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Property values fall by 3.25% MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


o you look at property values as a house half empty or a house half full? If you’ve got no intention of selling your house, you might be glad that residential property assessments have fallen an average of 3.25 per cent because that might mean your property taxes are lower this year. But if you’re trying to sell your property, you probably won’t like knowing that your property was worth less on July 1, 2010 than it was on July 1, 2009. You probably also won’t like to know that 24 properties on Bowen Island have now fallen under the $1,000,000 mark compared to the previous year. But take heart - there are still 250 properties on the island that make their owners property millionaires. According to Assessment BC’s snapshot of property values on July 1, 2010, the priciest property on Bowen Island is on Eagle Tree Road. It was assessed at $5.9 million. When it comes to assessment values in the North Shore/Squamish Valley district, Bowen Island is indeed an island. We’re surrounded by communities where property values have increased. In fact, Bowen Island is one of only three committees in the district where property values have declined, and our decrease is the biggest. continued, PAGE 2

Snowy roads made it difficult for all the students at BICS to arrive to school on Wednesday morning, but those who did had a particularly fun time at recess. While some made snowmen and snow forts, others, such as Myah, took turns sliding down the hill on a crazy carpet. More photos page 16. Martha Perkins photo

Seize the opportunity, mayor encourages islanders MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


s the national park feasibility study shifts into second gear, Mayor Bob Turner entreats all islanders to get involved with the process. “Seize the day,” he says. “This is a rare and remarkable opportunity that deserves our careful attention. Our challenge is to be wise - we are deciding for future generations, not just ourselves. “I urge everyone to find the time in our

busy lives to seek the best information and to engage in this critical community conversation.” The first phase of the feasibility study was information gathering. The second phase also includes a lot of information gathering but Parks Canada is also getting ready to share some of the things it’s learned. For instance, the results of the economic impact study will be made public at a special council meeting on Thursday followed by a public meeting on February 5.

“This is an essential discussion to engage in,” Turner says. “I’m hearing that [the projected number of visitors] will only be moderately greater than there is now. People need to show up and query the authors of the report.” Meanwhile, on January 22, the municipality and Parks Canada join forces for a public meeting on one of the issues that the public has identified as being a potential deal-breaker - uses of Crippen Park. continued, PAGE 10










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First Credit Union responds to Baby Boomers’ needs

Northshore, Sunshine Coast assessments are up


bigail Fisk of First Credit Union has completed a comprehensive course about the issues facing Canadian baby boomers and seniors. She has now earned her Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) designation. Fisk has taken this educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and issues concerning maturing Canadians. In the history of the world, twothirds of all people who have lived past the age of 65 are alive today. By 2015, we will have more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 15. This has never happened before in the history of Canada, and requires an educated response in how professionals support with the challenges and opportunities facing

continued from PAGE 1 Property values in Whistler went down two per cent and in Pemberton, the decline was 1.87 per cent. Commercial property values on Bowen went down a more modest half a percentage point. Across the Howe Sound, property values in West Vancouver went up a whopping 13 per cent, creating 2,000 new property millionaires. In North Vancouver, assessments are up an average of eight per cent. Lions Bay assessments are up one per cent. Looking over at the Sunshine Coast, property assessments are up six per cent in Gibsons and one per cent in Sechelt. Home owners should note that tax assessment values do not always reflect real estate market values. People have until January 31 to appeal their property assessment. Go to www.bcassessment. ca for details.

our maturing population. Professionals in the fields of medicine, insurance, investments, housing, government and social services, and recreation require a broad spectrum of information to serve better the needs of older adults. Whether financial, medical or social, baby boomer and senior concerns are different from other age groups. Age-friendly business keeps the professional abreast of all these issues by providing education, monthly updates, support and assistance regarding new developments, practices, and research about aging. Fisk will participate annually in continuing education and her membership in the CPCA will ensure that she remains an informed professional for the 50 plus and senior citizens.

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As Baby Boomers start hitting their retirement years, their needs change. Abigail Fisk of Bowen Island’s First Credit Union is now certified to help them identify and respond to those needs. Martha Perkins photo

n her first day back in service between Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay, the Bowen Queen had a mechanical problem with one of its four main engines, which caused delays. That problem was fixed but the delays seemed to continue all week. Deborah Marshall of BC Ferries says that apart from that first day,

delays have been caused by volume. “The deckhands are working hard to try to maximize the load of vehicles on each sailing to reduce overloads,” she says. There have also been a few times when the Bowen Queen has had to turn around mid-course to better enable over-sized vehicles to disembark.

BCAssessment Property owner’s checklist Your 2011 assessment National Park Reserve Feasibility Assessment for Bowen Island Open Space Session Have you received your 2011 property assessment notice? If it has not arrived in the mail by January 19, call toll free 1-800-668-0086. If so, review it carefully. Any questions, call your local assessment office. Go online to compare other property TM assessments using the free e-valueBC service on our website. Don’t forget ... if you disagree with your assessment, you must file a formal appeal by January 31, 2011. For more information visit

Come to the Open Space Session and share your ideas and feedback on whether Crippen Regional Park should be included in the possible establishment of national park reserve lands on Bowen Island. Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 • 1:30-4:30 pm Bowen Island Community School 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island

Open House Join us at our Open House to learn about the results of the Economic Impact Assessment and comment on the preliminary park concept for the potential establishment of national park reserve lands on Bowen Island. Saturday, February 5th, 2011 • 1:00-4:00 pm Bowen Island Community School 1041 Mt. Gardner Road, Bowen Island For more information, please contact us or visit our website: 604-666-1986 • •

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Golfers may finally have a warm, dry place to gather MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


ith its panoramic views of Vancouver and the Howe Sound, the Bowen Island golf course is surely one of the most beautiful in the Lower Mainland. But when it comes to amenities for golfers after their game, the club is a bit, well, basic. Right now, the only place to enjoy après-golf conversation and food is an outdoor patio that’s exposed to the elements. It’s not much fun to sit outside when it’s raining or windy, which it often is at the open-year-round course. As a result, most people golf and leave. A proposed new clubhouse will give golfers the incentive, and the facility, they need to stick around and get the full enjoyment from their game. By the end of this month, the club wants to raise $110,000. That will pay for the cost of a 24’ by 40’ second-hand modular building that’s fully wired and insulated. It will also pay the costs of furnishings, including a lounge, kitchen area and washrooms (and the interior walls that will create those spaces.) Most of the money, however, will be spent on moving the existing office to the side to accommodate the new building as well as a spacious patio. Part of the patio will be protected by a tent. In one way the project is modest because the building is modest. In another way it’s ambitious because the club is giving itself only a month to raise the money, with the hopes that the new clubhouse can be open by spring. But club president Bruce Russell and manager Spencer

Jane Kellett is shown plans for the new Bowen Island Golf Club clubhouse by club president Bruce Russell and course manager Spencer Grundy. She’s going to support the fundraising campaign because of the benefits it will provide. “Because of our geography, Bowen Islanders are very dependent upon our cars and hence, are often not as physically fit as we should be. The golf course has provided a means for many women of my age and older to get exercise while talking! The clubhouse will extend the opportunity to continue our conversations after our games in a warm, dry facility.” This is a drawing of how the new clubhouse will be attached to the existing office. Grundy are confident that golfers - and even people who don’t golf but like the idea of having a destination for lunch or dinner - will respond, in part because they know how much the course needs a club house and also because it’s being done on a practical budget. “From the first tee to the ninth green, we have a first-class facility,” Russell says. But the course has been open for five years now and the novelty of not having a clubhouse has worn off. This past weekend, when the club hosted its first tournament of 2011, getting together afterwards meant huddling around a burn barrel and saying, “Isn’t this fun?” Grundy says everyone who golfs at the course compliments

the nine holes, but he’s not sure how much repeat business the course has lost because of the lack of facilities. “It’s not the right last impression,” Russell says. “If we have the right facilities, we can wow them.” As well, even though the course has become such a social hub for the island, it’s hard to get people to spend the entire day there when there’s no place to eat. Right now, the course is open year-round but it’s not always staffed so payment is on the honour principle. Likewise, it won’t be feasible to keep the clubhouse open seven days a week year round, but the washrooms will be accessible and it will be very



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easy to open the building up for groups or special events. Just like the golf course is public, the clubhouse will be public too. You won’t need to be a member, or a golfer, to come for a meal or drink. (The club is in the process of applying for a liquor licence.) Kayakers have even been known to pull up on the shores of Seymour Bay, at the bottom of the course, and wander up for a meal on sunny days when the Snack Shack is open. While there are hopes that the club will one day be able to afford a nicer clubhouse - perhaps using monies raised by attracting more golfers once there is a clubhouse - Grundy and Russell are very happy with the current project. “It’s our belief

that 95 per cent of the membership realizes we need this,” and will therefore support it, Grundy says. Members will also appreciate that the association is being modest in its goals, giving them even more inducement to support it. “If it wasn’t affordable, we couldn’t do it,” Russell says. He notes that at no time has the golf course received money from any level of government and all monies, including those to build the course, have come from donations and memberships. “It’s a great idea whose time has come,” he adds. If you would like to contribute to the new clubhouse, please contact or call 947-GOLF (4653.)

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Advisory committee starts divvying up ambitious workload MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


he Bowen Island national park advisory committee is moving in a good direction as far as coming together as a group, says the committee’s chair. “We’re doing well,” Rob Cairns said after the first two meetings of the new year. “People are starting to gel.” There is still some discussion about what the group can be and how, as an advisory committee, they can also accommodate the committee members’ divergent views. The 31-member committee has formed three sub-committees. Colleen O’Neil is heading the sub-committee that will come up with ways for face-to-face outreach into the community. The committee has begun to create poster boards that show people all of the positives about a potential national park on the island as well as highlight concerns. People can place dots on the board to show where they agree and can also add their own comments or ask questions about issues they feel need to be addressed. The committee is still working out various methods of outreach, such as meetings in people’s homes, talking to people on the ferry or outside the General Store. Maureen Nicholson’s sub-committee is working on an online survey with Survey Monkey. The survey will ask people to check off answers and also provide room for detailed comments. As to the questions that will be on the online survey, Cairns says it will probably be a mixture about the process leading up to the community opinion vote and the outcome - what people would like the park to look like (or not look like.) “We’ll get a log of information about what process people want,” Cairns says. Details about filling out the online survey should be available soon. The third sub-committee is headed up by Paul Rickett. It will prepare a long list of frequently asked questions. The FAQs will also include questions that have yet to be answered, and will be broken down into who is answering the questions. They will likely be posted on the municipal website.

This view of Snug Cove and Sea to Sky from Mount Gardner is one of the things that will attract visitors to Bowen Island. Now the debate is whether to create a national park using lands such as Mount Gardner. Alan Whitehead photo

Gulf Island park agreement is online MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


eople who want to know what an agreement with Parks Canada might look like can now read what the provincial and federal governments crafted when they created the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in 2003. The agreement is on the municipality’s website, “People can look at parallels that might come into play on Bowen Island,” says Mel Turner, the municipality’s advisor on the feasibility study that’s looking into the possibility of adding parts of Bowen Island to Canada’s list of national parks. Turner worked for BC Parks for 30 years in various capacities and was one of the three provincial negotiators in the Gulf Islands national park process. He says the 2003 agreement touches upon and answers some of the same concerns that Bowen

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Islanders have raised since the possibility of having a national park here was broached last July. For instance, the Gulf Islands agreement says that ecological integrity is a primary consideration in park management. Protecting the environment comes first. Visitor opportunities are low-impact and there are local employment and economic opportunities that will be realized and encouraged. There are also sections about shared services, including fire management, and the level of federal investment. “I do think there are a substantial number of parallels that can be found with Bowen Island,” Turner says. He says negotiations with Parks Canada were extremely positive and Parks Canada had a good idea of the community’s needs and concerns. “I’d say the province was able to negotiate successfully the issues that the province felt were important and Parks Canada had an understanding of these issues and added to them.” This agreement is seven years old and while there are many things that would be added for Bowen Island, it provides a sense of the spirit behind negotiations.

“When people have a chance to look at what was negotiated at a park that has many similarities to Bowen and put it onto a Bowen perspective, it will help people understand better what types of things would happen here,” Turner says. As to how many visitors the park would attract, Turner compared occupancy figures at two former provincial campgrounds that later became part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. One was McDonald Park on Hwy 17 as you come off the ferry near Sidney on Vancouver Island. The other was Prior Centennial Park on Pender Island. Visitation to McDonald Park went down while visitation to the Pender Island campground was only marginally higher in 2010. “I’m not saying Pender Island is Bowen Island but it gives some level of indicativeness,” Turner says. His expectation is that the number of visitors to Bowen Island will increase, but not by as much as some people expect. He says visitor profiles to a national park will likely mirror the visitors to Crippen Park. Seventy per cent of people who visit Crippen Park are Bowen Islanders.

Fairy Fen Nature Reserve Management Plan. Tell us what you think. The Islands Trust Fund and Bowen Island Conservancy are planning the future of the Fairy Fen Nature Reserve, and we want to hear from you. Join us Saturday, January 22nd, at 9:45 a.m. at the BICS Library to discuss various issues such as public access to Fairy Fen, trail construction and use, and ecosystem management. Following the meeting we will car-pool to the reserve's access point for a hike to the Fen. Please bring appropriate footwear and any necessary refreshments/snacks for the hike (which may stretch over lunch). For more information, please contact Alan Whitehead at 604-947-0144.

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The how’s and why’s of the community opinion vote MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR

Here is a primer on the upcoming community opinion vote and the municipal election in November.


hen Bowen Island council first proposed having a community opinion vote on the national park, many councillors wanted the vote to be binding. When corporate officer Kathy Lalonde checked with the municipality’s lawyer, however, she was told that it couldn’t be. “The intent [of the legislation] is you can’t fetter a council,” she says. This would also be true if council had decided to hold a referendum instead of the community opinion vote. “There’s no way around the legislation. The lawyer was quite definitive.” There are some referenda which are binding, but they tend to be about money issues. The referendum to allow council to buy surplus lands was binding, as was the referendum to incorporate the municipality. But the national park issue falls outside the criteria. However, as a whole and as individuals, councillors have repeatedly said that they will respect the wishes of the community and will treat the vote as binding. A community opinion vote is very similar to a referendum; the main difference is the regulations as to timing. A community opinion vote can be done in a shorter, and therefore less expensive, time frame but it includes all facets of a referendum. Lalonde says that she will need a five-week window from the day that the question(s) for the vote is formulated to the day of the vote. This is to allow the ballots to be produced and mailed out to those people requesting a mail-in ballot. The community opinion vote is going to be held following the same rules as a regular municipal election. That means that any person who is 18 or older and who has lived on the island for at least three months can vote. Any resident - including renters - can vote. You don’t need to own property. You simply need to provide proper identification, such as a driver’s licence, with a Bowen address as well as a piece of mail with your Bowen address. You also need to be a Canadian citizen. The rules are different for people who own property on Bowen Island but don’t live here. If their home address is in British Columbia, nonresident property owners are allowed one vote per property, as opposed to one vote per person. People who live outside the province cannot vote. If there is more than one adult who owns the property, the municipality will send a letter to all

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owners of that property asking them to choose a delegate voter. All of the other adults associated with that property must sign a form that designates their single delegate. There is new legislation that opens the door a little wider for people who want to vote in both the national park debate and the municipal election but who can’t make the trek to the polling booths on Bowen Island or West Vancouver. Under old rules, anyone who owned property on the island but lived off-island basically had to come to a polling booth in order to vote. This was often difficult for people who lived more than an hour away. The only way they could use a mail-in ballot was if they were sick or infirm and unable to physically make it to the polling booth. It took years of lobbying but new rules say that any voter - resident or non-resident - who is not going to be available on polling day can request a mail-in ballot application. “They have to let me know they’re not going to be available on election day,” Lalonde says. The mail-in ballot will be inside three separate envelopes to ensure privacy; as part of the process of opening those envelopes, there’s no way anyone in the municipal office will be able to tie a ballot to a voter’s name. “It’s still a secret ballot,” she says. Lalonde looks forward to the day when there is Internet voting or mail-in voting for everyone. “You do what you can to get a higher voter turn out,” she says. She finds the present restrictions against mail-in voting archaic and says the system should encourage everyone to vote. Unlike many other communities, Bowen can boast of high voter turn out. Traditionally, 70 per cent of property owners take part in municipal elections. “It shows what an engaged community we have. We have phenomenal voter turn out and it’s something to be proud of.” One of the complications for her in the coming weeks will be coming up with a voters’ list. Any community with a population less than 5,000 is not required to have a voters’ list using provincial and federal voters lists. In the past, Bowen Island used voter day registration. The voter lists from the province and federal government do not include non-resident property owners, however. To create that list, the staff is going to have to go through property tax rolls to find the names and addresses of property taxpayers who live in British Columbia and are therefore eligible to vote. This comprehensive list is more imperative now that there are more possibilities for mailin voting. You cannot request a mail-in ballot unless you are on the municipality’s registered voters’ list. Notices will be sent out in the relatively near future to all property owners to make sure they are on that list. If they’re not on the

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The municipal election Bowen Islanders will be voting for a new council on Saturday, November 19. But whose names will be on the ballot? Nomination packages will be available at the end of August. People can announce their candidacy at any time the official nomination period is between 9 a.m. on October 4 and 4 p.m. on October 14. Candidates must declare if they’re running for mayor (one position) or council (six positions.) Lalonde says that some candidates wait until the last minute to declare their intentions. Perhaps they want to see who else is running before deciding whether to run for mayor or councillor. Bowen Island is unique in that it’s the only municipality within the Islands Trust. A Islands Trust municipal trustee must be a member of Bowen Island council. When a person declares their intention to run for council, they are asked if they also want to run for the Islands Trust position. The Islands Trustees are the two successful candidates who have declared their willingness to sit on the Islands Trust council and who garner the highest number of voters for the two trustee positions. Voters are given one ballot each for mayor, councillors and Islands Trust municipal trustee. They fill out all ballots. It’s possible that the candidate who garners the most votes for the Islands Trust position isn’t elected to council. That means they can’t sit on the Islands Trust.

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ne of the questions that’s been frequently asked about the possibility of a national park is whether a national park will given the island’s Crown forests more protection than they have as a provincial entity. The Undercurrent contacted the BC Ministry of Forests and this was the emailed response: “While logging is a potential future use of Crown land on Bowen Island, currently no one holds a forest licence. This means logging wouldn’t occur until a company acquires a forest licence, and then they would need to prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan, which outlines how forest values will be managed and requires government approval. The process would also involve a public and stakeholder comment and review period, as well as First Nation consultation.”

Who Is Parks Canada and What Might It be Like Living With Them? An evening to consider a national park. Parks Canada is doing a feasibility study of Bowen Island, as the potential site for a new national park. On Jan. 14 the people of Bowen Island can begin their own feasibility study, this time of Parks Canada. We have invited 3 distinguished presenters to host a lively evening of questions, insights and discussion, as we aim to learn more about who Parks Canada is and to explore what kind of partner they might be for our community. Our guests are: Philip Dearden, Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Victoria, member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, Chair of Canada’s Working Group on Marine Protected Areas and co-Chair of Parks Canada’s NMCA Marine Science Network. Dr. Dearden is also co-editor of ‘Parks and Protected Areas in Canada - Planning and Management’, published by Oxford University Press’. Bob Gunn, a member of several planning and public advisory committees related to land conservation, outdoor recreation, volunteer and youth engagement, and the management of a variety of parks and protected areas. Bob is currently the Chair of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and an Instructor and current Program Head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ron Kato, Bowen resident and project architect on Parks Canada’s recently completed Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre in Sidney, BC the first LEED platinum project to be certified in Canada. A practicing architect, Ron is also on the faculty of BCIT’s Architectural Science department and is on the board of the Cascadia Green Building Council.

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or every person whose mind is made up about the possibility of having a national park on Bowen Island, there is another person who’s waiting for more information before they know how they’ll vote on the issue. Here at the Undercurrent, the goal is to provide as much of that information as possible. What readers do with that information is up to them. It’s not the newspaper’s intention to come out for or against the park. Of course, that poses the challenge of what to write in this editorial space. An editorial is supposed to be the one place in the paper where an editor’s personal viewpoint is allowed to come through. In fact, many readers expect it; some also expect that viewpoint to be expressed in strong, unequivocal terms. For me, this whole national park process is more about listening and distilling. You listen to all of the divergent opinions, sometimes disagreeing with people you like, sometimes agreeing with people who you have less of a natural rapport with. There are times when you express a countering opinion but more often it’s good

to say nothing. Just listen. Try to figure out why they have that opinion; could you have it, too? What makes them think what they do? The distillation will take a lot longer. All of those opinions have to seep through our consciousness so that what remains, what gets through at the end, is the issue at its essence. What’s interesting on Bowen is what people expect to happen once they express their opinion. In many cases, they expect their listener, or reader, to be swayed by the power of their argument. They want their audience to find them right. If they fail in that goal, that’s when they get angry. Being right is vastly over-rated. You can be right from your perspective, using your experiences in life, and for a certain period of time. You can be right based on your value system, and the things that are important to you. It’s good when you can feel confident about what you think about a certain issue. But being right shouldn’t be the vaunted goal. Keeping an open mind when you talk with others should be given more value. Being will-

ing to change or grow because you listen to the viewpoints of others can lead to a world of greys and nuances – and not help at all when it comes to writing an opinion-based editorial – but the complexity to be found in all those greys can be so rich and nourishing. Of course, an X on the ballot box is black and white. Every islander is going to be asked to give a yes or no answer to a very complex question. There’s not going to be room on the ballot to express doubts or worries or add caveats. In the end, you have to have an opinion. But after that black mark is made on the ballot, we’ll all be back to the greys. Next week, the Undercurrent is going to explore what constitutes a majority. Is it 50-plus one? Should two-thirds of Bowen Islanders agree before an absolute decision can be made? Life is complicated. It’s tempting to add “Get over it.” There are too many issues that don’t have an absolute right or wrong and we, as a society living together in a relatively small space, has to learn how to live with that. Martha Perkins

How serious is council about a national park?


have had many discussions with many people on Bowen about the national park and whether or not Bowen Island residents like the concept. The answer is usually that the concept is interesting, but what’s to like until we know the deal? At this time it appears that we are going to be expected to vote on whether or not we like the concept (with hopefully some more detail), and if that answer is yes, accept whatever outcome negotiations with Parks Canada produce. Anyone who has been on After Bowen Island longer than 90 Bite days probably realizes there are very few residents who would be satisfied with this approach - for several reasons. We will want to see third party reports (neither from council nor from Parks Canada) on issues like economic and transportation impacts. We will want someone’s opinion other than Park Canada’s about impacts on the island - third party reports funded by the municipality, not PC. We will want know who is negotiating on our behalf. We expect professional negotiators to be protecting our interests: someone with the skills who can deal from a position of strength. (Strength comes from not caring about the outcome. My suggestion would be to hire some pit-bull mergers-and-acquisitions lawyers to represent the Island.) We will want to know the details of the final deal. We expect to see the final negotiated plan and its conditions and understand the impact it will have. Then we will want to vote to ratify the final deal. I believe any approach that does not include these steps is destined to fail. If we are simply asked to approve the concept of a park and accept whatever the subsequent negotiations produce, we will most likely return a resounding ‘no’. If council is serious about a park, they will have to get serious about a process that has some potential of gaining Bowen Islanders’ agreement. Tim Rhodes

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What’s taking so long with Thompson Rd? To the Editor:


here appears to be a pattern in recent letters to the editor regarding council’s inability to deal with the real issues on Bowen Island. In this respect let us review what went wrong with the Thompson Road access to the Cape Roger Curtis development. Thompson Road was created in the late 1980s as the primary access to the southwest side of Bowen Island, including Cape Roger Curtis. For many years development proposals used this route. Accordingly, this was the route requested by the present owners of Cape Roger Curtis in their original development application. Council, with support from the Bowen Island conservancy group, opposed this application citing concerns over potential damage to Fairy Fen. This left the owners of Cape Roger Curtis looking for an alternate route for their devel-

opment. Why was this left up to the developer? Council, working with all interested parties, and using a public consultation process, should have been able to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As part of their next comprehensive development plan the developer proposed extending Cromie Road. Once again this plan was not approved and council gave no alternative options. Then quickly and quietly council approved the use of Tunstall Bay as the primary access. This route was originally looked at for secondary access but, because the developer had no other options and council was left with no leverage, primary access was granted on this route. This raises the important argument, did council deal with the real issue? In my opinion, council has not dealt with the issue. Thompson Road was approved as the primary access and if council feels that it encroaches on Fairy Fen, a proper pubic

process should have been used to look for options. To date this has not been done. Furthermore, if council also worked with all parties on this issue the access route could have been resolved in a reasonable manner. For example, Peter Drake, the chair of the Bowen Island Conservancy has stated that they “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” bypassing any encroachment on Ferry Fen. (The Undercurrent, December 23, 2010.) Why did this council or past councils not study an alternate realignment option for Thompson Road? Once again council diverted the issue. Furthermore, as council continues to tie the Ferry Fen issue to Thompson Road, how then does the national park interest in Fairy Fen fit into this mess? continued, PAGE 8

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Stop deflecting issue of Thompson Road continued from PAGE 6 It is important to remember that Bowen Island is not as much an island community as an island of communities. The community of Tunstall Bay is now dealing with the poor decisions and lack of consultation from council. What is to say that this process won’t be repeated around the island? It is easy to see how this is more than just a community concern from Tunstall Bay, but also a concern about how council deals with community development and conservation in general. Bowen Island got nothing out of the Cape Roger Curtis development because they outright shut down any leverage they had with the developers and diverted the real issue. If council had approved the original request for access using Thompson Road, or even an amended alignment,

where would we be today? We would be working with the owners of Cape Roger Curtis, part of Cape Roger Curtis could have been conserved, there would be an access road approved by the residents, road impact on Fairy Fen would be minimal, and Parks Canada would not have a Thompson Road access issue to deal with. In conclusion, council has not resolved the Thompson Road issue but continues to deflect it. If by February 1, 2011 this issue does not get resolved the residents of this island will start a visual campaign to help council understand that they must deal with this problem. This visual perspective has a lot of support islandwide and will affect everything the island is involved with. It will not stop until council deals with the real issue. Ed Booiman

Sharing memories of the Monkey Puzzle Tree To the Editor:


n August you ran an article on the loss of the Monkey Puzzle Tree from the grounds of the old hotel. I thought you might be interested to know that it was likely my father, the late Trevor Roote, who had it cut down. He was the manager during the 1956 season. I could claim it was my “first” time on Bowen, as my mother was pregnant with me at the time. My mother tells me that my father was hired to attempt to turn the finances of the resort around as it had been operating in the red. This obviously necessitated some difficult decisions, but they finished in the black at the end of the season despite a very tight budget. Sadly, as we all know, times changed and those

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days came to an end. My earliest memories of Bowen were of hanging over the edge of the old swimming pool (or some kind of pool) catching frogs and watching people swim off the government dock in the Cove. In 1989, I returned as a young mother to raise our children on Bowen and grew to love the island and community. It’s been an amazing place to live, but like many people life changes. My children, Sarah, Travis and Taryn Haggerstone, are all grown and although Bowen is still home to them, they spend more time off island than on. I am in the middle of creating a new home in the more remote community on Malcolm Island while still trying to keep my ties on Bowen. Once an islander always an islander. Sheila Roote

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oming on January 25 is the birthday of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet whose words and music have enriched so many millions of people that his birthday is happily celebrated all over the world. Everywhere that Scots and their descendants live, there’ll be Burns Suppers, each set in a traditional pattern. First, the host island welcomes the diners, the neighbours Selkirk Grace is said and then.., the haggis, on a large tray, is piped in to the table. At that point, a suitable Scot makes the expected first cut, recites An Address to the Haggis and supper commences. After the supper comes The Immortal Memory, a formal presentation of some aspect of Burns’ life. Then - the Toast to the Lassies and following that, a reply from the Lassies. Both are often humourous in style. A dance often follows the dinner and if so, it’s likely to be Royal Scottish Country dancing. At the end of the evening, everyone forms a circle, joins hands and sings Auld Lang Syne. Burns was born in 1759 into an impoverished farming family. Although Robert had been to school since the age of six, he was also educated at home both by his father and by a teacher, John Murdoch. By the age of 15, he beeame the farm’s chief labourer. He also acquired a reading knowledge of French and Latin and had read Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton and the Bible. After his father’s death, he and his brother continued farming together and Robert began to write. He blossomed early and although he was recognized by the English literati, his heart was with his ain folk. Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. Scots have always been proud of the way that Burns (“the plowboy poet”) took pride in his heritage and defended the rights of the common man. He loved more than one lassie and some of his songs and poems are dedicated to them. He was only 37 when he died but he left a wonderful unique heritage. Lucky is the person whose English course in high school or university included an introduction to Burns: Afton Water (Flow Gently Sweet Afton), My Love’s Like a Red, Red Rose, Charlie is My Darling, the Deil’s Awa wi the Exciseman, Green Grow the Rashes, To a Louse, To a Mouse, Bruce to his Men at Bannockburn ( Scots, wha wi Wallace Bled). The famous To a Haggis has eight verses, all extolling the delights of the warm and fragrant meaty haggis. I’ll give you only the first verse and the last two. LoisMeyers-Carter

oth on a personal and community basis 2010 was a memorable year for which there was more to be thankful about than to complain. From a gold medal perspective, the Winter Olympics definitely owned the podium. And who could forget the magic of the remarkable torch light parade on Bowen? The community certainly scored gold when Martha Perkins vacated Halliburton to take up the post as editor of the Undercurrent and Brent Mahood was appointed CAO. Changing colours and going green, the artificial sports field became a reality with the exceptional day and night time usage confirming this recreational amenity was much needed, meant to be and well worth the struggle. There was more of the latter colour with

the new practice putting green, chipping area and bunker at the golf course which became a reality due to the generosity of First Credit Union’s $10K giveaway. In 2011 here’s to some progress on affordable housing, the Snug Cove plan and ferry marshalling. I hope our new CAO will be given the legislative tools/ muscle to clean up and reclaim Sandy Beach and Pebbly Beach for the use and enjoyment of all. At the end of 2011 hopefully we can reflect on the completion of a very modest, affordable ($110,000) golf course clubhouse. This addition is needed to improve the club’s presentation to golfers and non golfers. It will take the course to that next level by providing a proper place for everyone in the community to gather, socialize and enjoy each other’s company and that, my friends, is what this wonderful community is all about being with and enjoying the company of friends. So, here’s to a happy, double bogeyfree New Year. Bruce Russell

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But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He’ll make it whistle; An’ legs, an’ arms, an’ heads will sned Like taps o’ thrissle. Ye pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o’ fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware, That jaups in luggies; But if ye wish her gratfu’ prayer, Gie her a Haggis! • Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrent issue of January 5, 2001: The Walkerton, Ontario contaminated water tragedy was prompting islanders to check the conditions of Bowen’s water. Bob Wiltshire, the certified owner/operator of BRS Water Services which managed five of the water systems on Bowen, expressed concern about the water on Bowen and advised that water should be tested weekly because some contamination could get in the water the day after testing and it would be almost another two weeks before it would be discovered. Councillor Bob Turner, a geoscientist, said that one of Bowen’s assets was the large amount of natural landscape, adding that protecting water quality had a lot to do with protecting ecology. • The Snug Cove Task Force scheduled a public meeting to discuss “Has the development of Artisan Square adversely affected the development of Snug Cove?” • The Twenty-five Years Ago section of Island Neighbours noted that there was no gym, no auditorium, nowhere to have the traditional Christmas concert. However, the Community School Council was working to have a new gymnasium-auditorium for Christmas 1977. • The birthdays on January 16 feature Rosie Hoppenrath and Jon Furst (born in 1913.) Next up are the January 18 celebrants: Mike McQuarrie, Kioni Angus, Stacy Carachelo and Lachlan Huinink. On January 19, the birthdays are for Kathryn Haxby and Ethan McMahon. Coming up on January 20 will be Lauren Courtenay, Caitlin Walker and Max Wilson. January 21 is the birthday of four Eagle Cliff friends who live on or near Cleator Road: Tom Edward, Jean Cleator, Sandra Murray and Anna-Marie Atherton. January 22 is Joyce Matthews’ birthday and then we go to January 26 - the birthday of Julia McLaughlin and Scarlet Duntz. On January 27, Eliza Jane McCullum celebrates and on January 28, the birthdays include Farrell MacNeill, Libby Osler and Dan Parkin. On January 29, both Ellen Godfrey and James Godfrey have birthdays. On January 30, birthdays include Elizabeth Brumfield, Katy Michener, Samantha Carter and Nick McKnight while the January 31 birthdays go to George Burley and Joe Wansbrough. • The Last Word: There are rumours of a March Community Fair in the BICS gym. I hope so. It’s been a long time since we had that kind of informational open house and we have a fair number of community organizations, many of them new.

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New criminal background check rules create delays MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


o celebrate Earth Day, a local volunteer wants to teach children how to get creative with recycled plastic. Earth Day is April 22 but Sarah Haxby, the community school co-ordinator, is worried that she might not be able to

offer the program because of new rules involving criminal background checks. “For me and community recreation, basically any program that involves youth, it will affect getting new volunteers and instructors,� she says of the changes. The new rules affect new volunteers who work with children,


seniors or the disabled. As the result of a backlog at the RCMP’s national data base in Ottawa, what used to take a couple of weeks may now take as long as 120 days. In the case of the Earth Day volunteer, Haxby wonders whether she should offer the program if there’s a chance the volunteer’s paperwork will not be completed by then. School rules say that all volunteers must have the criminal background check. The changes were prompted by the concern that convicted sex offenders could legally change their name and then sign up as a volunteer with children, says Bowen Island Cpl. Don Southern. Ever since July, when a new volunteer goes to the RCMP detachment to fill out the required paperwork for a background check, the RCMP searches their name and birthdate to make sure the person has no criminal record. But to protect against a registered

sex offender with a new name applying to volunteer, the RCMP also does a search for any male or female born on that date who has a record of a violent past, or is a registered sex offender. There are 14,000 pardoned sex offenders in the national database. A calculation by an SFU statistician suggests at least onethird of male volunteers – and perhaps closer to half – would match the date of birth of one of the paroled sex offenders. If there’s a birthday match, then the prospective volunteer is asked to come back to the detachment to be fingerprinted and those prints are sent to Ottawa to do a deeper background check. However, Cpl. Southern notes, not every match with a criminal record will result in the volunteer needing to be fingerprinted. If someone with the same birthday as the perspective volunteer was caught shoplifting 30 years ago, it’s unlikely that the volunteer’s file

would be flagged. It’s only if the criminal offence was sexual or violent or potentially violent in nature that the request for fingerprinting will be made. “Police can’t predict who will or will not need to submit fingerprints, so the best advice is to get your application in as soon as possible,� he says. Critics say that it’s wrong to put the onus on potential volunteers. Instead, they say there should be a mechanism to ensure that a registered sex offender, or someone with a violent past, can’t change their name without the information about the past offences being attached to the file. British Columbia and Alberta are the only provinces that do this. “The point of inspection here is entirely wrong,� says B.C. Civil Liberties Association policy director Micheal Vonn. “We’re throwing the needle in the haystack and then searching for it. We should be doing the search before we throw the needle.�

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Fire department kept busy in 2010 MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR


ven though last summer’s lack of rain had everyone worried about the potential of fires on the island, 2010 was a relatively quiet year in Bowen’s forests. In his annual report of the Bowen Island Fire-Rescue activities, Fire Chief Brian Biddlecombe notes that there was only one bush fire in 2010, compared to seven in each of the preceding years. However, there were five structure fires, including one that totally destroyed a house in the Fairweather neighourhood. A tugboat operator was the first to call it in around two in the morning, but two neighbours soon alerted the department about the precise location and severity of the fire. “When our pagers go off in the early hours of the morning from a call originating from a passing tugboat reporting a large amount of flame, we know we are responding to a major incident,” Biddlecombe writes in his report. “Such was the case last June when we arrived at a house that was fully involved. Fortunately there was no one home at the time. The volunteers worked

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through the night containing the fire and making sure it was completely extinguished. In the morning, many of them carried on to their regular employment.” Another fire in the basement of a house under construction has been listed as arson. The majority of the department’s calls are medical assists. The protocol for joint responses with paramedics was changed in 2004. The firefighters no longer respond to all medical calls; instead, they respond to calls of a more life-threatening nature including falls, motor vehicle accidents and entrapments. As a result, although firefighters responded to fewer medical calls than the peak of 114 calls in 2005, the calls they do respond to are more serious in nature. In 2010, the volunteers responded to 89 medical calls, the same number as the year before. There were four motor vehicle accident calls compared to seven in 2009. There were no vehicle fires in 2010 and only two chimney fires, compared to five in 2009. There were five search and rescues, the highest since 2001. False alarms continue to be a problem, with firefighters responding to 14 of them in 2010, compared to 12 in 2009.

Alan Morse took this photo of a Bowen Island volunteer firefighter silhouetted against the flames of a fire one early morning last June in the Fairweather area. The biggest spike was in the number of times firefighters had to be called when a hydro line was down. There were 10 such calls compared to two in each of the previous two years. Biddlecombe says, “as always, preparation for emergency situations of any nature begins with the individual. Compared to previous years, the electrical grid on the island was very reliable with only relatively minor outages. Hopefully, this doesn’t result in

us becoming a bit complacent. If we prepare for possible winter isolation, then we are better prepared for a larger incident such as an earthquake. All told, the department responded to 156 calls in 2010 compared to 168 in 2009. There is also ongoing training every Tuesday night and summer patrols of potential trouble spots. Firefighters went into the schools to talk about fire safety and community neighbourhood meetings

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were held to discuss localized issues. Fire safety inspections were carried out for public, commercial and institutional buildings and the Dock Dance was once again a popular fundraiser. Biddlecombe ends his report by reminding everyone that “all of these volunteers give up an amazing amount of time over a year. They are your family, friend, neighbour and make a living in your community. They are proud to serve.”



KEN MILLER As many of you will already know, Ken Miller passed away in early December 2010. A memorial service will be held at the Tunstall Bay Community Association Clubhouse this Saturday, January 15 from 1:00-3:00pm. The TBCA is located at the foot of Tunstall Blvd. Peter King of Bowen Island Community Transit will be providing a shuttle service to coincide with the 11:30am and 12:30pm ferry. A return trip to the cove is scheduled for approximately 3:15pm. Pickup will be at the Library and also a stop at Bowen Island Community School which offers ample vehicle parking. The shuttle will be offered as a courtesy to all who wish to attend. The memorial will commence with a potluck lunch offering at 1:00pm and we are requesting that those who wish to please bring a food item to share at the table. The service will follow at 1:45pm. Donation forms will be available in support of Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Society. Following the memorial service, Sue Miller and friends will be hosting a casual bonfire and gathering for those who wish to attend at her home (1502 Whitesails Drive).




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Parks Canada would be an advocate for our forests, mayor says continued from PAGE 1 Should Crippen Park be included in the national park? If so, what activities should be available? Turner is very open to the idea of a national park on Bowen. “This is a remarkable opportunity,” he says. “Whether you like it or not, [debate about a national park] is on the table. A national park has the potential to do remarkable things for the island.” The debate is whether those benefits outweigh any potential harms. Turner would also like people to consider Parks Canada as an honourable guardian of Bowen’s natural spaces. The Salish Sea is home to six million people and the pressure for growth will be tremendous in the decades to come. “Who will be the advocate for its natural beauty in the long haul? I don’t think the municipality has the capacity to do it. We need a partner with resources and a commitment to science-based decision making and education.” He’d be glad to have Parks Canada as that partner. “I’m a Parks Canada user. I love national parks. I have used all the national parks in the region and they hold still the land developers. There are stresses in Banff but I go outside Banff National Park and look next door at Canmore, which in my mind is a giant sprawl. I hike the West Coast Trail. It’s a carefully managed trail system that hasn’t changed in a decade. I love the wilderness of the Pacific Rim. Yet outside the park, it’s a different nature. “Parks Canada simply does good work. They walk the talk and do it better than anyone else in Canada.”

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Turner says fear is our enemy, which is why he stresses for people to get informed about the issues and Parks Canada’s responses. “What I hear is a lot of speculation about what could happen and the best place to look still remains the Gulf Island National Park Reserve. It has small campgrounds, trails have been constructed, there’s ongoing consultation with the community.” Yes there are challenges, he says, “but when you talk to islanders on Pender and Saturna and ask them, ‘Would you do it again?’, the answer is always yes.” He doesn’t believe there will be a huge influx of visitors, or that you can compare Bowen Island to someplace like Banff. “We’re not going to grow the Rockies or have extensive wild shores,” he says. “Our shorelines are pretty modest and if you want big views there’s a road up Cypress Mountain and a lift up Grouse Mountain. And it’s expensive to get to Bowen. You can’t just drive here easily so there are barriers.” In its day, every park, including Crippen, has been created with tremendous public debate. It’s long after those parks are created - when we realize what has happened to the land around them that we comprehend the value of the decision. “It seems like such a wise decision when seen from the future.” And it’s a view of a future without the park that Turner wants people to consider. “My big concern is the suburban sprawl of Vancouver. I’ve watched the creep. It’s unrelenting. Over two decades it’s a significant diminishment of natural spaces. I like the idea of assurance of committing some lands that will remain a park.”


hose who were present for any of the numerous concerts presented on Bowen by the Australian sensation Fruit will likely remember Mel Watson. Her amazing four and a half octave voice, award-winning trumpet/sax/ flute playing and joyous, infectious musicality left a lasting impression. After the dissolution of Fruit in 2007, Mel toured as a solo artist for a few years, until, in 2009, she teamed up with Bowen cellist Corbin Keep while touring Vancouver Island. In playing together, both of these improvisational, boundary-less performers immediately knew they had something. Their first album, Travelin’ Light, was released in mid-2010 and a new CD, nearly written, will be recorded in March. Live, the duo is a wonder to behold. While Corbin sticks to his cello (albeit playing it every way - including sideways and occasionally, upside down) Mel plays a variety of instruments, including trumpet, soprano sax, flute, percussion and guitar - and all of them with mastery!



t is time to begin again. The Bowen Island Community Choir is ready to launch its spring season of singing with a fabulous program lined up for both singers and audience. Director Ellen Macintosh has picked a line-up of songs ranging from a familiar Scottish ballad to contemporary and standard jazz tunes. The Bowen Island Community Choir is a group of dedicated singers who come together once a week to make a joyful sound. No auditions are required and all that is needed is a love of music and a willingness to learn. The choir is made up of singers who read music and have several years of choral singing experience to those who are stepping into the world of choral singing for the first time and who proclaim a wee bit of anxiety as they try out something new. Newcomers quickly find they are welcomed into a community of fun loving, supportive

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Due to the natural improvisatory nature of these musicians, at almost any point, songs can go in spontaneous, brand new directions. Thus, Corbin and Mel expand the possibilities of their musical expression, creating an exciting, inspirational and unique performance. In solo performances, Corbin and Mel regularly bring audiences to their feet. As Travelin’ Light, they turn them upside-down!

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people who simply love to sing, regardless of how much or how little experience they have. The Community Choir meets at Cates Hill Chapel each Wednesday night. Wednesday, January 19 is registration night and it will begin at 7. During the regular session, the choir meets at 7:15. The cost of registration is $80 for the Spring season. The choir welcomes Bonney McDowell as guest conductor and, as always, Sheilagh Sparks, Bowen Island’s steadfast accompanist, keeps the singers on task each week. If you have ever wanted to try singing with a group of people, learn some new skills, have a regular weekly visit with friends( including yummy homemade goodies every week), then please don’t hesitate to give this group a try. All singers are welcome and rumour has it there is a particular call out for basses and tenors as these numbers are traditionally lower than the robust alto and soprano sections. However, regardless of gender, come out on Wednesday, January 19 and lend your voice to the Community Choir. However, heed the warning - singing with friends and community may be habit forming.

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On the Calendar FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

meeting, 7:15 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel.

• Legion Dinner: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Members and guests welcome.


• Baby Connections: For new and expecting parents and babies 0-12 months. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family Place, (604) 947-6976. 583 Prometheus Place (Lower Artisan Square.) • Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 • Old Time Bowen Open AA meeting: 9 a.m., Collins Hall. • Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free pizza from Tuscany and the Pub. Drop in. SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 • Parent and Tot Drop-In: 9:4511:15 a.m. in BICS gym. • Drop-in Meditation Circle Sunday evenings, 7:15 p.m. in the yurt at 903 Windjammer. All levels of experience welcome. No cost. Call Lisa Shatzky 2246.

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CAN WE COME IN, TOO? Louis Racine often looks like the Pied Piper of Bowen as he walks his merry band of sometimes seven dogs. Sometimes, they drop by to the Undercurrent office for a visit. While dogs are always welcome in the office, sometimes they don’t get in fast enough before the door closes. The look on the faces of Errol, a bearded collie, and Juice, a Boston terrier, let Louis know that it’s either time to let them in for the visit or continue their walk into Snug Cove.

• Legion: Open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Drop by for socializing, pool, darts and shuffleboard. • AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933. • Bowen Island Library: Library hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Now open Sundays. Closed Mon. WED., JANUARY 19 • Post Partum Support Group: Meets two evenings a month. A Family Place program. Call (604) 947-6976 • Drop-in knitting group: Every Weds., from 2-5 p.m., in the lounge at Bowen Court. All levels welcome.

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• Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. New PointsPlus plan – free registration until January 29. Info: Angie 604-947-2880. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

• SKY: 9 a.m. line dancing, 9:45 exercises, 10:30 singing and refreshments, 11 a.m. speaker Neil Boyd re the national park. • Garden Keep Fit: Registered physiotherapist Sandy Logan will demonstrate how to garden in a way that’s kind to your body. 1 p.m. at Gallery@Artisan Square. Sponsored by BI Garden Club, everyone welcome. • Family Place: For parents, caregivers and children 0-6 years. Mon., Tues., Thurs.,10-1. (604) 9476976. Lower Artisan Square. • AA Meeting: Women’s: Monday 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall. • Bowen Children’s Centre: Community Daycare, and Bowen Island Preschool. Programs run Mon.-Fri. 604-947-9626. • Narcotics Anonymous: Open

• Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Rotary Club: 7:30-9 p.m. at the Snug Cafe. Visitors welcome. • Al-Anon: Meetings have been changed to Thursdays at 7:15 at the United Church • Bridge Club: 7 p.m. at Bowen Court. • Le Festival Francais: IPS students perform plays and songs from AIM Language. See story this page. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 Knick Knack Nook Sale: Two for one prices on all clothing, toys and linens from January 20 to 31. Open Thursdays through Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To post your free listing here, please send a one-paragraph description to editor@

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

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

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

Le Francais fantastique takes to the stage SUZANNE ALLAN ISLAND PACIFIC SCHOOL


e Festival Francais is a celebration of the French language which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Cates Hill Chapel from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Island Pacific School students in grades 6 through 8 will be performing plays and songs from Wendy Maxwell’s

AIM program. The Grade 9 class will perform a play written by one of the students. Professional guest singers and fellow Islanders Matt and Wendy Maxwell have graciously agreed to round out the entertainment with some beautiful French songs. Admission is by donation and there will be opportunities to buy raffle tickets and good-

ies sold by the Grade 9 class. Funds raised will go towards the Grade 7/8 S.A.L.T.S. trip and the Grade 9 Quebec trip. So, all you Francophones and Francophiles out there, come and witness the amazing AIM French program in action. You don’t have to speak French to enjoy it. C’est fantastique!

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Actor’s ‘performance’ of the Gospel of St. Mark will be a memorable experience

Clothing sale is back on


t’s 2011 and the Bowen Children’s Centre clothing sale is ON! Yes, that’s right, we are open for business and ready to accept your fine, gently or never-used treasures so have a look through those cupboards and... Please think ahead to Bowen Children’s Centre’s 11th annual clothing sale fundraiser on May 7. The centre is asking the community to cast a critical eye over its closets and donate gently- or never-worn men’s, women’s and teens’ clothing and accessories. Most items are priced at a toonie. The more upmarket selections are individually - but still modestly priced. Variety being the spice of life, the Children’s Centre is hoping for lots of continental clothes to mix with island offerings, and asks you to please spread the word among your off-island friends, relative and co-workers in plenty of time to get their clothes across the strait. The Children’s Centre will do the sorting. We love accessories in particular: hats, gloves, costume jewelry and more. Not sure what will sell? No worries: quirkier, dated offerings are great fun for children’s dress-up collections and drama costumes. Please bring your donations to the Children’s Centre during regular weekday business hours. That’s the big red building with the green roof and frost covered playground at 650 Carter Road, on the way to IPS and Cates Chapel. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Children’s Centre’s programs for children: Bowen Island Preschool, the Community Daycare and The After School Club. The event also supports the Bowen Island Food Bank. Please! Only clothes in excellent condition can be accepted. No rips, stains, or broken zippers. For more information, please contact Ann, at the Centre’s office: 604-947-9626.

nthony Holland graced a stage on Bowen last year with two performances of Tuesdays With Morrie. At 90 years old, he is a strong, commanding performer with a beautiful voice, impeccable timing and a wonderful sense of humour. He said then that he has another favourite “black box” performance: The Gospel of St Mark. Theatre on the Isle booked him immediately and now offer his talents again to our favourite audience: you, Bowen Islanders. This, the second gospel of the St. James version of the Bible, tells the story of Jesus, from his baptism until his death and resurrection. You might not believe in the gospels or the teachings of Jesus; nevertheless, you would still have to admit this remains one of humanity’s greatest stories, inspiring to millions over centuries. If you enjoy the stories and lessons from the life of Christ, you will

love to hear the story, not merely read, but performed beautifully by an extraordinary actor. Imagine memorizing 14,000 words! A ‘black box” presentation means a simple stage, no set and a basic lighting scheme that puts the focus squarely on the performer. Our costs are minimal and the savings are passed on to the audience at only $15 per person. The single performance is presented by No Bells and Whistles Productions and Theatre on the Isle on Friday, January 28, at 7 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island. There have been Tony nominations and awards for past performances and there is no reason to doubt this too will be a powerful and memorable occasion. Whether you are a student or lover of theatre, a practising Christian, a connoisseur of story-telling, or a devoted fan of Anthony Holland you will be uplifted and inspired by this performance.

Limber up for gardening season MONICA MCKINLEY BI GARDEN CLUB


o start off the New Year, on Monday, January 17 at 1 p.m., Bowen’s own Sandy Logan, will be speaking on “Garden Keep Fit”. Sandy is a registered physiotherapist and she will show us how to avoid sore backs and stiff joints. Yes - she

will show us, as we participate in exercises to improve core strengthening, back muscle strengthening and shoulder range focus. Sandy’s interest in this is simple - she would rather teach us how to prevent our pain, than treat us. So please join us on Monday, at the Gallery at Artisan Square for this very interesting participatory meeting. Guests are also welcome.


Salsa classes with Pamela Podmoroff will return this month, as well as classes in country-two step. Submitted photo

Learn the country two-step


appy New Year Bowen Island dancers (and wanna-be dancers)! By popular request, country two-step will be our new dance for 2011! If you enjoy country music, old or new, or you just want any excuse to wear your cowboy boots and hat, then this dance is for you! Country two-step is a progressive partner dance, meaning that it travels counter clockwise around a dance floor. If you can walk in a circle around a large room or have ever done any foxtrot dancing, then country two-step will be a snap! Now, don’t worry if you don’t have a partner to sign up with. You can come to class on your own. As usual, we always rotate part-

ners on a regular basis in all the dance classes that are taught. And yes, ladies, if you wish to learn how to lead, you are more than welcome to do so! So come join in and kick up your heels. The next step will be off to the country bar! Lessons are Monday nights from January 17 to March 7. Classes are 6:30-7:30pm for Beginner Country Two Step and 7:30 - 8:30 pm for Intermediate Salsa. (Dancers with some salsa experience are welcome to register). Pre-register at the Bowen Island Community Recreation office (BICS). Learn new steps, meet new people, and get fit! Pamela Podmoroff (Urbanbeat Dance Co.), and Shelley Shannon (Bowen Island Community Recreation).

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BICS banishes the January blahs SARAH HAXBY C O M M U N I T Y S C H O O L C O - O R D I N AT O R


he Dancers of Damelahamid, a Gitksan dance collective, are performing January 28, for BICS students, in the gym, thanks to WVSD district funding from Art Starts, the BICS PAC Cultural Enrichment funding and the Community School Association. There will be some seating available for parents. The Dancers’ performance will also help to launch twin strands of enrichment programming at BICS: physical education enrichment through the Bowen Island Dance Academy, and the Cedar Stories project at BICS, a First Nations cultural literacy project which will bring three local artists in to BICS to create a legacy art project that all the students at BICS and the BICS community will have opportunities to participate in. The Cedar Stories Project Three local artists will collaboratively work with BICS students and community participation to create two cedar panel diptychs inspired by the environmental theme of “from our forest to our sea,” celebrating the spirit of Bowen Island. Artists Shane Tweten and Simon James, who created the sculpture Embracing the Spirit of the Flame, will demonstrate low-relief carving techniques to students from kindergarten to Grade 5 and First Nations and Friends Art Club artist Gerald Morrisseau will draw on his Cree and Scandinavian history to work with the Grade 6 and 7 students on panels. Project Funding sources: BICS PAC CE funds, CSA, PAC, First Nations and Friends Art Club, WVSD funds, Bowen Literacy and The Spirit of Bowen Committee. The Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce has donated the 3’ x 6’ cedar panels which may contain some locally harvested cedar. This project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the participating artists. Soapstone On January 7 Bonnie Gosse carved Canadian soapstone animals with the Grade 4 classes learning about northern culture. The carvings will be displayed in the glass case in the main foyer until the end of January. Please take the time to admire the fantastic results. Youth Curator Program and Heritage Day The Second Annual BICS Youth Curator Program is being made possible thanks to the generosity of the Bowen Island Historians curator and archivist Heather Tam, and the Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association who have a longstanding tradition of bringing fabulous events, workshops and celebrations of our local heritage and history to the community and BICS. It is an opportunity for youth to celebrate BC Heritage Week, and to explore local history through community outreach and independent study. This year the grade 6/7s have been invited to apply to participate and six to 10 students will have the opportunity to be the 2011 youth curator team. On February 25 Heritage Day will be celebrated at BICS with classes visiting the display that the curators will install at the school.

on a first-come basis; class size is limited. Parent participation is always encouraged. Age 8-13. Last Tuesday of each month Jan. 25: Button blankets Feb. 22: Beach stone, beach glass and beads mosaic Mar. 29: Celtic wire weaving and First Nations weaving Apr. 19: Clay creations in time for Earth Day (age 6-13) May 31: Paint First Nations and Celtic designs on your choice of frames and fun wooden objects Valentine’s Day Buttons and cards Sign up quickly for this button making class with Tess Taylor that will allow you to turn your artwork and collages into professional buttons. Fee includes materials to make three pin-back buttons and two magnet buttons OR eight pinback buttons. At BICS for kids ages six to 13. Wed., Feb. 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $12 Mason Bees for Beginners Adults and youth will be fascinated to learn about mason bees and how to easily keep them in your garden. Instructor: Ellie MacKay Sat., Feb. 5 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All ages; $24 includes a Mason bee starter kit. Red Cross Babysitter’s & Home Safety For Grade 6s and 7s, or youth 11+. This oneday program teaches youth how to stay safe, basic first aid, how to contact emergency services as well as child care. Cost: $46 fee includes book and certificate. Pro-D Day, Jan. 21: 9:30-4:30. Instructors: Ellie Mackay and Amanda Ockeloen. Pro-D Day, Feb. 17: 9:30-4:30. Instructor Angie Bosworth Registration closes one week before each class in order for students to read the book in advance and to complete their homework assignment. The last class was cancelled due to chronic lastminute-itus that is sweeping the island! The Homework Club Good news! The Homework Club will run two days a week again thanks to funding from the CSA, Bowen Youth Centre and BICS PAC. A drop-in program for any student in Grade 4-7. Facilitated by certified teacher Victoria Van Houwen, this club focuses on peer-led and independent studies with additional help from the facilitator to assist students in getting their homework and projects done. Program includes a free snack. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the BICS Library. Cost: FREE! 3-4:30pm January: 11, 13, 18, 2 0, 25, 27 February: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24

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March: 1, 3, 8, 10, 28, 31 April: 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 May: 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19, 26, 31 Rhyme-time on the Rock Parent-child Mother Goose program runs 10 Wednesdays, 9:30 10:30 a.m., January 12 to March 16. At the Gallery @ Artisan Square. A BICS Community Learning and partners program. Pre-register: Allice Bernards 604947-2482

Under the B... February 5 is the new date for the PAC family-fun bingo night. It’s at 6 p.m. Volunteers wanted! Grandfriends at BICS, Tuesday, February 8, 1 to 2:30pm. Come and enjoy meeting new friends with Grade three students for games, crafts and tea party. Free for grandparents, and community members old enough to be grandparents (55+).

Bowen Island Municipality Request for Expressions of Interest Bowen Island Municipality seeks expressions of interest for:

On-Call Traf¿c Control Persons Valid traf¿c control certi¿cation, and personal protective equipment as per WorkSafe BC regulations are required, as well as your own transportation. Interested parties are requested to contact Wil Hilsen, Engineering & Operations at 604-947-4255.

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Rudy and Rotary are very grateful for the support of all the sponsors and donors who contributed to the success of the 2010 campaign on Bowen.

Community Learning Opportunities iGirl is a straight-to-the-point, lighthearted empowerment workshop for girls 9-12. Join Brandy Wiebe for games, tips, activities and fun that is all about what matters to girls. More info at: Registration deadline: Jan 14. The workshop is Friday, January 21, a Pro D day, from 9:30-2:30. Cost: $60 First Nations and Friends BICS Art Club Each month a different art activity with artist Gerald Morrisseau and volunteer and guest artists. This is a free program on the last Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the BICS multipurpose room. Participants are registered

Allison is one of one of the BICS volunteer babysitters who help out at the BICS Action Group meetings by providing complimentary child care. There are two upcoming Red Cross Babysitter’s and Home Safety courses being offered at BICS. Pre-registration is required.

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Local sponsors were: Blue Eyed Marys Bottoms Up Clothing Company Bowen Irly Building Centre Ltd. Bowen Island Flower Shop Bowen Island Beer & Wine Store Bowen Island Undercurrent Bowen Island Community Transit Bowen Island Golf Club Cates Pharmacy Cocoa West Chcolatier Gulf Pacific Group

Mary Letson, Positively Fit Training Studio Mik-sa Phoenix on Bowen The Gym The Orchard Recovery & Treatment Center The Office @ Artisan Square The Snug Café Tuscany Wood Oven Pizza W.C.D. Consulting WREN Boutique

All proceeds of Operation Red Nose will be used to promote activities for youth on Bowen. Please direct enquireis for funding projects to O.R.N. Corrdinator, Bawn Campbell at 604-947-9347

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Foundation donor shares her love of Bowen Island COLLEEN O’NEIL C O M M U N I T Y F O U N D AT I O N


hy did Jean Cleator decide to donate shares to the Bowen Island Community Foundation? “Well, I’m fond of Bowen Island,” she says. Upon further digging, Jean talks about her activities on Bowen and the many organizations she’s volunteered for over her time on Bowen. Jean has been coming to Bowen since she was 17 years old - that’s 67 years! One of the frustrations when you’re a community activist and advocate is that there are too many good causes, she says, and not enough money to make a big difference to any of them. So Jean looks to the Community Foundation as a way “to hit more people and see my money go to where I like to see things done”. Not to sound too altruistic, Jean also sees this kind of donation as a way to donate to oneself. Jean laughingly says, “Well, I’m here and I might benefit from any number of organizations that the Foundation supports.”


That is indeed the case. The Foundation has donated to just about every organization you can think of including BICS, SKY, Tir-na-nOg, the museum, United Church, preschool, arts council, Abbeyfield, Conservancy, historians, Montessori, Christmas Hamper Fund, Teen Centre, Family Place, IPS, and gymnastics. The Foundation has already touched the lives of many Islanders, but has the potential to have an impact on the health of our community in increasingly more significant ways as the fund builds. This is the first time the Foundation has received a share certificate as a donation. It was easy for Jean. She had been holding onto this certificate for a number of years not really sure of its value. She turned to the board of the foundation and asked for their help in researching its value and facilitating the transfer of ownership to the foundation. As Jean says, “I didn’t have to do much. Joyce Ganong, the chair of the foundation, did all the preliminaries and I just had



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first to give to the Community Foundation funds in the form of a shares certificate. I asked Jean what keeps her so committed to Bowen Island and so involved in activities around the Island. She responded, “No matter how old you are, you still want to be wanted - to have a purpose. That’s why I stay involved.”


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balance, after tax. Jean has been a trailblazer most of her life competing nationally as a competitive skier and runner. And her athletic prowess has not diminished with age. Jean has most recently started golfing and has no trouble keeping up with the younger set out on our local course. So it’s not surprising that Jean is the



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to take the form to the bank for certification.” Joyce says the gift of shares has a two-way benefit. A donor receives a charitable tax receipt for the full value. And because the foundation does not have to pay capital gains tax, the donation was for the full value - much larger than if the donor had first sold the shares and donated the



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In the 67 years she’s been coming to Bowen Island, Jean Cleator has embraced all aspects of community life. There are so many good causes to support, however, that it’s sometimes hard to know how best to give. She’s recently donated shares to the Community Foundation so that her donation reaches as many people as possible. Submitted photo



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BOWENSHIRE LANDSCAPING * Paving stone installation * Flagstone and natural stonework * Retaining walls and steps * Fencing, ponds, decks, arbours * Mini excavator&operator Phone Andy (604)947-0674 or (778)231-7283 CATES HILL: 1 BDRM, granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, heated bathroom tile, lots of windows. View, good, sound insulation, private Patio. 1 year lease. $925+utils. Avail Mar 1. Info/View: 604-377-6200 ESTATE SALE All proceeds to CAWES Sat. January 22 9-5 484 Braewood Place No Early Birds FOR RENT: 4 bdrm country home w h/w floors, deck, mountain view/acreage, large studio/den, near firehall. Avail Feb 1 Call Ira 604-638-9880 FOR RENT Millers/Scarborough Area Lg. 2 BDR, In-suite Laundry Wood Heater, Hardwood floors, Sep. Entry, N/S, N/P $750 947-9228


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FREE: Chest Freezer. Approx. 4 ft by 2 ft, works, clean, pick-up. Ph 947-9759 KNICK KNACK NOOK SALE! Jan 20 to 31st “Two for One!” on all clothing, toys and linens. Open Thurs-Mon 9-2:30 Lance’s Recycling $20/load sorted. Kindling - $20 a box Call 947-2430 Lance’s Recycling I’ll pick up your recycling and deliver to BIRD for $20/load. Kindling - $20 a box Call 947-2430 NOT LOST - Hope and early occupancy FORE the golf course clubhouse. Please join our fundraising “drive”. Bowen Island Golf Club @ 604-947-GOLF (4653) or and click on “Clubhouse”. Office/Studio/Retail Space available @ Artisan Square 604-329-5643, 947-9119 or 947-2293



VOCAL PLAYSHOP with Pauline Le Bel “I thought I would have to go to Esalen to study voice in this way” (playshop participant) Jan 26-Mar 2 7:30-9:00 pm Max 10 All levels of singers. Cost: $90 for 6 sessions Register at 947-0907 or email paulinelebel.html FOR RENT: 2 BDR apt in Village Square. Avail Now. References req'd. Sorry no pets. 947-2944

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BRING ON THE SNOW! Students at BICS quickly replaced soccer balls with crazy carpets to enjoy Wednesday’s snow. Clockwise from top: Joel takes a spin down the hill; RD discovered that it’s not easy playing catch with a snowball; Finn and Liam put the finishing touches on a snowman; girlpower gets things done; Evan leaps from a snowbank; and Clayton’s world gets tossed upside down. Martha Perkins photos



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