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Kick cancer’s ass

It takes courage to create

Where they’re comfy

Benefit aims to cover alternative cancer treatments

Members of the Tuesday Arts Workshop show their works

Mobile vet visits your pooches and kitties at home

How to get our money’s worth Mayor sees finances and governance as issues of concern with TransLink SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


ted. “I understand that the students now have their transcripts but we can always request that from the school if it’s not available at the moment. And the letter of reference doesn’t have to come from a teacher, it can also be written by a community member other than a relative,” Ganong said. “What we are really looking to receive by May 11, is the student’s letter.” The Maggie Cummings Memorial Scholarship for $500 is awarded to

ack Adelaar said that he walks into the TransLink boardroom as a politician but the moment he sits down, he becomes a tax collector for TransLink. As Bowen Island’s mayor, he is a member of the Mayors’ Council that voted against a TransLink tax hike that would have taken effect next year to raise $30 million a year for transit expansion. “The mayors decided in April that we aren’t going for the $30 million expansion,” Adelaar said. “But this doesn’t change the fact that Bowen Island is going to send $562,000 as part of our taxes to TransLink. We talked to TransLink about increasing our service and they came back with the idea of expanding the bus route to Hood Point without any [local] consultation. I wonder how many people would use this and who dreams this up.” Adelaar not only questions the value of this particular route expansion but also TransLink’s service level for Bowen taxpayers. “This proposal is symptomatic for how TransLink thinks about Bowen, I see little regard for the needs of local [transit users],” Adelaar said. “I can understand the overriding thought of having someone on Bowen Island helping to pay for the Skytrain extension that will go to Port Moody but, at the same time, it is an expense that is difficult to justify. In terms of percentage, we pay quite a bit for what we get.” Adelaar says that looking at the bigger picture is also important. “It is easy to criticize TransLink but Vancouver’s transportation system is good,” Adelaar said. “I use it every day when

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Alan Mills hopes to revive the excitement and bustle of the good old Steamship days with a full program of heritage events and activities that spans two weeks this summer. Story on page 4. Debra Stringfellow photo

Deadline for scholarship applications extended SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


he Bowen Island Community Foundation invites students who are graduating from Grade 12 to apply for the Maggie Cummings Memorial Scholarship and the Aaron Sluggett Memorial Scholarship until Friday, May 11. Joyce Ganong, chair for the Foundation, said that an original call for applications had asked students to apply through their schools by March. “We

realize that there might have been difficulties due to the teachers’ job action,” she said. “So we want to make it easier for students by allowing them to apply directly to the Foundation at info@” The application package requires a letter that outlines how the student fulfills the application requirements, his or her goals for the future and why the scholarship would make a difference. A copy of the scholastic transcript and a reference letter from a teacher or a community member also need to be submit-


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MyVet at your house

Youth with strong community ties have advantage

Mobile veterinary service visits pets in their homes MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


here’s a new vet in town, her name is Dr. Sandra Madden and she’s been seeing island animals in their own homes on Fridays for a month. Originally from Gibsons, Dr. Madden has a business called myVet and is working out of the North Shore. She says myVet is finding Bowen a welcoming community. A vet since 1994, Madden says visiting animals in their home allows the patient to feel, literally, more at home, and less-stressed about their medical appointment; she, too, is relishing the experience of meeting new clients, and their families, in their own environment. “I really enjoy the personal feel and the flexibility,” she said during Bowen rounds last Friday. “It’s wonderful being able to spend that time with my patients and doing it where they’re most comfortable.” The Undercurrent went along to visit three new patients, cats Clio and Luna Wilson, 15 and 2 respectively, and youngster Perry Wilson, a bouncing bean of a dog not much past being a puppy. The three live with their humans, Anne, Chris, Max, Jack and James Wilson out Bowen Bay way. Each pet had needs, with Clio, older and recovering from a recent procedure, the primary focus of the visit. The animals seemed to enjoy the visit and,

except when it came time for Clio’s needle – Dr. Madden said it’s not so much the needle as the firm holding cats find bothersome – a relaxed atmosphere prevailed. Pet-loving Max Wilson was home and he and his mom, Anne, and Dr. Madden were able to talk at length about the patients behavioural habits and medical needs. “I loved not having the hassle of finding the cat carrier and getting the pets in the car and it was far less stressful for them,” Anne Wilson said later. “Getting all your pets checked out at the same time was wonderful, too. Madden and husband John lived and worked in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for four years. During their time there, they established the region’s first mobile small animal veterinary service for cats and dogs. MyVet treats all manner of animals and while in the UAE, Dr. Madden treated exotic animals like cheetahs and lions. MyVet has a website at with info on pricing and Dr. Madden’s philosophy of pet care. She has access to Ambleside Vet Hospital and does any operations there or, if needed, recommends specialists. Business on island for myVet, and elsewhere on the North Shore and the Sea-to-Sky corridor, is growing by word of mouth. “It’s great coming over to Bowen,” she said. “Being from Gibsons, it’s nice to come back to a place that feels so much like home.”

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Dr. Sandra Madden and Anne Wilson give Clio Wilson some medical attention during a house visit last Friday. Anne Wilson said, ‘Having [Dr. Madden] treat my little old lady cat in a sun beam was the highlight.’ Especially for pets that don’t enjoy car rides, a home visit can reduce the large amount of stress that is often associated with a trip to the vet’s office. Marcus Hondro photo


Second Request for Applicants Bowen Island Housing Corporation Founding Directors Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve as the founding directors of the Bowen Island Housing Corporation. The Bowen Island Housing Corporation will work with BIM, the community and the development industry to facilitate the delivery of affordable market and non-market housing on Bowen Island. Criteria for Potential Directors The board of the Bowen Island Housing Corporation will be a skill-based working board, with limited resources to access the services of qualified staff or consultants. The skills of directors will be a crucial factor contributing to the success of the housing corporation in ensuring the production of a diversity of housing on Bowen to meet the community’s needs. The initial tasks of the founding directors will be to complete the registration of the Bowen Island Housing Corporation, implement an initial work plan, and then to develop affordable housing on Bowen Island by building on the foundation of recent policies and initiatives. Background information is available as part of the agenda package for the BIM Council Meeting on February 27, 2012, item 8.1 Affordable Housing Working Group Final Report (available at The skills sought include expertise in: - real estate development - construction and delivery of housing units - real estate investment and finance - delivery and management of affordable non-market and social housing Bowen residency is preferred but not essential. Interested applicants are asked to submit an application form (available at Municipal Hall or at outlining their interest and relevant experience by May 18, 2012 to: Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 PHONE: 604-947-4255 FAX: 604-947-0193 Email:

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students who demonstrate a concern for the environment and respect and enjoyment for parks and recreation as well as a clear career goal involving post secondary education. The Aaron Sluggett Memorial Scholarship, also for $500, goes to someone who participates in sport and community activities as well as takes a leadership role in these areas. “There is this dilemma we face as an island,” Ganong said. “We have good, strong connections with our youth as long as they go to school here. When they head off island, we worry that the kids will grow away from the family as well as the community.” The scholarships are part of the Foundation’s community building effort and Ganong says that the Foundation is looking for applicants with strong ties to Bowen Island. In addition to the Maggie Cummings Memorial Scholarship and the Aaron Sluggett Memorial Scholarship, the Foundation awards two other scholarships: the Danielle Dulong Memorial Scholarship and the Bowen Island Golf Club Scholarship. More information is available at www.

STUDENT SUMMER JOB* Summer Reading Club Coordinator Bowen Island Public Library is hiring a Summer Reading Club Coordinator to plan, prepare and run a weekly reading program for children ages 5 to 12, and to promote and monitor a web-based teen reading club. The job is for 30 hours per week for 10-12 weeks. Wage of $14.00 per hour and start date JUNE 1, 2012. More details are available at

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MAY 13, 2011 at 4 pm Resumes can be dropped of at the library (430 Bowen Trunk Rd.), emailed to, or mailed to P.O. Box 10, Bowen Island, B.C. V0N 1G0. For more information call Tina at 947-9788. We thank all applicants, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. *Under the terms of a federal grant, this position is only open to students returning to full time studies in September 2012.

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Members requested for the Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee Bowen Island Municipal Council is requesting applications from members of the public interested in serving on the Bowen Island Municipal Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee. The Committee will provide advice to Council and/or staff on planning for parks, trails, greenways and outdoor recreation opportunities. Please visit the BIM website at: to view the Terms of Reference. Applicants should be a Bowen Island resident or property owner and have expertise relative to the mandate of the committee including but not limited to environmental science and planning, biology, conservation, parks and trail planning, and outdoor recreation. Those interested in sitting on the Bowen Island Municipal Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee are asked to print and fill out a Committee Application form (including details of specific expertise) located on the BIM website at: and respond in writing via email, fax or regular mail by Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to: Lisa Wrinch, Interim Deputy Corporate Officer Bowen Island Municipality, 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 Fax: 604-947-0193 • Email: • Website:

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FRIDAY MAY 4 2012 • 3

Not done with cancer

For his daughter’s fundraiser, Spider Robinson has secured a number of auction items through his good friends Bill Crosby and Graham Nash. He said, ‘They donated a box set of their music and Graham has given us some of his photography. This has a special meaning for me, I used to read Jeanne to sleep when she was ill. The chemo was wrecking her so hard and I would read until she drifted off to sleep. There was a point when she couldn’t follow a story any more. Just then, Graham Nash sent her two huge books of photographs. I used to sit with Jeanie and show her the photos until she nudged me to turn the page. I turned the page until she didn’t nudge me anymore because she had fallen asleep.’

Spider Robinson lost his wife to cancer and now his daughter is fighting the same disease - a fundraiser will help to cover her expenses SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


t’s 1 p.m. and Spider Robinson is surprised that there’s someone ringing his doorbell. It turns out that he hasn’t written the interview time in his calendar and hasn’t expected anyone. Slightly disoriented, he looks at the coffeemaker not realizing that he’s already poured himself a cup. Then he spots the coffee, laughs and he brings his bacon sandwich to the table. The confused and slightly melancholy atmosphere dissipates as he starts talking – between bites of his breakfast – about his family. Robinson’s wife Jeanne passed away two years ago on May 30, yet he still honours an agreement he’s had with her that sees him cleaning up the dishes before he goes to sleep. “I can’t go to sleep if there are dishes in the sink,” he says. Robinson’s a science fiction writer who tends to start working anywhere from 10 o’clock to midnight and writes until the early hours of the morning. Oddly enough, that schedule worked out fine when Jeanne was alive. “I would go to bed around 4 or 5 when she started her day,” Robinson said. “And you might wonder about my motivational system because I must be the laziest man you ever met and yet I’ve got 35 books in print. How did that happen?” The answer lay with his wife, according to Robinson. “I left the pages out and that reminded her, over breakfast, what an interesting fellow she lived with. And then I got a hot date at night,” Robinson adds wistfully that now there is no date waiting for him at the end of the day and he has trouble finding a new motivation. But this was only part of the deal. In addition to reading the material, Jeanne made notes in the margins and edited his first drafts. “It was a great partnership,” Robinson said with sadness. “I used to tell people that Jeanne did the work of five people. Now that she is gone, I realized that I seriously underestimated her. She maintained full time careers as a dancer, a Buddhist practitioner and a filmmaker - I don’t know where she found the energy.” With that, Robinson turns the conversation to his daughter, Terri de Silva, who, according to him, has inherited her mother’s energy. He says, “My daughter moved here from New York to help with Jeanne’s illness. After that, she stuck around for another six months, waiting for me to get to my feet.” Robinson appreciates everything that Terri and her husband Heron de Silva have done during that difficult time and was happy when his son-in-law got a good job offer in Troy, Ohio. “They put their life on hold for almost three years and then they found a place that is perfect for raising children; it has no gangs and no drug problems.”

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But it wasn’t a happily-ever-after situation for the family. “I went to visit them in their new home when they’d had a month to enjoy their new life. The morning after I arrived, on November 20, Terri was in my arms weeping,” Robinson says. His daughter had just been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. “I thought I had done my cancer time,” he says. “but once again, we are scared of it and keeping our fingers crossed.” The emotional upheaval during the first days after the diagnosis took a toll not only on the adults in the family but also on two-year-old Marisa who “immediately picked up on what was going on.” She had been completely toilet trained but, due to stress, had to temporarily go back to diapers, Robinson says. For Marisa’s sake, the family quickly learned to keep the household calm and serene. “I admire how they could pull something like that off,” Robinson said. Robinson smiles as he speaks of his grandaughter. “During her last days, Jeanne spent a lot of time with Marisa,” he recalls. “There is something purely magical about small children - they are so pure and wide open and shining. And it takes them such a short time to learn anything. Marisa is so intuitively kind. If you give her a toy, she immediately looks for someone to give it to.” Just as Terri had come to help when Jeanne was sick, Robinson extended his stay to mid-January to baby sit during all the initial tests. At that time, the cancer was found to have metastasized widely. Terri was doing chemotherapy and a double mastectomy followed by radiation therapy had been suggested. “I looked up the stats,” Robinson said. “Now, the five-year survival rate of stage four cancer is 40 per cent. Only five years ago, it was 10 per cent. In only five years, that number has quadrupled.” He jokingly adds that if that rate can be maintained, we soon could be curing people of cancer who never even had it. Robinson glances at his bacon sandwich and says that he finds it ironic and infuriating that the two people with the healthiest lifestyles he knows, his wife and daughter, would be getting cancer. “Jeanne never drank or did drugs, I never

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gave a thought that she would be the first to die. Then she got biliary cancer and I’m still reeling from the surprise. I want to tell death, ‘You got it wrong; you came for the wrong person.’ And now my daughter, who is 37, is trying to staying alive long enough to see her daughter grow up.” Yet Terri’s healthy lifestyle is what has made a difference. Robinson says his daughter has tackled her situation with diet, exercise, meditation, positive visualization and reiki. She’s also received a lot of inspirational support from friends, acquaintances and those who follow her blog (www. The tests she underwent after her first round of chemo all came back better than expected. The metastasized tumors appear to be gone and mastectomy and radiation are no longer under discussion. Robinson feels relieved about the news but says that Terri is still a breast cancer patient and will require regular chemotherapy and careful monitoring. She also plans to continue the alternative treatments. This is an expensive proposition and here is where Robinson and Bowen Island want to help. A benefit concert is scheduled for May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Legion. The proceeds will cover some of the costs of Terri’s treatment. Robinson says that many of the performers who played at a similar benefit for Jeanne, have signed up again. Among them are Teun Schut, Rob Bailey, Buff Allen, Christie Grace, Brenda Reid, Ron Van Dyke, Peter Robinson and Tony Dominelli. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Phoenix on Bowen - they must be purchased in advance as they are not sold at the door. A silent auction features many items and services donated by Bowen Islanders. If you’d like to be involved or have something to donate, please contact Katherine Wolters at or Sam Knowles at or phone 947-2709. “It kept striking me that cancer is a perfect metaphor of what’s wrong with our society - that a bunch of cells feel that they are more important than the whole body,” Robinson says.

Places of Worship Welcome You BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon

Service and Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Collins Hall Bookings: Helen Wallwork Minister of Music: Lynn Williams


BOWEN ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Clinton Neal 1070 Miller Road 604-947-0384 Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

ST. GERARD’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Mass: 10:30 a.m. Priest: Father James Comey


CATES HILL CHAPEL 604-947-4260

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10:00 a.m. Worship • Sunday School: Tots to Teens Pastor: Dr. James B. Krohn

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A vision of islands and seascapes

Learn about changes to garbage collection




n the heart of Snug Cove, situated upstairs at 439 Bowen Trunk Road, is the office of Alan Mills - owner and operator of the Technology Shop and Bowen Freight. Computer fixes and moving dilemmas are negotiated daily with Mills making time to help anyone who phones or steps through his office door. The office balcony overlooking the cove provides a great window to the comings and goings here on Bowen and Mills doesn’t miss a beat. Originally from Quebec, Mills long envied how “mellow” his B.C. friends were. After studying marine biology at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Mills found himself working out in the Bay of Fundy digging up worms in 15 below weather, stinking of formaldehyde and fish, waiting for the tides to come in and realizing this wasn’t for him. “The romance of Jacques Cousteau and the dolphins just died there,” said Mills. He later graduated with a degree in advertising and broadcasting at the Seneca School for Communication Arts in Ontario.

The Steamship Days saw record numbers of visitors to Bowen Island who came to have a good time. Alan Mills wants to re-create that sense of excitement during a twoweek festival this summer. Submitted photo What eventually brought Mills to B.C. and later to Bowen Island in 1991 was a vision of seascapes with islands, “ I really wanted to find a place out here. I came to Bowen Island and looked at houses and found one with lots of glass. I looked out and saw islands and sea - that was my vision,” says Mills. Looking back on those days, Mills reminisces fondly on a very different vibe of the island. “ It used to be more like cottage country which is why I came over here,” says Mills. “It reminded me of simpler places.” Mills says that his friend, George Proudlock, “was the last of the island old guys - he would give you the shirt off his back. He was born on Doc Morgans floor before it was Doc Morgans. He was a chess champion, hard worker and would help you anyway

he could. Just a charm and, when he died, a piece of the old Bowen died along with him.” A plaque dedicated to Proudlock hangs at the bench just below the Tech Shop. “The island has a way of wearing people down - eventually you become ‘islandified’ but we don’t have the common places to meet like we used to,” says Mills. If running two businesses isn’t enough, Mills also sits on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, which is currently in the throes of organizing this year’s first annual Steamship Days heritage festival. “Everyone I talk to would like to revisit the past glory of Bowen,” says Mills. “I’ve discussed this idea for the last 10 years and everyone likes it.” There is nothing more powerful than the right idea at the right time.

owen Islanders already participate actively in the multi-faceted recycling program at BIRD and they will soon be able to do even more to decrease our carbon-footprint. Beginning in early July (not June 4 as announced earlier), island residents will be asked to separate food scraps from garbage. These food scraps, along with yard trimmings, will be diverted to the Fraser Richmond Soil composting facility. This change will significantly reduce the production of methane that would ordinarily have happened in the garbage land fill. In the long run, the municipality’s Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee hopes to have all our organic waste, including food scraps, processed here on Bowen, reducing

the footprint even more. A public information meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at 10 to 11:30 am in the council chambers. At this time you will learn how this change to garbage collection will take place and provide feedback to the committee. There will be demonstrations, samples, and time for questions. We encourage your participation. More information will be published soon here, in mail-out flyers, on the municipality’s web site and in other media. Watch for them. Committee members and municipal staff are ready to answer your questions. Solid Waste and Resource Management Advisory Committee


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Golf Tournament & Scavenger Hunt Bowen Island Community Partner Branch


DIRECTOR ELECTION Learn what First Credit Union’s Community Partner Branch has accomplished over the past 5 years.

Monday, May 7, 2012 7 pm BICS Multi-Purpose Room All members welcome to attend! There will be door prizes and refreshments.

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Saturday, June 9th 11:30 -4:30 Bowen Island Golf Club A golf tournament with a twist. Come out and play your best round of golf to take home the cup. If your handicap is over 1000, then play for the fun of it and go for the great scavenger prizes. After nine holes of friendly competition, there will be awards and an interactive live auction. Join us for an unPARdictable day! Cost: $50 per person *Includes 9 holes of golf and a nifty swag bag To reserve a spot for your foursome (adults only), please contact: Barb Bingham Phone: 604-947-9311 FAX: 604-947-9366 Email: Event will run rain or shine (Prizes for most applicable rain gear, if applicable) Prizes awarded to top golfers and scavenger hunt winners Please bring a digital camera per foursome Cash bar & food available at the Clubhouse Sponsor a Hole for $1000 to support Island Pacific School. Hole Sponsorship includes: t'PVSTPNFPGHPMG t̓$PNQBOZPSGBNJMZTJHOBUEFTJHOBUFEIPMF t4XBH#BH tDPNQMJNFOUBSZESJOLUJDLFUT t$IBSJUBCMFUBYSFDFJQU

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Sharing the joy of the simple things in life KATALINA BERNARD BOWEN YOUTH CENTRE


t’s that time of year again. May 1 to 7 might not have a big event marked on everybody’s calendars, but here at the Bowen Youth Centre, BC Youth Week is a pretty important. Many islanders are are likely to recall last year’s mega-fete featuring local youth talent The Works and Fawnfare opening for the critically acclaimed Juno-award winning band Said the Whale. Even a load of West Coast rain could not dampen the spirits of the hundreds who came out to support the concert and its cause: Island Pacific School’s pen-pals at a school in Ghana. The awesome event was made possible through the efforts of the members of The Works, providing a timely example of the unique and innovative abilities of youth to make things happen. For Youth Week 2012, we have chosen to pull back a bit from last

year’s grand event and focus the attention on local youth-led everyday activities, in order to give you, the community, a palpable sense of what we, the Youth Centre, do on a regular basis. We’ve been tearing around the BICS field in all manner of sports skills competitions, dishing out prizes in the cove for random acts of awesomeness, and this weekend we will close the festivities with an all-youth concert hosted at our centre. I’m sure I speak for our entire staff when I say that we get to work with some amazing youth from our little town. This year’s BC Youth Week theme on Bowen: it’s the little, simple things in life, the profound immediacy of happiness that can be tapped from anywhere around us at any moment. It’s not a life lesson, it’s just how we roll at the Youth Centre. And it’s time we shared a little of that. Want more info? Find us on Facebook, or give us a call at 604-

Bowen educators participated in 15 hours of training to earn their Safe Spaces certificates that promotes emotional literacy for children under five. Submitted photo

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f you have children aged two to six and you want to create a climate of respect and safety at home, help your children develop critical thinking skills and/or have challenges due to sibling rivalry, you could contact staff from the following centres who completed their Safe Spaces certificate on Saturday, April 14: Bowen Children’s Centre Bowen Island Community School (Kindergarten)

Ryan Hauschild and his son Hudson were recently waiting for the bus at the Governement Road/Miller Road intersection to get back to their home at Bowen Bay after getting groceries in the cove. Susanne Martin photo

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I’m in the city.” But, at the same time, he advocates for better services for Bowen residents. He thinks that increasing the number of express buses from Horseshoe Bay to downtown Vancouver and coordinating the timetable with ferry departures to Snug Cove would be helpful. He also wants to keep an open mind aimed at finding creative solutions for on-island transit like a free travel zone or an on-call system.

“There are two important issues [about TransLink] that should be at the top of our mind,” Adelaar says. “One is the finances and the other is governance.” He clarified that the province has given the TransLink board the power to increase the taxes by up to three per cent every year. The mayors have no say in this and has, in the past, suggested alternative funding sources other than property taxes such as a vehicle levy or road pricing that have been rejected by the provincial government.

Bowen Island Montessori Family Place Monika’s Place Winnie and Friends Safe Spaces is a bullying prevention program aimed at children under five by teaching emotional literacy, incorporating an anti-bias curriculum and fostering pro-social behaviour. For more information, please see

The Bowen Island Golf Club cordially invites you to participate in the official opening of our new clubhouse, a beautiful public amenity for all to enjoy. Please join us on Saturday, May 5 for a FREE round of golf in celebration of this momentous occasion. Official Opening Celebration Events * FREE GOLF from 9:00am-5:00pm, book your tee time now by calling 604.947.GOLF (4653) or email *A tee time will guarantee 9 holes of FREE golf, a second 9 is subject to availability

* FREE Shuttle Bus transportation from Snug Cove ferry terminal to the golf course available from 9:00am-3:00pm * Prize draws for all participants, golfers and non golfers * Official ceremonies, ribbon and cake cutting, and flag raising at 11:00am * FREE cake and coffee * Food and beverage served all day in the new Cup Cutter restaurant

The Bowen Island Golf Club greatly appreciates and acknowledges the assistance of the Province of British Columbia Bowen Island Golf Club 810 Beach Dr. (P.O. Box 202) Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0 Phone: 604.947.GOLF(4653) Email:

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A better place for targeted enforcement To the Editor:

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t is common sense that making illegal U-turns on the hill to join the ferry line-up is dangerous. However, there is a far more dangerous situation at the bottom of the hill. With due respect, I wonder why this is not being addressed in the RCMP’s targeted enforcement plan, mentioned in the April 27 issue of the Undercurrent. Why not take a look at the motor vehicle mayhem in time for the 7:30 a.m. ferry departure on weekday mornings? Here we have a smorgasbord of infractions in the passenger drop-off area, crosswalks and approaches to them. Here we have all the potential necessary for a targeted enforcement field-day. There are pedestrians coming from all directions. There are two community transit and three school buses unloading more pedestrians. And then there are the countless motor vehicles unloading even more pedestrians. Throw in one of our classic dark, rainy mornings and we have a recipe for disaster. The nearmisses I have witnessed are too numerous to count. I have seen vehicles weave in and out of foot traffic, buses, and other vehicles. I have seen vehicles stop in the middle of the road to unload their passengers, cutting off the buses and other vehicles. I have seen vehicles pull U-turns wherever they happen to be, often in the middle of the crosswalk. The list goes on. I see this every day. What I have not seen is any presence of the local RCMP. No targeted enforcement here. What continues to astonish me is how complacent everyone has become in this array of dangerous and illegal maneuvres. It’s just part of the morning routine. Karen Hughes

I hear that the founder of the Undercurrent would, when things got too quiet, write and publish inflammatory letters under a pseudonym trying to stir up the dark things in the deep. I can imagine that this method was wildly successful in keeping things on the boil. In that light, he aptly named the paper the Undercurrent. Things have changed in the editorial department since 1975 and the policy on letters among them. Letters need to be signed and clearly marked and opinion pieces belong on the opinion page. This is a good thing, I believe. No need to stir things up. We live in an amazingly generous community where kids sell their toys out of concern for the environment, where middle school students raise money for sending soccer balls to underprivileged children and where people drive an elderly man home to make sure he arrives there, safe and sound, with his dog and his bags. There are many stories in the paper that attest to the power of community and I feel honoured to learn of them and share

Susanne Martin

To the Editor:


he community center got a green light at our recent Town Hall meeting. The Community Center Working Group is perhaps one of the longest standing and hardest working citizen committees on the Island (under Shari Ulrich’s leadership and Cro Lucas’s oversight and of course congratulations to Paul Hooson for staying the course, and to Tina and the other members). It appears their hard work is paying off. This council has taken note of this effort, already started to go after grants and set as side a significant pool of money to jump start the project. At $11M it is a big price tag, but perhaps it is doable, especially if this council can keep its focus on the prize. I encourage Bowen Islanders to champion the community center, as this is really something that could bring the Island together. Ultimately fundraising will determine its size, but there are some really deep pockets on Bowen and Karen Blow our director of finance along with the committee have a solid strategy of getting the federal and provincial governments to match whatever we as a community can come up with through land sales, fund raising and perhaps borrowing. The price tag to us is only one third of the total bill and probably not much more than 1.5M once our reserves are taken into account. Not only will the new building become a catalyst for community activity, its fundraising will bring together the best of Bowen Islanders and its design and construction will stimulate our fledging local economy. It pays to dream big and money always follows vision. James Tuer #102–495 Bowen Trunk Road, PO Box 130, Bowen Island BC, V0N 1G0 Phone: 604.947.2442 Fax: 604.947.0148

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them. Yet, life is more complex and I have yet to come across a community without strive, envy and pettiness. Our island is not conflict free. Strong opinions abound – and clash. People disagree in a number of arenas, the personal as well as the political. I believe that it’s never a good idea to mix the two. I am taken aback when I hear personal attacks that, when it comes down to it, are directed at someone who has a different political opinion. I am also taken aback by people who dole out criticism by the barrel but cannot take an ounce when it is directed at them. What was that famous old saying about sitting in a glass house? Now about the letters. It is true that I like a calm sea. Yet I do not believe that we should study the pretty reflections on the surface to the point where we make believe that the depth of the ocean does not exist. And I believe that the Undercurrent would do a poor job if it did not examine a bit of flotsam and jetsam now and then that may not be shiny.

Green light for community centre

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Several alternatives received no public exposure


n his recent contribution to the Undercurrent’s discussion of ferry marshalling (April 27, 2012), former councillor Doug Hooper claims that the previous council (of which he was a member) completed a comprehensive “expert and public review” of Snug Cove planning, including traffic management, that resulted in recommendations he and his fellow councillors adopted. Those recommendations may well have merit. However, it should be noted that Mr. Hooper and his allies were voted out of office shortly after their preferences were announced. This suggests a lack of acceptance of their conclusions by the majority of the electorate and, further, that the current council is not obliged to be bound by them. It’s also worth noting that the “expert and public review” was limited by restrictions imposed by the previous council. Thus, there were and remain several alternatives for ferry marshalling that received no public exposure. These include various configurations of a possible north side loop road, as well as the feasibility and merits of a new south side terminal. A decision as important as ferry marshalling – which is central to every other decision regarding Snug Cove – requires much more extensive public involvement than provided by the previous process. The current council seems to be on the right track by taking a look at all possible options and gathering information through public surveys before proposing alternative solutions. I was not against the turf field but rather the process and controversy to which we arrived there. I see the same happening with ferry marshalling which seems to have been the topic of an ongoing discussion since I was just a child visiting Bowen Island on weekends. We elected officials to manage our community affairs and they need to make the best decision based on the information available. But a decision needs to be made and implemented so council can move on to other pressing business. Sometimes it is more important to make a decision than to debate a decision. Kelly Schwenning

Keeping the community in the community newspaper To the Editor:


ongratulations to Susanne Martin, Marcus Hondro, Lois Meyers-Carter, Janis Treleaven and Martha Perkins for keeping the community in community newspapers. In 2009, it was the migration from the ‘far east’ of Martha who brought the Undercurrent back to life. We quickly learned that she was not just a bright smile but an amazing Eeditor who put her personality front and centre each and every week to make our little rag a delight to read. Our loss, when her talents were rewarded with a move to ‘the continent’ to become editor of the West Ender - but our gain when her talent, knowledge and caring nature were shared with an island-gem, Susanna Martin. I was lucky, a number of years ago to have Susanne assist me at the Bowen Island Chamber. She was a delight then, and has continued to delight the island each and every Friday with a great newspaper, the Undercurrent. Two years in a row to be named as the best community newspaper in its category in British Columbia is an amazing feat. Congratulations! Murray Atherton Editor




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The sinking of the Empress - a Bowen family tragedy Because it’s in only 130 feet of water, it has had Welcome to Island Neighbours’ 22nd year: an endless number of diver visitors. The nearby Stories of island history, people, activities and mainland has Empress memorials but for me, events. the Empress story represents a deeply felt Bowen his April, there have been a multitude of family tragedy. stories arising from the 100th anniversary • Ten Years Ago in the Undercurrent of May of the tragic sinking of the elegant Titanic on April 15, 1912. As many of us know, the spar- 3, the Bowfest theme, a Festival of Fantasy, was announced along with word that prices were kling new ship, on its maiden voyage, hit an icereturning to affordable rates. • An Eagle Cliff berg and 1,514 people died. Only 710 survived. beach variance problem was settled, pleasing The 1980’s discovery of the Titanic’s semi-buried some, frustrating others.• Bowen’s 14 member wreck has helped the legend to continue. Morris dancers celebrated their fifth anniversary • Bowen Island’s shipwreck tragedy was by welcoming the Kits Point Sword group and equally devastating. On May 29, 1914, the ship the Tiddley Cove Morris group. Along with a Empress of Ireland was outward bound on the photo marking the event, an article pointed out St Lawrence River, headed for Liverpool, when that the Bowen group was led by the extremely she was struck a massive blow by a heavily noble and talented Squire, Mr. Bob Doucet. (This laden Norwegian coal freighter. The Empress was not a paid ad. )• Islands Trust Chair David went down in 14 minutes, 1012 people perished Essig reported that there’d be no tax increase and 465 lived. Among the dead was Caroline for 2003. • In the May 10 Undercurrent, Suzanne Grafton of Bowen Island. The island Bowen councillors also reported no tax widowed Mrs. Grafton and her young Neighbours increase. • A loving salute noted the infludaughter, had emigrated from England ence of Lorraine Spiekermann’s life and in 1886 to join the three sons who were personality. • Eleven groups applied for already in Canada. In 1889, Tom Grafton grants-in-aid but only three were successpre-empted 160 acres on Bowen while ful. Councillor Leigh said that the money his mother and brothers William and in the budget for grants-in-aid was inadDavid pre-empted 470 acres near Trout equate. • The second annual Spring Music Lake (later re-named for their family) Festival, sponsored by Island Classical The Graftons worked hard to make a livConcerts, was a huge success. The young ing on Bowen. By 1914, the family had pianists who competed included Ben saved enough money to enable their Nixon, Christopher O’Grady, Joshua eighty-year-old mother to visit her sister Peters, Colin Annable and Elliot Benell. in England. A Salvation Army group, traveling to • Birthdays this issue begin with those of May England for an inter-national conference, would 6: Marlon Strang and Ian Henley. May 7 is the give their mother, a life-long member of the birthday of Riley King, Zoe Shatwell, Isabella Salvation Army, congenial company on her trip Molineaux, Barb Roker and Andrea Hurlburt. via the Empress of Ireland. The May 9 clan includes James Winkler, Sharon • The Empress, a Canadian Pacific Railway Dives and Jackson and Sean Mulholland. liner, had safely mastered 95 voyages. The CPR, The May 9 group includes Sam Nosek, Lois well aware of the 1912 Titanic tragedy, had McLaren, Dale Edwards, Martin Beck and stringent safety rules: the ship had 16 steel lifeAllard Ockeloen. The May 10 celebrants are boats holding 764 passengers plus there were Lucy Beck, Robbie Watson and Liam Zahara. 20 Englehardt and six Berthon types holding Brandon Slade has the only May 11 birthday another 1,201 people for a total lifeboat capacity but on May 12, there’s Shakar Lay, Andrea of 1,965. Additionally, on May 15, in Liverpool, Budzinski, Sarah Ruddick and Aine Corrigana safety drill saw all lifeboats lowered in just Frost. Hank Strubin and Eric Lawson share four minutes. As usual, the Empress passengers May 13 followed by Bernie Johnson as the boarded at the harbour in Quebec City. In the sole May 14 celebrant. But on May 15, birthday evening, the Salvation Army band entertained in wishes will be going to Alex Haxby, Dolores the music room. At 1:30 a.m., the pilot departed, Wallace, Robyn Hooper, Sheila Hunter and as usual, near Rimouski. A bit later in the early Ashley Callister. May 16 is the birthday of John morning, Captain Kendall, on the Empress, Hooper and Franny Varty. May 17 has four became aware of another ship approaching. As birthday folks: Emily Brennan, Rick Wolk, Ian the two ships began navigating to avoid one Stuart and Lynn Fuhr. May 18? There’s John another, a heavy fog blanketed visibility and in Sbragia, Grady Craig, Eva Liane de Zwart and a heart-breaking freak accident, the Storstad choir leader Ellen McIntosh. Lastly, best wishes freighter smashed into the Empress at her most to Kelly Davidson on May 19. vulnerable spot. The massive blow caused her The Last Word: the 2012 BookFest. schedto list to starboard so badly that the lifeboats on uled for May 26 and 27, has a veritable gamut the portside couldn’t be lowered. Of the many of goodies- and the prices are, as always, truly lifeboats available, only five were launched. In affordable. To share an item, telephone 947-2440 just fourteen minutes, the Empress keeled over. or e-mail to The wreck of the Empress still lies in the river,

T Dr. Morton spoke on Bowen Island last Sunday.

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Morton’s research shows that salmon farming impacts the survival of wild salmon To the Editor:



had the pleasure of attending a talk this past Sunday by biologist Dr. Alexandra Morton at the Gallery at Artisan Square. For those who are not familiar with the name, Dr. Morton is a dedicated researcher of the biology and protection of native wild BC salmon. She has co-published her work with government and university scientists in science journals in Canada, the USA and Europe. She is director of the Raincoast Research Society (www., dedicated to BC salmon research, and founder of the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society ( focusing on legal issues specific to the salmon farming industry. Morton’s presentation focused on the impact of commercial salmon farming in pens on south coast salmon runs, especially the Fraser River salmon. Her findings are chilling. Wild salmon are an important part of west coast nature and economy. I urge everyone to learn more about the effects of salmon farming on wild salmon and take action to save this important resource. Morton’s research shows that the salmon farming is seriously impacting the survival of wild salmon. She has found that holding large numbers of salmon in pens throughout their lives exposes them to parasites (sea lice, small blood-sucking planktonic crustaceans) and viruses (specifically three highly virulent forms) which infect wild salmon passing nearby. Unfortunately, the highest con-

centration of salmon farms are in the narrows between central and northern Vancouver Island and the mainland. Most salmon migrating to the open Pacific Ocean and returning to their spawning streams pass through a gauntlet of infection. Morton and other researchers have found that these viral infections kill many salmon before they mate and lay eggs. One of the most chilling things I learned is that many researchers working for universities and and federal and provincial government support Morton’s assertions. However, the federal government has muzzled their scientists, preventing them from speaking to the press and from making public presentations. When asked what should be done, Morton had a number of suggestions that include the removal of sea-pen salmon farms from the narrow straits between Vancouver Island and the mainland, refuse to buy farmed salmon, learn more about the effects of fish farming on wild BC salmon (e.g., subscribe to Morton’s newsletter:, tell friends about the salmon farming’s effects on BC wild salmon, write to your MP (John Weston can be contacted through his website www. and ask that the federal government begin to regulate diseases in salmon farms with the same vigour as they regulate farming on land and demand that the Harper government stops controlling media and public access to government scientists. Will Husby

Formal opening of the clubhouse this Sunday Dear Editor: Re: The eighty-FORE year wait is over atience is a virtue while slow and steady wins the race. The wait is over as the worst kept secret on the island will become official on May 5 with the formal opening of the golf course clubhouse. This will be a great day of family fun, celebration and free golf all day long. While free golf starts at 9 a.m. with free shuttle bus service from Snug Cove, the official ceremonies including a few speeches, ribbon cutting and flag raising is at 11 a.m., on the first tee, so please join us for tee. Locals (golfers and non golfers) are reminded, “the bus is on us” so please use it and enjoy yourself a little longer at the Cup Cutter It’s the responsible thing to do, FORE sure. Pipe major Joe McDonald will “tee off’ the official ceremonies while dignitaries from the three levels of government will raise the club flags. Reverend Shelagh MacKinnon will con-


Thank you to the people who came and donated to our Annual Earth Day Toy Sale. We are happy to announce that the total amount collected from our annual fundraiser is $450.75. All of the money goes to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to buy property for animals and to protect habitat. We thank Stacy and Dan for use of the studio’s location, and to the First Credit Union and the Bowen Island Football Club for use of their tents. See you again next Earth Day. From Ainslie and Twyla. Debra Stringfellow photo

clude the formal ceremonies with the blessing of the clubhouse as she did the course on May 13, 2005. Members of the community are reminded both the course and clubhouse are fully open to the public at all times. One does not have to be a member of the club or a green fee player to enjoy these beautiful public amenities. We encourage the public-at-Iarge to try out the Cup Cutter which has unequaled views, incredible food and “appropriate” beverages. Our working relationship with Mike Nagy, of Miksa, gives us an unequalled one-two punch on the island when it comes to food and beverages. Our setting is unique. We hope to see you on May 5 and many other days of the year where the socializing does not get any better. In conclusion, we acknowledge and appreciate the assistance of the Province of British Columbia for this event. R.B. Russell President and Director B.I. Golf Club

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Is there a better way of doing public process on Bowen Island?


here is a trend in the world (not to mention Bowen Island) toward a more involved citizenry; people want to have a voice in shaping the policies and decisions that affect their lives and their future. Research shows that when citizens perceive a process to be fair, transparent, inclusive of diverse perspectives, and which allows people to be truly heard on the issues that most concern them, then the ultimate decisions tend to have more robust public support.

On the other hand, when a public process appears to be foisted on a community, without genuine, transparent and inclusive participation by all members of that community, it leads to cynicism, and to suspicion that the process has been “gamed” or manipulated by those with covert agendas, power, influence or just sheer stridency of opinion. On April 26, we hosted a conversation with about 30 Bowen residents who gathered at Collins Hall to reflect on and discuss what would constitute a fair, transparent

process for public engagement that could lead to fair, well supported decisions on the issues that affect us (including ferry marshalling, a community centre, economic health, environmental protection and preservation, community health through affordable housing options and more). These are some of the themes that emerged over the course of the evening. People said we need to: • recognize that sorting facts from opinions, values, beliefs, history can be a quagmire itself;

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• learn to listen to diverse views and values without judging the person who holds them; • realize that we have much more in common with each other than we realize; • be less arrogant and more patient; • see the bigger picture; understand how values drive our decisions. We need accurate, objective information that is easily accessible to all residents. We also need access to the knowledge and expertise that’s been assembled by years of volunteer dedication, and countless committees, and we need to see the larger context out of which all the issues arise. We need a process that is “stunningly transparent” and that relies on dialogue so that we can inform and be informed by one another. These were some of the thoughts that came out of the discussion. In the second half of the evening, John Richardson from PublicForums described an innovative in person and online process for helping a community (whether it’s a community of 50, 5,000 or five million) to see which outcomes (i.e. best options for the various issues) would most satisfy the most number of people with the least inequity or dissonance. It is not a majority rules voting system, nor is it a process of consensus— it uses an algorithm which combines the computational capacity of the internet with the human intelligence and human intention of a whole community. You can learn more about how it works at www. And we invite everyone to upcoming dialogues on Bowen about fair process, civic engagement and decision making. There is a better way for public engagement on Bowen Island and everyone can be part of it. Kathryn Thomson and John Dowler


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Rocket launches, running on goo and dancing blobs

The science fair at the Island Discovery Learning Community on April 25 provided a great opportunity for children and teens to develop projects and share them with the community. Most of the projects were developed entirely at home, and many without specific direction from parents, so the children were free to research, experiment, plan and report according to their own interests. Some whole families got involved. Children, parents and visitors were treated to rocket-launches, chemical reactions, collosal research projects, running on goo, a participatory free-market, and even a wayward dancing blob! For the second year running, this non-competitive exposition of wonder and learning was a true delight. Thanks to all who took part, cleaned up afterwards, and to science teacher Amy Nosek for spearheading the whole thing. Submitted photos

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ometimes Lisa Shatzky carries around a few of her poetry books. She leaves them behind on a bus, at a train station or the airport. Once she got a phone call from a stranger who found her book in the Montreal subway. This is what her poetry is all about – making connections. “Writing can be from a different place or a different time and suddenly, there is this bridge that connects us,” Shatzky says. “The point is for one soul to touch another.” Shatzky’s new book, Do Not Call Me By My Name, is one of six poetry books that have been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the Canadian League of Poets. “The book was published by Black Moss Press in 2011. The publishers enter the poetry books published that year for the annual award,” she explained, adding that the winner will be announced on June 16 in Saskatoon where the poets who have been shortlisted have the opportunity to present a 20-minute reading from their books. Shatzky has lived on Bowen for 15 years. She had written poetry as a teenager but had stopped when she was 19. Eight years ago, she started again. Since then, she has been published in many magazines and anthologies. Her first volume of poems titled Wandering in Yesterday’s Rain was self-published. And Do Not Call Me By My Name, published by Black Moss Press. came out last year. Shatzky says that the award has generated lots of interest in her work – and it came at the right time as she has three manuscripts ready. One is a collaboration with Don MacLean entitled He said, She said. The second is called A Pail for the Blackberries and the third is Blame it on the Moon, a volume of 40 poems that explore humankind’s search for connection and unity. Shatzky’s background as a therapist often plays into her poetry. “Therapy is paying attention to the moment – it’s a celebration of the moment. We realize that things are always in flux, always changing,” she said. “But for a brief moment we connect. This is part of the therapeutic journey and art does the same thing. It looks at details and connects all of us through its

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universal meaning.” This is what Shatzky loves about poetry – that it examines the moment, that it can tell the story of a life by looking at a flower, or by describing a walk. She says, “Our lives are made up of moments but we tend to live them in terms of weeks or years. But by the end of day, we realize that it was made up of 20 or 30 meaningful moments whether it’s eating a strawberry or saying hello to a stranger.” Shatzky says that therapy focuses on the moment with the intention to bring unity and integration to bits of shattered pieces of life. Do Not Call Me By My Name is a good example. “There are 40 poems in the book,” she says. “They are stories of different First Nation youth living with survivors of residential schools. They are different voices talking about the particular but looking at the universal meaning.” To Shatzky, these poems show that even in life’s challenges, there is richness and a gift. “Some of these poems deal with the horrific and they show that even in ashes, even in the darkest moments, the human spirit can prevail.” She quotes a few lines from the book: “From the outside it looks like some fucked up people. But come closer... Listen, listen. There is music there. Even in the pain and sadness, there is music. Holding us together.” Shatzky adds, “It’s never just black and white. Even in the chaos, there is unity.” Shatzky says that the work on Do Not Call Me By My Name gave her the idea for her next book. “I was looking at the theme of our need for wholeness and the urge to belong to something greater than ourselves,” she says. “For me, this is the underlying drive of all of our behaviours and we express this sometimes in beautiful ways and sometimes in terrible ways.” Blame it on the Moon starts with a poem titled Just Another Day on West Broadway. It has been published in the Vancouver Review, a glossy cultural magazine that picks one poem per issue. Shatzky says, “I like this poem and it’s rare that I still like my poems after six months.” She feels that this is an example of not being able to step “into the same river twice,” that she’s moved on from the place from where she wrote the poems. “And when I finally get a good poem, there is always the fear, can I write another?” she says.

owen Island Tuesday Art Workshop memsince 1967, when Bowen pioneer and activist bers are very busy preparing for their Katie Carter first pursued her idea to present upcoming show and sale and they are an art education opportunity to the commuhaving a lot of fun in the pronity. Katie approached the cess. With that last touch of Sunshine Coast school divipaint, the perfect mat and sion for sponsorship and the frame and surrendering the adult education art program final signature, we are ready to was born. The enthusiaslet the show begin. tic group continued to meet The Courage to Create is the weekly long after formal name of our annual exhibition instruction was offered. The and speaks directly to the spirgroup met at Collins Hall for it of the group. We all love to many years and now meets create in one form or another, at Bowen Court, still every and in most cases it does take Tuesday morning. courage to confront a sense The eclectic group of artof vulnerability, but there is ists are friendly and very supno question that the journey portive. Our styles differ, but is well worth it. The art exhiour love of putting paint on bition and sale is at Bowen paper or canvas is our comCourt on May 5 from 11 a.m. mon bond. We all benefit from to 4 p.m., May 6 from 1 to shared information, ideas and 4 p.m., May 12 from 11 a.m. critiques, and many members to 4 p.m. and on Mother’s have become very successful Day, May 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Curious about the Tuesday Art artists, exhibiting on Bowen Workshop? Come and check out Along with the amazing art and the mainland. Presently, the annual show that opens on pieces, there will be refreshthere are more tha 25 memMay 5 at Bowen Court. ments, two door prizes, and bers, and we are encouraging demos by some members of anyone who feels an inner artour group. Please come to support us. ist poking at them to come out and shine, please The Tuesday Art Workshop (TAW) is truly a come and join TAW or drop in to try us on for Bowen institution that has been going strong size.


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Ooh la la, there is a taste of Paris in the air at Leftbank restaurant at the bottom of Bowen Island Trunk Road where chef Rebecca Dawson reaches for a whisk and smiles at the thought of welcoming customers. Debra Stringfellow photo

Take a fair dose of skill and add a dash of love for Paris SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


owen Islanders may be familiar with Rebecca Dawson’s fabulous recipes from the time when they were featured in the pages of the Undercurrent. Others may have tasted the results of Dawson’s culinary skills at local events she catered. And now, Dawson has combined her considerable experience as a chef with her love of Paris and opened Leftbank, the restaurant at the bottom of Bowen Island Trunk Road. “It’s on the left when you’re coming off the ferry and a play on words because there’s no money left in the bank,” Dawson says of her new venture.” Dawson was born in Vancouver and schooled at UBC in Home Economics studying foods and design. During university and after, she worked for eight years as an assistant manager at UBC catering. From that time, she vividly remembers catering up two weddings a day at Cecil Green Park with her Martha Stewart entertaining cookbook in tow. The next step for Dawson was attending Dubrulle French Culinary School where she finished top student and received nine job offers. She began at Café de Paris, learning about French Bistro food and eating too many pomme frites. Next, Dawson boarded a float plane to be the chef at Langara Fishing Lodge in Haida Gwaii preparing salmon, halibut, geoguck, sea urchin and picking mussels on wayward seas. Upon returning to Vancouver, Dawson was offered the chef’s hat at the new Raintree Restaurant on Alberni Street in Vancouver cooking Pacific Northwest Cuisine. There she was known for her creative daily menus that focused on local and sustainable foods that earned her many restaurant awards. In the early 90s, Dawson tested the recipes of the Taste of

Vancouver Cookbook and decided to make a pilgrimage to the kitchens of France and Italy. She bought a one-way ticket to Paris where she trained in 14 restaurants. Returning to Vancouver, Dawson became creative recipe chef at Earls and Joeys restaurants creating award winning menu items for 50 restaurants. Earls sent Dawson to train at Alice Water’s restaurant Chez Panise and to Mexico to study regional cuisine. At that time, Dawson was offered the job as executive chef for a 180’ Feadship in the Mediterrean Sea. She cooked for royalty and for the winning Mclaren Team owners during the Grande Prix in Monte Carlo. The ship’s next stop was in Italy. “In 1998, when I was cooking on a dreamy yacht for the Monaco Grande Prix, followed by mooring in San Remo, I cycled to a market and fell off my bicycle,” Dawson said. “I had no helmet, cracked my skull and went into a deep coma.” Dawson awoke two days later suffering from tramatic brain injury that has taken over a decade to heal. Leftbank is Dawson’s point of reentry into working in a professional kitchen. She has lived on Bowen Island for ten years and decided to share her dream, and her culinary creations with the community. “It is so nice to smile at a customer in the dining room whom I have seen around Bowen,” Dawson says. “I am humbled and grateful to be able to have this beautiful restaurant, work with an incredibly giving team at Leftbank and look forward to satisfied customers.” “I’m driven to live life to the fullest. I am tired of eating alone and want to see happy faces around the table,” Dawson says. “My goal is to serve healthy French cooking with a twist.” Leftbank is open Thursdays to Sundays from 6 p.m. Please call 947-0125 to make a reservation.

t takes two to tango and it takes two parties to produce an allergy–the allergen and an immune system (albeit an overactive one). Allergens can be anything from a grain of pollen to your aunt Fanny’s favourite feline (actually, the dander it produces). Many drugs as well, including sulfonamides as well as other antibiotics, aspirin and even some blood pressure medications can perform as allergens. But before you can have an allergic reaction, your immune system has to recognize the antigen as a gatecrasher and raise the alarm. The party begins in a rather formal way when a presenting cell introduces the antigen to special T-cells. But things go downhill from there when antibody-producing B-cells get involved. They, in turn, initiate a cascade of events resembling the introduction of a fox into a hen house. The real trouble-makers are the mast cells and basophils (normally helpful members of the immune corps) who open the door to all kinds of inflammatory riffraff. These characters, cytokines and histamine, bring out the worst in the host, producing unwanted and sometimes debilitating symptoms that call a halt to any pretense of civility. If the reaction is severe (anaphylactic), a shot of epinephrine (epi-pen) and a call to 991 are in order. For less severe complaints, for example what we in the profession call sneezonal allergies, antihistamines provide the most reliable treatment. If you are allergic to nuts or certain drugs, the best solution, of course, is avoidance. But that is often not practical or possible, especially when the allergen is airborne. One initial caution: the classic (older, first generation) antihistamines are not always appropriate. Benadryl and Chlor-tripolon are examples. They may work as well–in fact even

better for severe reactions, to bee stings, for example, or as adjunctive therapy in anaphylaxis–but they are more likely to have side effects in people who have certain medical conditions such as glaucoma or enlarged prostate. Drowsiness, sometimes acute enough to affect the ability to drive, is a common side effect. The newer, second generation antihistamines (Claritin, Allegra, Reactine and Aerius) are much less likely to have side effects and often provide consistently good relief. Tolerance can develop with extended use but usually switching to a different member of the same class restores effectiveness. Arerius (or its generic) also helps to relieve the nasal stuffiness that often accompanies seasonal rhinitis. Some of the other second generation antihistamines come in combination with pseudephedrine, a nasal/sinus decongestant, but it adds another dimension of possible, sometimes serious, unwanted effects. Sneezonal allergy is also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, goodness knows why since hay is rarely allergenic and fever is definitely not a symptom. The most common and bothersome symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, watery, itchy eyes and sometimes nasal stuffiness. For many people the affliction is limited to eye symptoms and can be managed simply with an eye drop. There are a couple of prescription drops, but there are several over-the counter products that contain antihistamines. There is also a drop called Opticrom that contains a mast cell stabilizer that keeps those naughty mast cells keep from releasing histamine. As we promenade out of winter, happy for the rising mercury and the longer, brighter days, a good many curse the catkin-strewn paths of spring and the warm, pollen-laden breezes of summer. If you have a partner with that dilemma, at least keep some Kleenex handy–it’s the least you can do.

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12 • FRIDAY MAY 4 2012


How to rejuvenate Snug Cove village FRITS DE VRIES SPECIAL TO THE UNDERCURRENT


wo weeks ago, James Tuer invited me to be one of four critics for the projects presented by his second year landscape students at UBC. It was a rewarding experience to review 14 student projects that rejuvenate Bowen Island’s Snug Cove village. Each student had selected a specific area with specific achievement objectives. The students were not expected to study the larger context surrounding their project sites. Each project brings fresh ideas to Bowen Island. Architects build villages leaving little park space, while landscape architects look at buildings to form shared outdoor spaces for all to use and enjoy. Landscape architects focus on public areas such as parks, trails, courtyards, streets and alleys of all sorts. They always have a few green crayons at hand. Buildings may only be imagined to define outdoor spaces and to suggest appropriate uses. This group of students proposed small scale, friendly spaces and small buildings that most of us would like. A wealth of mostly modest ideas that respect “the village in the park” concept were presented. All schemes incorporated innovative storm water management solutions such as open creeks and water features. The projects were grouped in the following locations: Island entry from the ferry dock to the Union Steamship parking lot. These projects focused not so much on the car but on the pedestrian. An enhanced, safe and welcoming entry to the village and attractive park connections to both the boardwalk and the lagoon side of Crippen Park were proposed. Crippen Park was not split by continuous rows of buildings along Government Road. The park from Killarney Lake would mix with, and cross the village unharmed and extend to Dorman Point. Matt Gibbs, Sophie MacNeill, Shan Liu, Terence Redford and Jordan McAuley explored what would be a nice way to arrive and depart from this wonderful island. Designs included a plaza with a relocated cenograph, an intertidal park, intimate park spaces right by the ferry, better shelter and interest for the pedestrian. The Snug coffee house and the old bakery site Lucas Holy and Ariel Vernon made

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us aware that small improvements can produce a significant difference. Grand plans are not always welcome and not easily approved on Bowen Island. In reality development often happens incrementally and circumstantially, not necessarily resulting from a smooth logically planned process. A small, well-liked project may set an example that could initiate further development that also meets community approval. Both Lucas and Ariel provided transparency to the orchard area between the retail frontages on Government Road. For example, a series of intriguing landscaped spaces, to be discovered, were proposed from the Snug Cafe and empty bakery lot to provide a draw into the park--a village in the park, as much as a park extending right to and across Government Road. Lukas “broke the barrier between the road and the park”, so to speak. Crippen Park Michele Campbell presented a day camp near Davies Creek. Renovated cottages, with an added building that provides some sort of community use were arranged around a public garden area. This set up would be attractive for small events, a wedding for example. The orchard area would become a more relevant destination for islanders and visitors, again strengthening the interface of park and village. Tatiana Graham proposed affordable family-oriented housing on the north side of Government Road right in Crippen Park. Bowen Island Municipality owns huge areas of community lands and removing lands from the park is really not needed. However Tatiana met her objectives and created an attractive housing cluster comprised of simple row houses that formed a courtyard space for safe child play. This is an interesting example of how small developments can front a road with some retail and office space while enticing walkers to explore the housing and park behind. Her concept could easily be realized on community lands. Gravel parking lot adjacent to the general store. Paul Peters, Dan Borslein and Somaye Hooshmand proposed projects that integrated the baseball field, and lower Cove with existing development at Miller, Dorman and Government Roads, using different park and courtyard designs and added mixed use buildings. These plans strengthen the

What do you get when you invite bright young minds to dream up a best case scenario for Snug Cove? You get rain gardens, a waterfront plaza, underground parking, permeable pavement, tree houses, boat houses, an eco village and more. Second year UBC landscape architecture students completed a design challenge that looked at different areas from the ferry terminal to Snug Cove General Store under the guidance of James Tuer. They recently presented their ideas to a panel of judges. On March 23, the students traveled to Bowen Island to share their ideas with members of the community at a presentation at Cates Hill Chapel. Susanne Martin photos

true village centre at the Miller, Dorman, Government Road intersection where there are many existing vacant, or under-used private and community development parcels. The projects included interesting connected spaces to discover, and mixed-use buildings that buyers and renters would definitely appreciate. Somaye had created an artistic drawing - a site plan that was ready to be framed and hung in a gallery, or possibly in Bowen’s council chamber to inspire our “get things done” council? She proposed an elegant curved ribbon like park system to connect the baseball field to Crippen Park north of the road, while providing opportunities to add mixed-use buildings. Marshalling schemes The main focus of the marshalling options was to provide attractive livable pedestrian environments with less car presence. Pietra Basilij separated loading and unloading ferry traffic by placing a park space in between to “celebrating the park experience,” she said. You would never have to cross more than two lanes of traffic. The private marina parking lot was also used for waterfront buildings

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and entry to the extended boardwalk. She also recognized that incrementally small scale building clusters would be developed over the years. Alex Suvajac provided a very detailed traffic plan with a focus on the pedestrian environment that was created by providing a re-aligned Government Road with two roundabouts and a separate marshalling area located behind the library. Not one project was ready to be implemented tomorrow, but there was a wealth of ideas. Snug Cove may not need a perfect and complete master plan. The community may only need to agree on a few key objectives, and trust that there is lots of creativity, energy and intelligence out there to respond. Community objectives could be to create an attractive pedestrian oriented village, use the vast amount of community lands that Bowen owns for the built environment, improve park uses within Crippen Park adjacent to the village, provide small scale, mixed-use and residential buildings and so on. At UBC you are supposed to learn something. So I did, thanks to James Tuer and his team.

The Undercurrent Mother’s Day Contest

“Bill” to those who knew him. A good and caring man. So deeply loved by his family: wife Arlie, sons David and Joe, daughters Laura and Cindy, grandchildren Jessica, Pat, Chris, Jodi, Krista and Sammi.

Win your mom a spa package from Still Waters Massage valued at $85

Bill’s working life was in the days of B.C. Tel. Retirement allowed active involvement in the Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club and the Hatchery.

The three runners-up win a photo session by photographer Deb Stringfellow and will appear in the following week’s Undercurrent. Please submit to The Undercurrent by email to: Contest closes Monday May 7at 3pm.

This man will be so sorely missed.

Share your most memorable moment with your mom in a paragraph or a picture


FRIDAY MAY 4 2012 • 13

Gallery features Psychic Trash


This serene setting is how the BICS gym will look on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. just before doors open for the 2012 BookFest. Sunday hours for the giant two day sale are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday is the day of the popular $8 bargain ‘All you can carry in a box.’ Submitted photo

On the calendar FRIDAY, MAY 4 • Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. • Jazz Night: Teun Schut, Rob Bailey, Buff Allen and friends. 7:30 p.m. Doc Morgan’s. • Legion dinner: 6:30 p.m. Members and guests welcome. SAT., MAY 5 • Cinco de Maypole dance: with the Black Sheep Morris Dancers, noon, in front of the Bowen Island Library. • B. I. Golf Club clubhouse official opening: 11 a.m. Free golf all day. • AA Open Meeting: 9 a.m., Collins Hall. SUNDAY, MAY 6 • Mama Love artisan market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leftbank restaurant. MONDAY, MAY 7 • Gene Turney talks about Telomeres: 7 p.m. Collins Hall. For info, call 947-0152. • NA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:15 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel. • Seniors Keeping Young: 9 a.m. line dancing 9:45 a.m. exercises, singing and refreshments, 11 a.m. Sarah Haxby from the community school playing celtic hurdy gurdy. TUESDAY, MAY 8 • AA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933. WED., MAY 9

• Drop-in knitting group: 2 to 5 p.m. at Bowen Court. • Post Partum Support Group: Meets two evenings/mo. (604) 947-2717. • Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 2880. THURS., MAY 10 • Duplicate-style bridge: 7 p.m. sharp. Bowen Court lounge. Call Irene at 2955 for info. • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Rotary Club: Speaker Sheena Ashdown will talk about the Africa Village Project. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Rob Wall’s Gallery, Artisan Square. Guests welcome. ONGOING • Nia classes: Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the yoga co-op

at Artisan Square. Tues. 7 p.m. at the Youth Centre and Thurs. 9:15 a.m. at the Gallery at Artisan Square. Call Carol at 9408 or Deborah at 2290 for info. • Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. • B. I. Community Museum & Archives: Sun. and Mon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For appt. call 947-2655 or 947-2440. Family Place: For parents, caregivers and children, 0-6 years. Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (604) 947-2717. • Knick Knack Nook: Open Thurs. - Mon. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

rom May 3 to May 21, Coastal Patterns Gallery will feature Psychic Trash, a collection of watercolours by Katharine Vingoe-Cram, an emerging artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Katharine moved to the west coast last Christmas and spent all of January dog-sitting on Bowen Island and working on her new series for Coastal Patterns Gallery. Her exhibition will be her debut show on the west coast. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at Coastal Patterns Gallery in Artisan Square. Entitled Psychic Trash, the exhibition features a collection of current works on paper and representing Vingoe-Cram’s first serious investigation into watercolour painting. She explores how the iconography of floral arrangements rendered in watercolour–a subject matter long denigrated by art establishments as hobby art–can be twisted and expanded upon to include contemporary instances of flowers as a romantic accessory with references to shojo manga. Vingoe-Cram explains, “I see the content of Psychic Trash as being as much about my personal struggles to cope with anxiety as it is a formal exploration of watercolour, a medium which is new to me. My sometimes obsessively detailed images chronicle a fear of excessive media consumption and society’s emphasis on ecological hysteria and apocalyptic disasters, both real and imagined. The characters in Psychic Trash are archetypes that cannot survive this onslaught. They buckle under the weight of ‘stuff.’ An unnamed shape presses on their chests or a force cracks them open. Psychic Trash documents my very personal quest to push through the clog of ‘stuff’ that I mentally trip over every day.”

Ornate and anxious heroes appear in pieces such as Gates of Time by Katharine VingoeCram. Submitted photo Katharine Vingoe-Cram is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and has worked as an intern and educator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and as an active volunteer in Halifax arts organizations. She has had solo exhibitions at the Anna Leonowens Gallery and the Seeds Gallery in Halifax and most recently collaborated with fellow NSCAD graduate, Annik Gaudet, on the sculptural installation Black Box as part of the Nocturne - Art at Night festival at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax.

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ew Lovely Handmade is proud to present its first curated event, Mama Love. An artisan market designed with that special lady in mind: the mother. Please join us on Sunday, May 6, Leftbank (433 Bowen Island Trunk Road) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and find the Mother’s Day gift she is sure to treasure always. Fathers, sons, daughters and extended family, this is the event for you – mark your calendars.

Mother’s Day colouring cards will be on sale, with all proceeds donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For further information on this event, and upcoming markets, please visit or e-mail If you are a crafter and would like to participate in one of our lovely events, please contact Kirsten Degner at 947-0749 or by e-mail.


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REG BORDER collie pups, born Mar 6, 2012, strong trialing & working pedigree. Vet checked 1st shots. $500. 604-854-6637 Abby

YELLOW LAB PUPS. Ready to go. vet chk, $500. 2 males left. Parents on site. 604-852-6176 Abbts


Spot the Ball round 12

Friday May 4 2012 15

This week’s photo

Here’s how you play: Cut out this week’s picture and mark the spot where you think the ball should be. Submit the photo with your name, age and entry fee (one try for a loonie, three for a toonie) at the red and white drop boxes at the Snug, the You’ll have a chance to General Store, the Office at Artisan win $50 worth of gas at Square, the recreation office or the the Bowen gas station. Undercurrent office. Deadline is Wednesday, May 9, at 11 a.m. This contest is organized by Grade 9 IPS student James Milligan as part of his masterworks - the money goes to supporting athletic endeavours for underpriviledged children. The winner of the last contest and recipient of the 10 tickets for fitness classes donated by the B.I. Recreation Centre Last week’s is Amanda Ockeloen photo with ball (congratulations). PETS 477







2008 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr sedan, auto, high kms. runs/looks good, white, $3300 firm. 604-538-9257.

SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT.






2007 FORD F150 XLT 4 X 4, only 70 km, new tires & brakes, dark blue, excellent cond. $19,900. Phone 604-858-2949

1993 Toyota Corolla, champagne color, 4 dr. sun-roof, auto, 265 km, runs well, $1500.Call 604-820-0696


2011 HONDA CRV 4 wd, Auto, silver. Loaded. Local car. $21,500: 10000k. Call 604-551-1377.


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


RICHMOND. LARGE 1 & 2 bdrm apts, ht, hw, cable, 2 appl, prkg, elev, coin laundry, NS, NP, steps to shops, schools, transit. Frm $895. 604-241-3772. Avail Now. Lease.




ABLE AUCTIONS is currently seeking quality Estates, Antiques & Collectibles for Giant auction June 3rd Tyler 604818-9473



DIY STEEL BUILDING DEALS! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170.





97 HONDA CRV Dark green 4x4 AC, new timing chain, cv joints. Near new tires, radiator, excellent condition. 223k. $5600. 947-0041

We Will Pay You $1000 1-888-229-0744 or apply at: Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526


2011 WINDRIVER 230 RKS, loaded, used 2 short trips, brought Jul. 21/11,asking $26,000 obo. Must sell. Don (778)344-8047. BIG FOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 bigfoot Campers have arrived ony at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-6670024

NEW 2 bdrm suite in Aldr/Abby border. 9 ft ceilings. New app (wash/dry incl) $750 incl utils. Backs onto greenbelt. No Smoking/pets. 778-241-7019


ONE BDRM suite in Aldergrove @ $650/mo includes hydro, heat, cable w/access to HD channels. Call (604)607-0481.


Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 ONE STOP SHOPPING, get a million different products here. High quality, 20% less than Walmart, vitamins, health, nutrition, cosmetics, jewelry, cleaners, soaps, shampoos, guaranteed;



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

MATTRESSES staring at $99


1997 WILDWOOD 26’ 5th wheel, great cond., stored inside, new tires & fridge, A/C, micro, incl. hitch, only $7,900. Phone 604-858-2949. 2004 ITASCA SPIRIT 29.4 ft. Class C motorhome, 50,000km. 2 slide outs, awnings, generator & ext. warranty. Exc. cond. $42,900. 604856-8177 / 604-308-5489(Aldergrv)

DELUXE SUITE BURNABY HEIGHTS. Bright 2 bdrm, 2 FULL bath suite, kitchen dining, separate living rm, above ground 1150 sq ft; appliances, utilities, cable incl $1350 PM; parking, view, shared laundry, private entrance; amenities. N/S, N/P, References. For Lease 1 year. Avail NOW. Call 604 340 4548

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331

1980 Dodge extended camper van, wide raised roof, completely camperized very clean runs good no aircare. Needs TLC outside. $950. 604-996-8734

All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.


AUTO FINANCING Need A Ride, Drive Today. Take $500 to $5000 Cash Home. Carter Credit 1.888.688.1837

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in May, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-5936095.




Auto Loans or

LOON LAKE CABIN sleeps 7, full kitchen & bath, dock, boat launch $100 p/day - 3 day min. 250-8265575 or e-mail




1992 PLEASURE-WAY Dodge van 250, 318, 4 spd. no rust, many upgrades, mint cond., new trans. $16,500: (604)853-2427

2006 wide deep V Lund 15 hp Merc 4 stroke, easy loader trailer, Scotty down rigger, Scotty rod holders, Hummingbird fish finder, 2 swivel seats, canvas cover. As new, package deal $6000. (604)520-6512





2005 HONDA CIVIC SI, silver, 4 dr, 5 sp, fully loaded, 90 K, s.roof, $6,600. Call 604-551-1377.





2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $6000 firm. Call 604-538-4883

1991 VOLKSWAGON GTI 16V - 2 dr. hatch, 5-spd. original car, BBS wheels, Recaro Seats, exc. cond. local, red. $6500 604.312.7415

WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-626-9647

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley


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


For Rent, large 1 bedroom suite in Bowen Bay area, on acreage with waterview, $850/month includes utilities. 604-947-9820 or 604-727-2788. 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 Found - coat for med to large dog - call to ID. 2442 FOUND on Miller Rd. Box with jumper cables, tarp straps etc. Call 2442. French conversation class, private/small group; high school tutoring. 604-947-2315 Hoekstra Construction Framing, foundations, and roofing based on 20 years of experience. Affordable and reliable. Free estimates and references available. Call: 604-947-2805 HP Colour Laser Jet 2840 printer, scanner, fax, excellent colour $100 obo. New Almetco white frame window 4’7” x 3’7” new $450 asking $200 call 947-2318

Out in front of business

LOST Saturday Prescription glasses at baseball field. Dave, 2453


UNCLASSIFIED LANCE’S RECYCLING I’ll pick up your recycling and deliver to BIRD for $20/load. Kindling $20/box CALL 947-2430

Leftbank talented cook, writer boyfriend, and tame declawed silent cat, are in need for longterm, quiet, private accommodation 20 mins. from cove. Call 778 229 1065 -merci. Mature woman wants to run away from Ontario while her house is being renovated & hang out with her sister on beautiful Bowen Island. I would be delighted to look after your home, garden or pets in return for accommodation anytime in August. You can reach me, Catherine Elliot at or my sister, Barb Gibbard 604-947-2006. References avail. Mothers Day weekend Saturday May 12 at Collins Hall 9-1 Spring Fling treasures from the attic!! Concession. PRIME RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE, VILLAGE SQUARE: 613sq ft for rent or lease. For info call 604-947-0099 ext 104 or email Really neat dog house for sale $50. 44”x26”. Jamie 0974 The Gallery @ Artisan Square Current exhibit “Mixed Media” featuring the work of Marc Baur & David Graff. Runs until May 20th.



Spring into Paradise! Opening Sat. May 5 then every day except Tues. and Wed. Come down for our special Monday Monster Burgers! Delicious burgers include Fried Onions,Cheddar Cheese,Bacon etc.or try a Smokin’ Smokey. We have the BEST veggie burgs & dogs! WANTED ~ Free golfers and non golfer attendees for the Bowen Island Golf Club clubhouse official opening tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Ribbon cutting and flag raising at 11:00 a.m.. See display ad for further details. Were you married at the little Red Church? Or by one of our ministers? We are celebrating our 80th anniversary this summer. We want to highlight the many weddings we have been part of. Would you be willing to share a photo of ‘then’ and one of now? And maybe a story of the big day? Thanks so much. Send to:Shelagh at Yard raking... grass, leaves, twigs. Fast, efficient, thorough. $20 hr or contract by the yard. Phone 604-947-2936 / 604-318-3040 / 778-288-2676

16 • FRIDAY MAY 4 2012


Welcome home, honey! Last Friday, Sarah Haxby led a group of BICS students to Davies Orchard to do yet another good deed. Not only were they pitching in collecting trash on their journey but they were delivering some precious cargo. Tubes of hibernating mason bees traveled from a fridge at the school to their new wooden home that Sarah mounted on the side of a cottage steps away from a blossoming fruit tree. The bees would soon wake up to start their job pollnating our heritage orchard. Janis Treleaven

Important Announcement Second Grade 7 Class Confirmed for 2012-13 School Now Accepting Advance Applications For Grade 6 On Thursday, April 27th the Board of Island Pacific School confirmed its approval to add a second grade 7 class for the 2012-13 academic year. While grade 7 spaces are still available, these will be limited to ensure proper overall balance within the school. Families considering grade 7 for 2012-13 should therefore apply as soon as possible. A few spaces are also still available in grade 6 and 8. Island Pacific School is now also accepting advance applications for students entering grade 6. Because of the “Double 7” restructure, spaces will be limited in all grades for the foreseeable future. Families interested in having their children attend the school are therefore strongly advised to submit an application as soon as possible. While final acceptance is dependent upon successfully completing the admissions process (i.e. school visit, student interview & assessment), candidates will generally be considered in the order in which the applications are received. Island Pacific School is a grade 6-9 middle school that offers students a challenging academic program complemented by outdoor pursuits, creative arts and community service activities. To find out more about the IPS community, contact Barb Bingham at or 604-947-9311 or visit our website at

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