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FRIDAY JAN. 6 2012 VOL. 38, NO. 35


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Think about planting

Get fit in 2012

Magpie Waltz

BICS and BAA gear up for a seed exchange on January 14

Yoga, fitness or Taekwondo, there’s help for sticking with resolutions

Bowen childhood leaves echoes on Sarah Jane Scouten’s new CD

More than just a place for ferry marshalling Business owner speaks out about his ideas for Snug Cove SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


he revitalization of Snug Cove has been on many council agendas and the issue of parking requirements in the area was brought up by mayor Adelaar at the first meeting of the new council. Will this council move ahead with the recommendations that came out of the Snug Cove Design Concepts and Transportation Plan created in 2011 by architect James Tuer? Or will the new councillors want to start over? Rondy Dike is the owner and operator of the Union Steamship Company Marina. He thinks it is time to take some steps toward revitalizing the cove. “Frustration has built up,” he said. “I moved here about 1985 and I’ve seen the ferry consume more of the cove. I’ve seen the traffic consume more of the cove. I’ve seen places burn down and not been rebuilt because they don’t have parking. The bakery is the best example. The owners were eager to rebuild but our current zoning requires them to come up with parking that would equal a full level of the building.” Dike has followed the planning process that had been initiated by the last council. “It isn’t anything new, we’ve been working on many different plans,” he said. “But no matter what you do, you have to consider the ferry. That’s Snug Cove’s elephant in the room.” Continued, PAGE 3

Even though the water was decidedly frigid at Bowen Bay beach, the participants of the polar bear swim emerged with big smiles on their faces. Were they pleased they had done it or relieved that it was over? Not surprisingly, the swim lasted all of five minutes except for a few keeners that decided to linger about in the water. A great way to start 2012, congratulations to all who braved the cold waters. Debra Stringfellow photo

Another pleasure boat sinks in Deep Bay MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


nother pleasure boat has sunk and been abandoned in the waters of Deep Bay at Sandy Beach in Snug Cove. The boat sank not far from shore about two weeks ago. Though the Undercurrent was unable to discover with certainty the name of the owner, indica-

tions are that the boat is not the property of a Bowen resident. An unspecified number of boats have sunk or been left abandoned there in recent years; there is no official count but from this reporter witnessing sunken boats and anecdotal word, it may be a dozen or more. Deep Bay is in the jurisdiction of the federal government but there has not been any action from the federal gov-

ernment with regard to boats, garbage or debris on Sandy Beach, or the waters of Deep Bay. Citizens in the area and others got together and had a clean-up of the beach and waters last April and divers, including Amber Spitkovski and Adam Taylor, have given their time to bring up debris from the ocean floor. Continued, PAGE 2



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he total rainfall for 2011 was 1462.9 mm, very close to 2010’s 1355.3 mm. The increase of precipitation last year was falling mostly in June, July and

August; those months had been very dry the previous year. NASA astronomers predict that a massive solar storm will strike the earth in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs. Suggestions please on where to hide. Have a good 2012!

Bowen Island Municipality Invites you to attend the Town Hall Meeting Saturday, January 14th, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Bowen Island Municipal Hall – 981 Artisan Lane Mayor Adelaar and Council invite the public to attend a Town Hall Meeting on January 14, 2012 for Council to receive feedback on the formation of various committees of Council for the 2011-2014 Council term and the level of volunteer interest. Comments on other topics or concerns are welcome.

For Information call 947-4255

Another sunken boat in Deep Bay.

Janis Treleaven photo

Feds have jurisdiction over Deep Bay Continued, PAGE 1 One sunken boat that remains in shallow waters near Sandy Beach has been there approximately five years. That boat is often hidden by the tide and could pose a danger to anyone jumping off their boat into the water. There are live-aboards at Sandy Beach. Among the boats in the water is a large barge that has been there for about one year and which at different times has had people

living on it. It has a van and a frontend loader resting on its deck and has been beached at least twice. The municipality is on record as saying they have applied through federal channels to obtain jurisdiction. Past councillor David Wrinch is familiar with trying to get the federal government to do something about Deep Bay and commented on the time it may take to get the feds to give over jurisdiction. “I wouldn’t count on it in the next couple or three years,” he said.

E-book and E-reader Workshop January 20th and 21st, 2012

BC HYDRO VEGETATION MAINTENANCE - PADMOUNTED TRANSFORMERS To assure continued safety and system reliability, BC Hydro is removing vegetation around all BC Hydro pad mounted transformers to clearance standards. Vegetation management work on Bowen Island will continue until March 31, 2012. BC Hydro requires the area around its electrical equipment to remain clear for the following reasons: ã

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to prevent overheating of the equipment, and to facilitate emergency repairs or replacement of the equipment.

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2.5m from any and all doors 0.9m from all other sides


Prior to BC Hydro removing the vegetation, customers may prune or maintain vegetation around transformers on their property to these clearances. If not, vegetation removal will be completed by BC Hydro crews. For more information about safely planting near BC Hydro equipment and clearance standards, visit

Are you new to using e-books and e-readers? Do you have an e-reader (or did you get one for Christmas?), but wonder how to get e-books from the library? Bowen Library is offering a free one hour workshop on Friday January 20th at 1:30 p.m. and again on Saturday January 21st at 10:30 a.m. to show you how to download and use e-books from the library’s collection. The workshops are free but advance registration is required as each workshop has a limit of 25 participants. Contact Bowen Library to register - by email at , by phone at 604-947-9788, or in person at the library. Check our website for more information Registration closes on January 15. Workshops are provided by Bowen Library and supported by BICS Community Learning.

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REMINDER Driveway Drainage Property owners are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure drainage from your driveway, driveway ditch, or wing deflector does not allow water, gravel or debris to flow onto the road. In addition, it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that driveway culverts are free of debris and are not blocking the ditch. These conditions can cause dangerous situations on the roads during heavy rainfall or in freezing weather.

Snow Clearing For 50 years, BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable electricity to you. Today we are planning for the next 50 years by investing in new projects, upgrading existing facilities and working with you to conserve energy through Power Smart.

During winter road maintenance operations, trucks fitted with ploughs and salt/sand dispensers need to be able to manoeuvre freely throughout the island. Please ensure that vehicles or other items are not parked on or blocking roadways and/or cul-de-sacs.




Checks yielded no impaired drivers CPL. NANCY JOYCE B.I. RCMP


hank you, Bowen Islanders, and Happy New Year! I want to send a thank you to all of you in the community who made this new year’s eve a pleasure to work. During the evening, while speaking with many of you at the various locations in the cove, we were impressed by those who had made arrangements for a sober driver, or a ride home with our local Operation Rednose volunteers. Later, while checking drivers who passed through one of the two police roadblocks, we found nary an impaired driver. In fact, the cars were full of people who had a designated driver to take

Rondy Dike (here with his dog Max) is the owner and operator of the Union Steamship Company Marina. The successful business employs many islanders and is one of the few that are not affected by ferry traffic and parking regulations in the cove. Dike would like to see improvements in Snug Cove but realizes that everything hinges on ferry marshalling. Susanne Martin photo

Cove’s future is linked to ferry traffic Dike thinks that the ferry traffic restricts growth in the cove and that the fact that marshalling runs through the cove limits growth of ferry traffic. “As long as loading and offloading is done through Snug Cove, you can’t put in a bigger boat or have multiple boats,” he said. “Right now, commuters have to wait in line half hour ahead of time and the overloads have grown worse.” “The challenge is to load and offload the ferry quickly,” Dike said. “I think we’ll never be able to do that if we leave the access on the main street. There are too many diversions. People pull in to park. Pedestrians cross the street.” In Dike’s opinion, a loop road is the only way to remove the bulk of the traffic from the village. He said, “If the traffic is moved to another area, then it would free up the cove for parking.” To provide commuter parking, Dike suggests the area behind the library. He said, “Commuter parking needs to be close by.” Dike said, “The development in the cove comes down to the parking requirements. You can’t blame the developers or the owners. I think the municipality hasn’t been realistic. Council has been trying to curtail growth instead of solving problems.” “I’m probably the only one not affected by the ferry and the parking. I have the big lot by the marina and the majority of my customers don’t arrive by ferry,” Dike said. Most of his customers are boaters and his marina, a desirable place for moorage year-round, is almost always booked at capacity. He said, “The dif-



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ference between boaters and tourists is that the boaters don’t have cars. The tourists who come in cars will stop and look. Then they get back into their cars and drive away. The boaters will come off the boat, look at the shops and have something to eat or drink. They stay the night and on the next day, the wife might say, ‘I think I might go back and get that sweater.’” Boaters are locked into a walking area so it is essential to have a walkable village, says Dike. He likes the idea of infill building and points out that he has done something similar by creating spaces for shops and offices between the boardwalk and Government Road. Dike said, “The marina is a primary generator of tourism on the island.” And it provides jobs for islanders. He said, “We currently have 12 people on staff. In the summer, we have 30 or 35 and that doesn’t include the shops we provide the spaces for or our subcontractors like Underwater Angel. When we still had Doc Morgan’s Pub, we had over 100 people working for us.” To Dike, the future of the cove hinges on the ferry traffic. “If the ferry problem is solved, the parking problem can be solved. Then the village will develop naturally on the south side.” And if there still is desire and money to expand, he thinks there should be a discussion with Metro Vancouver about the property on the other side of Government Road. Even though Dike believes that the revitalization of Snug Cove depends on decisions on ferry marshalling and transportation, he welcomes steps that can be taken immediately including changing the parking bylaws and encouraging infill buildings.

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them home, or someone wearing lighted antlers and a red vest (Operation Rednose). Thanks should go to the Rotary Club members for organizing Operation Rednose, and all of the volunteers who helped out. Also, Peter King should be recognized for his contribution to the safety of the residents of this community as well. He provided a ride home at the end of the night to those needing one. The residents of Bowen Island should feel proud for taking on the responsibility of ensuring that everyone got home safely. I cannot remember the last time that I stood at a roadblock and was unable to find an impaired driver, and that, after checking over 100 vehicles!

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New year’s resolutions


received a beautiful 2012 planner as a Christmas gift and the first thing I was going to do was to write a list of new year’s resolutions. Yes, it’s time to dream up the best case scenario for the year ahead of us. My colleague has gone one step further. She has thrown out the chocolate and cheese that were left over from the holidays. I still cannot think about that without shuddering. Imagine, chocolate and cheese. But I do admire her for being so resolute. We wish one another a happy and a healthy new year but it is largely up to us to make it happen. I firmly believe in the power of new year’s resolutions, especially at the beginning of the year. Later on, well, I tend to forget. I think that committing my resolutions to paper gives them a better chance of being realized. To arrive at a new year’s resolution is

not that hard, we all know what would make us happier and what is good for us. But making it happen is harder. Fortunately, there is help. If your goal is to be healthier, you can enroll in one of the numerous classes on Bowen and enlist the help of a personal trainer. If you want to focus more on music and art, there are countless gifted instructors to choose from. In the next few weeks, the Undercurrent plans to dedicate a few pages to those activities that might be on your list of new year’s resolutions. Seize the day and make your resolutions come true. Believe me, with every day that passes, the chances of acting on those good intentions that are set at the beginning of the year grow smaller. Susanne Martin

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Smart meters do not give us any choice about EMR waves To the Editor:


s a registered holistic nutritionist, I understand that the body is an electromagnetic generator, and that we all have electrical potential that can be measured in our hearts, nerves, cells and in muscle tissues. It makes sense that we are strongly affected, whether we realize it or not, by electromagnetic radiation (EMR) coming from such devices as our cell phones, alarm clocks, microwaves and power lines. EMR exposure has been linked to depression, mood shifts, heightened stress levels, infectious diseases, and even cancer. In our current society, we are surrounded on a daily basis. Adding smart meters to the mix is not to our advantage. I believe that BC Hydro and Corix should instead be spending their money on more sustainable ways to harness power. When we are in our homes, we have a choice to turn off the wireless at night and put our alarm clocks at the other end of the room. We have a choice to run analog internet through our computers instead of wireless. We have a choice to hold our cell phones to our ear, or use the speaker or headphones. We have a choice to even own a cell phone or a microwave oven. With a smart meter attached to our house and emitting EMR waves on regular intervals, our choice is void. Our families, friends and neighbours are exposed, and they are exposing us as well to possible health risks that have not been fully researched. I would ask that we join together as a community and say no to smart meters. And in the meantime, take off your shoes and stand barefoot in the grass, or have a long shower to clear yourself of electromagnetic pollution! To your health, Leah Serna

Local group will present smart meter petition to council on January 9 To the Editor:

B Docs was perfect place to dance into the new year To the Editor:


he potential was all there; a great room, a hot band, a well known cook, bright eyed staff and a collection of Bowen Island partiers ready to bring in 2012. The party at Doc’s on December 31 was everything a New Year’s Eve party should be. The band, The Dirty Birds, was fabulous, tight blues and rock, the staff was friendly, attentive and cheerful. Management kept an eagle eye on abso-

lutely everything at all times and came across as efficient and classy. The food was unbelievably delicious and plentiful. The ambiance created by these hospitality professionals surpassed many major downtown restaurants. My partner, Lisa, and I danced the night away with an happy eclectic crowd of all ages. This was truly a memorable evening and it has brought me back to Doc’s as my favourite nightspot.

owen Islanders For Safe Technology are concerned with the following points of BC Hydro’s smart meter installation program: 1 There has been no public consultation with island residents. We have a right to give input on, and agree upon, what takes place in our community. 2 There are documented health risks due to prolonged exposure to a wireless grid. Electrical hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) individuals will be most affected. 3 The biologically harmful effects of wireless electromagnetic radiation on pollinators may threaten our plant species and agriculture. 4 BC Hydro’s wireless grid could compromise our personal privacy and security. 5 We have grave concerns with the ultimate cost and proper management of the smart meter program and are requesting a full review by the BC Auditor General. Please go online and sign our petition which we will present at the January 9, 9 a.m. council meeting (www. campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend). We really think this is an important cause, and would like to encourage islanders to add their signature. Jayeson Hendyrsan

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Bob Bates’ artwork was included in last year’s Eclectic Elements show at the Gallery at Artisan Square. Many patrons admired the statue and were disappointed when they noticed the ‘not for sale’ sign. Debra Stringfellow photo

sit now in the offices of the computer that says “Ed Sanders Undercurrent in the late afterplayed table tennis with Noel noon of January 2 and though I’ve Coward.” I’m pleased to know this written 125 or more columns I have and expect you are, too. Indeed, had yet to write one while physically in you asked me five minutes ago if anythis office. I cannot say exactly why one on Bowen had played table tenbecause even though I do write more nis with the great British playwright often at home, I have written news and actor Noel Coward, I would have stories and profiles here. emphatically doubted it. I’ve written a Slow Lane in these I applaud Ed Sanders. locations: the Ruddy Potato, Dorman This comes to mind about the holiPoint, playing goal on the AT days and it’s odd but I’m runfield (drat to teammate Phil ning with it: the best present slow Carlington for scoring - on I got this year was a pair of lane me), at a Strawberry Tea, over underpants (why is one called breakfast at the Snug, at the ball a ‘pair?’). They were from my field, on the ferry (often), on the wife and getting underpants Bowen bus, alone by the roadis normally boring but these side in Bowen Bay, walking in are exceptionally comfortable the Cove and other island locaunderpants and likely the kind tions. rich people wear. But never in the Undercurrent I applaud my underpants. offices – until now. Moving right along, nothing I’m using Janis Treleaven’s computmore of interest in the post-it notes. er and it’s a fine keyboard. I knew it’d Martha’s number at the Westender be okay as she’s a personal friend of sits on Susanne’s computer. Martha is mine but still I called her for permisalso a personal friend and, like Janis, sion. Janis informed me that she just she takes my calls. Now I spot these threw out her remaining cheese and keys that have been here for years, no chocolate. She’s moving on from the one claimed them even though we put holidays. notices in the paper. I applaud Janis. Okay, so this column is not about I should have brought an actual anything, I accept that, but I enjoyed idea to the office. Thinking now about listing places the Lane’s been writhow the first time I came in this office ten and must say I thought that was Edye Hanen was the editor. It was excellent usage of the word ‘underdifferent then, they did some painting pants,’ not a word often seen in print. and stuff before Martha took over and Anyhow, now need something to finI don’t remember what it used to look ish off with and think it’d be good to like. Trying to think of who else I met find someone else to applaud as that in here. is closest thing we have to a theme Oh yeah, met Julie Andres here here. and recently Mayor Jack Adelaar. Yes! I got it: in wandering around Fitch Cady I met for the first time and moments ago I passed the dish where Stephen Foster. Silvaine Zimmerman. a big pile of Werther’s chocolates had Maybe Lance Weismiller, too. I met sat when I came in. They are gone Louie and his dogs here; Louie takes now because I ate every one of them excellent care of his dogs, all dog and though eating them all was immaowners should be as caring as Louie. ture, confessing it like this is the honI applaud Louie. ourable, grown up thing to do. I notice a post-it note on Susanne’s I applaud myself.

Islander is kind, caring, creative, passionate and has unquenchable thirst for knowledge on any subject To the Editor: Re:

Bob the poster boy


ell done! Ranging from the sage advice/best wishes from Mayor Adelaar, to some interesting reflections on the past year by others, the Undercurrent’s year-end issue was an enjoyable read, made all that more enjoyable with the front page photo of Bob Bates. Billy-Bob, as the Russell clan and friends prefer to call him, is a legend of considerable size which far exceeds his physical stature. Our extended family has had the pleasure of knowing Bob since the mid 1980s when he rented a small cottage, for ten years, at our Millers Landing property. Bob is an incredibly self-taught individual. We often thought of him as a human-blotter as he had an unquenchable thirst, interest and ability to absorb knowledge on any subject from A to Z. Bob’s human qualities are equally exten-

sive for he is one of the kindest, most caring, generous, helpful, sincere, creative, talented, reliable and passionate individuals I have ever met. Many of our friends have enjoyed summers at our Bowen residence while their children were in diapers and beyond. Bob was uncle Billy-Bob to every one of them, all for good reason. They loved him dearly, and still do. I could dwell for hours on Billy-Bob stories but will leave that for another day and time. Bob, whoever thought the VIA train would lead you to and stop at Bowen Island? If my memory serves me correctly, it was conductor (or some other lofty title) David Smith who enticed you to visit Bowen long before we met. David, we owe you. Thank you, Bob, for being such a fine, all around member of our community and for making it a better place. Now let me ask, when are you going to take golf lessons?

Bruce Russell

Focus needs to be on developing existing commercial lots rather than greenfield building To the Editor:


he following is an opinion letter on why Snug Cove does not need to be politicized and should be something that this council simply picks up from the last and moves the good work by staff and their consultants forward. Putting things in perspective, about 1,900 folks came out and voted in the election yet the number of islanders who were strongly in favour of any one ‘big idea’ ferry marshaling scheme numbered between 25 and 40. This is less than five per cent of the electorate vote. I believe Bowen islanders want change in Snug Cove, but, except for a small vocal minority, most want Snug Cove to be reenvisioned into a pedestrian oriented village, not a commuter parking lot. It is time to decouple ferry marshalling and transportation issues from village design and look at short term village solutions first while still keeping an eye to the potential long term ferry terminal designs (that staff has yet to study the cost benefits of). If council can do anything productive it would be to carry forward with the

instructions to staff to study the phasing, feasibility, costing and implementation of a Southside pedestrian lane, infill cove buildings, new north side village development, satellite village parking lots and the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Miller road and Government Road. The work plan has been articulated by the previous council. Given the realities of staff time and budgets for planning, this work plan alone will take months to complete. Now is not the time to go back to basics and have the new council try their hand at being village architects. The vision has already been articulated through a comprehensive and extensive public process - see This work was based on studying over 10 previous cove plans, analyzing why each failed and looking at the positive ideas of each and reframing them based on a better understanding of the constraints. Too many cooks in the kitchen will fog over the real issues facing Snug Cove and will delay the important work that needs to take place. Focusing staff and council’s energy on developing new mixed-use projects along

Miller Road (on the surplus lands) will kill any chance of cove redevelopment along Government Road. There are simply not enough roof tops and households on Bowen Island to support phasing new commercial development along Miller Road rather than within the Government Road corridor. In fact, I think when they look at the economics, the cost recovery of developing the Miller Road lands will be challenging given what we as a community have paid for the land. We need to focus on developing existing commercial lots and creating a two sided street first before creating new ‘greenfield’ building lots along Miller Road. To continue to sprawl out commercial development in Snug Cove is a bad idea that will not help create the objectives set out long ago by the first Snug Cove task forces. At this point in time, the least productive thing that council could do, would be to reopen the dialogue about the heron rockery, the historic cottages, and other known constraints within the cove such as the steeper hillsides around the gas station site and RCMP lands and the numerous 100 year plus heritage trees in the cove.

Our plans have carefully worked with these constraints, turning them into opportunities such as green corridors and creating the backdrop for stunning heritage architecture. Some of our new council members may be tempted to say respecting the constraints was the will of a previous ‘green’ council, when, in fact, it was just common sense planning. One sure way to delay the redevelopment of Snug Cove is to reopen the dialogue about loop roads and heron’s nests. This would be a good way to spend three years creating yet another issue to polarize our community. As a community, we need to remind ourselves that these more ecologically and historically significant areas of Snug Cove are not owned by Bowen Islanders. They are part of Crippen Regional Park. Any significant change to the status quo will need the blessing of Metro Vancouver which is the steward and land owner of Crippen Park. Environmental stewardship, bio-diversity and the protection of regional architectural and cultural heritage are core values of the Metro Vancouver parks board. James Tuer



Yoga practice can enrich personal training SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


Mary Letson will host an open house at Positively Fit on Saturday, January 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Susanne Martin photo

BUCHANAN, Michael John passed away peacefully on December 23, 2011 after a brief illness at Vancouver General Hospital. Michael is survived by his partner Jane, daughters Quinn, Kurstin and Amanda, his Aunty Pegi, sisters Diane and Cathy, brothers Pat, Keith and Chris and their families. Michael was born in Vancouver on May 3, 1951 to the late Marie and Archie Buchanan. As a young child he moved with his family to Bowen Island, which became his life-long home. Michael will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held on January 7, 2012, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, at the Bowen Island Lodge, located at 380 Cardena Drive, Bowen Island, which is a short walk from the ferry landing. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Michael’s name to the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, 855 West 12th Avenue,Vancouver BC V5Z 1M9, or to a charity of your choice.

ary Letson, the owner of Positively Fit, has been working as a personal trainer since 1984. She has recently found new inspiration by becoming a yoga instructor. Letson realizes that Bowen residents may have included steps to better health and fitness into their new year’s resolutions. On Saturday, January 7, she will host an open house at the fitness studio from 10 a.m. to noon; a free monthlong membership will be available until that date. “I did a two-week intensive yoga instructor certification with the South Okanagan Yoga Alliance,” Letson said. “There you get a foundation 200-hour-yoga certification. You learn classical style Hatha yoga and the eight limbs of yoga.” Letson explained that all the yoga postures most people are familiar with are the asanas which only represent one of the eight limbs. But learning about yoga, doesn’t stop at postures. Letson said, “You learn how to live your life. You learn what to embrace and what to avoid. And you learn meditation. It is an incredibly balanced approach.” Letson recalled the long hours of practice that started at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 7 p.m. with six hours of asana practice. She said, “I drove home from that experience with more energy and more inspiration than I’ve ever felt.” Letson started doing yoga regularly three years ago. She said, “I realized how much it filled my cup. It rejuvenated me. The yoga postures provide a brilliant balance with my regular exercise routine, mostly running. Yoga provides a calm centre from which to build strength, flexibility, youthful joints and fabulous posture. And that has also inspired my personal training practice.” Letson smiled and said, “Mostly it felt like coming home.” Letson said, “The most valuable thing about yoga is the focus on staying present, on what you are doing right now. The same applies to strength training, cardio training, and stretching because the more you can allow your mind to shed the unnecessary info and focus on the here and now, the more you get out of what you are doing.” Working out in front of a screen is not the kind of fitness Letson wants to embrace. She said, “I want to create a more serene environment with less distractions. That will be a more

peaceful way to get fit and be well.” “The other valuable part of yoga certification course was how it taught me to access my own peacefulness instantly, anywhere, anytime by focusing on my breathing,” Letson said. Even though she had heard it and read about it, it wasn’t until she had to practice it over and over again with no distractions that she truly experienced it. Letson realizes that this is a difficult thing to work into everyday life. But after building this breathing awareness in the course, she can access calmness and peacefulness even with distractions around her. She described it like this, “It is similar to when you smell or see something that reminds you of a place and time and the sensation takes you back to that. That’s what I get when I settle into my meditative breath. But I was only able to get there through practice.” There is a direct physiological link between slowing the breath and calming the mind, Letson says and this is reflected in our daily vernacular. She explained, “If someone is in a difficult situation, we say, ‘Take a deep breath.’ We don’t really think about it but when we take a deep breath and slowly exhale and do it again, we all have our own oasis at our fingertips. How wonderful is that.” Positively Fit is open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, all year. At the fitness studio, Letson works with two other personal trainers, Joanna Quarry and Meghan O’Connell, and yoga instructors Amrita Sondhi and Christine Roocroft. “I have that wonderful consistent team,” she said. “We do group training and one on one training on all levels. My specialty is working with people who are recovering from injury. If people are open to it, I can combine personal fitness and yoga. I also offer lifestyle coaching and nutritional advice.” For people who are striving to improve their overall health and well-being, Letson has a few tips. “Number one, be kind to yourself and commit to yourself. It is so much easier to commit to everything and everyone else,” she said. “And then choose one good habit to work on per week and one bad habit to let go of per week. Small changes performed consistently are smarter and more effective than trying to change the world in 30 days.” Letson also advises to keep a nutrition journal. “It works really well, even if you don’t show it to anyone.”

Coming together for the joy of singing Register for the Bowen Island Community Choir on January 11


t is time to begin again. The Bowen Island Community Choir is ready to launch its spring season with a fabulous program lined up for both singers and audience. Director Ellen Macintosh has selected an exciting repertoire of jazz, folk, classical and gospel pieces. 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 who have several years of choral singing experience side by side with 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 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 11, is registration night and begins at 7 p.m. During the regular session, the choir meets at 7:15 p.m. The cost of registration is $80. 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 vocal range, come out on Wednesday, January 11, and lend your voice to the Bowen Island Community Choir. Lorraine Ashdown Manager Bowen Island Community Choir



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Notes of Bowen childhood reflected in coming-of-age album Magpie Waltz, Sarah Jane Scouten’s new CD, shows off her musical talent and draws on her experiences growing up in a musical family and community Scouten is presently living in Montreal and her CD was recorded live at Concordia University’s EDITOR Loyola Chapel. She said,“I had been thinking arah Jane Scouten moved away from her about moving to Montreal because it is easier to childhood home on Bowen Island seven be a musician there. There are a million more years ago but the songs of her newly opportunities and more people to play for.” released CD Magpie Waltz reflect her experiMagpie Waltz is described as Scouten’s musiences growing up surrounded by nature and by cal coming-of-age album. It draws on traditional musical talent. Scouten will perform her origiAmerican music styles that are paired with frank nal songs at a CD release party on January 8 at and evocative lyrics. Vancouver’s Railway Club. The songs on Scouten’s album have been writScouten grew up in Tunstall Bay where she ten over a period of two to three years, Scouten was exposed to local musisays, but some of them cians who regularly gathare fairly new and were ered at her parents’ home. inspired by a trip to the “My dad played in American south last suma couple of bands, the mer. Scouten feels good Victims and the Lawn about the way they blend Dogs,” Scouten said. “He together. always sought out blueMany of the songs grass-oriented musicians.” reflect her experience of Scouten remembers growing up on Bowen countless jam sessions Island. “The imagery of and parties hosted by her nature is rooted in my parents. “I always wanted experience here even if it to stay home and play is attributed to some other music,” she said. She had place,” she says. Palm of piano and singing lesmy hand is the song that sons early on but started takes her right back. She Magpie Waltz is billed as Sarah Jane to actively practice on her Scouten’s coming-of-age album and was said, “When I sing it, I own when she was 12. always imagine being on released in December 2011. “By listening to my dad’s Bowen.” records and CDs I came to Poverty wind was writappreciate a lot of folk musicians,” she said, “The ten with Vancouver’s downtown eastside in Be Good Tanyas and the Breakmen had a huge mind but Scouten says that she has come across influence on me.” people and scenes like this on Bowen Island as Scouten added that Lee Watson, the well. “We were exposed to a seedier aspect of a Breakmen’s guitarist, is the new artistic direccommunity that also has poverty and drugs in tor of the BC Bluegrass Workshop. The annual tucked-away corners.” event held in Sorrento is a popular destination Scouten shared the experience of growing up for Bowen Island musicians and Scouten has in a musical family with her sister Anna and attended a few years in a row. sometimes they perform together. She said, “My dad taught me traditional songs and songs “Anna [Scouten] is also performing on the new by Canadian musicians like Stan Rogers and CD. We played together more frequently in Willie P. Bennett.” Scouten recalls singing those Vancouver but also in Montreal.” songs with her family and adds, “We still continScouten has not formally studied music and ue to do that – we perform together sometimes.” has learned what she knows about theory and Scouten attended Bowen Island Community musical structure along the way. Her parent School and Island Pacific School. In 2004, she musical parties have played an important role in left Bowen Island after graduating from high this. Scouten said, “They introduced me to music school. She moved to UBC where she earned a as well as musicians and made them accessible. BA in philosophy in 2010. She said, “My parents That has helped me a lot with picking it up on left Bowen a little later.” my own.” SUSANNE MARTIN

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BICS students are preparing for the seed exchange to be held at the community school’s multipurpose room on January 14 from 11 a.m. to noon where gardeners can exchange, sell, trade or buy seeds. In addition to home-grown seeds from the BICS garden and local gardeners, West Coast Seeds will also be represented. An information session about the BICS Farm to School program will follow.


owen in Transition is a local organization that is dedicated to exploring options for a more sustainable future. On Monday, January 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the group will host a visit from Tarah Stafford. Stafford has initiated a community-wide project for energy audits on Eagle Island assisting her Eagle Island neighbours towards a more sustainable future. She has organized a number of environmental community events focused on innovative green technology, which encourage community building, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Stafford is now helping both West Vancouver and North Vancouver to do the same thing, under the umbrella of Cool North Shore. In April, Stafford was asked to represent the District of West Vancouver along with Mayor Goldsmith-Jones and Councillor Trish Panz at the sixth Annual United Nations’ Global Forum on Human Settlement in New York, where West Vancouver was recognized as a Global Green City. Now she’s agreed to come visit Bowen in January and share what they’ve discovered in terms of works in those communities. It’s also an opportunity to explore how Bowen Islanders can take advantage, not only of those learnings, but also of what is available in terms of grants, group discounts for major purchases, financing arrangements, etc. If you’d like to attend the meeting with Stafford, please register via Shasta Martinuk by sending her an email at Cool North Shore is a citizencreated and driven initiative to bring North Shore residents together, from Lions Bay to Deep Cove, to do something about global warming. For more information, visit the website of the nonprofit ogranization –

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inter may be full of rain and gloom, but now is the time to think about how your garden will grow and bloom! There are many exciting activities and workshops in the works to beat the winter-blahs. Bowen Island Community School has a thriving garden program that is partially supported this year by a Farm to School grant, working with on-going local partnerships with groups such as Bowen Agricultural Alliance (BAA), Bees on Bowen as well as developing new partnerships with local growers, gardeners and farmers. If you’re a grower, gardener or small scale farmer, or are just interested in food processing safety, go online and check out the food safety workshop for food processors, Thursday January 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted at BICS in the multi-purpose room. Registration fee of $20 includes lunch. Please see www. for information. If you’re already planning your garden, you’ll enjoy dropping by the first of the complimentary seed exchange, sale and social at BICS, in the multi-purpose room, January 14, 11 a.m. to noon featuring seeds harvested by BICS student

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gardeners as part of the BICS Grow to the Market and Garden program. West Coast Seeds will also be represented at the event. Bring seeds you’ve collected from your garden to exchange, sell or trade, or just bring money to buy seeds. Packages of student-harvested seeds start at 50 cents and include: pumpkin, sunflower, cornflower, beans, radishes, cilantro, cabbage, kale, parsley and more. Gardeners are invited to bring examples of their garden plans to show and share. BAA is assisting with this event as a partner. Are you interested in learning more about the BICS Farm to School program? After the seed exchange, January 14, noon to 1 p.m., also in the multi-purpose room, there will be an info session and meeting with the BICS Community School Coordinator for local growers interested in learning more about the BICS Farm to School program. We have funding to invest in our local agriculture to reach our goals of increasing consumption of locally grown produce in our Friday lunch program and having every student at BICS visit at least one farm or garden on Bowen this year. Come to this meeting to find out more about how you can participate. For upcoming BAA Workshops, please see

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ust back from her fourth trip to Cuba in 12 months, Wendy Holm will kick off SKY’s 2012 weekly speaker series with a fascinating account of her work in Cuba and why it’s important to Bowen Islanders. In her own words, “For me as an agrologist, it’s all about public policy and respect for community. As Fidel said, ‘Humanity has a yearning for justice.’ How can we deliver the communities to sustain our grandchildren’s grandchildren? For over a decade, the world has watched and marveled at Cuba’s success in converting a mono-culture, chemical-dependent agriculture sector to one that is cooperative, diversified, ecologically strong and sustainable. As people came to understand factory farms damage communities and their ecosystems, Cuba was there to show us there is a better way to produce safe, nutritious food in a sustainable manner without the use of chemicals and pesticides. In the midst of global economic crisis, the lesson we must now all learn is there are alternatives to capitalism that produce far more robust economic benefits while building social capital in a sustainable manner that respects the dignity of the community and its people. Again, Cuba is poised to show us the way. In its Sixth Congress last April, the Cuban Communist Party committed to a evolution from state socialism to co-operative control in many sectors of Cuba’s economy. Cuba could be the first nation to get this right. Without mountainous foreign debt to the World Bank and IMF that has constrained the sovereign choice of others, Cuba is relatively free to walk her own path.” Returning from an October study tour of co-op economics in the Basque Region of Spain as

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• Community choir start up: at Cates Hill Chapel at 7 p.m.

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

• OFF THE ROCK - Sarah Scouten’s CD Magpie Waltz launch: Railway Club Vancouver.

part of her second masters - a co-op MBA - at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Holm convened a group of co-op thought leaders from Canada, the United States and Scotland in Havana in December to meet with their Cuban counterparts. They were wowed. Come to SKY on Monday and learn why 2012 - United Nations International Year of Cooperatives is the perfect time to examine better paths to social justice and democracy. Holm speaks at 11 a.m. at Bowen Court. The title of her talk is Building better paths: co-operation and community. Holm is an agrologist, journalist, public speaker and graduate student. She is an elected director of Vancity Credit Union.

perceptive pieces, all presented on stage, each sharing a richness of experience, imagination and expansive inquiry, together with a splash of humour and delight. If possible, depending on the number of entries, we aim to hold a viewing of all the work submitted for the public, on the Tir-na-nOg stage over one weekend. We’ll keep you posted. Registration forms can be found at and if you choose to participate, we hope you enjoy every moment of the experience! Full details are on the registration forms or, if you prefer, call us at 604 947 9507 or e-mail tirnanog@

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MONDAY, JAN. 9 • Seniors Keeping Young: 9 a.m. line dancing 9:45 a.m. exercises, singing and refreshments, 11 a.m. speaker Wendy Holm, Bowen Court.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12 • Food safety workshop: BICS multi-purpose room 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fee $20 incl. lunch, see foodsafety for info.

• AA Meeting: Women’s: 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall.

• Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Rotary Club: speaker Don Evans- strategic plan review for B.I. Rotary Club 2012. The Snug Cafe. 7:30-9 p.m. Guests welcome. For info call 947-0935. ONGOING • Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.

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nce again, it’s Tir-na-nOg calling all those folk who have ever dreamed of writing a play. Here’s an opportunity to write a play or scene for the stage. The challenge is open to children and adults, ages eight and up. Register for the challenge by January 8 and then submit the piece to the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School no later than February 21. Over the last three years, Tir-nanOg has had 18 plays submitted to the Playwright Challenge which were then performed by Bowen Islanders. The entries have been unique and

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BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Available February 1. Vet checked with first shots. Reserve yours now. $1,200. Langley area. 778-2415504. BLOOD HOUND PUPS, CKC reg’d health chk, 2nd vac, micro chipped, 1 male, 5 fem’s. Liver & Tan. Ready to go. $750. 604-574-5788 Cairn Terriers: shots/dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. over 20 yrs of referrals. 604-807-5204 or 604-592-5442 CAT 10 MOS OLD M orange, neutered, shots, tattooed good w/dogs $50 to good home (604)302-9249 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES $550: Born Sept. 26th. 1 Male, 1 Female. 604-836-6861 JACK RUSSELL pups 1 Female 1 male. Short legs, smooth coat. Dew claws done. $500. 778-883-6049

PETS 477







NEED to get off the rock for a month? 3000 SF home in lower British Properties. Fully furnished, 2 bedrooms, King Master with spa ensuite, 2nd is Queen. Gourmet kitchen. Very quiet and private, yet minutes to Upper Levels and Park Royal. We need someone responsible, who loves cats and doesn’t have young children. Jan 29/2012 to Feb 28. $1000.00. Call 778-9941238.




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1966 CHEV SURBURBAN 2 door, 283 auto, p/s, p/b, disc brakes on front mag whls, black interior. $11,900 obo. Phone 604-626-4799



WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422


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DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals


WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in January, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888593-6095.


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Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators Highway – BC & AB O/O’s $1.70+ per mile Co. Drivers 44c mile

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For flat deck and heavy haul divisions of a busy Langley based co. Trucks available for lease to own. Must have previous exp.

Fax resume to: 604-888-2987 or e-mail: Exp’d TRUCK DRIVER wanted for BC runs. Exc wages, benefits & equipment + weekends home. Fax or email resume & drivers abstract 604-513-8004 or


for Dorman Timber Location Harrison Mills, must have a minimum of five years low bedding exp. Hauling various types of logging equipment in the Fraser Valley.

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Bowen Taekwondo offers family training Master Yang’s family shares love of Taekwondo and Kundo TITANIA MICHNIEWICZ B . I . TA E K W O N D O


or the last decade, Bowen Island Taekwondo has offered classes to adults and children of our community. A committed student of Taekwondo can earn a black belt in this powerful and ancient martial art in three to five years – as an ever growing group of islanders have done. The year-round, bi-weekly training in a friendly and supportive environment quickly leads the Taekwondo practitioner to a stronger body, mind and spirit. Training under the capable guidance of a devoted master instils confidence and self-discipline. Taekwondo is a very popular martial arts form around the world, practiced by approximately 40 million people in 167 countries. It is also an Olympic sport. Taekwondo provides a wonderful fitness and self-defence regime for children as young as five years old to adults. Beginners and advanced practitioners benefit from the stretching and cardio work-out, and there is something wonderfully cathartic about the “kihop”: the focused cry that accompanies the movements. Some nine years later, Bowen Taekwondo has a wonderful home in Artisan Square under the guidance of Master InDuk Jang. Master Jang took over Bowen Taekwondo in late 2011. His training in Taekwondo started when he was nine, and his passion led him to pursue the path of a professional martial artist. After high school he trained in many different martial arts forms: kickboxing, kung fu, judo, Hapkido (Korean soft martial arts) and Kumdo (Korean sword), but his preference led him back to Taekwondo and Kumdo, which he pursued in Korea at the Taekwondo University. His credentials include a sixth Dan blackbelt in both Taekwondo and Kumdo and a fourth Dan blackbelt in Hapkido. TRANSPORTATION 810

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2001 BUICK LESABRE LTD. All options, heated seats, lumbar, 139K, $5900/obo. 778-565-4334.

Mock hunt kicks off new year VIVIAN PEARCE BIHORA

His love of Taekwondo and Kumdo is shared by his wife, Suna Park, who holds a third Dan black belt in Taekwondo and a fourth Dan blackbelt in Kumdo. Their two children, Yuna and Jake also love Taekwondo. Their shared training is an opportunity to spend more time together as a family. Family training is one of the wonderful additions that Master Jang is bringing to Bowen Island Taekwondo. In addition to the current schedule, Master Jang will offer a family class starting in January 2012. Master Jang says, “Taekwondo has brought me joy and health and has taught me confidence and perseverance which I want to share with my students.”

f you were driving around the Tunstall Bay area on January 1, you may have encountered a group of horses and riders on an orderly and purposeful ride. This was the traditional New Year’s Day Mock Hunt of the Bowen Island Horse and Riders Association (BIHORA). What is a mock hunt? It was traditionally a fox hunt done in the English countryside to keep the hounds and riders in good shape and celebrate the New Year. Fox hunting is now illegal so the hunts are “mock” and Bowen Island is foxless. We used posters of foxes posted on a trail. If the riders were on the right track, the poster would feature a smile; if not, the poster would show the fox’s tongue sticking out. After riding and hunting the conjectured fox over hill and dale for an hour and a half, he was finally found atop a fence gate with a smile on his face. The hunt was great fun and a exciting challenge for the seven riders and horses. The horses were all fresh and ready to go but well behaved. Watch for us next year. Happy New Year from BIHORA and all our four legged friends.




1997 MAZDA PROTEGE, 5 spd, very good cond, 170K, AirCared til 10/12. Good tires, MP3, cheap on gas. $1900. Call: 778-240-8075 2004 MERCEDES C230 SEDAN auto, sunroof, 47k, Gold Mist Mica over blk. leather, exc. cond. local, no accid. $13,230 (604)328-1883

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

2004 PORSCHE 911 C2 One owner, NCL serviced, beautiful cond! $48,000. Call 604-309-4599.



1994 Saab 900-S. 6cyl, 2.5 l engine. 4dr, sunroof, 5spd, green, like new. $1950. 604-541-0344

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

1995 CAMRY, 4 dr, 4 cyl, auto, 1 owner, loaded, aircared, mint cond. $2900/obo. Phone 604-931-1236.


Master Yang has a sixth Dan blackbelt in Taekwondo and Kumdo and a fourth Dan blackbelt in Hapkido. Submitted photo




The New Year’s Day Mock Hunt was a great way to celebrate 2012’s arrival. Submitted photo


FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288 The Scrapper

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, red, 160K, $8500 firm. Call 604-538-9257



Are you needing occasional overnight care for your child? As a newly-retired pediatric home care nurse, mother and grandmother, I can provide the loving and competent care that will give you peace of mind while you are away. Singne Palmquist 604-947-0797 or BOWEN Island spacious 3 BR house, F/P, wrap around deck, lots of play area, W/D, N/S pet OK. Close to bus stop or parking included. Avail now $1250/mo. Call 604-837-1700 Certified Upholsterer since ‘83 Island and West Van ref.’s Also looking for local studio space. Dave 1-250-295-1616 DRY firewood for sale Sat.Jan.14, 9-3pm - you pick up! 1250-ish Adams Rd. $2 / cu.ft Employed islander with daughter

seeks long- term home or suite asap. 2 quiet, well-behaved dogs are part of the family. Please call 2442.

EXPRESS YOURSELF Singing & Piano Lessons available - for all ages. Share the gift of music. Cheryl 947-2063

FOR RENT, 1 bdrm. private garden suite, W/D, avail. Feb.1. 5 min. walk to cove. Pets negot. $900 + Utils. 947-9646 FOR RENT: small office Seabreeze Building. Internet. Copier. Parking. (604) 657-1864



FOR RENT 2 bdrm. apt. in Village Square. Avail. Dec.1. References req’d. Sorry, no pets. 604-947-2944 FOR RENT 2 bedroom plus den. Long term. $1550/mon. Woodstove. Ocean view. Close to beach. Angell Hasman Rlty. 604-657-1864 FOR RENT 2 bedroom plus den. Long term. $1550/mon. Woodstove. Ocean view. Close to beach. Angell Hasman Rlty. 604-657-1864 For rent in Bowen Bay area, 1 bdrm above ground suite. 800 square feet, water view, on acreage with own w/d. $700 + utilities. 604-947-9820 FOR RENT: Office space in Snug Cove: 2 units, 141 sq.ft. & 255 sq. ft. office spaces with shared common entrance, kitchen, bathroom. For more info please call: 604-947-0099 ext. 104

Or email FOR RENT: Office space in Snug Cove: 2 units, 141 sq.ft. & 255 sq. ft. office spaces with shared common entrance, kitchen, bathroom. For more info please call: 604-947-0099 ext. 104

Or email FOR RENT: small office Seabreeze Building. Internet. Copier. Parking. (604) 657-1864 LOST Blackberry Curve white cell phone on Christmas Eve, ferry vicinity. Sue 2971.



FOR RENT: Office space in Snug Cove: 2 units, 141 sq.ft. & 255 sq. ft. office spaces with shared common entrance, kitchen, bathroom. For more info please call: 604-947-0099 ext. 104 Or email Studio Cottage for Rent Very private, newly reno’d, Bluewater area. Spectacular ocean & mtn.views. Avail. immed. 604-926-4501 after 7pm TUTOR FOR HIRE: Elementary school teacher available for all subjects, plus French through grade 8. B.A., B.Ed. Ten years experience teaching preschool through grade 8. Contact Mary Ann Zakreski: or call 0657.


of a New Career? Check out Education and Career Sections in the 100’s for information.

12 • FRIDAY JANUARY 6 2012


Yay for the polar bear swimmers! Welcoming in the new year in style, Kelly Miller donned her itsy bitsy teeny weeny pink bikini and counted down the swim for eager participants awaiting the frigid waters at Bowen Bay Beach. Excited, happy people emerged from the ocean. Others were content to watch from the shore or provide support in the form of towels and dry clothing for the swimmers. This year’s crowd proved that the polar bear swim is a great way to greet the new year. Congratulations to all participants who braved the icy waves Bowen Bay. Debra Stringfellow photo

January 6, 2012 Undercurrent  

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January 6, 2012 Undercurrent  

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