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William and Kate up close

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Christmas quiz

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Tunstall residents demand new access to CRC MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


esidents of Tunstall Bay are ready to “up the ante” in their campaign to stop Whitesails Road from being used as the main access into Cape Roger Curtis. Ed Booiman, who’s been the public voice for the neighbourhood when it comes to lobbying council, says “there’s a lot of pent-up anger over this.” He thought there might be an opportunity for council to come up with an alternative route when it was discussed as part of the Official Community Plan update. He’d written a letter asking that Thompson Road be extended into Cape Roger Curtis instead of having people drive through Tunstall Bay. However, council simply passed a motion saying that an alternate route could one day be proposed. Booiman isn’t happy with the resolution because it has no timeframe and relies on the owners of the land to make an application. He thinks the onus is on council to stop Tunstall Bay from being used as a thoroughfare to the 59 new lots in Cape Roger Curtis. If council makes no further move to address the neighbourhood’s concerns, then Booiman says the residents will take their frustration to the streets. As of January 1, he says residents will let drivers going into Cape Roger Curtis know that Whitesails Road was not intended as the primary access. Many of the drivers - primarily people doing work on the development of the property – are known to the residents.

A HEART-WARMING, SNOWMAN MELTING SONG – When BICS students went to Bowen Court to share some Christmas songs, they saved the best till last, including their rendition of Melton, the Warm-Hearted Snowman. Melton loves Christmas so much that it makes his heart glow, but that’s not a good thing if you’re a snowman, as Thomas’s expression illustrates. More photos page 2. Martha Perkins photo

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Working together makes things happen: MP Weston MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


y working together we can achieve great things, says MP John Weston. He points to the successes of the past year as proof of the benefits of co-operation and open communication between his office and the Bowen community. On Bowen Island, the turf field light-

ing was installed and work continued on the sewage treatment plan upgrade, both with federal funding assistance. Local parents Michael Segal and Andrea Bastin used the MP’s office to successfully lobby the Canadian government to allow them to bring their adopted sons home from Ghana. And Parks Canada is working with the community to discuss if it’s feasible, and advisable, to create a national park on the island.

Weston also visited the Orchard treatment centre to discuss with staff and clients why his private member’s bill against the production of crystal meth is so important, “It’s been such an active year on Bowen,” he said in a telephone interview a few days after he flew back to the riding for the Christmas break.

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Members of Seniors Keeping Young, including Anne Manning, Howard Leach, Jan Furst and Nairn Knipe, above, were delighted when students from BICS came to Bowen Court to spread Christmas cheer through music. The performers included, below left, Colleen and Kristen, and below centre, Noah. Martha Perkins photos

Christmas craft fair planning for its next 25 years MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


fter celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Christmas craft fair at Bowen Island Community School is looking for ways for the annual tradition to thrive for the next 25 years. “This year’s craft fair was a great success,” says organizer Sarah Haxby. “We want to revamp it and change it around so the next 25 years will be great, too.” The craft fair is a major fundraiser for the Community School Association, which supports student activities at BICS. This year’s event raised in the

neighbourhood of $5,200. It’s a massive undertaking which relies heavily on dozens of volunteers. Some of those volunteers have been helping take care of the myriad of details and duties since the craft fair’s origins. However, Haxby says, “the dynamics of community volunteering have changed drastically in 25 years. The population has tripled but there are the same number of volunteers.” She adds that “the volunteer base is shrinking but the volunteers who do come out are extraordinary.” When it became apparent that there were some gaps in volunteer service at

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the craft fair, the volunteers who were there stepped up and pitched in. The organizing committee wants to look at how the craft fair is organized and come up with ideas of how to make it easier on volunteers. “Otherwise it just burns volunteers out,” Haxby says. She’d also like to applaud this year’s youth vendors. Some of them are members of a special club taught by Saffron Gurney of Serious Play. She helped them understand such things as marketing and pricing and helped them create items that would be of interest to shoppers. Many of the youth vendors sold all of their items.

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Booiman thinks drivers will want to respect the neighbourhood’s feelings, much like people don’t like to cross picket lines. If nothing is done after one month, then Booiman says residents are ready to put signs on their lawns saying that Whitesails Road isn’t the access road to the Cape. Booiman says that if you go back into the records of road development, the main access to Cape Roger Curtis was supposed to be Thompson Road. But it ends at the top of a hill at the edge of a chunk of Crown land. The Crown land includes Fairy Fen. He says Whitesails Road was supposed to be the secondary access, gated to allow emergency access only. “Our issue is not with Fairy Fen or the owners of Cape Roger Curtis,” Booiman says. (His letter to the editor appears in this week’s Undercurrent.) “We’re talking about the original intent for Thompson Road to be the primary access.” Several years ago, the owners of Cape Roger Curtis applied for approval to build an access road through the Crown land from Thompson Road. It was opposed by council, in part because of concerns over potential damage to Fairy Fen, which is an environmentally sensitive area at the head of the Huzar Creek watershed. Peter Drake, chair of the Bowen Island Conservancy, which successfully helped create the Fairy Fen reserve, says the concerns were about the proposed route of the road. It was feared that there’d be run off into the fen, and also environmental degradation by the road work. “We’d be very reticent to anything happening that would affect the Fairy Fen watershed,” he says. Drake says that the Conservancy would likely be willing to look at a different route, one which goes to the right of a bluff at the top corner of the Crown land. It might be less invasive than the originally proposed route. Booiman says that he’d be happy if at least council did a proper survey of the land to see if an acceptable access from Thompson Road could be found. As to not allowing access from Thompson Road to protect Fairy Fen, he says people are already going into the property every day. He wants council to take the neighbourhood’s concerns more seriously. “If you go to the street and listen to the people, there are so many people unhappy with this,” he says. “It could easily escalate and become a huge issue because the municipality is not listening to people.” Mayor Bob Turner understands Booiman’s frustrations over traffic but says “he’s asking for something that has no immediate solution.” Turner says Whitesails Road was intended to be the access to Cape Roger Curtis, which is why it’s configured the way it is and comes right to the property line. The road designations in the OCP refer to the level of service the various roads can expect and are based on the volume of traffic; for instance, the more houses a road provides access to, the prompter the response by road crews when it comes to road plowing, etc. The road designations are not for the type of traffic, as in access for the neighborhood only or access to another neighborhood. As to Booiman’s request that the end of Whitesails Road be closed in the same way that the top of Bishop’s Hill is gated to prevent through access, Turner says Bishop’s Hill was closed because the steep grade of the road made it a safety hazard in the winter. Turner says council’s resolution in regards to access to Cape Roger Curtis was to open the door for the owners to propose another route should further development of the property be proposed. As to Thompson Road or Cromie Road being considered as new access points into Cape Roger Curtis, Turner says they “are all in the realm of what’s possible” but there is no intention to pursue them as alternate access roads at present.

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he people in the grocery store line-up must have thought that Russell Hackney needed to get a life. After all, there was the Bowen Islander fervently leafing through all the gossip magazines, searching for any photo he could find of Prince William and his new fiancée, Kate – make that Katherine – Middleton. But Hackney isn’t some starstruck royal watcher. He’d just accepted a commission to carve a likeness of the young couple; that carving will adorn thousands of cups, bowls and plates to commemorate the royal engagement. Two weeks after accepting the commission, however, Hackney was beginning to question his glib “Sure I can do it” response. The fact that William and Kate are one of the most photographed couples of all times has actually made his task more difficult. Everyone thinks they know what William and Kate look like but when you have to look at their photos as closely as Hackney does, it’s hard to pin down “a look”. How do you capture, on a small oval of hard plaster, their likeness if in every photo their look has changed? “It’s about getting the likeness of someone that everyone knows,” Hackney says of the challenge he’s up against. Kate’s cheek, in particular was giving Hackney grief. “In her college days she was chubby cheeked,” he says. Now the woman who has paparazzi waiting for her every time she walks out the door obviously “has been to the gym.” It doesn’t help that Hackney’s been given considerable constraints in designing the portrait. The assignment is for a profile of the couple looking left, with William in the foreground. The

depth can be no more than 2.5 mm. It was up to Hackney to decide which photo he’d use as reference. Then there’s the medium. This type of carving will not be painted over. There’s no chance to colour the eyes or add highlights to the hair. Instead, he has to create shadows and contours by painstakingly and gently filing away at the image, one particle of plaster at a time, using tools passed down from his grandfather. And it won’t do if one of his tools slips – Prince William can’t look as if he’s fought in a dual. “I can’t wait to finish it,” he admitted last Thursday, one day before he was due to ship the portrait to Stoke-on-Trent. Hackney, who moved to Bowen Island with his wife Wendy in June, was born in Stoke-on-Trent. It’s here that Wedgewood, Spode and Royal Doulton have been producing china and porcelain for generations. Hackney’s family has owned a small pottery factory there for 30 years. Stoke-on-Trent has been having a tough time economically so a royal wedding is a bonanza. A few weeks ago, Russell’s father got a call from the chief executive of Royal Staffordshire, who knew that Russell had modelled a beautifully ornate and graceful 19th Century replica clock that had been given to Queen Elizabeth II in honour of the 200th anniversary of another well-known pottery house, Dudson. Could Russell do the portrait of William and Kate for Royal Staffordshire? The first run



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would probably be for 10,000 mugs. “I said, ‘Sure, no problem. When do you need it by? Two weeks? Yea, easy.’” Yea, right. He’s been staring at photos and carving away non-stop ever since. In one way he’s lucky. Ever since he was a teenager, Hackney has been drawing portraits. If he doodles, he does faces. His work is extraordinarily lifelike and he learned how to trade his pen for the long, narrow metal tools that are used in “modeling” (as opposed to sculpting.) And although his commercial work is very artistic, he prefers to think of himself as a craftsman rather than an artist. “The key element is light,” he says about his work, which can be seen on everything from architecture to chinaware to pots in your garden. (His work is also for sale at the ArtsPacific Gallery at Artisan Square.) It’s how the light falls on the piece and the bright lights that he uses to focus in on his work. From there, creating molds is all about positives and negatives – filling in spaces and then taking it out. (When he was almost done his portrait of William and Kate, he made a mold so that if he didn’t like what he did after that, he didn’t have to start from scratch.) Eleven years ago, the Hackneys came to Vancouver as tourists, simply because they liked the



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way the word Vancouver sounded. They fell in love with the city and immigrated to the east end eight years ago. They lived at Clarke and Hastings. This past spring they realized they needed a change – and Wendy needed a garden – and they moved to Tunstall Bay. When the Hackneys arrived in Vancouver he needed to find a job so he followed the plaster trail. He found out where plaster was being shipped to and went knocking on doors. A man who sold ornate pottery for gardens hired him to work on the pieces there. After a while, Hackney tired of the job and quit. Three weeks later the man called him and asked him to design garden pots. These pots – the molds for which he created on a wheel –

sold so well that the man opened a factory in China. For all their functionality, the pots have an innate beauty, like so much of Hackney’s work. They are much simpler in design than the pots he first worked on and illustrate his understanding of style and form. There can be beauty for beauty’s sake but much of Hackney’s pieces also have a job to do, like his teapots. In his bio, he says “If all art is in some way a reaction, then the pursuit of beauty is my reaction to the world around me. Where nature is its most memorable, I draw inspiration from it. In response to the bland or ugly, I react by wanting to create something beautiful. Beauty calls us to itself. It halts us in our daily routine and just for a moment all distractions, all opinions, are silenced – beauty becomes the unifier.” The other day, he halted his work on the royal couple to take his Dalmatian for a walk to Tunstall Bay. Standing on the shore, he felt the urge to paint, something he hasn’t done in a while. “I was thinking, what is it that makes me want to paint now? It’s because you want to join in. This spot is so beautiful you just want to take part in it. The act of drawing or painting means you have to look at it, take part in it, and see it really well.” But first he has to finish Kate Middleton’s cheek….

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Keep an open mind about national park


very issue on Bowen seems to come with a very long history, sometimes stretching back decades. And when it takes so long for some of those issues to be resolved, it is normal for a certain level of cynicism to develop. But when it comes to the possibility of a national park on Bowen, please keep an open mind. You don’t have to change your mind after you hear the arguments both for and against a national park here, but at least judge the issues on their own merit. Yes, a national park was suggested by some councillors in the hopes that the federal government would buy the lands of Cape Roger Curtis and keep them forever in the public domain. And yes, there are lots of opinions

about how council handled the Cape Roger Curtis neighbourhood plan, not to mention council’s handling of ferry marshalling and the community hall and the surplus lands and heron nests and... Everyone is entitled to have those opinions but it would be good to separate those feelings from those about a national park. Does the park plan have merits? Are there concerns that can be resolved? Will a park exacerbate or help the issues that the island is facing now? Sometimes too much attention is being focused on why we’re debating whether it’s feasible to have a national park on Bowen rather than on the park itself. As well, when considering the impacts of a national park, there are limits to whether a

national park on Bowen Island can be compared to, say, Jasper or Tofino’s national parks. Those parks have absolutely stunning vistas that compel people to drive across countries or fly across oceans to enjoy. Bowen Island is Bowen Island. It’s not Tofino or Jasper and never will be. The new national park advisory committee has its job cut out for it. Over the next few weeks, members will hear a lot of opinions about a lot of things, not all of them particularly relevant to the debate. It will be their job to keep the debate focused on the issues, and finding the answer, whether in the end the answer is a yes or a no. Martha Perkins

Tunstall Bay residents to show their displeasure over use of road To the Editor: Thank you for your article in the paper regarding the Official Community Plan update covering the opening of the door to alternate access into Cape Roger Curtis. A number of points in the article require more detail and would tell a far different story. Having spent the last year updating council, staff and the public on this issue, I feel this detail should be included. Director of planning, Hap Stelling’s quote on “When White Sails Drive was developed, it was contemplated that it would serve the CRC lands”, is a statement from the ‘70s. The more up-to-date version of this statement would have included that when Thompson Road was approved in the late ‘80s, it became the primary access to CRC and White Sails Drive then became the secondary access. This is why the present owners of Cape Roger Curtis requested access through the top corner of the Crown land to connect with Thompson Road. Furthermore, the concern over Fairy Fen and the environmental impact is not an issue. There have been a number of routes surveyed through this area of Crown land that have no impact on Fairy Fen. I would like to thank

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Councillor Doug Hooper for his point on leaving the opportunity for council to consider an alternate corridor. The issue with that is that if council had followed the Thompson Road plan we would not be in this position today. We have been stating the same message for 12 years and we are not about to wait for council to consider an alternate corridor. The bottom line is that the Tunstall Bay route is the secondary access and as of December 31, 2010, it will become that. Any traffic still using this route in January will be told it’s not the main access road. Starting in February we will start the “visual aid” part of our presentation. Permanent signs on private property will become our message boards and will not only appear in the Tunstall Bay area but all over Bowen Island as we have many supporters. Imagine the impact this will have on people’s view of Bowen? Our thanks go out to the present owners of Cape Roger Curtis and their initial application for access across the crown land to Thompson Road. We regret that we might have to go to the extreme of posting signs when they are ramping up for their official opening. Ed Booiman

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ollins Hall was packed with a sellout audience for the 12th annual dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol last Sunday. Many thanks to the actors for their wonderful performance: Angie McCulloch, Tina Nielsen, Graham Ritchie and Martin Clarke, and to Robin Wall and Rose Wall for their musical talents. Thanks to Judi Gedye for her cheery set decoration, Ian Davidson for the lighting, Theatre-on-theIsle for the stage, the Bowen Island disability group for the hearing assistance set-up, and Collins Hall’s supremo Helen

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he West Coast Symphony gave us an enjoyable afternoon of lively music last Sunday. We are indebted to them and to all those people who work so hard to bring them here. What really amazed me was the number of little children at the concert and there wasn’t a




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Christmas lessons from Affordable housing: the First World War Why should we bother? New series

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of columns focused on housing issues that will appear regularly in this paper. TIM WAKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING A S S O C I AT I O N


he above may not reflect how most Bowen Islanders feel about the one issue that floated to the top of the heap of community concerns in the recent Official Community Plan update consultations. But it doubtless reflects the feelings of some. Ours is not the first community to face the affordability challenge; we have many lessons to learn from other small towns that have, through diligence and persistence, come up with some pretty innovative solutions. Places such as Breckenridge, Colorado have shown leadership on affordability while preserving — and even enhancing — local character. They have stayed out of the trap of endless subdivisions and sprawl. Their main streets have not been “urbanized.” They are attractive places to live and work.


hough I can tire quickly of Christmas, I am grateful for the goodness it brings and while I’ve advocated it come but once each four years, like the Olympics, I paradoxically wish it were Christmas every day. Here is at attempt to explain why: Christmas has this powerful pull and has actually stopped something as all-consuming as war so I thought I’d do something different this week by writing about that. I shall dedicate it to Islanders Charlie MacNeill and Jan Furst, each of whom took part in W.W. II; Charlie served in the army and Jan in the underground. This though is about the First World War. There has been considerable slow debate as to how much fraternizing, if lane any, took place between enemy troops because of Christmas truces in World War One after 1914. The death last year of 111-year-old British soldier Harry Patch, the last British veteran from that war, has left virtually no one with firsthand knowledge to ask about Christmas meetings between enemy soldiers. The truces of 1914 were large-scale along the Western Front, with thousands taking part. Photos, letters and first-hand accounts confirmed soldiers met, usually in noman’s land, on Christmas eve and Christmas day to exchange gifts and food, sing Christmas carols, take photos and in some cases even play soccer. “The English brought a soccer ball from the trenches, and pretty soon a lively game ensued,” German Lt. Kurt Zehmisch wrote in his diary on the front at Christmas of 1914. “How marvellously wonderful, yet how strange it was. The English officers felt the same way about it. Thus Christmas, the celebration of love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as friends for a time.” After the truces of 1914 the generals on both sides ordered soldiers not to fraternize thereafter and many historians believe that such bitterness set in they did not even desire to meet. But last week a Dr. Thomas Weber, a Scottish professor, said in a press release that he has more evidence that holiday get togethers took place beyond 1914. The additional proof of Christmas truces in Marcus Hondro

Really. Is there any point? I worked hard to get here, and I’m still working hard to pay off my place. I love this little island just the way it is, and frankly I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Let’s face it, housing is expensive these days. Land is expensive, building costs are high, good labour is not cheap and we don’t really have a lot of room here, anyway. If you need affordable housing, then maybe you shouldn’t move to an island. Head to the Fraser Valley, or somewhere beyond...

Their village remains a friendly, walkable place where people greet each other, share their stories and get royally ticked off when bylaw slaps them with a parking citation. It has not resulted in population explosion, rampant development, erosion of the social fabric, a drop in property values or the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Let me pause for a caveat: I do appreciate that Bowen Island, British Columbia, is nothing like Breckenridge, Colorado and does not want to be, either. Of course things work differently in the United States, and we can’t do the same things here. I appreciate that we are an island in Canada and they are not. There are other examples. We don’t want to be like any of them. But we can learn from their mistakes. And we can learn from their successes. That’s part of what I hope to do with this column. It is about housing, but let’s face it, houses are just boxes of different shapes and sizes. I hope this will be as much a column about people and the homes they want, need, and deserve, and how we might best accommodate them. It is an attempt to unravel a difficult subject, address the “why bother” argument, and much more. Along the way, I’d like to connect with you, the reader. Ask your hard questions about affordable housing on Bowen Island - you can email them to me at—and I will do my best to provide answers. I make my living consulting on the issue, but I have never written for media before. And if this doesn’t work, I am sure Martha will pull the plug before it gets too ugly. She is pretty clever with this newspaper stuff.

other years comes courtesy of a letter from a Canadian from Toronto, a Private Ronald MacKinnon of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Pte. MacKinnon, only 23, did not make it out of the war but his letters to his sister back home did and one that he sent at Christmas in 1916 talks of spending time with the Germans at Christmas. “Here we are again, as the song says,” Pte. MacKinnon wrote. “I had quite a good Xmas considering I was in the front line. Xmas eve was pretty stiff, sentry-go up to the hips in mud of course. We had a truce on Xmas Day, and our German friends were quite friendly. They came over to see us and we traded bully beef for cigars. Xmas was ‘tray bon’, which means very good.” Dr. Weber says the notion truces occurred only in 1914 is false and that the letter from Pte. MacKinnon, who died in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and which he was given a copy of while on a recent lecture tour in Canada, is further proof of that. “The suggestion is after the first Christmas there was no repeat because of the circle of violence and its ensuing bitterness that then set in. In fact, soldiers never tried to stop fraternizing with their opponents during Christmas,” Dr. Weber said. “After the battle and after the adrenaline had gone, remorse tended to set in and there are many incidents recorded where soldiers tried to help injured soldiers from the other side. It is because of this kind of sentiment that continued Christmas truces were possible.” Somehow it’s comforting that they occurred, those truces; they make Christmas more real somehow, certainly more than the commercial venture it sometimes feels it is now. In what may have been the very last utterance about the First World War from a soldier who fought in it, Harry Patch, he spoke of an encounter he had at an Armistice Day ceremony many years after the war: “I met someone from the German side and we both shared the same opinion: we fought, we finished and we were friends. And it wasn’t worth it.” During the war each Christmas, the soldiers already knew that.

Turn Christmas leftovers into another blessing To the Editor:

some of you make soup throughout the year and for that blessings. I do hope you all have a wonderful festive season and may your dreams come true in the New Year. As Tiny Tim was wont to say “God bless us everyone!”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have so generously contributed to the Bowen Island Food Bank. As is true everywhere our own food bank is being used more and more. A huge thank you to Sue Clarke for buying the goods and restocking Angie McCulloch the shelves. The food bank is situated in the vestibule of the United Church where the door is always open New Years Eve 2010 at and donations most Featuring a Large-Format 8 Course Dinner welcome. I am asking you to make soup with Bite Size Dungeness Crab Salad your turkey or ham l Sharp Cheddar, Apple and Riesling Soup with Apple S Salsa leftovers and put it in Organic Beef Tartare with House-made Relish and Brioche the freezer at Collins Rosemary Infused Pear Sorbet Hall (the hall is beside Braised Lamb Shoulder with Savoury Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce the Little Red Church) OR from whence it will be Seared Albacore Tuna with Tapenade, a Rosti Potato, Quails Egg magically taken to the and Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette soup kitchen downBalsamic Poached Figs with Shaved Fennel, Spinach, Arugula with a town. (Thank you Don Blood Orange Vinaigrette Nicolson). After sleepWarm Chocolate Cake with Cranberry White Chocolate Ice Cream ing on the mean streets and Grand Marnier Caramel our thick homemade soup, as the first meal $65 per person | | 604.947.2583 of the day, is very welcome indeed. I know

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Bowen Island Municipality Office Closure Municipal Hall will be closed from 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 24, 2010 and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DURING CLOSURE, CONTACT: Police/Fire/Medical Emergency: 9-1-1 Water/Sewer Emergencies: 604-834-6268 Road Emergencies: 604-834-0770 Bylaw Emergency: 604-328-5499 December 31, 2010 is the deadline for paying outstanding property taxes. Payments dated December 31, 2010 that are in our mail or our drop box by 8:30 a.m. on January 4, 2011 will be accepted as December 31, 2010 payment.

Happy Holidays! Mayor Bob Turner, Council and Staff

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hen the Bowen Island Garden Club got together for their annual Christmas party at Tunstall Bay recently, Anna-Marie Atherton got everyone laughing with her Christmas quiz. Everyone broke into teams to see who could come up with the most correct answers. The highest score was 14 out of 20. How do you fare? Answers are on page 11.

Santa Claus usually enter a house on Christmas Eve? a. The front door b. A window c. A wall d. A mouse hole 4. What is Santa’s postal code? 5. The poinsettia flower is yellow. True or false? 6. Name the 4 ghosts in the movie “A Christmas Carol”?

Every year, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia produces and ships thousands of which essential Christmas item? a. Santa hats b. Turkeys c. Christmas trees d. Nativity scenes

7. Who is the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus? a. Ice Ivan b. Grandfather Frost c. Mother Snow d. Czar Nicholas 8. A ‘stollen’ is a German variety of which Christmas sweet treat? a. eggnog b. pumpkin pie c. fruit cake d. red velvet cake

2. How may presents would you have if you received all the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? a. 164 b. 264 c. 364 d. 464

9. Which reindeer is Rudolph’s dad? a. Dancer b. Dixon

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c. Donner d. Blitzen 10. What carol demands figgy pudding? 11. Alvin the Chipmunk wants what for Christmas? 12. The custom of finding a button in the plum pudding means what to an unmarried man? 13. Frosty was brought alive by what? 14. What is the most heard Christmas carol/song at Christmas? 15. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe was started by what people? a. Celts b. Romans c. Germanic tribes d. Medieval Christians 16. In Newfoundland, what does the old custom of “blowing the pudding” involve when the Christmas pudding is lifted from the pot? a. A bagpipe solo b. Blowing of soap bubbles

Anna-Marie Atherton, right, checks in on Gordon Anderson, Susanna Braund and Marolyn Anderson to see how they’re doing with her Christmas quiz during the garden club’s Christmas party at Tunstall Bay. Martha Perkins photo c. A whistling chorus d. Gunfire 17. In Chile, around Christmas they enjoy an eggnog like drink they call Cola del mono. What special ingredient is added to make this drink different from North American eggnog? a. prune juice b. coffee

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BIRDERS WANTED – Don’t forget that the annual Christmas Bird Count on Bowen Island is on Tuesday, December 28. The Bowen Nature Club welcomes volunteers to help go out and record the number of birds they see that day. People with backyard birdfeeders can also take part. All levels of bird expertise are needed and welcome. For details or to sign up for an area, please contact Pam Dicer at 9558 or bobandpam@

Municipal crews pitched in to help by delivering some of the small trees and shrubs that members of the garden club volunteered to plant on the steep slope above the retaining wall. Lorna Lewis photos

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he Bowen Island Garden Club and the municipality have transformed part of the area above the retaining wall at the ferry

dock. The plan was to keep the area “semi-wild” to avoid the need for meticulous maintenance. We wanted mature plants that could thrive in challenging conditions: steep slope, poor soil and root competition. We chose plants that would stand out, small trees and shrubs with all season impact and fall colour. The design incorporates taller amelanchier and berberis on the left, a curve of vine maple occupying the centre area, wrapping around to a lower mass of mugo pine on the far right. We will add a triangle of lavender next spring. Special thanks to Wyn Nielsen for the design and all her work. Thanks to Wil Hilsen, Mark, Grant and Ian from the municipal works crew, Jen McIntyre of Island Girls, and garden club members Cathy Buchanan, Wendy Roberts and Eileen Lord for their help on planting day.

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Wendy Roberts plants mugo pines to create a welcoming entrance to Bowen Island. The new garden was made possible by savings held in reserve from the Bowen Island Garden Club’s annual plant sale and raffle and membership fees. We hope that someone will add a lovely carved “welcome” sign, sculpture or large stones at the centre of the garden. Any individuals or groups willing to become part of the plan?

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continued from PAGE 1 “Bowen Island is a small percentage of the riding’s population but it has a great impact on federal affairs at least while I’m MP,” Weston says. The MP says his staff has been instrumental in helping all of this happen. His parliamentary assistant is Joshua Peters, who grew up here and is aware of the issues facing the island. Municipal council had open access to the MP’s office, resulting in “a tight cohesive team approach”, the positive results of which are evident. All of his staff were committed to the Ghana file because “everybody understood the underlying hierarchy of values - two parents’ love for their children. There was the balance of a justified government’s interest to battle against human trafficking.” Given that the federal government is committed to its fight against human trafficking, Weston’s office worked hard to convince immigration officials that the couple’s motivating desire was to give the twin boys a great life and that the boys’ birth family also saw the adoption as a way of achieving this. “Everyone on our team has a heart for what they’re doing,” says Weston, who went to visit the family on Sunday to extend his personal wishes for their first Christmas together on Bowen Island. As to the efforts to build a community hall on Bowen Island, he says the stimulus funding program is being wound down but there may

be other ways for the federal government to help get the project off the ground. “We’re still a partner to promote infrastructure,” he says. He believes in Canadians’ ability to come up with innovative solutions. “Canadians are the best at saying we need something and we’ll make it happen. Sometimes it’s working together and saying how can we find an investor who really believes in this. There are ways we can do things. It’s not a unilateral world where there’s only one solution.” He invites proponents of the community hall to meet with him to find out what can be done. “Part of what I like to do is erode the cynicism [about government],” he says. It takes listening to people who have indepth knowledge of the problem and then inviting them to help find solutions, much like what he’s doing with an advisory committee he established to look into the sockeye salmon problem. As a result, they were successful in getting a federal inquiry. He’s supporting the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ efforts to give volunteer firefighters a $3,000 annual tax credit. “Volunteers make the world go around” and he admires volunteer firefighter who put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect other people’s property. It’s estimated that it will cost the federal government $25 million a year and the government is trying to balance the request with a desire to control the deficit.

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“We may not get it enacted immediately but it doesn’t mean it won’t get enacted,” he says of the tax credit. Meanwhile, he’s frustrated that his bill to fight the production of crystal meth is being held up by Liberal senators after receiving support from all three parties in the House of Commons. He’s pleased that Parks Canada is reaching out to the community in a broad-based consultative process. “As long as community consultation is done correctly, this could be a very good thing for Bowen,” he says. One of his personal priorities for 2011 is to promote the riding as a destination for tourism, investment and education among Pacific Rim countries. He’ll be in Hong Kong in January and might also go to Taiwan. Weston, who speaks Mandarin, is also involved with organizing the riding’s first Chinese New Year celebration at the West Vancouver recreation centre on January 30. Asked what he learned about life as an MP last year, Weston said he’s learned he doesn’t have to do things on his own. Instead, he reaches out to “the wide circle of truly committed people in the riding” to work together on issues. “When one is humble enough to look to the people you serve for their guidance and expertise, you can achieve great things together.”

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Around Bowen with Lorraine Ashdown

Music is a very important part of our celebration of Christmas. Familiar carols about Christ’s birth and modern songs about snowmen and flying reindeer are our touchstones for the season. Bowen Island has been a very musical place over the past few weeks. There was Light Up the Cove, which had everyone singing under the stars, and the Celtic Christmas at the Little Red Church. Cates Hill Chapel was the scene of the ever popular community choir concert last Saturday. Lorraine Ashdown is a member of the choir, which made it hard for her to take photos, but she did enjoy being in the audience of the BICS Christmas concert and a recital by Elaine Taylor’s students. Also enjoying these festive musical treats were, clockwise from top left, Russell Wills, Tiger Thomas, Calum Cole, Annie MacIntosh, Sarah Herbsen and Sam and Isaac Knowles.

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PARISH: Rosalee (Rose) passed away peacefully on December 3, 2010 at the age of 61 years after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Predeceased by her father, Brian, Rosalee will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Margaret, sister, Wendy Colquhoun (Barry), brother, Rick and nieces, Kristi and Kelsey. Rosalee will always be alive in the happy memories of her many friends and family. Rose had so much love to give and rarely thought of herself first. She will be sadly missed by many. As an elementary school teacher in North Vancouver for 35 years, Rosalee gave 200% to each and every child, in and out of the classroom. Rosalee also taught for 3 years in Germany for the DND. Rose found peace and solitude in her home on Bowen Island for the past 20 years.

1. c. Christmas trees 2. c. 364 3. b. A window 4. HOH OHO 5. True 6. Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future 7. b. Grandfather Frost 8. c. Fruit cake 9. c. Donner

Died at 53 at the home of his mother in Cloverdale, NS, surrounded by his family. Born in Nova Scotia Ken spent most of his adult life in BC, living on Bowen Island. A Journeyman Carpenter for 31 years, he was highly respected in the industry. He developed and operated his own successful Tunstall Bay Contracting company. Ken was an active volunteer in his Tunstall Bay community on Bowen. Some of his greatest delights were the weekly dinners hosted by he and his wife for Island youth, and decorating his house and property on special holiday occasions for the pleasure of school youngsters.

As co-founder of CAWES, Bowen Island's animal welfare group, Rosalee was tireless in her efforts to prevent the feral cat population from multiplying. She also had an uncanny ability to communicate with and calm even the most terrified animal. During the past ten years as a CAWES Director, Rosalee volunteered at the feeding stations, fostered several cats, helped find homes for hundreds of strays, and took part in many fund raising events. She was a member of the Bowen Island Community Choir and the FoxGlove Fibre Arts Co-op. More recently she volunteered as a team leader for the Knick Knack Nook, Bowen Island's Re-use It Shop, where everyone benefitted from her bright spirit and positive energy. Rosalee found much joy in her garden, especially growing her many beautiful roses. THE ROSE WILL CONTINUE TO BLOOM ON BOWEN ISLAND.

10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas 11. Hoola hoop 12. Bachelorhood 13. A magic hat or an old silk hat 14. White Christmas 15. d. Medieval Christians 16. Gunfire 17. b. Coffee

Ken is survived by his wife Susan (Olstad), daughters Kelly and Cindy, Bowen Island; mother Katharine Mott, Cloverdale NS; stepmom and dad Donna and George Miller, Halifax; brothers Daniel, (Arkansas), Eric (China), Steve (Vancouver); sister Ainsley, Halifax, and in-laws Bud and Doris Olstad, Gibson’s. Many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews will miss the leadership and affection of Ken. A tribute to celebrate the life of Ken Miller will be held at the Tunstall Bay Community Association on January 15, 2011, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. All friends and family are invited. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, QE2 Foundation, 1276 South Park St., Room 1-040, Centennial Building, Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9.

A celebration of life will be held on Bowen Island at the Collin's Hall, January 29th at 2 o'clock. Flowers gratefully declined, friends so wishing may make a memorial donation to Rosalee's special love of animals, CAWES, RR#1-X27, Bowen Island BC, V0N 1G0.

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1991 GMC CARGO VAN 2500, on propane, in good cond. $995. Call: (604) 807-1570 or 850-7431.

MARINE 58 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: The Estate of Margaret Linklater Fougberg, deceased, formerly of 508 Collins Road, Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G0. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Margatet Linklater Fougberg are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor of the Estate of M.L. Fougberg, c/o North Shore Law, 600 - 171 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 3J9 on or before January 24th, 2011, after which date the executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice.

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ALDERWOOD FARM Holiday Hours: Dec. 15-23 - 10-5pm Dec. 24 - 10-3pm Dec. 25 & 26 - CLOSED Dec. 27-31 - 10-5pm Jan. 1 - CLOSED Jan. 2 - 10-5pm Regular Winter Hours from Jan 3 Closed Mon & Tues Open - Wed-Sun - 10-5pm CATES HILL: 1 bdrm, Granite Counters, View, Hardwood floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, Heated bathroom tile, lots of windows. Good, sound insulation. Private Patio. One year lease. $925+utils. Avail Feb 1, 2011. Info/View: 604-377-6200 DESPERATELY SEEKING Lexi - white coated Shih tzu lost since Dec. 19 in Tunstall Bay. Call 947-9291 if you’ve seen her.



FOR RENT: 2 BDR apt in Village Square. Avail Jan 1st References req’d. Sorry no pets 947-2944 FOR RENT: 3 BDR with flat yard in Millers Landing. Electric & Propane heat. Avail. Dec 1st $1450/mos Call Angell & Hasman Realty 604-657-1864 FOR RENT 3 bedroom home, wood stove & electric heat. Long term. $1550/month. On bus route & close to park. Angell Hasman & Assoc. 604-657-1864 Lance’s Recycling $20/load sorted. Kindling - $20 a box Call 947-2430


UNCLASSIFIED FOR RENT Millers/Scarborough Area Lg. 2 BDR, In-suite Laundry Wood Heater, Hardwood floors, Sep. Entry, N/S, N/P $750 947-9228

FOR RENT: Self-contained 1 Bedroom Suite in quiet home. Bright & New. Private entrance. In-suite w/d. No smoking/pets. Avail. Jan. l $725/mos incl hydro, cable, wireless internet. 947-0507 HOUSE FOR RENT 3 BDR, 1 BA, New W/D. Lg. Living Rm 15x20 with f/place. Great for kids & very private, lg level lot. Pkg for 2 cars & boat if needed. 5 mins to ferry. $1050/mos. 947-0282



LOST: Unique & beautiful “loon” umbrella. Sentimental value. Reward. Contact Pauline: 947-0907 Office/Studio/Retail Space available @ Artisan Square 604-329-5643, 947-9119 or 947-2293


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PRIME RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE: 1200 sq ft available. Suite 101, 102, 103 - 485 Bowen Isl Trunk Rd. in Snug Cove (under Union Hair & Ruddy Potato offices) 947-0099 ext. 104 Ready for the Holidays? Cocoa West Can Help In Artisan Square 947-2996 Wed-Sun 10-5 Open Christmas Eve!


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CONSUMERS SHOULD READ THE FOLLOWING: INCLUSIVE PRICING means there are no surprises; our Purchase Financing and Savings offers include Delivery & Destination ($1,595 for Grand Vitara models), $100 A/C Excise Tax (where applicable), $29 Tire Tax, $399 Dealer Administration Fee and $5 OMVIC. Offers do not include PPSA up to $72 (when ďŹ nancing), applicable taxes, license, registration and insurance. Vehicles may not be exactly as shown. Limited time offers are subject to change without notice. *Limited time ďŹ nance offers available O.A.C.. Special bi-weekly purchase ďŹ nance offers are available on 2010 Grand Vitara JX automatic transmission Model L2NB5T0 (Selling Price $30,123) for an 84 month term. The bi-weekly 84 month payments interest rates are based on 2010 Grand Vitara JX @ 0.9% purchase ďŹ nancing , bi-weekly payments are $170 with $0 down payment over a 84 month term plus applicable taxes. Dealers may sell for less. †CASH CLEARANCE SAVINGS of $4,500 is available on a 2010 Grand Vitara JLX with automatic transmission Model L2MB5V0. Certain conditions apply. ‥No Charge Snow Tire offer available on cash or ďŹ nance purchase of select 2010 models only up to a maximum of $500 for Grand Vitara models. Applicable taxes not included. See your participating Suzuki dealer for full details. All offers valid December 1, 2010 through January 4, 2011. Based on Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Fuel economy estimates are determined by using Transport Canada approved testing methods. ** No payments until 2011 (90 day payment deferral) applies to purchase ďŹ nancing offers on all new 2010 and 2011 Suzuki models on approved credit (OAC). No interest will accrue during the ďŹ rst 90 days of the ďŹ nance contract. After this period interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay principal and interest monthly over the terms of the contract.

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0% APR Purchase financing, on new 2011 Edge (excludes Fusion (excluding S), Taurus (excluding SE), Flex (excluding SE), Escape (excluding I4 manual) and Focus (excluding S) for a maximum of (48/60/72) months. On approved credit from Ford Credit. Limited time offers, factory orders may be required, see dealer for complete details. *Includes PDI and freight. Taxes and licence are extra. Unit may not be exactly as shown. Net of all rebates. Financing available on approved credit.

STEVE: 778-389-6711 OFFICE: 604-980-2411 833 Automall Drive, North Vancouver *Unit may not be exactly as shown, prices net of all rebates, plus all applicable taxes.

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