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Getting to know you

Hoops and stitches

Candy collection

Candidates step forward and speak out about their views and plans

Author and artist speak at Gallery to promote the art of embroidery

General Store gears up to help Deep Bay prepare for trick and treaters

Ferry fares and lack of consultation B.C. Ferries Commissioner seeks input on Coastal Ferry Act MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


There was disappointment all around when someone stole and smashed the pumpkins that BICS students had been growing. Min Ji, Ali, Robin and Jarod had tended the garden with Mrs. Layzell. Story on page 2. Debra Stringfellow photo



n Tuesday, Oct. 18, volunteers braced the decidedly cold waters of Grafton Lake in an effort to prevent local beavers from getting into trouble. “We protect the dam with specialized beaver-exclusion fencing. The beavers can’t get to it and they simply move on,” says Lesley Fox, executive director of the Association for the Protection of Animals. The group of local animal protection advocates were joined by Bob Robinson, who is the superintendent of utili-

ties at the municipality, and worked to secure the dam at Grafton Lake. In the past, beavers had been damming and plugging a spillway connected to the municipal water supply. As a result, they were identified as nuisance beavers, trapped and killed. Mike Braraten of Harding Road had brought the issue to the attention of the municipality and council and had asked to find a humane solution. The fencing is made from timber and galvanized wire and will prevent the beavers from blocking up culverts. It wasn’t an easy job to secure the fencing and the group had to return to Bowen Island on Wednesday.

.C. Ferries Commissioner Gordon Macatee continued a tour of ferry-dependent coastal communities with a public meeting at the Gallery at Artisan Square Saturday, Oct. 15. Macatee and deputy commissioner Sheldon Stoilen sought input to a report they are assembling on the Coastal Ferry Act and the rising cost of ferry fares. The two spoke with and listened to over 30 islanders, including councillors Alison Morse, David Wrinch and Doug Hooper, outgoing FAC chair Kim DeSante and incoming chair Adam Holbrook. Macatee began by saying that he and Stoilen are neither part of the government nor employees of B.C. Ferries but fact-finders sent to learn and present findings. Macatee called it a “re-thinking” of the Coastal Ferry Act and while he is not in a position to know if their recommendations will be acted on, he feels the fact the government delayed implementation of a four-year rise in fares was a positive sign. The government’s stated intention is to consider changes to the ferry act after examining the report, which the commissioner will deliver sometime early next year. It is the first such review of the act since its inception in 2003. Ferry fares were scheduled to rise 4.1 per cent on major routes and up to 8.2 per cent on minor routes, for four years; however, a one-year price cap has seen them rise across the board by 4.1 per cent. The decision on the following three years will take place only after Macatee’s report has been tabled and debated by the legislature. continued, PAGE 4

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Pumpkins grown by BICS Arts council holds AGM in tandem kids stolen and smashed with all-candidates-meeting pumpkin seeds with the help of Mrs. Layzell’s Grade 5/6 class. The CONTRIBUTING WRITER older children took on a leadership lot of hard work and care role in planting the garden as part went into planting the vegof the school’s “grow to market” etable garden at the Bowen program. Island Community School. But The pumpkins were destined sincerity was for the children’s sorely lacking “The Great Pumpkin classrooms, to be on the evening decorated and rises out of the then displayed for of Saturday, Oct. 15, when thieves Later, pumpkin patch that Halloween. armed with wire the seeds were to cutters targeted he thinks is the most be harvested and the children’s for next sincere. I don’t see planted garden, cutting a year’s crop. gaping hole in the how a pumpkin patch A special side of the fencwhite variety of can be more sincere Cucurbita was ing and stealing all the pumpkins. this year than this one. You planted “They had and had produced to wait till the can look around and a beautiful single pumpkins were white pumpkin, there’s not a sign of the best the school just right for picking before they seen. hypocrisy. Nothing hadTheever struck – they five-year-olds even smashed but sincerity as far nicknamed it the a kid-friendly pumpkin. as the eye can see.” “ghost” plastic wheelbarThis, too, was taken row, snipped the Linus, It’s the Great by the thieves. heads off some Eight pumpkins Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. in total were stoof the sunflowers and stole apples len and in a true off the tree,” says example of Bowen Sarah Haxby. Island community solidarity, the This calculating and malicious Ruddy Potato has stepped forward deed seems all the more heartand donated eight new pumpkins to breaking after learning that fivethe school. An RCMP investigation year-old kindergartners planted the is pending. DEBRA STRINGFELLOW




ou may have heard the statistic – Bowen Island is the fifth most (formerly the fourth) artistic community in Canada. What exactly does that mean? It means that per capita, we have a high percentage of our population who derive income from the arts. Artists, as defined by the Canada Council, include actors, choreographers, craftspeople, composers, conductors, dancers, directors, musicians, producers, singers, visual artists and writers. It’s important to recognize that in addition to being artists, these same residents of Bowen are also employed as contractors, carpenters, wood workers, teachers, baristas, garbage engineers, cleaners, truck drivers, painters, doctors, and in a variety of other occupations. Clearly the arts community comprises the entire community. With this inclusivity in mind, the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) invites everyone to its annual general meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Gallery at Artisan Square. As has become the tradition when it’s municipal election year, we’ve invited as special guests all those candidates vying for a seat in our local council. We’d like to ask them a few questions about

their views on governance of our island home, and especially as it pertains to arts and cultural initiatives. But we’d like you to join us and get a sense of what it is we are achieving – economically, socially and creatively. It’s a great opportunity to renew membership, or become a member, of one of Bowen’s most active nonprofit service groups. Of course, the public will also have the opportunity to attend the all candidates’ discussion. If you can’t make it, but want to stay informed, please visit our website at and access the arts and culture weekly update. BIAC was established more than 20 years ago. Its mandate is to support and promote artists and the development of artistic and cultural opportunities that result in social and economic benefits to the entire community. We operate the Gallery at Artisan Square, advocate for a community hall and arts centre, host the annual Write on Bowen Festival, organize the Bowen art walk, studio tours and local BC cultural crawl, offer an array of programs and art instruction and sponsor a diversity of concerts, performances and other events. In addition to our revenue sources and other income, we rely on and are thankful for financial support from our donors, the Bowen Island Municipality and the BC Arts Council.

Two run for mayor; 12 for five council seats


eeking election for mayor are Jack Adelaar and Nerys Poole. Vying for a seat on council are Jonathan Bell, Rob Cairns, Wolfgang Duntz, Peter Frinton, Doug Hooper, Daron Jennings, Cro Lucas, Alison Morse, Tim Rhodes, Andrew Stone, George Zawadzki and


Silvaine Zimmermann. The following candidates have also put their names forward for election for Islands Trust trustee: Rob Cairns, Wolfgang Duntz, Doug Hooper, Daron Jennings. Andrew Stone and Silvaine Zimmermann. They have until Oct. 21 to withdraw their names.

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Zawadzki supports housing, seniors, the arts

Doug Hooper says he is aware of the needs of families on Bowen, and also brings a business person’s perspective. Susanne Martin photo


Hooper brings business experience to council table CONTRIBUTING WRITER


oug Hooper is seeking re-election as municipal councillor because he would like to work toward completion of a number of council initiatives. He also sees the next term as a “chance for renewal.” Hooper currently is the youngest council member; he also has a full-time job and a young son who attends BICS. Hooper says, “For me, council’s work is community centric. And I am very aware of the needs of families with kids. “I am very passionate about the educational and the recreational aspects for children and youth,” Hooper says. He looks back on a long-standing involvement with BICS and IPS as he’s also raised two older children on Bowen. He says, “The community offers a rich experience for children and youth. That includes our teen centre programs and is part of the work the next council will do that comes out of the fiscal review.” Due to budgetary constraints, council had to take a hard look at funds for community groups. “We are talking about permissive tax exemptions, community grants and the grants in aid programs,” says Hooper. He feels that it is necessary to offer some long-term certainty. “I really hate the environment

now where these volunteerrich groups have to come cap in hand and plead their case. We know the people, we know their programs — can’t we just set some policies and give them some certainty where they qualify?” Hooper knows first-hand about the volunteer experience. “I’ve worked extensively with the performing arts, specifically the music community and have a good appreciation for the needs and desires of that group,” he said adding that he fully supports the community centre project. Hooper is also running for Islands Trust trustee and has worked on a number of conservation projects. “I’m interested in what we can do to preserve and protect the natural environment to keep those places available for our recreation and enjoyment but also see what they can do towards building the island economy.” He says that as well as being a “family voice” on council, “I speak from the perspective of a business man. I have a master’s in business administration.” Hooper says “I served as a board member on a number of company boards and industry association boards. In the last seven years, I’ve worked extensively with provincial and federal governments. I have a good appreciation for how other senior levels of government operate.”



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He says this experience has helped him to work on budget and finance pieces with municipal staff. But he believes council should back away from hands-on management. “Council has to stay focused on policy and let staff do their job.” And in order to “free up bandwidth,” Hooper suggests that council meetings should be held twice a month. “Weekly council meetings create a ton of work for staff. The other side of that is more effective engagement of issues outside of council meetings. We can have workshops and staff meeting and stakeholder outreaches.” Hooper has looked at effective models that senior governments use. “When things like bylaws are in development, you start with stakeholder outreach. In addition to that, you have public engagement. You bring that back to council and then get direction.” About the national park discussion, Hooper thinks that the issue is not a political one. “It’s a community-wide issue. It’s as important and germane to all islanders as the municipal incorporation was.” If re-elected, Hooper looks forward to bringing some council projects to fruition. He said, “We need to move forward on serving the seniors and affordable housing needs. And we need to focus on the revitalization of Snug Cove, the community centre and Belterra.”

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eorge Zawadzki has been down this road before but this time, after failing to gain a seat in Bowen’s last municipal election, the affable candidate for council is hopeful the second time will prove to be the one that gets him to the top. Zawadzki, 46, who has his mother and other family members on island, said a big part of his campaign will be to let the electorate know how much he values Bowen and how hard he’ll work. He’s not impressed with the outgoing council’s record for getting things done and believes better things lie ahead. “I think we are all focusing too hard on all the big issues, regardless of what they are. Whether it’s finances, the park, housing or the cove, etc.,” Zawadzki says. “They all look like insurmountable obstacles from the surface but if we, as the old adage says ‘look after the nickels and the dimes’ then the dollars will take care of themselves.” Frustrated with what he calls a lack of transparency, he feels he can help give local government back to the people, give them a sense of being a part of the political process. For him the issues have changed little since 2008. “I’m running on essentially the same platform I ran on last time,” Zawadzki, who moved to Bowen nine years ago, said. “Affordable housing is a hot topic for me, so is seniors care and I am a big supporter of the arts. Those things have declined on Bowen since the last election.” He does not shy away from questions about hot topics. No, he does not support a national park and feels that the federal government is not needed here as an overseer of our land. He loves

George Zawadski doesn’t shy away from hot topics. He thinks council should tackle the little things first and the big problems will eventually be resolved. Susanne Martin photo

parks, just not a national park on Bowen. “I’ll work to get us the best deal possible if Bowen votes for one though,” he said. As for an issue that was big last election, Cape Roger Curtis, he was sorry the community did not get the park dedication along with seniors and affordable housing. If elected, he’ll seek a re-opening of dialogue with the Cape on Bowen with a view to salvaging as much of the park and community amenities as possible. The filmmaker and former owner/operator of BowenTV, a YouTube-based television station he ran single-handedly for a few years, finished in last place during his first run for office in 2008. He got 350 votes though, 322 shy of getting into that top six. This time around, the reaction he’s been getting from the community, with many stopping to let him know they support his candidacy, has him hopeful. Though he’s looking to get more donations, his campaign is underway and, among other things, he plans a ‘meet and greet George’ night at the pub a week or so from the election. “The new council must take a baby step approach at tackling all the little things first, and slowly but surely, the big problems will eventually be resolved,” Zawadzki said.

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Fencing at Grafton Lake protects water source

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“There was a complication because of an existing pipe that was there. It added extra time to the project,” Fox said. She said that similar projects have demonstrated a high efficacy rate and are more cost-effective than trapping. The funding for the Grafton Dam fencing and similar projects comes out of a partnership of the nonprofit group and Groupon Vancouver that raised over $1,700. The Bowen Island initiative will cost approximately half of that. “Trapping and killing beavers does nothing to solve our flooding concerns for the long-term,” Fox says. “Available food and prime habitat mean more animals will simply return to the site. Traps are also cruel and a safety concern for residents. There are non-lethal options to dealing with beavers and we applaud the community of Bowen Island for implementing these measures.”

Heavy rocks and piping made it hard for the volunteers to secure the fencing that is to protect Grafton Dam from nuisance beavers. Susanne Martin photo

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The Coastal Ferry Act was created in 2003 when B.C. Ferries was made into a private company, owned by the province, with a stated view of keeping fares low and supporting island tourism, economies and lifestyles. The reverse has occurred, with fares rising in some areas as much as 125 per cent. Ridership is down and island economies are experiencing declines not seen in nonferry-dependent communities. Not surprisingly a primary concern raised by islanders was fares. Morse, Hooper, DeSante, Wrinch and Holbrook, along with citizens such as Duncan Phillips, Lois McLaren, John Dumbrille and Stacy Beamer, and others, spoke to the issue of rising fares and how they’ve had an impact on the community. Many noted highway costs are not absorbed by the communities that use them the most, but by taxpayers across the province, as they are considered essential services. Ferry service was previously considered an extension of highways but that philosophy has been supplanted with the Coastal Ferry Act, with the result, speakers told Macatee, that the act has failed the communities it serves. DeSante said the cost of riding the ferry has increased 100 per cent for islanders since 2001, before the act was created, yet the government’s contribution has virtually stayed the same. The result,

he said, is that islanders are forced to use the ferry less and a cycle is created whereby fares are raised again in a move to offset the dwindling ridership. Another issue alluded to was a lack of consultation with Bowen when new policy and changes to service are being considered. Issues included the ferry renovations, the 10-minute ticket cutoff and the locked village gate at Horseshoe Bay. McLaren, Dawn Smoke, Florrie Levine and others, spoke of how the locking the gate has affected ferry users. Here DeSante called upon Macatee to include in his report the need for an agency islanders can turn to for a voice on policy. “Hopefully out of this review we can get something, an agency of some kind, where we can go to debate these issues,” De Sante said. For her part, Councillor Morse said she believes the commissioners are “trying to find good solutions to the concerns that are being voiced that fall within their mandate.” She feels the big question is, “will the government implement (their) recommendations.” After over two hours, Macatee had to leave – for the 12:30 ferry – but Stoilen, a resident of Bowen, continued talking with islanders. The two have been visiting coastal communities since early August and said they will take submissions until sometime around the middle of December, at which time they will begin to finalize their report.

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B.C. Ferries responds to concerns about national park visitors


erry overloads and parking at the terminals in Horseshoe Bay and Snug Cove have been identified as key concerns islanders have when it comes to a national park reserve attracting more visitors to Bowen Island. B.C. Ferries has now responded with a document that looks at issues related to the ferry travel between Horseshoe Bay and Snug Cove. B.C. Ferries has taken the economic impact assessment undertaken by Parks Canada that estimates an increase of 5,000 incremental visitors annually by year 15 (the low and high volume scenarios are 2,330 to 8,330 respectively). B.C. Ferries noted that this number of visitors represents less than one per cent of current annual traffic and does not “appear to have a material impact on the timing of increased vessel capacity on the route.” It says there’s an average of 95,000 passengers per month. In August, the busiest month, the number swells to just under 120,000. Even if the entire projected volume of park visitors were to limit their travel to July and August, the 15 -year- orecast represents a four per cent increase in August travel volume. The letter notes that traffic volumes have dropped approximately six per cent since 2004. As a potential problem, B.C. Ferries sees the “incremental vehicle traffic overlapping onto the current high volume sailings.” But the impact assessment took into account that the people visiting the proposed national

The ferry overload on the 3 p.m. sailing from Snug Cove last Monday was not due to visitors but the large number of trucks in the line-up. Ron Woodall photo park would typically be traveling counterflow to regular commuter traffic. While commuters leave the island in the morning and return in the evening, daytrippers are more likely to arrive in the morning and go back later in the day. Rather than increasing congestion for commuters, this would lead to more passengers on typically underutilized sailings. B.C. Ferries says that this could improve overall capacity utilization and effectively improve the financial performance of the route. The exception would be weekend visitors travelling on Friday nights at the same time as the commuters. Parks Canada had indicated that park visitors would be encouraged to avoid travelling by vehicle which would reduce the potential for increased congestion during commuter times. In the event that traffic volumes would grow significantly during peak days, B.C. Ferries could consider the addition of an extra round trip during the gap in service between morning and afternoon operations. But that change would require consultation with the Ferry Advisory Committee and negotiations with the province. B.C. Ferries also commented on the suggestion about private water taxi services. The letter states, “it should be noted that there is sufficient capacity on board the vessel for significantly more foot passenger traffic. The key areas of concern would be in the land-based travel to and from terminals.” B.C. Ferries’ concern was that customers pay the round

trip fare at Horseshoe Bay and do not pay when departing Bowen Island and that both fare structure and point of payment should be aligned should a water taxi venture be developed. Congestion at terminals has been identified as a key concern by B.C. Ferries. The holding capacity inside the Horseshoe Bay terminal is limited to a one-vessel-load of Bowen traffic. When the vehicle traffic is held outside, it requires using a full 150-vehicle- lane raising safety concerns. It has also been pointed out that Horseshoe Bay village has limited parking available and alternative park and ride options to link foot passengers should be explored. BC Ferries would be interested in reviewing this approach along with representation from West Vancouver and the ministry of transportation. In Snug Cove, loading is currently done by single lane and backs up Government Road. There is already congested and conflicting pedestrian/vehicle flow during loading and unloading. B.C. Ferries suggest that traffic congestion would be eased through reconfiguring the holding area in Snug Cove to facilitate simultaneously loading of two lanes of traffic. At this time, B.C. Ferries is not considering an assured or priority loading product for minor route island residents. The document was presented to council on October 11 and can be viewed at




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Don’t hold the applause


’ve had the opportunity to chat with a few candidates running in the municipal election and I congratulated them on their decision to step forward. One of them responded by telling me to hold the congratulations until November 19. I don’t agree. By coming forward to run for council, people step into the public limelight which might be a change, especially for those who are new to the political arena. It makes other members of the community take notice. In the next few weeks, the electorate will read about the candidates, ask them questions and decide who they find common ground with and respect for. There may be criticism, tough questions and

disappointment at the end of the road. But there is another part that is exhilarating – and that is the opportunity to formulate, and make public, one’s own vision for the beautiful place we live in. It is exciting for us as a community to learn about the passions and opinions of those who have declared themselves willing to share them. I believe that there is going to be a fair amount of acknowledgement and encouragement extended to the candidates who volunteer to go through an election campaign. And I will join in and say this again: congratulations to all who have decided to run for council. Susanne Martin

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Letter about Crippen Park received by committee To the Editor: RE: Clarification on Crippen Park Article


wish to clarify my role in commenting on the letter from the Province of B.C. with respect to Crippen Park and First Nation land claims. The Undercurrent contacted me because the letter was addressed to the National Park Council Committee. As chair of this council committee, I presented the letter to council. I note this reference was in the online edition but deleted from the printed edition. I continue to perform my work as a councillor and this article had nothing to do with my candidacy as a mayoral candidate nor anything to do with my views of the national park proposal, the fate of which, of course, will be decided by the voters on November 19.

The article states that there is currently no claim on Bowen’s Crown lands. I was then quoted as saying that the Squamish First Nation is not actively involved in treaty negotiations at this time, which I believe to be true. However, all Crown lands in B.C. (except for those few where treaties have been settled) are under claim by First Nations. Aboriginal rights (separate from treaty rights) exist on all Crown lands in B.C. The issue with respect to Crippen Park is whether a regional park held in fee simple is subject to the same claim as Crown lands. This is the subject of the Brian Bawtinheimer letter dated Sept. 30, 2011 which can be found on the website. Nerys Poole Councillor Chair, National Park Council Committee

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n the school where I work, I am sometimes confronted with two or more students who have got themselves into what I call a “downward spiral”. It usually starts with one student saying something fairly innocuous, which a second student misunderstands and interprets as a personal slight. The second student then responds with a somewhat more barbed retort, to which the first student takes offense. The gloves are then off: the insults escalate, bystanders “take sides”, original intentions become distorted, and what in many cases started out as a friendship denigrates into something much more unpleasant. To say that Bowen Island is in the midst of a “downward spiral” is, of course, an understatement. We have people who will not run for office, simply because the climate is so toxic. And while the problems of school kids can sometimes be alleviated through guided communication, it seems to me that our problems are more deep-seated. While the kids sometimes trip themselves up with innocent disconnects, we actively engineer our own grief through willful misunderstanding of one another. We seem to take great pleasure in creating caricatures of positions — and, indeed, caricatures of intent — that are far removed from their original moorings. The very heart of the matter is that we have become habituated to assuming the worst of one another, when, in fact, we should be assuming the best. What has become clear to me is that none of the people who want things to happen, or not happen, on Bowen Island (whether it be turf fields, clustered residential developments, or national parks) start from a position of bad faith. They all start with a picture in their mind of something they think would enhance the community or something of value they want to preserve. What is remarkable, and lamentable, is our instant willingness to assume the worst of them in their designs. While I am not saying that we have to agree with every picture that gets presented in our community, I am saying that we need to accept people’s ideas as an offering made in good faith and we need to treat them accordingly. We need to shift, in other words, from a downward spiral to an upward spiral. We need to see that Bowen Island has a huge potential reservoir of good intentions — in both its potential councillors and its electorate — and we need to recognize and encourage that. Given our remarkably good fortune and our collective intelligence, we currently have two out of three of the key ingredients of a truly great community. If we could only add a willingness to deal with each other in good faith as a third, we could be the envy of the nation. Ted Spear

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igging through the community archives offers all sorts Neighbours of records of earlier times. For instance, in the late seventies, a number of individuals made significant contributions to Bowen. Among them were Bert Moring, Robb Schultz, Georg Helenius, Pat Thomas and Joe Malkin. Shirley Morgan, Yolanda Kingsmill, Margaret Donald and Pat Rossiter were able partners. This was an important time for Bowen. After a decade or so of declining population and disinterest, Bowen was growing. An Official Community Plan was being developed for the first time under the Islands Trust. A new school was needed. The old Union Steamship lands were up for grabs. A great many islanders contributed much during this time and among them was Joe Malkin. Joe brought a wealth of experience and capabilities to bear on Bowen’s needs of the time. He saw Bowen as a very special place that required hard work to sustain and he believed that an individual should do that hard work on behalf of his or her community He was determined but not flashy. One of his remarkable attributes was his capacity to get other people to do their “homeworkâ€?. An affliction of volunteer organizations is that, for very legitimate reasons, board members don’t always follow up on their assignments. Joe was mindful about phoning or meeting with his fellow board members well before the next business meeting to see what had been accomplished and what needed to be pushed a bit. Born in 1903, Joe helped direct the family’s firm, W.H. Malkin, until he entered Vancouver politics in the mid-sixties with his election to the Vancouver Parks Board. The redevelopment of False Creek was his special project. Vanier Park was certainly his creation. He loved the family property on Bowen’s west side. Civilization came late to King Edward Bay. As Bowen moved into land use planning under the newly formed Islands Trust, Joe’s experience with planning and his knowledge of the players at the municipal and provincial level was invaluable. He tracked down the best examples of other community plans and organized briefs and presentations. He made truly significant contributions to the OCP and the first Snug Cove Village Plan. He was totally behind the Crippen Park idea and worked hard for it. He died in 1981 and didn’t live to see the completion of the park but he would have been pleased. •Ten years ago in the Undercurrent of October 19. 2001: •Page one, item one: ‘Accessory Buildings’. Time spent: one and one quarter hours. The review of the draft of the Land Use Bylaw was off to a roaring start Monday morning as the mayor, councilors, senior planners, public and press gathered at municipal hall to begin the process. ‘Accessory Buildings’ was the first item on a list of definitions



ooking back at the past 12 years of Bowen Island as a municipality, you find that there are really no significant achievements on the issues that were around when we first were incorporated. Today, we are still trying to resolve major issues including ferry marshalling, the Snug Cove plan, Abbeyfield, low income housing, and in particularly Cape Roger Curtis (CRC), Bowen’s “crown jewel�. Shortly after our municipality was formed, council had the future of CRC on their plate. The first issue was a request by the CRC owners/ developers for access to their proposed development, across Crown land parcel #6, to the designated primary access of Thompson Road. Thompson Road along with Cowen Point Drive were created in the late 80’s to minimize traffic flow through existing communities. The process to create these routes was an open public format and solved the traffic issue concerns islanders had. Without public input, council decided not to support the request for access across this section of Crown land. This decision was against the plan approved by the residents of Bowen Island and consequently, at subsequent council meetings, overflow crowds voiced their displeasure, petitions were signed, e-mails were sent and phone calls were made but all efforts to convince council to follow the approved route fell on deaf ears. This decision by council was the start of many closeddoor decisions made regarding CRC and ultimately has led to what we have left of it. Conversely, the owners of CRC were very open and public about their development proposals. They made every effort to listen to public opinion and adjust their plans. But eventually they had enough of council’s lack of willingness to work together and resorted

to the plan they have today. Council approved this plan and also approved a development permit that included access using White Sails Drive in Tunstall Bay. White Sails Drive was only approved as a possible secondary access. It is one of the local roads in the Tunstall Bay community and it is exactly why the Thompson Road route was created. Furthermore, services like hydro, telephone and cable needed for the CRC development were not available at the White Sails Drive location. These services were engineered for extension using Thompson Road, but instead, council approved a separate million-dollar project to extend these services through Tunstall Bay. Today, the Thompson Road still exists and is still the approved primary access to CRC. Council only rejected the Crown Land access portion and has done nothing to date with the primary access route designation. If change were considered from the use of Thompson Road, it would have a significant impact on traffic routing on Bowen Island. Council should follow a public process including public input, route options, and impact studies similar to the process to create Thompson Road and the process being used today with respects to Parks Canada. Coincidentally, Parks Canada has also shown interest in this same Crown Land parcel #6 but have been told that if the Thompson Road issue is not resolved, they would inherit the issue if they are successful in their goal of creating a park in that area. Not only do we have no significant achievements in the last 12 years but council’s decisions regarding CRC and their choice not to use Thompson Road has left Bowen Island with many other unresolved issues. Ed Booiman

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that took up the first ten pages of the 92-page draft. The small audience joked that, at this rate, the LUB would be completed, at the earliest, by 2003. • The recent death of Charlie Wallace brought forth an acknowledgement of his many community activities. Heading the list was his dedication for the creation of a Bowen golf course This dedication was marked by his receipt of a Life Membership (perhaps the one and only.)• The Historians were calling all Teddy bears who would like to be part of the second annual Beary Merry Christmas. • In the Undercurrent of October 26, 2001, Barry Wilkinson, BC Hydro’s Community Relations Co-crdinator complained, “I get 10 times as many calls from you as from anybody else.â€? It was October 23 and the power had gone out again. The key question was “You said that there have been system improvements over the last five years. Why then do the outages seem to be worse than ever?â€?• The process of bylaw enforcement came under the gun at the council meeting. Sawmill operator, Nelson Riley, in business for more than 20 years on Bowen, learned that the municipality decreed that his sawmill would be shut down due to excessive noise. Riley’s only notice came from a chance meeting with a councilor who saw him in the General Store. Riley said, “The accepted way of doing business in this municipality seems to be in the store line up. • Birthdays through November 5: Margaret Butler has the sole October 23 birthday but on October 24, there’s Barbara “ Phorumâ€? Wiltshire, Steve Trende and Mikhayla Tisdale. James Kirkpatrick claims October 25 followed by Scott Davidson on October 26. Then comes Lindsay Wait on October 27, plus Cristina Dos Santos and Megan Wall on October 29. Jeremy Bally and SophieGabrielle Laberge have birthdays on October 30 while Halloween claims Cathy Buchanan, Peggy Proudlock, Mia Casalese and Alison Bekhuys. Moving to November, that ever-sharp bridge player Doreen Broughton turns 91 on November 1. November 3 celebrants are Daniel Dekkers, twins Casey and Whitney Thoman, Elena Waldman and Sophie Parke. And, of course, all Brits know that November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day. Sarah Allen and Richard Goodall used to host an annual Guy Fawkes party which was great fun.







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y now almost everyone knows about the ongoing Occupy Wall Street gathering, which incidentally originated with our own Vancouver Adbusters magazine. On October 15, the occupy movement went global and the largest participation in Canada was Vancouver with approximately 4,000 people. There was a strong Bowen Island presence and, apart from the issues that were addressed, it felt very much like a huge autumnal celebration of life. The sun shone, everyone was smiling and well behaved, including the large police presence. It was well organized with a play area for

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children, a meditation for peace and social change corner, first aid, porta-potties and free donated food. It took an hour or so to work out how to organize the speakers, who were eventually given five minutes each and went on into the evening. During the day, I sat at two different meditation groups, talked to many people, went on a march and listened to music. One of the highlights was sitting on the curb in the sun while watching small children play with hula hoops in the middle of Georgia Street. We really don’t know where this is going but as Naomi Klein said while speaking at the event, “The sky is the limit.” There will be many groups springing from this and ample opportunity to be part of the change.

Thriller! On October 29, a flash mob of dancers dressed as zombies will come together on the turf field and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as part of an effort to set a world record. A great mix of islanders are learning all the moves under the direction of Wendy Cellik. There are only two practices left, October 21 and 28. Debra Stringfellow photo

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The Bowen LIFT group is thrilled to report that the hitchhiking signs have been installed this week. The signs bear a classic hitchhiker’s thumb created by Ron Woodall and Will Husby and mark safe roadside pull-outs for those willing to offer rides.

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Bowen’s heritage is in danger of being lost due to lack of resources To the Editor:


he cultural heritage of Bowen is in danger of being lost unless action is taken quickly. The remaining built and natural heritage, a legacy of both the Terminal Steamship Co. and the Union Steamship Company, is in on-going danger of being altered or destroyed. The Davies Orchard cottages, the meadow, the old power house platform at Bridal Veil Falls and the seaside cottages are examples. Despite the fact that all of them are in Crippen Park, they remain at risk because Metro Vancouver lacks the financial and human resources and the expertise required to deal with heritage restoration. Metro policy




he Eco-Alliance is writing this letter to set the record straight on some of the criticism directed at the publication of its last Bowenian. We are the longest running community service organization on Bowen, with a record spanning 64 years. In that time, we have had literally thousands of members. Our focus has always been on the preservation of the natural green spaces and rural character of Bowen that drew so many of us to this island initially. We have never wavered from that mandate. Over the decades our members have been involved in many environmental struggles, including the one to create Crippen Park, and we have played a part in retaining the “leafy green oasis” that so many on the island treasure today. We also support appropriate development that is consistent with the guiding principles of our OCP. Aside from that, we support environmentally friendly communitybuilding initiatives, such as the new LIFT program. We recently contributed $900 to LIFT for the purchase

of mirror hangers for drivers who are willing to offer rides to those who need them. This is exactly the sort of “made-on-Bowen” solution to a “small-island” problem that our organization encourages. Our individual board members are involved in a host of other volunteer activities, aside from their work for the Eco-Alliance. The Bowenian is our flagship publication, funded entirely by donations from our members and directors. In it, we write about current events as we see them. Our goal is to inform islanders about events and perspectives that they may not otherwise be aware of, with the goal of stimulating discussion and critical thought. We have never sought to be anonymous. We take full responsibility and credit for what we write; our names are on our website and at the foot of this letter. You can find out more about us by visiting our website:

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North Shore football league plays on Bowen MARCUS HONDRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER


n what was likely the very first organized football game in the history of Bowen Island, two teams from the North Shore’s Gordon Sturtridge Football League played at the BICS field on Sunday morning, Oct. 16. The teams, the Colts and the 49’ers, comprised of 10- and 11-years-olds in the Pee Wee division. They provided an exciting match for a crowd of about 45 onlookers. Some islanders came to get a glimpse of football on Bowen, others knew one of the three island kids on the 49’ers. “We had a great time and really competitive game,” said Vern Pahl, coach of the 49’ers, who lost a close one to the first-place Colts, 13-12. “The kids loved the ferry ride and a bunch of us went for a meal later. A lot of the kids and their parents had

never been to Bowen before.” Bowen player Benny Welsh made a big interception for the 49’ers late in the game but his team’s final drive stalled after an illegal blocking penalty. Coaches Sean O’Dea, James Pratt and the Colts had captured the first ever Bowen Bowl. The G.S.L. runs from August into November and has five divisions based on age: Flag, Pee Wee, Bantam, Minor and Midget and, with the exception of the Flag division, games are tackling with full equipment. A good deal of practice time, Pahl said, is spent learning plays, formations and how to tackle safely. “I think anyone who came out saw some good football, though sometimes my defence left holes in the line big enough to build a Costco,” Pahl, a former Winnipeg Blue Bomber linebacker, said. “But Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat, we almost beat those guys!”

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Book launch creates hoopla about embroidered arts Most of the artists in the book are American and, Prain added, “a lot of the artists are talking about not here is more to embroidery just what they stitched but also why than embellishing fabric with they stitch. And Sarah had a lot of familiar designs and Leanne interesting things to say about that.” Prain has made it her mission to Haxby feels privileged to have seek out those who take the art of a multi-page spread in the book. stitching to another level. “This current series is all about Prain is the author of a new cross-pollinating fine art and craft. book, Hoopla, where she showcases It reflects the quirky sense of the works of “textile artists who humour that is part of the patina are very unusual and have unusual that covers the hearts of many things to say.” Canadians’ sense of identity. Like Among the artists featured in the green on the copper roofs of the book is islander Sarah Haxby. Vancouver, the patina has become Prain and Haxby will join forces part of how we identify ourselves for a book launch at the Gallery at and what we are humbly-proud of Artisan Square on Saturday, Oct. 22 as Canadians.” at 4:30 p.m. Haxby and Prain are bringing “I’m interested in textiles that the event to Bowen on their own bend the rules,” says Prain, who dime and want to make it accessible is the author of two books. “The for all ages. Haxby said, “I wanted new book is about stitching and it to share the book and the author includes 80 people and 35 interand the love of embroidery with views.” the community. I enjoyed meetThe featured work ranges from ing Leanne when she was creatart inspired by biomedical images, ing the Hoopla book last fall. And embroidered diaries, needlepoint we worked together on the cheery nipple doilies and a ransom note cherry blossom project with BICS pillow. students last spring. That was a “I liked Sarah’s work,” Prain says, yarnbombing art installation proj“because it focuses on Canadiana.” ect.” Haxby will be bringing some of her original works to the presentation including hoop-work and Aaron Van Pykstra, stretched canvas table Publisher of the Bowen work. She will be Island Undercurrent is embroidering for some pleased to announce the of the evening and appointment of Janis also speaking about Treleaven to the position of what inspires her. “I’ll Sales Representative for the answer questions about Undercurrent. my textile art, the embroidery rules I folJanis brings many years low, the ones I break of retail sales, managerial and why I am inspired and customer service to embroider almost experience to the Undercurrent. Prior to joining the every day.” Undercurrent you will have seen her on Bowen Island Haxby considers driving the community shuttle, working at the Children’s textile art to be highly Centre and in the landscaping industry. relevant these days as Janis and her daughter Colleen have lived on Bowen Island a craft and an art form for eight years and refer to it as their “Forever Home.” and is pleased that Colleen, a BICS student who is almost nine, is pleased to more kids take up knitalready have her future employment years lined up on the ting and embroidering. island. Janis is also a proud member of the Bowen Island “If anyone wants to Community Choir. bring out the embroidery, knitting, or texWe at the Undercurrent congratulate Janis on her tile projects they are appointment of Sales Person at the Bowen Island working on, it would Undercurrent. Don’t be afraid to approach Janis when you be nice to have a bit of see her and have a chat about her new full-time digs. a social after the talk. We can eat nibbles and chat. Part of the joy of textile art is how social it can be.”






On the calendar FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 • Michael Waters concert: 8 p.m. The Gallery at Artisan Square. Acoustic Psychedelic Chill. • Youth Centre: 6 -10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. • Baby Connections: For new and expecting parents and babies 0-12 months. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Place. 947-2717. 650 Carter Rd.

Reid, Ron Van Dyke & Peter Robinson: Doc Morgan’s Pub. 7:30 p.m. no cover. Doc’s is temporarily “cash only” for drinks & food. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 • Drop-in Meditation Circle 7:15 p.m. in the yurt at 903 Windjammer. Call Lisa 947-2246.

• Legion Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

• Family Clay: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cloudflower Clayworks at Artisan Square, phone 604-947-2522 to register.



• Movie Day presents: Cars II. Cates Hill Chapel 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. tickets $5 available at Phoenix and IPS. Popcorn, cupcakes and juice, $3 babysitting available for 4 - 8 year olds IPS fundraiser.

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

• Free Paint Recycling and Hazardous Waste Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bowen Building Centre, 1013 Grafton Road. For questions, please call Bowen Waste Service at 604-947-2255 • Eco-crafty Saturdays: Don’t throw out old plastic bags! Use them to create gorgeous ‘plarn’ crocheted items like floor mats, bags, or hats. Suggested donation $15. Contact Amanda at suutaria@ or at 947-0533 to register. • BIMA presents Morlove: Tir-nanOg Theatre. Tickets at Phoenix or at the door. • Acoustic trio night with Brenda

• Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 9472880. • Bowen Vegetarian Potluck society: 800 Buchanan Rd., 6 p.m. Theme: Fall Harvest. Meatless potlucks in different islanders’ homes every month. Everyone welcome. Kidfriendly. For more info: matt@ THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food.

• Rotary Club: Guest Speaker Humanitarian Tom Smith from CRCID- Rotary and CIDA. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Snug Cafe. Everyone welcome. THIS WEEK ON BOWEN

FRIDAY OCTOBER 21 2011 • 13 • Knick Knack Nook: Open Thurs. - Mon. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. • Bowen Children’s Centre: Community Daycare, and B. I. Preschool, 947-9626.

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

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

• B. I. Community Museum & Archives: Sun. and Mon. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For appt. call 947-2655 or 947-2440.

• Halloween with Horses: 1 to 3 p.m. Crippen Park horse meadow, wear a costume. Organized by BIHORA.


TO THE PROFESSIONAL WOODWORKER: Sliding table shaper with stock feeder and 1 ¾” cope and stick door set for sale.

• AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933.

SHAPER: • 5HP single phase • 3 speed reversing • Sliding table • 1 ¼”, 1” & ¾” spindles as well as router collets • Made by Union Power Tools of Irvine California model LS 520S • Paid $3,500

• Dementia Caregiver Support Group: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info please contact: Kerri (604-984-8348) or ksutherland@

STOCK FEEDER • 4 speed reversing • Made by Delta model 34-985 • Paid $950

• SKY: 9 a.m. line dancing; 9:45 exercises, singing and refreshments; 11 a.m. Speakers Mary and Robin Wall: Mini Cruise to San Francisco. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25


1 ¾”DOOR SET • Cope and stick • Custom made by Western Carbide Penticton • Paid $1,000 OTHER CUTTERS AND ACCESSORIES • Locked miter set • Raised panel • Beads, round overs and several custom cutters • Various hold downs, extra shaft bearings and Shaper Handbook • Paid at least $1,600


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


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

Abbeyfield House of Bowen Island Society AGM


10:30 Saturday November 5th At Bowen Court

To assure continued safety and system reliability, BC Hydro is removing vegetation around all BC Hydro pad mounted transformers to clearance standards.

All are welcome to get an update on plans for a supportive residence for seniors on Bowen Island.

Vegetation management work on Bowen Island will continue until March 31, 2012. BC Hydro requires the area around its electrical equipment to remain clear for the following reasons:

Members to vote on Society name change.

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for the safety of our employees operating the equipment, to prevent overheating of the equipment, and to facilitate emergency repairs or replacement of the equipment.

The clearances around the transformers are:

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2.5m from any and all doors


0.9m from all other sides

Prior to BC Hydro removing the vegetation, customers may prune or maintain vegetation around transformers on their property to these clearances. If not, vegetation removal will be completed by BC Hydro crews.

Campaign Launch Party

The Gallery At Artisan Square 3-5 PM Sunday October 23


For more information about safely planting near BC Hydro equipment and clearance standards, visit

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

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Last Sunday turned out to be a beautiful autumn day for the clean-up of the future home of the Bowen Island Community Centre. More than 35 volunteers — including, clockwise from above, Cro Lucas, Christine Walker, Paul Hooson, Marc Gawthrop, Tina Nielsen and Annalise Barber — worked in support of the action committee's initiative to facilitate public use of the future site. A new trail out to the bluff was created and generously donated by Bowenshire Stonework and Landscaping (Andy Rainsely) with the gravel donated by Twin Island Excavating. In addition, all the tree work was donated by Dave's Tree Service (Dave Affleck). The previously scheduled October 23 clean-up will no longer be needed thanks to the overwhelming response this past week. Join the action committee on November 6 at 2 p.m. for a community celebration at the future site of the Bowen Island Community Centre. Christine Walker and Susanne Martin photos




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