of Folsom monial shaving Prison Blues by of the mousJohnny Cash was tache in honour written and perof Movember. formed by Roger During the Arndt. When month of it was finally November, Anderson’s turn, men attempt to his lovely wife grow a mousVickie got to tache — a “Mo” do the shaving — to help raise honours. Like money for and a pro she gleeawareness of fully tackled the men’s health “handlebars” Now you see it... and shortly after this photo was taken, it issues such as first; as the was the first time Gary Anderson’s family saw him without prostate cancheers in the his familiar handlebar moustache in at least 35 years. cer. Canada, to pub grew, so did date, has raised the anticipation $39,541,188 to see a clean shaven face until the last whisker and the number continues to rise. was gone. Anderson’s daughters, both present, During Nancy Lee and Terri Pijnenburg‘s twocouldn’t remember the last time (if ever) they week Movember campaign at the General Store, had seen their father without his familiar, wellthe two ladies each sported a fake Mo. They crafted Mo. raised a grand total of $713.47. Anderson (a betAnderson may have lost his moustache that ting man) decided to shave his stache but only if evening but in the end gained so much more — a Lee could raise an extra $500 above and beyond hand at collecting a sizable donation for a worher current efforts. thy cause, a happy wife, and an upper lip no one The drive to see Anderson without his trusty, had seen in over 35 years. DEBRA STRINGFELLOW CONTRIBUTING WRITER


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A fine Bowen tradition in support of Snug Cove House Society


ext year, 2012, will be a big year for Charles Dickens – it’s the 200th anniversary of his birth and there are international plans for huge celebrations honouring him. Bowen Island is as usual ahead of the curve, and is already celebrating Charles Dickens this Sunday, with a dramatic reading of his most popular story, A Christmas Carol. As luck would have it, it’s also Christmas, so it’s a doubly opportune time to dramatise the Christmas redemption tale of ghosts and Scrooge and Tiny Tim. The story will be read by four of Bowen’s best-known actors: Angie McCulloch, Martin Clarke, Tina Nielsen and Graham Ritchie. They’ve done it before, for the last 13 Christmases to a packed house at Collins Hall, so they’re getting quite good at it. So come and enjoy the 14th year of a fine Bowen tradition. It’s at the cosily-decorated Collins Hall this Sunday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. There’ll be music and lots of good stuff to sip and nibble. Tickets are $20 at Phoenix, the library, Cates Pharmacy, and Bell O’chio. It’s produced once again by the island’s Snug Cove House Society (formerly known as Abbeyfield) and all proceeds go to the building of the society’s planned supportive residence for seniors.

Barbara Murphy holds up the Undercurrent that featured Noah Robichaud’s first mohawk. She thinks this hairstyle would suit many islanders but invites everyone to participate in the fundraiser for the food bank. Susanne Martin photo

Get your hair cut in time for the holidays Continued, PAGE 1

Martin Clarke, Graham Ritchie, Tina Nielsen and Angie McCulloch are presenting the 14th annual dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol on Sunday evening. All proceeds go to the Snug Cove House Society. Leah Cline photo







Murphy said, “If customers feel uncomfortable with such a drastic change, they can talk to me and I can modify the mohawk.” In the most common variety of mohawk, both sides of the head are shaved leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the centre but Murphy says that there is an option of getting a “temporary mohawk” with

colours that wash out. Even though the idea is less than a week old, there has already been an enthusiastic response and Murphy’s food bank jar is filling up. She said, “People have donated just because they heard about the idea.” Murphy thinks it would be great if the new mayor and council as well as businesses on Bowen would choose to participate in some way.



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On the calendar • Youth Centre: 6 -10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in.

Fabulous Finds: 10 per cent of all sales go to CAWES, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cates Corner next to the ferry line-up.

• Baby Connections: For new and expecting parents and babies 0-12 months. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Place.

• Family Clay: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cloudflower Clayworks at Artisan Square, phone 604-9472522 to register.

• The Polar Express: 6 p.m. at the BICS Gym, tickets $5 individual or $20 family.

• Dramatic reading of the Christmas Carol: 7:30 p.m. Collins’ Hall. Snug Cove House fundraiser.


• A Christmas Card performance by Julie and Jack Headley and Corbin Keep: 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Tickets $12 at Phoenix or at Tir-na-nOg at 604-9479507.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 • A Celtic Christmas: 7 p.m. at the Little Red Church. • AA Meeting: Women’s: 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall.



• Artisan Square Christmas Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artisan Square. Enter to win Christmas gift basket, Christmas wish tree for children, photos with Santa Paws and your pet. Christie Grace Studios and Bowen Island Flower Shop participate in CAWES fundraiser.

• AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-4343933.

• Crippen Stewardship Group Weed Warriors: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. meet at the bridge at the mouth of Davie’s Creek (at nearby picnic table in field). Everyone welcome. Tools and gloves provided. Bring your water supply and come and work off your frustrations in good company! • A Christmas Card performance by Julie and Jack Headley and Corbin Keep: 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. Tickets $12 at Phoenix or at Tir-na-nOg at 604-9479507. SUNDAY, DEC. 18 • CAWES fundraiser at

0942 for a safe option. Next club meeting January 5th, 2012. The Snug Cafe’ 7:30-9.00 p.m.

• B. I. Community Museum & Archives: Sun. and Mon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For appt. call 947-2655 or 947-2440. Family Place: For parents, caregivers and children, 0-6 years Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. (604) 947-2717. • Knick Knack Nook: Open Thurs. - Mon. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Drop-in knitting group: 2 to 5 p.m. in the lounge at Bowen Court. All levels welcome.

• Legion: Open from 4-7 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Thurs. Drop by for socializing, pool, darts.

• Post Partum Support Group: Meets 2 evenings/mo. (604) 947-2717.

• Gallery at Artisan Square: Gifted Show runs until December 24. Open Wed. to Sun from noon to 4 p.m.

• Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Rotary Club: Operation Red Nose takes a break for Friday and Sat. the 23rd and 24th but will be back for New Year’s Eve- 31st Dec. Call 604-619-

Don’t replace your transmission. Replace your transmission fluid.

• Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.

WED., DEC. 21




• Bowen Children’s Centre: Community Daycare, and B. I. Preschool, 947-9626.

• Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 9472880. New materials and updates to the PointsPlus program for 2012- visit a meeting for FREE.

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UPCOMING WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23 • Christmas bird count: Open to anyone keen on birds. Get-together afterwards. Contact Pam Dicer at 9558 or

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INDEX IN BRIEF FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . . . . . . . 1-8 COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . . 9-57 TRAVEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61-76 CHILDREN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80-98 EMPLOYMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102-198 BUSINESS SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . 203-387 PETS & LIVESTOCK . . . . . . . . . . . 453-483 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE . . . . . . 503-587 REAL ESTATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603-696 RENTALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-757 AUTOMOTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804-862 MARINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-920



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big thanks to the West Coast Symphony (WCS) for performing for more than 210 audience members of all ages in the BICS gym on December 11. The tradition of affordable by-donation concerts for the community, held biannually, is made possible by a network of community support. The Bowen Island Community School (BICS), as the island’s hub, is bringing all the elements together. The community school coordinator organizes the many elements of the event to ensure a success for all. That includes generating public awareness, connecting community youth and BICS students to the event, inviting the seniors at S.K.Y., writing articles, preparing the rental forms, invoice forms, connecting the WCS to the Community School Association (CSA,) and the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) who provide additional support and sponsorship for the event. Additional school coordinator tasks related to the concert series include working with the school district on the scheduling for heat, lights and the custodian. A special thanks to West Vancouver School District 45 for supporting our community school’s annual community traditions during the joint use agreement update process. The West Coast Symphony Concerts for the Community series is a unique opportunity to directly experience classical music with a full symphony of more than 60 musicians. It is also one of the few musical opportunities for parents with young children to hear classical music in a venue that allows for a quick exit if needed, or a quick break on the playground outside before returning to the show. Despite the ability to pop out during the middle of the show, most people of all ages stayed in their seats and the members if the





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year: The Legion discovered it has member and family connections with the WCS and they hosted a lovely social after the concert. Thank you to Tim Hausch, Tim’s Mom, and all the Legion staff who helped to host the WCS social. The WCS greatly appreciates the support of our community. Every year, they go through a democratic process to decide where they will play in the upcoming seasons, and as Bowen gets a 100 per cent positive response from the musicians. I am happy to announce that the West Coast Symphony will return to BICS on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Stay tuned to hear what they will play.

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BOWEN Island spacious 3 BR house, F/P, wrap around deck, lots of play area, W/D, N/S pet OK. Close to bus stop or parking included. Avail now $1250/mo. Call 604-837-1700 ------------------BOWEN Island, 1 BR Grd flr, sep entry, full kit, F/P, W/D, N/S, pet neg. Close to bus stop or parking included. Ideal for single person. Avail now. $750/mo. Call 604-837-1700 -------------------Rent both units – ideal for large family for $ 1750/mo. Call 604-837-1700 Christmas & Moving Sale 25% OFF most everything in the store!! Connie Wright’s next to Doc’s Open 11-5 Fri-Sun. and every day Dec. 20 -24. FOR RENT 2 bedroom plus den. Long term. $1550/mon. Woodstove. Ocean view. Close to beach. Angell Hasman Rlty. 604-657-1864 FOR RENT: Fully furn./equipped beautiful private 3 to 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath, new elegant country Estate. Gated, circular drive, lovely grounds. $2200/ mos. Could also include Nanny suite & Rec room. 604-908-9112 FOR RENT: small office - Seabreeze Building. Internet. Copier. Parking. (604) 657-1864



FOR RENT: Office space in Snug Cove: 2 units, 141 sq.ft. & 255 sq. ft. office spaces with shared common entrance, kitchen, bathroom. For more info please call: 604-947-0099 ext. 104 Or email For Rent - Older waterfront cabin, 1 bdrm., Eaglecliff. Suits single handy person, $600 + hydro. 604-616-2121 Free Range Turkeys available at the Bowen Butcher Shop



Lance’s Recycling I’ll pick up your recycling and deliver to BIRD for $20/load. Kindling $20 a box. Call 947-2430 OUT OF THE BLUE GIFT SUGGESTIONS STARTING UNDER $20 Bracelets, gloves, scarves, candles, socks, wall tiles, fridge magnets, pearl earrings from Tickled Pink. We have cashmere scarves, socks and more! Open every day from 10 to 6 604-947-0338

Unicef Holiday Cards at VONIGO! Open 7 days a week.

EXPRESS YOURSELF! FREEZER SALE 15% OFF Bowen Butcher Shop at Alderwood Farm, 1351 Adams (604)947-9434 Island Business Advisory & Book-keeping Services. Michael Barber 604-313-8886

Kitchen Staff WANTED Full and part time line cooks. Prep experience a bonus. Please email Thank you! LOST - Old gold cameo ring. Sentimental value. Artisan Square area. Please call 2442. Verizon cell phone left at BICS Dec. 9. Please call 9337 to ID



16 • FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 2011

A week before Christmas Bowen Island is getting into the spirit by mailing letters to Santa, visiting local stores, giving its best at the Annual Reindeer Run and wrapping up the season with the co-ed soccer final (congratulations team Red!). Dee Elliott and Debra Stringfellow photos

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