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FRIDAY JULY 8 2011 VOL. 38, NO. 21


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Opinions about OCP

Pro golf tournament

IPS students’ work of past year pays off in creative and informative ways

Readers weigh in about OCP update and upcoming meeting on Saturday

The new clubhouse did Bowen Island proud during successful event

Residents petition court to halt OCP process MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR

T Noah Robichaud expressed gratitude for his waterproof hair gel as he was able to join the fun on Canada Day. The island gathered on the Bowfest field to celebrate our nation’s 144th birthday. More photos on page 16. Lorraine Ashdown photo

Outdoor burning ban soon in effect


n Monday morning, Joanne Mogridge was on September Morn beach when she heard a child cry out. It turns out the child had stepped on a smouldering ember left over from a beachside campfire. Not only was she angry that the campfire hadn’t been properly extinguished, but she says it was far too close

to the tree line. It would have been very easy for the fire to spread. Outdoor fires are never encouraged on Bowen but a responsibly watched fire would not be considered a problem during some months of the year. Bowen Fire Chief Brian Biddlecombe noted in a phone talk Wednesday that a complete ban on open fires will soon be in

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wo Bowen Island residents are petitioning the courts to either stop the Bowen Island Municipality’s Official Community Plan update process or force the municipality to hold more public consultation meetings. The petition by Wolfgang Duntz and Richard Underhill was expected to be formally filed on Thursday afternoon in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In the petition, they say that the municipality has failed to comply with its obligations under the Local Government Act. They say that while the community was fully engaged in the process leading up to the first reading of the update in July 2010, this has not been the case since then. The petition outlines reasons why they believe that the vote for the second reading of the OCP update was invalid and concludes that any steps leading up to third and final reading are void. They say that starting in October 2010 there were substantial changes made to the OCP update and that public consultation about those changes effectively stopped. The OCP update steering committee, which had created the first draft, was also no longer involved since its official role stopped in July. Some of the changes made to the OCP update were based on comments from the public but continued, PAGE 2

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Spawning habitat gets a boost Petition says proper consultation


almon go to great lengths to lay their eggs. And now, the Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club has some money to help them. The club, which operates the fish hatchery on a volunteer basis, has received $8,260 from the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program. The money will be spent on improving popular coho and chum spawning habitat near the outflow of Terminal and Killarney Creeks into the Howe Sound. Over the past decade, gravel has migrated downstream depleting gravel levels, and some silt has settled in the spawning bed. Fish

need gravel to build their egg nests (redds). Gravel is an ideal material because it is porous and allows oxygen-rich water to flow over eggs. Other materials such as silt cover and choke eggs, cutting off the oxygen supply. The project will increase the number of coho and chum spawning in the area by raising the level of gravel, re-shaping the gravel bed and removing silt. “Volunteers are the unsung heroes of Pacific salmon sustainability,” said Pacific Salmon Foundation president and CEO Dr. Brian Riddell. “Their impact on the environment can be seen throughout the province. “

BOWEN ISLAND MUNICIPALITY REMINDER Bowen Island Municipality Invites you to attend a Public Hearing Regarding the following Bylaws to be held at the Bowen Island Community School (Gym), 1041 Mt. Gardner Road on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 12:00 (noon): • Bylaw No. 282, 2010 Official Community Plan (OCP) • Bylaw No. 296, 2011 (Steep Slopes Development permit Areas) • Bylaw No. 299, 2011 (Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas) • Bylaw No. 301, 2011 (Watershed, Aquifer, and Stream Protection Development Permit Areas) A copy of the agenda and relevant background information can be viewed at: Inquiries regarding the proposed bylaws may be directed to: Hap Stelling, MCIP, Director of Planning Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, B.C. V0N 1G0 (604) 947-4255 For Information Call 604-947-4255

not followed in OCP update continued, PAGE 1 those changes were incorporated by staff and council alone, Duntz and Underhill say. They say that while there was some public input, a substantial amount of new material was put into the update without consultation, contrary to the Local Government Act and an April 26 resolution by council. That resolution said that consultation about the update would be early and ongoing in all respects, the petition says. During this process, Duntz and Underhill say the municipality also shifted focus to the creation of three bylaws to be enacted as guidelines or exemptions relating to development permit areas designated in the OCP update. They say these bylaws - steep slopes, environmentally sensitive areas and watershed, aquifer and stream protection areas - could constitute “significant change” to the OCP update and therefore may have required that a new OCP update be introduced for first reading. They say that these bylaws were directly linked to the OCP update and that there was not proper public consultation about the contents of the bylaws. They say that the public did have opportunities to comment on the draft bylaws during open houses, public meetings and some council meetings. As a result of that input, the bylaws’ wording was changed. However, there were eight versions of the steep slope bylaw, making it difficult for the public to follow the evolution of the bylaw. In March 2011, information was published about the OCP update, but they say some of the information was misleading and the way it was

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presented was confusing. Amendments were made up to and including the June 6, 2011 meeting, at which time second reading was passed. However, Duntz and Underhill say so many changes had been made, it was, in effect, a new bylaw. As well, they say that there was no public notice of the June 6 meeting until June 3 and that the second reading draft of the OCP update was not available to the public prior to the meeting. June 6, they note, was the night of the Stanley Cup playoff game in Vancouver. They say that changes made after that (such as corrections to the maps), final versions were not available until June 16. A consolidated version of the second reading draft was not available until June 23. They say council did not adhere to its obligations under the Local Government Act when it came to second reading of the OCP update bylaw. They say council also contravened the Bowen Island Procedure Bylaw by not providing a printed consolidated bylaw to consider and that maps, schedule changes and other insertions were made after June 6. They also say that in an ad in the June 24 Undercurrent, referring to the public meeting on July 9 at BICS, says that the purpose of the bylaw is to repeal the existing OCP bylaw and adopt an entirely new OCP that will govern future development and land use applications throughout the municipality. Duntz and Underhill are also asking that the court order the municipality to pay their costs of the petition. None of the allegations in the petition have been proven in court.

BIM is accepting applications for a qualified permanent p/t Youth Services Coordinator (25 hrs/wk). Responsibilities include: • Developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs and services for youth in partnership with community organizations • Providing outreach services to Bowen Island youth • Management of the Bowen Youth Centre • Supervision of Auxiliary Youth Workers The ideal candidate should possess a degree in Child & Youth Care, Psychology, Sociology or equivalent youth work related experience. For more details regarding this posting, please visit the Municipal website at Please forward resume by 12:00 noon on July 22, 2011 to fax: 604-947-0193 or e-mail:

both in the store and the pub for their enthusiasm and help.

To Bowen’s fine trades

Dave McIntosh says “We’d started 18 years ago with two free clean-ups but our population has doubled and there was a need for another,” McIntosh said. “It’s to get all that stuff that we can’t get in the weekly pick-up.” Items included are almost anything – besides hazardous materials – not picked up in regular service, including drywall if it’s properly bagged. Appliances, metal, batteries and furniture are staples. There will be a hazardous waste drop-off on July 23 at Bowen Building Centre from 9 to 3.

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Masterworks show abilities of today’s youth

Metro to add new services to wring cash from parks JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS




A T h e a t r e F e s t ival on Bow en Isla n d

Into The West

n a recent Friday, Cates Hill Chapel was filled to capacity for a presentation on the production and distribution of music. It is not unusual on Bowen Island to get a good crowd for community events but this occasion was different. The presenter was Caelan Thomson, a Grade 9 student who had studied the topic in depth, produced a paper that rivaled a dissertation, lectured with confidence and answered questions with a skill that spoke of deep understanding and independent thought. Caelan’s presentation was the final requirement for his masterwork project, a self-directed, independent study that is compulsory for every Grade 9 student at IPS. This year, his classmates spoke about scuba diving, the generation of power, fashion design, website creation, portraits, sports psychology, musical classics, video games and dreams. Ted Spear, the founder of IPS and its returning head, started the masterwork program. He said, “Most of what is going on at schools seems to be superficial and there is a culture of low expectations. I believe that we don’t challenge kids enough. But if we create the right conditions, they can achieve a lot. Another aspect of the masterworks program is that we get advisors from the community to guide the students. In today’s peer culture, it is unusual for kids to discuss ideas with adults.” Spear was often amazed at the selection of the topics, the approach and level of commitment. He said, “In terms of the presentation, it is nice to have the community involved but it is also important for the Grade 6, 7 and 8 students to see where they can go.” Masterwork presentations have a history of wowing the audience. This year was no exception. Ian Henley was in attendance. He said, “If you have ever thought, ‘what’s the matter with the kids today’, you should go and spend a few hours at the masterworks presentation to see what is amazing about today’s youth. These 14-or

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Caelen Thomson presents his Grade 9 masterworks project to a full house. He studied one subject for a year and received advice from a panel of advisors (seated on the couch). Coming to hear his presentation were his parents, students and teachers at IPS, students from St. John’s School from Vancouver and many members of the community. Susanne Martin photo

15-year-old students have reached a level that most students don’t reach in university. They have earned the respect of my wife and me. We go to see the masterworks nearly every year.” Henley was reluctant to identify a highlight but said “I was very impressed with Robyn Westcott’s dissertation. At the end, I stood up and said, ‘I have been inspired by your presentation about portrait painting. I am a sometime portrait painter and collector of Bowen art. My question is whether you are prepared to sell any of your work. I would like to buy it.’” Henley went one step further. He recommended Robyn as a speaker to Jacqueline Massey of the Bowen Island Arts Council and to Ruth Payne who runs the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver. Henley said, “I have no hesitation recommending her. The remarkable thing for these young people is to get up and speak in public. These students have triumphed and that will be good for them for their whole career.” Robyn thinks highly of the process. “It was amazing and definitely worth it. Each student picks a topic that they are genuinely interested in, which is why each presentation is so great even for people who don’t have an interest in the particular

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subject.” On the question of whether she got tired of working on one project for nine months, she said, “Oh no, it got better. I’ve always been interested in art and portraits especially. I would say that I’ve always appreciated making art but I didn’t necessarily appreciate art itself. I’d go into a museum but I didn’t necessarily understand the paintings and I didn’t appreciate them as much. But throughout this year, I’ve been forced to study and look at paintings and I was amazed how much my appreciation for art itself has grown.” Nicole Gibson decided to use her last year at IPS to design a clothing line. “It’s one of the most amazing things I have done because I have never felt so proud of myself. Masterworks shows you what you are able to achieve and that sums up my experience at IPS. The best part was seeing the garments evolve with me and my style. My sewing skills became better as well as my designing skills. And I realized where I want to go with it and what my designing preference is.” From Caelan’s presentation, the audience learned about the phonograph effect, auto-tune and concerts where fans cheer for holographic images. In the end, he earned a standing ovation.


og wash stations and event tent rentals are just some of the money-making ideas Metro Vancouver intends to explore as it opens up its regional parks to more commerce. Regional district officials have considered more than 100 possible ventures to turn a profit in area parks while adding new services. “We have to start thinking outside the box in terms of revenue,” parks committee chair Gayle Martin said. “We can’t always go to taxpayers for the things we want. This would help us enhance other parts of the parks with the revenue.” Work is already underway to launch a tent rental service that will charge market rates for the rental of event tents in Metro parks. “It could cost us initially $100,000 to invest in a tent inventory but in the first year we’re looking at a $60,000 payback,” Martin said. “So it’s paid back in a year and some months.” Dog obedience training is to be tested this summer as a pilot project in Pacific Spirit Regional Park and is to be offered in six regional parks next year, turning an expected annual profit of $28,000. Over the longer term, the region could develop specialized dog services – such as business-run washing stations – that Martin said have proven popular in dog friendly parks in parts of the U.S. One San Franciscoarea park is home to Mudpuppy’s Tub and Scrub, which offers highly pampered full service or do-it-yourself dog baths as well as toys and treats, with a specialty coffee cafe next door. “I could see it happening in Pacific Spirit, where we get a lot of dog walkers,” Martin said. Dog waste could also be collected and turned into fertilizer for sale, a staff report said. Metro also plans to start charging $3.99 per download for the next version of its currently free iParks Explorer park info app, which staff estimate could earn the region more than $80,000 over the next year based on a projected 30,000 downloads. Metro’s parks now generate enough revenue to offset nine per cent of their operating costs and the regional district wants to boost that to 15 per cent over the next 10 years. Other ideas rated promising by Metro staff include upgrading picnic shelters to more deluxe allweather structures that could be reservable for a fee. Ideas like ziplines or pay-to-play water parks were considered by staff but didn’t make their short list. Some of the services could be run directly by Metro Vancouver, while others might be contracted to private firms. Various private companies are already pitching their own ideas for business ventures in Metro parks, Martin said. Park-goers could count on basic use of parks remaining free. Nobody would have to pay to go to the beach, walk a trail, park their car or use a toilet or other basic infrastructure. Revenue from parks also comes from access fees charged for the TV and film industry, rental houses, agricultural licences and communication tower leases.

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viewpoint Gift shop will be missed To the Editor:


BIG thank you to Donna Lawrence who, after many years of promoting and selling the work of Bowen Island artisans and crafters, closed down her Mermaid’s Garden (formerly ‘Gifts on the Pier’) gift shop. Speaking as a Bowen artisan, Donna always had a great selection of local arts and crafts, which was appreciated by locals, but especially by off islanders, many of whom were regular customers. As well as carrying crafts by B.C. artisans, she always had a varied and interesting selection of other gift items. Donna’s gift shop was always among the island stores which I checked out first if I was looking for gifts, before going to the mainland, and I always found something. Donna was always cheerful and welcoming to visitors to Bowen Island who came into her shop. Donna, you and your gift shop will be missed. Thank you. Moira Greaven

Input for proposed bylaws encouraged To the Editor:


Committee should look at ferry marshalling options in Snug Cove To the Editor:


was surprised to learn, from the chair of the Bowen Island Municpality Ferry Advisory Committee (BIMFAC), that the marshalling of ferry traffic in Snug Cove does not come under the committee’s purview. What then, we must ask, does come under its purview? Public relations? If the committee is not concerned with such issues, then which person or what body is concerned, what have they done, what conclusions were reached, and on what basis? Why is Snug Cove village being held to ransom based on the idea that ferry marshalling must be located somewhere around the main village street (Government Road), instead of moving it to the obvious location on the south side of the Cove inlet - a move that

would lead to enhancing the amenities on both sides, and to rejuvenating what is currently derelict land as well as improving the marine habitat (see my previous letter “South side option should not be excluded from discussion” in The Undercurrent, June 17, page 6) BC Ferries have written that funding in the usual way would present no problems, and that the new facilities would offer “operational advantages” which translates to better time keeping and lower fuel costs. Other minor routes provide two ferry docks to cover repair down time, why not Bowen, especially as such a dock would, more importantly, provide adequate emergency evacuation facilities that currently do not exist? David R. Hill, P.Eng Emeritus Professor

n Saturday, July 9 the municipality is holding a public hearing of four bylaws. I believe that the most significant of these bylaws is the adoption of the draft Official Community Plan. This document, which is very comprehensive, was the result of an intensive solicitation and analysis of the views of Bowen Islanders. Many surveys were undertaken and many public meetings held. Hundreds of letters were received from the public expressing well presented and thoughtful views. Summaries of these views are contained throughout the OCP and form the essential basis of the objectives. An example of this approach is apparent in the opening paragraph of section 2 of the OCP titled “Towards a Sustainable Future: Natural Environment” “During the planning process, participants repeatedly spoke of the high value they place on Bowen’s unique natural environment and their awareness of their stewardship role for future generations..... Much of Bowen’s character results from the careful management of private land and the role of citizens as stewards of their land.” We proudly live in a democracy and are very conscious of our rights as citizens and landowners; with these rights come obligations. When we buy property we not only obtain property rights we also get the right to expect supporting infrastructure. At the same time, we also take on obligations to our neighbours and the community at large. The OCP identifies the long-term goals and desires of the major-

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ne of the special features of Bowen is how involved islanders are in community decision making and projects. So different from anywhere else I have lived in Canada! Updating our Official Community Plan (OCP) is a great example. The steering committee, which I chaired, received around 350 individual submissions of various types, and around 350 community members participated in meetings, to total around 700. This fabulous level of input plus two of Canada’s best community planners have led to the updated OCP that is before the community for the public hearing on July 9. Also at the public hearing will be three sets of guidelines and exemptions that help to bring the OCP into reality. One of the dominant community

themes the steering committee heard was the need for protection of our “green oasis”. The three more detailed bylaws address this. They have been developed through a separate process with more public meetings and comment sheets, and input from other committees. For example the Greenways Advisory Committee (which I am now back to chairing) has provided plenty of input on them over the past year. Why bring all this up again? Because paid advertising in recent issues of this paper by developer and realtor Wolfgang Duntz questions the credibility of the public process. I wonder why he has waited until now to comment? Mayor Bob Turner has invited the Bowen community to stay involved. I think this is a very good idea. Stay involved, as only Bowen Island can. Sue Ellen Fast

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OneBowen shares flyer’s sentiments To the Editor:

Community is involved in decision making and projects: OCP update is no exception

ity of the community and sets out the obligations that members of the community should accept if these desires and goals are to be met. I believe that we should accept the OCP that is proposed. The other three bylaws (steep slopes, ecologically sensitive areas and watersheds) have been designed by municipal staff as a set of tools for effective control and management of the natural environment of Bowen Island. They are a necessary adjunct to the policies that govern us all and are required under the Provincial Local Government Act. I understand that the wording recommended by the Planning staff, with input from consultants, results from an analysis of the approach and wording used for similar bylaws enacted by other jurisdictions and what appear to be the best practices. They have not been invented from scratch by staff. I believe that they should be accepted as recommended by staff. Since I was happy that these four bylaws are in line with what is wanted by the majority I had not felt any need to attend the hearing - many of you may feel the same. There has already been so much discussion that surely we don’t need to repeat our views all over again. However, public input is still required so that council can hear, first hand, the comments of island residents who support the adoption of these bylaws. Consequently, I am sending this letter to the municipality and will go to the meeting. I encourage many others to do the same and ensure their views are stated again.


his week islanders received a flyer in the mail addressing some serious issues around the imminent approval of the OCP and three new bylaws. The “Red Alert” flyer details some of the fears that many citizens feel around what seems to be a series of very prohibitive bylaws restricting the use of private lands. OneBowen is a new electoral organization on the island and we are interested in developing a platform for the upcoming election and attracting candidates to run as a slate. Our attention, like the group of citizens who wrote the “Red Alert,” has been drawn to the process that is unfolding this week. There is a public hearing this Saturday at BICS at noon to get feedback from the community on these potential new regulations. OneBowen agrees with the sentiments expressed in the

flyer and feels, as other groups do, that these over-reaching regulations will likely impede some of the goals that have been outlined in our OCP update process. There has been a clear call to create more affordable housing, seniors’ housing, revitalize Snug Cove and provide the infrastructure and density needed to make those feasible, for instance. Will these goals be pre-empted by onerous regulations that place environmental protection and a perceived rural identity above every other community need, including creating a more balanced and complete community? As the flyer suggests, please attend the meeting on Saturday, and speak to the issues that resonate for you. Council needs to postpone this process in an effort to make sure we all fully understand what these bylaws could mean for our future. Colleen O’Neil, OneBowen


New cove plans evoke dismay To the Editor:


can’t help but be dismayed at the latest colour rendered set of alternative plans for the cove. It is not that the preparer is at fault. The problem is that this version is but the latest in a line of cove plans going back 25 to 30 years. I have lost count but this must be cove plan number 14 or 15, adding an additional $35,000 to the multi-thousands of dollars council - and others- have spent on Cove planning over the past two decades, with none ever implemented. Now we have more of the same. What’s wrong? Well, to begin, there should be no plan for the cove and ferry marshalling until a decision is made about the national park - yes or no. With a park in place Bowen Island governance would change forever: half would be run by bureaucrats responsible to Ottawa, the other half by an elected municipal council. Creation of a park would require a major change in our Official Community Plan to accommodate the park and future developments dependent on the park. How to accommodate park-related ferry traffic (vehicles and walk-ons) would be vital. Once here, the park is forever and we would have to take that into account when planning the area left under municipal control. Second, there is no data to support the plan. How much will our population grow? How many cars and trucks - must be planned for in the next five, 10 and 20 years? What is the future demand for commercial and residential space in the cove and elsewhere? What about water supply, sewage treatment and related public services? In short, where are the data, forecasts and infrastructure requirements underlying the latest plan? Three, it is unwise to create a plan without hav-

ing a clear program to carry it out. There needs to be a parallel program that will result in developments on the ground. What public and private actions and investments are needed to turn the plan into reality? Otherwise the plan becomes little more than the latest version to be put on the shelf. Four, council should have formed a committee to aid and advise the planner and communicate with the community to see what they want, rather than present a set of alternatives based on council’s own personal positions and ideas. Council was very good at forming a committee of more than 30 residents to study and report on the proposed national park so there is no reason why a cove committee could not have been similarly struck. As it is, residents are asked to react to a set of alternative plans prepared without public input. A cove plan should have the participation of citizens working steadily with the planner, studying options, meeting with the public, convening subcommittees for particular issues and keeping everyone informed as they proceeded. Such a plan would have much more public understanding and support simply because the public at large would be participants in its preparation. I could go on, but over the past decades I have seen so many wonderful plans come forth with great fanfare only to be put on the shelf. Our council seems not to have lost the habit of spending money on unfilled promises. The surplus lands are a case in point. Some years back the GVRD paid Mr. Crippen $1.6 million to buy the 550-acre Bowen park named after him. Later, our council paid $2 million for just 25+ leftover acres the GVRD folks didn’t need. It’s a good thing they didn’t offer to sell us more! And we still don’t have our $2 million back. Bruce Howlett

Extinguish the firewall of bureaucracy To the Editor:


have just reviewed the parts of the OCP/Snug Cove proposed bylaw and how it will affect the Union SteamShip Marina. They spend voluminous pages to say we can’t expand or change anything. They then go on and require the two marinas to install boat pump-out facilities. We have been trying for 20 years to install one. The municipality for some obscure reasons has continually not allowed the boat sewage to be pumped out, yet they require it. The Snug Cove Village Plan’s “appendix” is page after page of planning “feel good” rhetoric. It accommodates, integrates, contributes, supports, ensures, manages, recognizes, limits, respects, protects, preserves, all of the environmental areas and sensitive areas which includes just about everything in the Cove including Crippen Park, all requiring Development Permits, aka more staff time which means more time, more money from our taxes. One of the biggest time wasters of our tax dollars is the municipality setting policy and writing reports and guidelines telling the Vancouver Metro Parks how to run Crippen Regional Park. Metro Parks have clearly done a good job in “their parks” and have much more expertise than our municipality in park management. Let me give you a small example why I’m so concerned. In the OCP/Snug Cove “Policy”, item # 4.3.1, h) says “Support expansion of the present Foredune ecosystem at the mouth of Davies Creek. Utilize management principles to address the presence of the marina operations and recreational use of Crippen Regional Park.” (They are talking about the tall marshy grass at the Boardwalk’s bridge.) They include a “Biophysical Attributes and Environmentally Sensitive Areas” by a very well paid

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environmental consultant. He makes specific recommendations, after the 30-page report, on the Foredune Area: 1/Remove invasive plant species. 2/Fence the area. 3/Transplant the foredune plants along the boardwalk. 4/Sign it “Nature reserve” 5/Establish a management regime and pick up litter. Remember, it’s a 30-page consultant’s report, once again gratuitously spending tax dollars. It “was” a good idea, however. The parks staff and I chatted about it last year, standing on the boardwalk, and came up with a similar plan. The marina removed all of the invasive species (blackberries) and installed a sprinkler system to get the transplanted plugs started. It was mostly done last winter, with the transplanting this spring - all at the Union SteamShip Marina’s cost. One phone call to parks or me could have saved the Bowen Island taxpayers thousands of dollars. Under the proposed new bureaucratic system we would still be trying to get a development permit, taking years and I would still be paying off more environmental consultants to study it. I note with a great deal of trepidation all the feelgood stuff the municipality is now trying to pass, i.e. the OCP, steep slopes, environmentally sensitive areas, watersheds and stream protection bylaws. They are equally flawed and based in paranoia. This is why the municipality is over budget $100,000 in the administration department, then shorts the Infrastructure budget a $100,000 to balance their budget. It would appear that our council members seam to have a hard time making decisions. They keep studying and over thinking the same things, making no decisions and worse, passing it along to staff for further studies making more reports and this is all on our dime. Rondy Dike

Hardest hit are less wealthy To the Editor:


ome thoughts about the July 9 Official Community Plan meeting • Lack of representation Most residents were not in attendance at previous meetings as they were led to believe that the revisions were focused solely on developments. They did not see themselves as developers nor should they have. The revisions as written are highly onerous, particularly to the small landholder who would likely have to pay for lawyers and consultants as well as administrative fees for even the smallest items, whether good for the island or not. • Move to “big government” - In a time when the majority of Canadians are saying they are fed up with the remoteness of decision making that affects their daily lives, should the municipality really be running counter to this and removing ultimate decision making authority from Islanders in such a carte blanche manner? • Inaccurate data - The maps used in the planning process reflect less than ideal resolution and, for the most part, have not been “ground proofed”. Current standards of resolution are 1/1cm. While it would be overkill to demand perfect resolution, simple ground proofing would satisfy any impartial observer that the steep slopes bylaw is misplaced, and in many cases entirely irrelevant. In the case of the “environmentally sensitive areas” map the resolution is 1/.5hectare - in other words, practically useless as a reference source as this means that locations are +/- 25 metres. • Many properties on the maps are mis-identified, and the most environmentally sensitive areas on the island are often omitted. Does existing development somehow equate to “no more sensitivity” or “no more steep slopes” or are these properties omitted due to the writers knowing that opposition would be astronomical if the bylaws were honestly and fairly applied. • Lack of scaling for tree cutting - Like it or not we are in a period where our coastal hemlock resource is becoming decadent. This is beyond our control and means that a large proportion of these trees will become “danger trees” over the next few years ( if they are not already). It is a frivolous waste of resources to ask owners of larger properties to get arborists’ reports and permits

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for simple tree removal of this kind. Similarly, it is a frivolous waste of time and resources for the municipality to administer such a program. Scaling was argued for by at least two councillors during the process but was given short shrift. I know each of these two councillors personally and I know each is fully aware of the problems associated with decadent forests. • Section 2.14 of the existing Land Use Bylaw clearly put the onus on the property owner where studies are required. As most of the island is covered by the maps, how is this consistent with the stated desire to promote “affordable housing” or is this just a snare and a delusion as the residents of Bowen Court have discovered to their horror? • The hardest hit by all the new rules will be young families or less wealthy individuals, making the document heavily elitist in its “high mindedness”. Each rule bears an associated cost which can be more easily borne by the better off albeit with great distaste and shaking of heads at the wanton wastage of capital resources. The less well off will simply shake their heads and drive on, while the elderly looking for affordable housing will more and more be shut out from their desire to maintain a presence on Bowen. These documents are therefore far from egalitarian in nature and belong more in a Kafka novel than the public realm. • Finally, the most egregious aspect of these documents is their “guilty until proven innocent” temper. This runs completely contrary to the very nature of the legal system in Canada and is abhorrent to the vast majority of Canadian citizens. Why try to introduce amendments with full knowledge that they are over restrictive and can easily be manipulated to satisfy vindictiveness and petty mindedness? If accepted, these documents will result in economic and social disaster for the entire island. If you are in doubt of this I spoke with a councillor (who shall remain nameless) this very morning who stated to me that he was equally opposed to the wording and felt that it needed far more temperance. I also spoke with two builders were currently dealing with shutdowns due to neighbourly vindictiveness. This is not the way to build a community!

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What is Wrong with the Proposed OCP Bylaws? (Part 2) A LOT IS WRONG!

’ŸŽ›œ’¢ǰȱŠě˜›Š‹’•’¢ǰȱŽŒǯȱ••ȱ ˜—Ž›ž•ǰȱ‹žȱ’ȱ’ȱŽŸŽ›ȱ–Š”ŽȱŠ—¢ȱ

The process was started in June 2009 with the stated goal to “UP-


Ȅȱ ‘Žȱ •˜ŒŠ•ȱ ĜŒ’Š•ȱ ˜––ž—’¢ȱ •Š—ȱ ǻǼǯȱ ‘Šȱ œŠŽ–Ž—ȱ ŠœȱŽ¡™•’Œ’ȱŠ—ȱ Šœȱ’•’Ž—•¢ȱ˜••˜ Žȱ‘›˜ž‘˜žȱŠ••ȱŒ˜––ž—’ŒŠ’˜—œǰȱ™ž‹•’ŒŠ’˜—œǰȱŠ—ȱ’—ȱ‘Žȱꗊ•ȱ˜Œž–Ž—œǯ

ŠŸŽȱŠ—¢ȱ˜ȱ‘˜œŽȱ ˜—Ž›ž•ȱ›ŽŠ–œǰȱ‘˜™Žœǰȱ˜›ȱ™›˜–’œŽœȱŒ˜–Žȱ ›žŽǰȱ˜›ȱ‹ŽŽ—ȱŠŒŽȱ˜—ǵȱ Did anything happen to

Now, at the eleventh hour, we learn by way of public notices for


a Public Hearing that the public did not participate in a process to


Could it be possible that the main reason for the OCP process was not the OCP at all? Was it ũust a tricŬ to Įnd a reason to implement 3 new extremely restricƟve environmental bylaws which otherwise would be impossible to get by the public?

ȃǰȄȱ ‹žȱ ˜ȱ ȃȱ  ȱ    ȱ ȱȱȱ decay. ȱ ȱȱǯȄȱ‘’œȱŒ˜—œ’žŽœȱŠȱŒ˜–™•ŽŽȱ›ŽŸŽ›œŠ•ȱ˜ȱ

Now we are asked to be-

ŽŸŽ›¢‘’—ȱ‘Šȱ ŠœȱœŠŽȱ‹¢ȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ‹Ž˜›ŽȱŠ—ȱž›’—ȱ‘Žȱȱ •’ŽŸŽȱ ’—ȱ Šȱ Ž ȱ ǯȱ ‘Ž›Žȱ process.

’œȱ •’Ĵ•Žȱ ›˜—ȱ  ’‘ȱ ‘Žȱ Ž ȱ

¢ȱ—Š–ŽȱŠ—ȱŽœŒ›’™’˜—ǰȱ‘Žȱ™›˜ŒŽœœȱ ŠœȱŠ•œ˜ȱŒ•ŽŠ›•¢ȱ–ŽŠ—ȱ˜ȱ ȱ—ȱŠœȱŠȱ–ŠĴŽ›ȱ˜ȱŠŒǰȱ‘Žȱ ŽŠ•ȱ ’‘ȱ˜ž›ȱ•˜ŒŠ•ȱǯȱ‘Šȱ‘Šœȱ›Š—œ™’›Žǰȱ‘˜ ŽŸŽ›ǰȱ’œȱšž’Žȱ’-

Œž››Ž—ȱ ‹¢•Š ȱ ’œȱ ™›ŽĴ¢ȱ ˜˜ǯȱ

ferent —ȱ’—ȱŠ’’˜—ȱ˜ȱŽŠ•’—ȱ ’‘ȱ‘Žȱǰȱ‘ŽȱPublic Hearing

žȱ ’ȱ ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ ‘Šœȱ —˜ȱ ŒŠ›Žȱ

˜—ȱ ž•¢ȱşȱ ’••ȱŠ•œ˜ȱŽŠ•ȱ ’‘ȱřȱ—Ž ȱ›ŠŒ˜—’Š—ȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œȱ Š‹˜žȱ‘Žȱ˜•ȱǰȱ‘˜ ȱœ‘Š••ȱ  Žȱ ›žœȱ ‘Ž–ȱ ˜ȱ ŒŠ›Žȱ Š‹˜žȱ ‘Žȱ Ž ȱ ǵȱ ¡ŒŽ™ȱ — and here

˜ȱ–˜’¢ȱ‘ŽȱŠ—ȱœŽȱ¢•Š ȱǻǼǯȱ

‘ŽȱšžŽœ’˜—ȱŠ›’œŽœDZȱ‘¢ȱ—˜ȱŽŠ•ȱ ’‘ȱ‘ŽȱȱꛜǰȱŠ—ȱ‘Ž—ȱ Œ˜–Žœȱ ‘Žȱ ŒŠŒ‘ȱ —ȱ Œ˜ž•ȱ ’ȱ ‹Žȱ ™˜œœ’‹•Žȱ ‘Šȱ ‘Žȱ –Š’—ȱ ›ŽŠœ˜—ȱ ˜›ȱ ŽŠ•ȱ ’‘ȱ‘ŽȱřȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œȱŠȱŠȱœŽ™Š›ŠŽȱ–ŽŽ’—ǵȱžȱ ‘Žȱȱ™›˜ŒŽœœȱ Šœȱ—˜ȱ‘ŽȱȱŠȱŠ••ǵȱŠœȱ’ȱ“žœȱŠȱ›’Œ”ȱ˜ȱꗍȱŠȱ

What has transpired is... ƋƵite diīerent — in addiƟon to dealing with the OCP, the Public Hearing on July 9 will also deal with 3 new draconian environmental bylaws to modify the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

that is not the case, and one

›ŽŠœ˜—ȱ˜ȱ’–™•Ž–Ž—ȱřȱ—Ž ȱŽ¡›Ž–Ž•¢ȱ›Žœ›’Œ’ŸŽȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢-

starts to wonder if the whole

•Š œȱ ‘’Œ‘ȱ˜‘Ž› ’œŽȱ ˜ž•ȱ‹Žȱ’–™˜œœ’‹•Žȱ˜ȱŽȱ‹¢ȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’Œǵȱ œȱ’ȱ

ȱ™›˜ŒŽœœȱ Šœȱ—˜‘’—ȱ‹žȱ ™˜œœ’‹•Žȱ‘Šȱ‘˜œŽȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œȱŠ›Žȱ‘Žȱ˜—•¢ȱ‘’—ȱ˜ž—ŠȱŒ˜ŸŽ›ȱ˜›ȱ˜‘Ž›ȱŠ’–œǯ Why would such a suspi-

Œ’•ȱ›ŽŠ••¢ȱŒŠ›ŽœȱŠ‹˜žǵȱ‘ŠȱŒ˜ž•ȱŽ¡™•Š’—ȱ ‘¢ȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ’œȱ™žœ‘’—ȱœ˜ȱ hard to bully us into a Public Hearing instead of a Public Meeting.

Œ’˜—ȱŒ˜–Žȱž™ǵȱ—¢ȱ—Ž ȱ‹¢•Š ȱ ›Žȱ‘Ž¢ȱ™Ž›‘Š™œȱŽŠ›ž•ȱ‘Šȱ™Ž˜™•Žȱ–Š¢ȱꗍȱ˜žȱŠ—ȱ˜‹“ŽŒǵȱ‘Šȱ ˜ȱ ‘Žȱ –Š—’žŽȱ Š—ȱ ’–™˜›tance of an updated or new

could explain the rush. In order to understand

ȱ ˜ž•ȱ Ž–Š—ȱ Šȱ •ŽŠœȱ what is at stake, one has to be one proper Public Meeting

Š Š›Žȱ Š‹˜žȱ ‘Žȱ ›Ž–Ž—˜žœȱ

ǻ–˜›Žȱ ˜ž•ȱ ‹Žȱ ŽŸŽ—ȱ ‹ŽĴŽ›Ǽǯȱ ’쎛Ž—ŒŽȱ‹Ž ŽŽ—ȱŗǼȱŠȱPublic Public MeetingsȱŠ›Žȱ—ŽŽŽȱ’—ȱ˜›Ž›ȱ˜ȱ’—˜›–ȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’ŒǰȱŽ‹ŠŽȱ Meeting at which there is ac‘Žȱ Œ˜—Ž—ǰȱ Š—ȱ Ž—Ž›ȱ ’—˜ȱ Šȱ ’Š•˜žŽȱ  ’‘ȱ œŠěǰȱ ˜ž—Œ’•˜›œǰȱ Š—ȱ tive discussion and interaction ˜‘Ž›ȱŒ˜––ž—’¢ȱ–Ž–‹Ž›œǯȱPublic Meetings are absolutely critical

‹Ž ŽŽ—ȱ ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ –Ž–‹Ž›œǰȱ

What other reason could explain why Council is steadfastly denying a Public DeeƟng about the Įnal version of the OCP and the 3 new environmental bylaws?

˜ȱŽ—Š‹•Žȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’Œȱ˜ȱ˜›–ȱŠ—ȱ˜™’—’˜—ȱŠ—ȱ˜ȱ’ŸŽȱ‘Ž–ȱŠœœž›Š—ŒŽȱ œŠěǰȱŠ—ȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’ŒǰȱŠ—ȱŘǼȱŠȱ ‘Šȱ‘Ž’›ȱ˜ŸŽ›—–Ž—ȱ‘Šœȱ‘ŽŠ›ȱ‘Ž–ǯ

Public Hearingȱ ‘Ž›Žȱ—˜ȱœžŒ‘ȱ’Š•˜žŽȱ’œȱ™Ž›–’ĴŽǰȱŠ—ȱ‘Žȱ›Žœž•ȱ

Ž–Ž–‹Ž›ȱ‘Žȱ•Šœȱ ˜ȱPublic Meetings before the “Secondary Suite Bylaw” was passed, and the other not-so-benign Public Meetingȱ ‘’Œ‘ȱ–ŠŽȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ›Ž—ŽŽȱ˜—ȱ‘ŽȱŠ™Žȱ˜Ž›ȱž›’œȱ‹¢•Š ǵ

˜ȱ‘Žȱ‘ŽŠ›’—ȱ’œȱꗊ•ȱŠ—ȱž—Š•Ž›Š‹•Žǯ Once the Public Hearingȱ‘Šœȱ‹ŽŽ—ȱ‘Ž•ȱŠ—ȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ‘Šœȱ’ŸŽ—ȱ Third Reading to the bylaws, Bowen Islanders will be stuck with

Those are Public Meetingsȱ ‘’Œ‘ȱ‹¢ȱŠ••ȱ–ŽŠœž›ŽœȱŠ›Žȱ‘Žȱ–˜œȱ Ž¡›Ž–Ž•¢ȱ’—›žœ’ŸŽȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œȱ‘Ž¢ȱ—ŽŸŽ›ȱ›ŽŠ••¢ȱ”—Ž ȱ ’–™˜›Š—ǰȱ–˜œȱŒ›žŒ’Š•ǰȱŠ—ȱ–˜œȱŽ–˜Œ›Š’Œȱ Š¢œȱ˜ȱŽ¡™›ŽœœȱŠ—ȱ Š‹˜žǰȱ Ž›Žȱ—ŽŸŽ›ȱ›ŽŠ••¢ȱ’—˜›–ŽȱŠ‹˜žǰȱŠ—ȱ˜ȱ ‘’Œ‘ȱ‘Ž¢ȱ’ȱ—˜ȱ receive public opinion.


˜ȱŠ›ȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ‘ŠœȱŽ—’ŽȱŠȱPublic Meetingȱ›ŽŠ›’—ȱ‘Žȱꗊ•ȱ

A Public Hearing is not a

ȱŠ—ȱ‘Žȱřȱ—Ž ȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œǯȱ —œŽŠǰȱ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ‘ŠœȱŽ-

ŸŽ—žŽȱ ˜›ȱ –ŽŠ—’—ž•ȱ ’—™žǰȱ ‹žȱ

cided to go straight to a Public HearingȱǻŠȱŒ˜–™•ŽŽ•¢ȱ’쎛Ž—ȱ¢™Žȱ ’œȱ –ŽŠ—ȱ ˜›ȱ Ž¡™›Žœœ’˜—œȱ ˜ȱ œž™˜ȱ–ŽŽ’—ǰȱ‹¢ȱ‘Žȱ Š¢ȱ— œŽŽȱ–˜›ŽȱŠ‹˜žȱ‘Šȱ‹Ž•˜ Ǽǯ

port or opposition to a bylaw and



‘ŽȱŽ¡’œ’—ȱȱ’œȱŗśȱ¢ŽŠ›œȱ˜•ǰȱŠ—ȱ’œȱž••ȱ˜ȱ ˜—Ž›ž•ȱŠœ™’-


›Š’˜—œǰȱ ‘˜™Žœǰȱ ›ŽŠ–œǰȱ Š—ȱ œžŽœ’˜—œȱ Š‹˜žȱ —žȱ ˜ŸŽǰȱ Š‹˜žȱ –Ž—œȱ–Š¢ȱŒ‘Š—Žȱ‘’—œȱ— but

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that is highly unlikely. The bylaws will either be passed as read, or they will go back to be rewritten and presented again. That second option ’œȱ ‘Žȱ •Šœȱ ‘’—ȱ œ˜–Žȱ ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ –Ž–‹Ž›œȱ Š—ǯȱ —˜ ’—ȱ‘Šȱ‘Ž’›ȱŽ›–ȱ’—ȱ™˜ Ž›ȱ’œȱŒ˜–’—ȱ˜ȱ Š—ȱŽ—ǰȱ’ȱœŽŽ–œȱ‘Ž¢ȱ Š—ȱ˜ȱ˜›ŒŽȱŠœȱ–žŒ‘ȱ˜ȱ their own agenda down our throats as possible. ‘Šȱ˜‘Ž›ȱ›ŽŠœ˜—ȱŒ˜ž•ȱŽ¡™•Š’—ȱ ‘¢ȱ˜ž—cil is steadfastly denying a Public Meeting Š‹˜žȱ‘Žȱꗊ•ȱŸŽ›œ’˜—ȱ˜ȱ‘ŽȱȱŠ—ȱ‘ŽȱřȱŽ—-

˜›¢ȱ ˜ȱ Š••ȱ ™Š›’Žœǵȱ ‘Šǰȱ Šȱ •ŽŠœǰȱ ˜ž•ȱ ‹Žȱ

And to those of our Councilors who themselves are not ready to ignore the public’s interest, let it be asŬed, ͞/sn’t it Ɵme for you to speaŬ up?” Neither you, nor anybody else on Bowen Island, has to accept being bullied by single-interest Councilors.

Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ‹¢•Š œǵ

in line with the text of the Foreword to the Ž ȱ DZȱ “The successful implementation of ‘Žȱ ›ŠĞȱ ȱ ’œȱ Ž™Ž—Ž—ȱ ˜—ȱ ‘Žȱ Œ˜—’—ž’—ȱ goodwill and collaboration of the Municipality, community organizations, businesses, landownŽ›œȱŠ—ȱ˜‘Ž›ȱ•ŽŸŽ•œȱ˜ȱ˜ŸŽ›—–Ž—ǯȄ œȱ ’ȱ œŠ—œȱ —˜ ǰȱ ˜ž—Œ’•ȱ œ‘˜ž•ȱ ‹Žȱ Šœ‘Š–Žȱ˜ȱŒŠ••ȱ˜›ȱŠȱPublic Hearing without holding a Public Meetingȱꛜǯȱ —ȱ˜ȱ‘˜œŽȱ˜ȱ˜ž›ȱ˜ž—Œ’•˜›œȱ ‘˜ȱ‘Ž–-

‘¢ȱ—˜ȱ“žœȱŽŠ•ȱ ’‘ȱ‘ŽȱȱŠȱ‘’œȱ’–ŽǰȱŠ—ȱ‘Ž—ȱ’ŸŽȱ‘Žȱ œŽ•ŸŽœȱŠ›Žȱ—˜ȱ›ŽŠ¢ȱ˜ȱ’—˜›Žȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’ŒȂœȱ’—Ž›Žœǰȱ•Žȱ’ȱ‹ŽȱŠœ”Žǰȱ ™ž‹•’Œȱ Š—ȱ ˜™™˜›ž—’¢ȱ ˜ȱ •ŽŠ›—ȱ Š‹˜žȱ Š—ȱ Œ˜––Ž—ȱ ˜—ȱ ‘Žȱ řȱ Ž—-

ȃ œ—Ȃȱ’ȱ’–Žȱ˜›ȱ¢˜žȱ˜ȱœ™ŽŠ”ȱž™ǵȄȱŽ’‘Ž›ȱ¢˜žǰȱ—˜›ȱŠ—¢‹˜¢ȱŽ•œŽȱ

Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱ ‹¢•Š œǵȱ ›ȱ ™˜œ™˜—Žȱ ‹˜‘ǰȱ ‘˜•ȱ ˜—Žȱ ˜›ȱ –˜›Žȱ Public

on Bowen Island, has to accept being bullied by single-interest

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Reprinted with the kind permission of the Bowen Island Improvement Association, Bowen BEAT, and a growing number of groups and individuŠ•œȱŒ˜—ŒŽ›—ŽȱŠ‹˜žȱꗍ’—ȱ‘Žȱ‹Š•Š—ŒŽȱ‹Ž ŽŽ—ȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱœŽ Š›œ‘’™ȱŠ—ȱ˜˜ȱ˜ŸŽ›—Š—ŒŽǯ QUESTION! ‘Šȱ‘’œ˜›¢ȱ˜ȱŽ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱŠ‹žœŽȱ™Ž›™Ž›ŠŽȱ‹¢ȱ›Žœ™˜—œ’‹•Žȱ‘˜–Ž˜ —Ž›œȱŠ—ȱŽŸŽ•˜™Ž›œȱŠ›Žȱ‘ŽœŽȱ¢•Š œȱŽœ’—Žȱ˜ȱę¡ǵ STEEP SLOPES BYLAW ȱœŽŽ™ȱœ•˜™Žȱ’œȱŽę—ŽȱŠœȱ•Š—ȱ›’œ’—ȱŠȱŠȱȃœ•˜™ŽȱŠ—•Žȱ˜ȱ–˜›Žȱ than 30 percent.” Even if you own a developed property, without a Develop–Ž—ȱŽ›–’DZ ȱȱȱ›Ž–˜ŸŽȱŠ—¢ȱȃ Ž••ȬŽœŠ‹•’œ‘ŽȄȱ›ŽŽȱ˜›ȱ˜—Žȱ˜ȱ –˜›Žȱ‘Š—ȱŗŜȱ’—Œ‘Žœȱ’—ȱ’Š–ŽŽ› ȱȱȱ›Ž–˜ŸŽȱ –˜›Žȱ ‘Š—ȱ  ˜ȱ ›ŽŽœȱ ‹Ž ŽŽ—ȱ Şȱ Š—ȱ ŗŜȱ’—Œ‘Žœȱ’—ȱ’Š–ŽŽ›ȱŽŸŽ›¢ȱ¢ŽŠ› ȱ ȱ ™•Š—ȱŚȱ—Ž ȱ›ŽŽœȱ˜›ȱŽŸŽ›¢ȱŘȱ›ŽŽœȱ›Ž–˜ŸŽ ȱȱȱ›Ž–˜ŸŽȱ ŸŽŽŠ’˜—ȱ Œ˜ŸŽ›’—ȱ –˜›Žȱ ‘Š—ȱ ŗŗȱ ŽŽȱ‹¢ȱŗŗȱŽŽȱŠ——žŠ••¢ ȱ ȱ ›Ž™•Š—ȱ‹¢ȱŠ—ȱŽšžŠ•ȱŠ–˜ž— ȱȱȱ–˜’¢ȱ˜›ȱ›Žœž›ŠŒŽȱ¢˜ž›ȱ›’ŸŽ Š¢ YOU MAY NOT develop or landscape your garden if it is •Š›Ž›ȱ‘Š—ȱŘŗȱŽŽȱ‹¢ȱŘŗȱŽŽȱ ’‘˜žȱŠȱŠěȱ œœŽœœ–Ž— —ȱŠ’’˜—ȱ˜ȱ‘ŽȱŒ˜œȱ˜ȱ‘ŽȱŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱŽ›–’ȱ¢˜žȱ–Š¢ȱ‹Žȱ ›Žšž’›Žȱ ˜ȱ ‘’›Žȱ ™›˜Žœœ’˜—Š•ȱ Ž¡™Ž›œȱ ˜ȱ Œ˜—žŒȱ ȃŠȱ Œ˜–™›Ž‘Ž—œ’ŸŽȱŽ˜ȬŽŒ‘—’ŒŠ•ȱ’—ŸŽœ’Š’˜—Ȅȱ˜ȱœŠ’œ¢ȱ˜ž—Œ’•ǯȱ ˜ž›ȱ ŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱ ȱ ȃŒ˜–™•Ž–Ž—ȱ ˜ Ž—Ȃœȱ ‘’••Ȭœ’Žȱ Œ‘Š›ŠŒŽ›ǰȄȱ ™›˜ŽŒȱ  ’••’Žȱ ‘Š‹’Šǰȱ Œ˜››’˜›œȱ Š—ȱ Ž—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š••¢ȱœŽ—œ’’ŸŽȱŠ›ŽŠœǰȱŠ—ȱ–Š’—Š’—ȱŸŽŽŠ’˜—ȱ’—ȱȃ‹žěŽ›ȱŠ›ŽŠœȄȱ˜ȱ ž—Žę—Žȱœ’£ŽȱŠ‹˜ŸŽȱœŽŽ™ȱœ•˜™Žœǯ

YOU MAY NOT do any of the things listed ABOVE. YOU MAY NOT change or add to your existing buildings in any way that changes their footprint, or affects soil or slope conditions ȱȱȱ’–™›˜ŸŽȱ¢˜ž›ȱ›Š’—ŠŽȱȱ™žȱ’—ȱŠȱ›’ŸŽ Š¢ǰȱ ™›’ŸŠŽȱ ›˜Šǰȱ ˜›ȱ ’–™›˜ŸŽȱ ¢˜ž›ȱ œŽ™’Œȱ œ¢œŽ– ȱȱȱ™žȱ’—ȱŠȱ›Š’•ȱ–˜›Žȱ‘Š—ȱřȱŽŽȱ ’Žȱǻ˜˜ȱ—Š››˜ ȱ˜›ȱŘȱ™Ž˜™•ŽǼ ȱȱȱ™•Š—ȱŠ—¢ȱ—˜—Ȭ—Š’ŸŽȱœ™ŽŒ’Žœȱǻ‘’—”ȱ˜ȱ̘ Ž›œǰȱ›ž’ȱ›ŽŽœǰȱŸŽŽŠ‹•ŽœǼ ȱȱȱ˜ȱŠ—¢‘’—ȱ ’‘’—ȱŠȱ›Š’žœȱ˜ȱśŖȱ˜ȱřŖŖȱ–ŽŽ›œȱ˜ȱŠȱ›Š™˜›ȱ˜›ȱ‘Ž›˜—ȱ—Žœȱǻ‘ŠȂœȱŠ—ȱŠ›ŽŠȱ˜ȱ Š›˜ž—ȱŘȱŠŒ›ŽœǷǼ And if all else has failed, you’ll need to watch out for the BIM WASP!

W.A.S.P. (WATERSHED, AQUIFER AND STREAM PROTECTION) BYLAW ‘’œȱ¢•Š ȱ’œȱœ˜ȱŒ˜–™•Ž¡ȱ‘Šȱ‘ŽȱžŠ•’ꮍȱ›˜Žœœ’˜—Š•ǰȱ‘’›Žȱ Šȱ¢˜ž›ȱŽ¡™Ž—œŽǰȱ›Žšž’›Žœȱ–˜›Žȱ‘Š—ȱ˜—Žȱ‘ž—›Žȱ ˜›œȱ˜ȱŽę—Žǯȱ ȱŠ›ŽŠœȱ’—Œ•žŽȱǻŠǼȱŠ••ȱ ŠŽ›ȱœ˜ž›ŒŽœȱžœŠ‹•Žȱ˜›ȱ˜–Žœ’ŒȱŠ—ȱ ’››’Š’˜—ȱ™ž›™˜œŽœȱȱ‘Šȱ™›˜Ÿ’Žȱ‘Š‹’Šȱ˜›ȱ̘›ŠǰȱŠž—ŠȱŠ—ȱ ꜑ȱȱǻ‹ǼȱřŖȱ–ŽŽ›œǰȱ˜›ȱ–˜›Žǰȱ˜ȱ•Š—ȱŽ’‘Ž›ȱœ’Žȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱœ›ŽŠ–ǯȱ ’‘’—ȱœžŒ‘ȱŠ›ŽŠœǰȱ¢˜žȱ—ŽŽȱŠȱŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱŽ›–’ȱ˜›ȱŠ—¢ȱȃŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱ ŠŒ’Ÿ’’ŽœǰȄȱ ›ŽŠ›•Žœœȱ ˜ȱ ‘˜ ȱ –˜Žœȱ ‘Ž¢ȱ –’‘ȱ ‹Žǯȱ ˜žȱ –žœȱ ™Š¢ȱ Šȱ ȃšžŠ•’ꮍȱ ™›˜Žœœ’˜—Š•Ȅȱ ˜›ȱ Šȱ ›Ž™˜›ȱ ŽœŒ›’‹’—ȱ ‹Šȱ’–™ŠŒœȱ˜ȱ¢˜ž›ȱŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ǯȱ˜žȱ–žœȱ™Š¢ȱ˜›ȱ‘Žȱ’–™•Ž–Ž—Š’˜—ȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱ›ŽŒ˜––Ž—Š’˜—œȱ˜ȱ–’’ŠŽȱ‘Žȱ‹ŠȱŽěŽŒœȱŠ—ȱ If you are not restricted by the Steep Slopes Bylaw, you will most ˜›ȱŽ—‘Š—ŒŽ–Ž—ȱ˜ȱ‘ŽȱŠ›ŽŠǯ likely be caught by the: ‘Ž›Žȱ–žœȱŠ•œ˜ȱ‹ŽȱŠȱȃ•ŽŠŸŽȱœ›’™Ȅȱ—Ž¡ȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱ ŠŽ›ȱœ˜ž›ŒŽǯȱ—Žę—Žȱ’—ȱ‘Žȱ¢•Š ǰȱ‘Žȱœ’£Žȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱ•ŽŠŸŽȱœ›’™ȱ ’••ȱ‹ŽȱŽŽ›–’—Žǰȱ E.S.A. (ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS) BYLAW ŒŠœŽȬ‹¢ȬŒŠœŽǰȱ‹¢ȱ–ž—’Œ’™Š•ȱœŠěȱ‹ŠœŽȱ˜—ȱ‘Žȱ›Ž™˜›ȱ‘Šȱ¢˜žȱ™Š’ȱ ȱ ¢˜žȱ ˜ —ȱ ™›˜™Ž›¢ȱ ’—ȱ Š—ȱ —Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š••¢ȱ Ž—œ’’ŸŽȱ ›ŽŠǰȱ ‘ŽȱšžŠ•’ꮍȱ™›˜Žœœ’˜—Š•ȱ˜ȱ˜Dzȱ‘Žȱœ›’™ȱŒ˜ž•ȱŽ—ȱž™ȱ‹Ž’—ȱŸŽ›¢ȱ ¢˜žȱ—ŽŽȱŠȱŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱŽ›–’ȱȱŠ—ȱ—Ÿ’›˜—–Ž—Š•ȱœœŽœœ- •Š›Žȱ’—ŽŽǯȱ’‘’—ȱ‘Žȱ•ŽŠŸŽȱœ›’™ǰȱ ‘ŠŽŸŽ›ȱ’œȱœ’£Žǰȱ¢˜ž›ȱŽŸŽ•–Ž—ȱŽ™˜›ȱ™›Ž™Š›Žȱ‹¢ȱŠȱšžŠ•’ꮍȱ™›˜Žœœ’˜—Š•ǯ ˜™–Ž—ȱŠŒ’Ÿ’’Žœȱ ’••ȱ‹Žȱ•’–’Žȱ˜›ȱŠ••ȱ’–Žǯ

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Dogs should be kept out of Crippen Park streams To the Editor:

One of the main reasons is that all the Crippen Park creeks are wild salmon bearing - Davies Creek, Killarney Creek and Terminal Creek. They have chum in them for a few months and coho for the whole year, every year. Both coho and chum spawn in Davies and coho reach Terminal and Killarney above the falls. Dogs are just doing just what dogs love to do but during the times that the eggs are in the water they can kill these eggs or destroy the habitat that the salmon struggled so hard to build. “Other times during the year we have the resident cutthroat trout spawning and as with the coho, they are in our creeks year round. We, the Bowen


his is a reminder to all who love to see our dogs enjoy a good run, ball play and explore... Really and truly, our parks are onleash. We have great parks staff who give us lots of leeway and don’t enforce the rule and we appreciate it very much. However, there is a concern that they will have to enforce the on-leash rule if we don’t keep our dogs out of the streams. Bill Newport of the Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club explains how important this is: “Dogs should not be in any of the creeks in Crippen Park.

Island Fish and Wildlife Club, would appreciate any help the public can give us in the successful raising of wild salmon and cutthroat trout in our Bowen waterways. It is difficult but if you can help keep your dogs out of Crippen Park creeks it would be appreciated.” Bill also noted that another of Bowen’s other major salmon/trout creeks is Explosives in Tunstall Bay and dog damage does occur there also. I urge other dog owners to respect this request. There will be a water dish by the water outlet at the picnic tables in Bowfest Field for fresh water. Carol Petersen


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Dieffenbachia can cause painful reactions To the Editor:


here are many plants that are not good to touch and definitely not with your tongue. I can recommend from my own very painful experience not to bring a very popular indoor plant called Dieffenbachia into your household, especially if you have little children, pets or children and pets that are visiting your house. This plant protects itself by having its sap cause a very strong burning sensation if a piece of a leaf or stem comes in contact with the skin and mouth. Beata Barinbaum

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Sarah Cummins and Mike Lightbody. Since its beginnings in 2000, the Round Bowen Challenge, North America’s longest oneday kayak race, has changed in many ways. The original best


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hat a race that was on June 26! This year’s Round Bowen Challenge turned out to be an even more enjoyable and exciting event than usual. New competitors, new races, new records. With the race now set at the end of June rather than at the beginning of the month, there was a marked increase in personal best times. Also, the course record was well beaten by the first two kayaks across the line. Don Kiesling and Gabe Newton from Seattle had a truly amazing race with a time of 2:19:18, beating the existing time while Victoria’s Gareth Tudor-Jones and Jan Malherbe were just three minutes behind at 2:22:50. Ian MacKenzie, also of Victoria, was first single paddler to finish while women’s singles was again won by Katrja Radenbacher of North Van. Andy Hoppenrath was first Bowen paddler home in just over three hours while congratulations go to other local heroes: Lesley Churchland, Marion Dill-Jones, Lisa Barnes,

time was 45 minutes slower than Sunday’s result, due to improved technique and equipment. Also, the Challenge is broader in scope now that outrigger canoes have been part of the race for the past four years. This year, stand-up paddleboards joined the race. In fact, seven SUPs raced with one paddler going round the island in under four hours. After the event, the best of all post race parties began with Dan Parkin and the Bowen Chamber of Commerce serving up a fabulous salmon barbeque. Many thanks to them and to all who helped make this a memorable day. Thanks to: the Gibsons’ Coast Guard; Mike Segal, Alistair Westcott, Paul Grant, Bill Brown and Dee Eliott for support boats; Bowen Lodge for generous use of their hot tub; Ken Parker and Leah Cline for beach marshalling for the relay paddlers; Heather Coulthart, Barry Adams, Claire Allen and Jen Hall for timekeeping; and to Dwayne Matthews and Conrad Juraschka for compiling results. Lastly, thanks to the staff at Bowen Island Sea Kayaking for pulling it off once again.

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First two kayaks cross finish line in less than 2 1/2 hours


Paddlers break records in Round Bowen Challenge

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Programing for 3-6yr olds (up to grade 1) Pick-up after Rec Programs

New Summer hours include

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Ah, the humanity of Canada Day I often think that the trouble with humanity is the people but despite that, the mass of humans I cross paths with I almost always like. That is all the more true on Island and more so at celebrations. Large events on Bowen are especially fun to take photos at. I started out on Canada Day, July 1, 2011, taking a picture of Colleen O’Neil and Murray Atherton on the little bridge by the Big Field. Next I took a photo of Ron Woodall while he took a photo of me and then one of Ron talking with Piers Hayes. That one felt like it had import, like two great village elders. Soon ran into Claudia Schaefer, a real photographer, who at my request changed the settings so I could take better shots. Took one of the outstanding footballers Rina Freed and Leonardo Frid and their colourfully-decorated-for-Canada-Day girls, Ursula and Neve. Neve would normally have one of those inflections above the second ‘e’ of her name but either my keyboard, or me, can’t manage it. Took a good picture of Gracey Q. Quarry and Myah Grundy. For some reason we have snakes each year on Canada Day and girls like Grace seem more inter-

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ested in the reptiles, or braver, as there were far more girls playing with them. Jewel Minoose had one wrapped up and around her shirt and down her back. She’s First Nations so perhaps it’s in her genes to be at ease with creatures. My amusing friend Nathan Pathan a.k.a. Thorvald Norwaldsen - was there and brought Mom and Dad, Jill and Dave Taylor, along. Nathan and I have the distinction of being soccer goalies who’ve managed to score on the other team on the AT field, from our end. We’re in a rare club together. I took some photos of the excellent band, Taken, with Susanna Braund, Jim Brown, Brenda Reid, Sneaky Pete Robinson and Ronnie Van Dyke. Having been a blues drummer in another lifetime I know a great drummer when I hear one and Jim is beyond solid, he’s got some great chops. Saw my wee friend Lucie Angeline Robichaud, a truly amusing munchkin who is nearing five and already is developing photography skills. Lucie and I also took photos of one another taking photos of one another, hers the better taken but mine with the cuter human as a subject. Nearby was Noah plus twins Will and Daley and Shelley Shannon’s boy, Amos, now 19 or so. I got on a roll and shot Lawrence and Tobin Sparling, Carla and a small person, Mattias ‘T-Ballis the Great’ Blomberg, Awesome Dawson, Laura-Frances Beaird (looking like a pirate), Barb Guilfoyle and friends, Sadie

After spending a year on house – and job – exchange on Bowen Island, the Moloney family used the Canada Day party to say goodbye to the many friends they’ve made here. They are touring the United States and parts of Europe this summer before going back to their life in Australia. Marcus Hondro took this photo of Shaun, Tracy and Ally Moloney; daughter Sammy is not in the photo. Duffield, Anna Bryan, Kristen, Sheana Laing and Misha Gardiner with Andra McCorquodale. Some of you may know that a year ago Dwayne, Andrea, Jamie and Coby Derban went to Australia to live outside Brisbane in an exchange with the prone-to-smiling Moloney family. Tracy, Shaun, Allison and Sammy became fixtures and made friends for life here, such as Keith and Shannon Shapland and Jeff and Donna Bottay. Among other things the Moloneys skied Whistler, climbed Mt. Gardner, photographed a bear outside Port Renfrew, shopped at Metro Town and rode the Queen of Cap countless times. Sammy got through Grade 6 at BICS nicely, Ally was part of the Grade 7 graduating class and all became rabid Vancouver Canucklehead fans. They’ve left now but

not before I took a picture of ‘em on our country’s 144th. Easily the best part of taking photos on Canada Day is when the Fire Lads do that thing where they hose the end of the field and kids run amok and get soaked. Plunging in each year I get good photos, though more often the lens gets drops of water on it but that can make for a nice effect. It would take an extra column to list all the wet humans I got photos of but here are some: Sabrina Glave, Wilson Dives (a.k.a. the Willing One), Felipe ‘Felipe’ Batista, Brylie Guilfoyle, Robinovitch Matheson, Tori Pearl-Dowler, Aria Willis, Justin Walker, Rixon Broderick, Avril, Lorraine Ashdown, Cole Jennings, the Human Pal and Elijah P. Pearse. After more than 300 Canada Day photos I was, literally, all washed up.

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J&E Backhoe Pro-Am sets new records



lthough construction is not yet finished the Bowen Island Golf Club clubhouse was put to the test at the recent highly successful, 1st annual J & E Backhoe Srixon Pro-Am golf tournament at our Bowen Island course. Many thanks to Spencer Grundy and his volunteer crew for a first-class event. To a person, the 27 golf professionals and other dignitaries were highly complimentary about the course, clubhouse and level of volunteerism. First-class marks all around. I admit to having tears in my eyes when Bryn Parry, the Srixon tour leader, publicly made such endorsing comments about our golf course when receiving his $1,000 prize: “the Bowen course is a jewel and one of the best kept secrets in the lower mainland. You should be proud of yourselves.” Permit me to comment on the performance of the clubhouse where dinner was served to about 70 people. Frank Patt and his volunteer

crew did a fabulous job from a kitchen that did not have power, running water or any equipment! The fabulous meal was catered by Mik-sa. The clubhouse itself performed admirably, the tone for which was set by an abundance of sunlight that was awash on the decks and in the dining and bar areas. It was most delightful approaching the 9th green seeing people on the two decks watching play on both the 1st and 9th holes. The overwhelming consensus was that if our clubhouse works this well while still under construction, surely it can only get better when it is finished. Everyone agreed, we have already gone over the top! Hopefully construction will be completed by the end of July which is later than we anticipated but all for good and valid reasons. The wait will be worth it. Thanks again to Garth Meeres, Rick Burrows, Brad Carter, Spencer Grundy and their construction crew for a job very well done. Speaking of a job well done, Bryan set the course record with a sizzling 63!

Funds from golf tournament help community foundation


he J&E Backhoe Sirixon Golf Tournament? An overwhelming success! We all can be proud of the Bowen Island Golf Course, the island’s volunteers and Bowen Island as a destination. The First Credit Union was proud to be the sponsor of the putting contest. Virtually every player and many of the spectators participated. We were able to raise $380 which was split between the putting wizard and professional golfer Peter Copeland and the remainder (topped up to $200 by First Credit

Union) donated to the Bowen Island Community Foundation’s general fund. The head professional of Eaglequest Golf at Coyote Creek, Trevor Woynarski, won the coveted prize of a personal tour for 10 people of the BC Place Construction site with PavCo’s CEO and Eaglecliff weekend/summer resident, David Podmore. Trevor was extremely excited to get this VIP sneak preview with Mr. Podmore as he is a first-time buyer of BC Lions season tickets! Murray Atherton

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he registration deadline for The Poetry of Province travel seminar is approaching. Join Bowen Island poet, Heather Haley and anthropologist, chef and Chevalier de Vin Mark Haskell in France from September 22 to 28 at the height of the wine harvest.

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Top: Golf club president Bruce Russell and Kevin Manning of First Credit Union celebrate the success of the J&E Backhoe Pro-Am. Right: Bryn Parry, the first place winner, accepts a

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n Monday July 4, the Bowen Island Golf Club hosted the Srixon Pro Tour in the 1st Annual J&E Backhoe Pro-Am. There were many factors in the success of the event but title sponsorship from Ed Weismiller’s J&E Backhoe, the First Credit Union’s putting competition, hole sponsors, catering from Chef Michael Nagy of Miksa Restaurant, support from Dan Dodman of Srixon/Cleveland and the 20-plus Bowen Island Golf Club volunteers provided a first-class experience for the pros, amateur players and spectators. The tournament format was two-person teams of one pro and one amateur. Although the course was set up tough with fast greens, the team of tour pro Bryn Parry and local junior golfer Evan Puri took top honours with a net score of 58. The net score was overshadowed by Bryn Parry shattering the course record of 65 with a blistering 7 under par 63. Parry’s record setting scorecard is sure to grace the walls of our new clubhouse. Parry’s thank you speech summed up the success of the event: Bowen Islanders are to be proud of the great community effort to put on such an event. It is by far the best 9 hole golf course he has ever seen and one of the best conditioned courses they play on tour, and he hopes that the tour will be welcomed back in 2012. There were many great stories on the day but standout performances by our own BIGC amateurs Evan Puri, Derek Puri, Steve Baskerville, Tom Roocroft, Bob Sangster and Mark Groen all made it into the top 10. Congratulations to all our staff, those who played and all our volunteers for participating in the event. Here’s to next year’s event.

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Shari Ulrich finds her way – with lots of wonderful surprises


ecording artist Shari Ulrich moved to Bowen Island with her daughter Julia and Julia’s dad when Julia was three years old. Within a year, Julia was starting piano lessons with Sandy Melody and violin with Alison Nixon. Her classmate in piano was Teddy Littlemore. Ulrich could never have dreamed that 18 years later she would be touring with professional musicians Julia Graff and Ted Littlemore as her band – and both would be students at McGill. “I’ve never had so much fun touring, and the musicianship of “The Kids”, as I call them, is so inspiring to me,” she says. Nor could Shari have imagined that the son she gave up for adoption at 16 would be in her life 27 years later, and that Mike would be part of the band playing percussion whenever he could escape his job as an architect in Eugene, Oregon. Shari, Julia, Ted and Mike will be on stage at Cates Hill Chapel on Sunday, July 10, at 7 p.m. with Shari on piano, guitar, violin, mandolin and dulcimer; Julia on violin, accordion, piano, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and vocals; Ted on piano, accordion and vocals; and Mike Magee on Cajon. The concert marks a perfect wrap up event for the Write On Bowen weekend. It is a stop on an extensive summer tour in support of Shari’s

Shari Ulrich will be joined by her daughter Julia Graff at the Cates Hill concert on July 10. Joining them are the son she gave up for adoption 27 years ago and one of Julia’s Bowen Island music mates from childhood. recent release, “Find Our Way”, her seventh solo album, and her 19th including her work with Pied Pumkin, UHF, and her recent collaboration with Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor. Ulrich is a Juno award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee. She has been an unflagging fixture in Canadian music since the early 70s.


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On the Calendar FRIDAY, JULY 8

• Strange Snow: Straydog Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. • House concert at L’Abri: SHAD, Juno Rap artist of the year 2010, 7:30 p.m. 511 Cowan Rd. • Youth Centre: 6 -10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in. SATURDAY, JULY 9 • Bowen Summer Market: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the boardwalk, info 947-0640. SUNDAY, JULY 10 • Bowen Summer Market: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the boardwalk, info 947-0640. • Strange Snow: Straydog Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. • Belterra Public info meeting: 1-3 p.m. Island Pacific School, site walk-about after. • Drop-in Meditation Circle 7:15 p.m. in the yurt at 903 Windjammer. Call Lisa 947-2246. • B. I. Community

Museum & Archives: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For appt. call 9479526 or 947-2440. MONDAY, JULY 11 • AA Meeting: Women’s: 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall. • Bowen Children’s Centre: Community Daycare, and Bowen Island Preschool, 9479626. TUESDAY, JULY 12 • Clay for Adults. 7 to 10 p.m. Cloudflower Clayworks. Email or call 2522. • Legion: Open from 4-7 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Thurs. Drop by for socializing, pool and darts. • AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 434-3933. • Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed Sundays. WED., JULY 13 • Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15

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• Strange Snow: Straydog Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. THURSDAY, JULY 14 • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food. • Bridge Club: 7 p.m. Bowen Court. • Taketina open practice groups: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at yoga co-op at Artisan Sq. free. Call Shasta and Brian 9472283. • Rotary Club: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Snug Cafe’. Andrea WebsterKunavelela Village Community Project. Guests welcome. • Strange Snow: Straydog Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. • Knick Knack Nook summer hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

at Coastal Patterns Gallery at Artisan Sq. Open Wed. - Fri. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www. coastalpatternsgallery. com, 778-997-9408. JULY 18 TO 22 • Summer Kids Klay Camp: Monday to Friday 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cloudflower Clayworks, to register email jeannesarich@ or call 2522. UNTIL JULY 17 DRAWN FROM WORDS: Featuring Ron Woodall, Karen Watson, Adrien Deggan at Gallery@ Artisan Square. Wed. to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. JULY 8-10 Write on Bowen Festival: www.

Literary voices kick off Write on Bowen this Friday RICHARD LABONTE WRITE ON BOWEN


iller, Commonwealth, Rogers Writers Trust, Ethel Wilson, Libris, Journey, Impac Dublin, Canada Reads – and half a dozen more: the two Canadian literary luminaries kicking off Write on Bowen have amassed a legion of honours for their writing. That’s no surprise. Work by Annabel Lyon (Oxygen, Best Thing for You) and Timothy Taylor (Stanley Park, Story House) has garnered both critical praise and – what a writer appreciates most – loyal fan followings and great sales. They’ll each be reading from their most recent novels, from the past and from the future. For Lyon, that’s The Golden Mean, a brilliant historical re-imagination of the teacher/ student relationship between philosopher Aristotle and the boy who would grow up to be Alexander the Great. For Taylor, that’s The Blue Light Project, a gripping literary thriller set in a near future where

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Quilt carries kids’ messages to Japan Popular contests return to Bowfest SUSANNE MARTIN



ome of the squares bear messages such as “hold on” or “you’re not alone.” Some have signatures, handprints and images of hope. Many bear the maple leaf or the Japanese flag. The pieces of cloth are works of art produced by local youth. They are sewn together to make a quilt, a cloth-letter to Japanese children that has been unveiled in Onagawa, a small village on the north coast of Japan, on Canada Day. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Onagawa mid-afternoon when the children were in school or in daycare. Linda Omaha, a Vancouver documentary filmmaker, heard from a friend that her young daughter wouldn’t stop imitating the noises of things crashing to the ground. That was when Omaha decided to start the Kids for Kids Quilt project, an initiative to show that youth in British Columbia care about their peers on the other side of the Pacific. The project grew as children from southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and southern Ontario joined in. April Bosshard, a friend of Omaha’s, brought the Kids for Kids Quilt project to Bowen and got four Island schools involved: BICS, the Island Discovery Centre, the Montessori school and IPS. “We made about 70 or 80 squares,” she says. “I can’t imagine what it will look like when all the pieces will be sewn together.” Saffron Gurney was one of the

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F Volunteer coordinators April Bosshard and Saffron Gurney hold up the 70 sewn-together pieces that joined many others from across Canada. Tim Moynihan photo

local coordinators. “I worked with 12 students from BICS who are part of the Serious Play after school care. Part of the curriculum is connecting kids through art that can be seen globally and can make a positive impact. So it was a perfect fit when April approached me to help with the project. We had many different age groups. In my group, I had kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5. And the whole Bowen group who made the quilt had youth from age three to 15. I like the idea of our island helping another island.” May Cooper’s square shows a cherry tree, a couple of people holding hands, and the words “we love you”. The 14-year-old Bowen Islander said, “Working in fabric art was pretty new














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for me. I like details so I usually draw on paper and have just completed a painting on canvas.” In addition to being an accomplished visual artist, musician and writer, she is also an activist. She said, “I was very enthusiastic about the project because I am passionate about helping people. One of my projects is to bring awareness to the planet. I have the feeling that the earth is trying to tell us something with the earthquakes and disasters.” Bosshard summed her experience up like this, “That it was created, means a lot. When the children were engaged in it, it felt ordinary, like another art project. It struck me that something ordinary can become extraordinary.”

or this year’s Bowfest, there is much planned for both the Waterfront Stage and the Harvest Stage. We want to make sure as many Bowen members who are interested in joining in on the fun can! A number of interactive, intergenerational and fun events will be blended onto both stages. Here’s a preview of what we are sure you, your friends and your family will be wanting to sign up for on August 27 as Bowfest goes Under the Sea. Best Legs: Back by popular demand! This is all about the males on Bowen - any male - boys, fathers, young guys, old guys, grandfathers. Come on up (if you dare) and model your legs for an opportunity to win the prestigious title of Best Legs! Your life may never be the same! Best Look Alike: this contest is tailored to our many, many wonderful families on Bowen. This look alike can be mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, daughters/ sons, sisters, brothers, friends or whole families who look alike. Ideas for look alike contestants: hair in pigtails, dressed alike, paint freckles on everyone.... You get the idea. Be Creative! Singer/Songwriter: this annual contest invites seasoned and upcoming Bowen artisans to showcase their original music with the chance of winning some valuable recording time. If you are interested in being a part of any of these stage contests please contact Yvonne at ymuzak@telus. net 604-726-5277, or Katherine at by July 30 and let us know what you want to sign up for and you’re in! But please act quickly as spots fill up fast and we want to make sure everyone who wants to participate can. See you Under the Sea!


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Careful with the company camera, kids!

Young Canadian snake charmer

Smiling faces all around attest to the fun at Bowen’s Canada Day celebration. Lorraine Ashdown and Marcus Hondro photos

Barry Adams enjoyed some time with his son Ryan

Ross Allan in his Canada Day finery

Brenda Reid performed with Taken

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