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First Published on September 14, 2016 Written by The Caring Circle

This article comes to follow-up Caring Circle’s article in the June Bulletin.  You may already know about some of our more visible activities like the Driver’s Program and our partnership in the Lunch Program.  We hope that you will watch for the launch of our Befriending Program this fall.    Caring Circle was founded to help people navigate the health care system.  Often this work is not visible except to those individuals and families whose lives are affected.  The following stories may help you to understand some of the positive impacts our work has in people’s lives.

One young woman in her early 20’s, who has had difficulty with ADHD, was becoming increasingly distressed around her inability to find meaningful work off the island. Caring Circle did some research and found an organization in North Vancouver that meets with people with disabilities.  They did an assessment of this young woman’s skills and interests and matched her with a job in the creative arts. She now has the first secure job she’s had in many years and she is delighted. Needless to say, so are her parents.

An elderly man was hoping to be discharged home from hospital despite his frailty and lack of family to tend to his care. Some close friends created a team of volunteers to support him and came into Caring Circle to get a sense of what needed to be in place to make this discharge occur comfortably and safely.  Caring Circle connected them to a local psychiatrist (who agreed to manage his care on island) as well as to paid companion support people, housecleaners, garden help, medical equipment, home grocery delivery, a private occupational therapist to make the house “walker ready”, and information about setting up an emergency fall button. Caring Circle also guided them to VCH home nursing support and the Geriatric Outreach Team in order to give them professional oversight around this pending discharge. His friends are relieved that he is able to return home and be their neighbor and that they can share the responsibility for looking after him with the network of professionals and care workers on the Island.

A very elderly woman and long time Bowen resident had become increasingly socially isolated. With much encouragement from a relative she finally agreed to attend a Community Lunch.  Once there, the Caring Circle Program Director helped others at the luncheon connect with this old friend whom many had not seen for years. Since that first lunch, this woman has continued to attend regularly and she now has a small circle of friends who visit with each other regularly.

A middle-aged man was very emotionally fragile after receiving a new and unusual cancer diagnosis. He came into Caring Circle just wanting to talk. When asked if he wanted to see a professional about his anxiety and depression, he wondered if it was possible to talk to another man who had the same diagnosis and was going through what he was going through. The Caring Circle Program Director called the B.C. Cancer Agencies’ Counselling Department and found a Counsellor whose work focused on this particular kind of cancer. That Counsellor in turn, found a man in Vancouver who had the same diagnosis and could act as a peer support person.  These connections supported this man through a long and difficult treatment regimen. He came into Caring Circle many months later to report his progress and to express how critically important it was to connect to psychological support through the BCCA’s Peer Support Program and without Caring Circle direction, he would not have known about this program.

These are just a few of the many ways that Caring Circle has supported Islanders. Since opening our doors three years ago, Caring Circle has had 1063 requests for support in accessing health or social services.

KKN AUCTION in support of Caring Circle:  As with every non-profit organization, funding is always a challenge and we are thrilled that the Knick Knack Nook Re-Use- It Society has chosen Caring Circle as the recipient of the proceeds of their large bi-annual auction. We feel truly honoured and want to acknowledge all the KKN volunteers who contribute to this Auction throughout the year.

Please put the Caring Circle KKN Auction date in your calendars now – OCTOBER 15th at Cates Hill Chapel.  And if you have any items of value that you no longer want but would be willing to donate to Caring Circle, please drop them off at KKN and tell them you would like them to be put aside for the Fall auction.

Please visit us at Caring Circle anytime Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10 – 4 p.m. We’re behind the Library in the back room of the Heritage Cottage.

Phone 604 947-9100  – website:  www.caringcircle.ca

Another year, another Bowfest!


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First Published on August 31, 2016 Written by Sasha Buchanan

Myself and Bowfest would first of all like to thank Bowen Island for being such an amazing and unique place which provides the platform for our annual community festival; Bowen is the full reason why and how Bowfest has successfully run for the past forty one years, and hopefully will do for the next Forty one.

Bowfest committee is run by a small yet truly remarkable and diverse group of volunteers who work year round. I am lucky to call these people my college and friends, so thank you to Jessie Cotrell, Robyn Fenton, Linda, Henfry, Candace Hannah, and Rob Wynen for everything you have done, and the number of grey hairs you have all spared me with your insights, hard work, wisdom, and dedication.

But of course Bowfest is not run solely by six committee members so, thank you to John Stiver our stage manager and booking agent,  Mike, Andrea and The Children’s Centre for hosting this year’s Beer Garden, Maureen Sawasy for being our Potluck organizer a first of what is sure to be an annual tradition, PAC and the CSA for manning the doors in your continual effort to raise money for a all ages playground, Sarah Haxby and Bowen Agricultural Alliance at the Country Fair, Kate Brew for organizing the Lip Sync, Margaret Miller at the shooting range, Bowen Loggers, Anne and the Bowen Flaggers, Dave and Louse at the Boat Building, and Hillary Butler at the Rotary Run.

It was also a great year for sponsors! Thank you to Artisan Office Services  for all our printing costs, The Undercurrent for your continual support, Bowen Island Sea and land Taxi for our new and improved Slug Race Track, First Credit Union for sponsoring the Main Stage, Bowen Building Centre for sponsoring the Country Fair tent, Party Perfect for the donation of the Dunk Tank, Reforma Architecture for sponsoring the Lip Sync, BIM for waiving all Bowfest park fees, Friendly Cedar Fencing for the beautiful cedar beer garden fencing, USSC for the beautify  picnic tables, Doc Morgan’s for the lone of two very last minute kegs, and Heart Stone Brewery for donating 3 kegs.

Thank you you to all the food, community and craft vendors! Thank you to all the musical talent. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set-up, tear down, and clean up, parade judges, and everyone who attended Bowfest 2016.

VERY special thank you to David and Shael Wrinch (NEED OTHER NAMES). Bowfest was very close to being a very dark event this year, you absolutely saved the day!

And of course Bowfest’s very own fair god mother: Adam Taylor.

Hope to see every on 26th August for Bowfest 2017!

Many thanks,

Sasha Buchanan

Bowfest 2016 Chairperson.

And very, very special thanks to David and Shael Wrinch and Jack Callister. Bowfest was very close to being a very dark event this year – you absolutely saved the day!

And of course Bowfest’s very own fair god mother: Adam Taylor.

Parade:

First: Kate’s Hill Chapel

Second: Doc Morgans & USSC

Third: Bowen Building Centre

Honourable mention: BIHORA

Lip Sync:

Thriller Marie and Roxy Pedley, Malia and Savary Van Strein, Jade and Kate Atkinson, and Shelby Jennings

Country Fair

Tallest flower grown on Bowen winner: Julia Tweten’s 12’2” sunflower

Biggest Zucchini by weight

adult David and Aubin van Berckel’s 14.5lb monster zucchini, and youth Kaija and Ryder Flory’s 6.6lb zucchini.

Strangest Looking Vegetable: youth Alissa and Michaela Schaly’s crazy carrots came in first place and Levi Seaberly’s monster banana squash came in a very close second.

Favourite Animal or Farm Animal Award: Aoife Buckley

The Lego Contest: Jack Hammond

The Fiber Arts Finest award went to Susanne Koeplin and the felted necklace made with her friends and some local wool. The heartfelt story that went with the necklace made the contest judges tear up!

Slug Races: all eight lanes were filled with racing slugs for both races! The 12:45 race was won by the slug “Dread Pirate Roberts” and racing crew of the same name. Dread Pirate Roberts crossed the finish line! The 1:15 pm race was won by Henry’s “Scaredy Slug”at the Country Fair Tent!

What a Year for Tourism Bowen Island!


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First Published on Aug 3, 2016 Written by Tourism Bowen Island

Now having completed Tourism Bowen’s first full year as a registered non-profit society, we are doing some navel-gazing and planning for next year! We invite you to join us on Tuesday August 16, 4:30 – 6 PM, for a little summer socializing and our annual general meeting. Refreshments will be served. We’ll share some of our news and recent activities and would love to hear how your summer is going. Here’s a bit of a snapshot of our first year.

We have received amazing support from the Province’s DestinationBC ….  Awarding us Official Status as a Visitor Centre for the cottage on Cardena Road.  Tourism Bowen agreed to be the operators for 2016 as the Chamber of Commerce, years ago, operated an Info Centre out of this site which was subsequently run by the Bowen Island Arts Council the past few years.    Visitor Centre status has afforded us the luxury of some amazing training for our staff, a budget that has allowed us to upgrade the facility and to cover some of our overheads and to increase the staffing so we can have a staff member greeting visitors as they walk off the ferry.

Also, DestinationBC has a wonderful young lady, Heather McGillivray who is responsible for media relations for the Vancouver Coast & Mountains Tourism Region.  She has been so amazingly supportive and her work has resulted in us posting over a dozen articles about Bowen on our www.tourismbowenisland.com website.  Never before have we had so much coverage by travel writers.  It seems like we are posting a new article almost weekly!  Reading through the stories makes one so very proud of our ‘awful island’.

Speaking of media coverage, whether we deserved it or not, so many other articles gave credit to Tourism Bowen for the new Tourism Brand, “tell your friends it’s awful here”.   This resulted in well over $150,000 in ‘free’ press (aka Earned Media) from all across Canada, into the USA and bloggers from around the world were posting and re-tweeting links to the brand.  A huge thank you to the Economic Development Committee’s Branding Committee and to islander, Chris Staples from Rethink for coming up with such an amazing catch-phrase.  The Economic Development Committee and Rethink will be doing the OFFICAL LAUNCH of the ‘Bowen Brand’ at Bowfest.   Come by the booth and spin the wheel to win some amazing prizes!

Tourism Bowen is a 100% volunteer run organization.   There is a handful of people who have worked diligently on behalf of all of the B&B’s, vacation rentals, pubs, restaurants and shops on the island who deserve to be recognized.    Our Vice President Maureen Sawasy (The Undercurrent), Treasurer Alison Morse (representing the  Bowen Golf Course), Basia Lieske (Bowen Island Events), Jacqueline Massey (Bowen Island Arts Council), Glenn Cormier (Bowen Pub .. who hosts coffee and meeting space for us monthly) and ex-secretary Jody Lorenz (Bowen  Island Tours) who recently became our Visitor Centre Supervisor.   Also attending all of our meetings is the amazing Denise Lawson of Windshift Design who has done remarkable things with our website.

Speaking of our website, our volume of ‘hits’ has risen over 75% since that “awful” presentation to Council.  We hope you are using the EVENTS page as your ‘go-to’ page to find out what is happening on our island. We would love you to link our  www.tourismbowenisland.com on your website.  It is a member-driven site that offers many options for coverage.  It is one of the most active sites on the island and the perfect place for you to link to and join.   There is a ‘membership’ icon at the top-left of the home page for Membership.  Click on that and find out all of the ways you, too, can be part of our island’s promotion.

Now the sales pitch. On Tuesday August 16 we will be holding our first annual meeting at the Visitor Centre, 432 Cardena, from 4:30 to 7pm.  It’s going to be a drop-in affair with a little business thrown in for legality purposes.  We need you, not just to attend but to become involved.   When we were the Chamber, we had over 120 members.   Right now Tourism Bowen has only about 30.   The Board is volunteer.   We have one part-time staff member, 3 part-time students for the summer and a couple of awesome islanders who volunteer as Bowen Ambassadors once or twice a month.  We need board members from all aspects of the business community…. restaurants, shops, accommodation, etc etc.   We have the financial support of the municipality, DestinationBC and we were even the recipient of a grant from our MLA Jordan Sturdy.   Now we need the support from the island.

Remember, every Bowen Islander promotes tourism year round.  Every time you invite a mainlander or an international friend or relative to the island, you are welcoming a tourist to the island.  Every dollar spent by you and those visitors while they are here gets circulated at least three times through the island’s economy.

We all know it’s NOT really awful here… it’s just our little bit of heaven we love to share with the rest of the world.

The Bowen Island Community Foundation: Helping to Build a Stronger and More Enriching Community

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    It was back in 2004 that the Bowen Island Community Foundation first began its work and our mission today remains consistent with those initial hopes. We aim to create a capacity for improving the lives of Bowen Islanders by encouraging donations and endowments that will serve this purpose.
    In 2016 we are now fortunate to be able to administer a total of more than $1.2 million in assets; these funds are invested on Bowen Island and with the Vancouver Foundation. And we’re now able to give back about $50,000 each year to help improve the community that we all call home. We want there to be a continuing vitality in our work, as we engage with donors to support strategic initiatives that have been identified as important to our island.
    With donations received from the community… what have we done lately? Here are 10 highlights that might interest, surprise or please you.
    1. We’ve helped to fund the Garden Gateway initiative, a project that will take shape in the coming months, beautifying the entrance to our island with a dazzling array of sustainable plantings, and a raised garden rockery with seating.
    2. We provided some initial start-up funding to the Knick Knack Nook and have recently been working with the Knick Knack Re-Use it Store Society to help them with their Small Grants Program, which in 2016 will distribute $15,000 in grants to Bowen islanders, focussed on environmental and social sustainability.
    3. We recently hosted a workshop on Bowen to assist all of the Island’s non-profit organizations with the important task of statutory compliance (not the most exciting of initiatives, perhaps, but a critical part of what we all do).
    4. We’ve funded the purchase of a push-trike that will be stored next to the Library, and will make the trails of Crippen Park and elsewhere accessible for all, enabling an important connection to the nature that we have at our doorstep.
    5. We continue to act as stewards for Bowen Islanders who have provided us with generous grants of land — grants that will, in time, significantly increase both our total asset base and our ability to provide funding to a number of worthy community projects.
    6. In early March of this year we hosted the Governor General of Canada at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver, along with the other Sea to Sky Community Foundations: West Vancouver, North Shore, Whistler, Sunshine Coast and Squamish.
    7. We’ve started a youth council, through the generous grant of a donor, empowering Bowen youth decision-making, and providing simultaneous learning of the values of stewardship, community service, and philanthropy.
    8. We are an entirely volunteer board, holding monthly meetings, and representing a wide range of Bowen Islanders: men and women, young and old, working and retired, relatively recent arrivals and remarkably long-term residents.
    9. We provide a range of bursaries and scholarship to Bowen Islanders every year: the Aaron Sluggett Memorial Scholarship, the Bowen Island Golf Association Junior Scholarship, the Knick Knack Nook Bursaries for Environmental Sustainability, the Maggie Cumming Legacy Fund Scholarship, and the recently announced Margaret Witty Bursary Fund.
    10. We have 13 ambassadors, a mix of outstanding Bowen Islanders who help us in building awareness and understanding of the work of the Foundation, encouraging support from within our community: Shelagh MacKinnon, Noah Pryce-Jones, Louise McIntosh, Brian Biddlecombe, Darryl Deegan, Mary Letson, Katherine Gish, Paulo Arreaga, Ted Spear, Kevin Manning, Donna Scorer, Erwen Smith — and still very much with us in spirit — the late Piers Hayes.


The Bowen Island Community Foundation
invites you to our
2016 Annual General Meeting

The Bowen Island Community Foundation’s AGM is an opportunity for us to thank our donors and supporters and showcase how philanthropy builds community. We will announce successful grant recipients, introduce the Foundations’s new Board members, and share stories of the successes you have helped us achieve over the past year.
Please join us in celebration of community!
Thursday April 21, 2016: 7 to 9 p.m.
Cates Hill Chapel
661 Carter Road, Bowen Island
www.bowenfoundation.com
Please RSVP by April 15, 2016.

 

VOTE NO. Are we naïve or ????

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Originally published April 8, 2015 written by Bob Andrew

Mayor Skeels recently wrote an article in “The Bulletin”, urging us to vote yes in the transit tax referendum. He says this will make Bowen’s mayor popular, and his logic is that, therefore, Bowen will benefit from other decisions that the region’s mayors will make. While I respect Mr Skeels’ right to his opinion, I find this highly unlikely.
We need some facts here. They are not being provided by the “Yes” campaigners. As a Transportation Economist, I find it most disturbing that we are asked a very skewed question in a ballot that is blatant advertising for the answer preferred by those who will benefit. And I don’t mean you and me. The regional mayors are telling us that we must give them access to unlimited funding (billions of dollars) for an unlimited time period (read “forever”) while they provide us with little but pie in the sky promises. In doing so we would be agreeing to a massive, multi billion dollar spending spree, with extremely limited responsibility, and no repercussions in the event of (foreseeable) failure.
It is stated that an unspecified body will perform an annual audit. Will the purpose be to ascertain that the columns add up, or will it be to ascertain, after the fact, whether the most cost-effective and efficient decisions are being made on our behalf? If we are expecting Translink to suddenly become good stewards of our money, then we are truly naïve. For an informed opinion, please go online and read the article published March 27, 2015, “Why did Doug McCallum vote No?” As a former chair of Translink, and mayor of Surrey for 9 years, his opinion is important. In a nutshell, he says “Translink needs to become more efficient”, that “there are other ways to generate revenue than by always going to the taxpayer”, and that “they have to re-do the whole governance structure”. Specifics in this regard are noted in his article.
Metro Vancouver has a congestion problem – there are many bike lanes, many roads have been narrowed, and many large apartment/commercial buildings are being added in already busy areas. None of these are necessarily bad things, but they have been overdone, and they are the reasons for a large portion of the current problem. Of course it’s more difficult to get around as the roads available are significantly restricted. The City of Vancouver actively encourages developers who want to increase the population density in the city, but has not required that adequate infrastructure is in place. So having been instrumental in creating the problem, the City of Vancouver is clearly expecting the taxpayer to pay for any resolutions to the problem.
You have probably assumed by now that I am very much against handing another 0.5% to any level of government where accountability is a term that they don’t seem to have in their dictionary. Ask yourself, “what is the objective of this tax and why is it necessary?”
We read about additional buses, seabuses, and about the Broadway corridor subway (that goes no where, not even to UBC, but will facilitate massive new apartment construction projects while decimating small businesses), but I understand the first $250 million (!!) has been earmarked to pay for the designing of a system to keep track of vehicles using the municipality. This is ludicrous! Should we need one, such systems are already operating successfully elsewhere, to which we should be looking for information. Re-inventing the wheel is never in our best interests.
Many insightful people have expressed their opinions on the subject, and can be accessed online. Terence Corcoran in a Financial Post article describes the “Yes” campaign as a “marketing scam”. Barbara Yaffe has written several excellent articles in the Vancouver Sun. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation urges us to vote “No”, noting that the “No” campaign has a budget of $40,000, raised from donations while the yes side “is expected to spend as much as $6,000,000 with money coming from Translink, municipalities and taxpayers”. In other words, me and thee.
I urge you to do the research, and vote “No”. There are many better options.

– Bob Andrew

Punching above our weight

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Originally posted March 25, 2015 written by Mayor Murray Skeels

I need your help. As Mayor of Bowen I’m part of the Mayors’ Council that is proposing you all pay more taxes. Did you feel that little twinge in your stomach when you read, “pay more taxes”. That was a gut level response; we all have them all the time. Usually they serve us well and our thought process stops there. But this is one of those occasions when you would be well served to put a bit more thought into the matter. Start with “how much”.

The new tax will be 0.5% of PST taxable items. Unless you love math, that isn’t much help.  Another way to put it is that your family will pay about 35 cents per day. Two thoughts probably just popped into your head. First came “What do I get for it?” But the second was “That’s not very much”.  If somebody convinces you that you won’t get anything you get to stop thinking again. Somehow 35 cents every day sounds like a lot of money. You don’t stop to consider that is less than the cost of one cup of coffee each week.

But getting back to what you get for your $2.45 each week; the short answer is that you won’t get stuck in a traffic jam every time you go to town. But the long answer is better if you stop to think about it. The $125 your family contributes every year will be matched by almost a million other families living in Metro Vancouver. Because we’re paying a sales tax everybody who travels into the area and businesses also pay. Between them they double the amount collected. This takes us to $250 million dollars every year to be spent on buses and another Seabus and subways and trains. There are also multipliers and spinoffs and all kinds of good things but I don’t want to bore you. And I want to get back to why I need your help.

You should now have received in the mail your ballot to vote in the plebiscite. I’m asking you to be sure you vote and mail it in. And I’m asking you to vote “Yes”. While everybody from the David Suzuki Foundation to the Board of Trade have presented innumerable reasons to vote yes I’d like you to consider it from a slightly different perspective.

Bowen is a very tiny part of Metro Vancouver. The number of votes we can contribute to the Yes side is tiny and aren’t likely to carry the day. However the votes are going to be announced by Municipality. We will be told what percentage of voters cast ballots and what percentages voted yes and no. The Mayors will be inhaling these numbers like air. And they will remember for a decade which Municipality cast the highest percentage of ballots and which had the highest percentage of Yes votes. If I happen to be the Mayor of that Municipality I’m going to be a very popular guy for a while. And that is exactly what Bowen needs.

Crippen Park provides many islanders with a very pleasant recreational amenity and the taxpayers of Metro Vancouver pay it for. Unfortunately the heritage cabins in the Orchard have been in need of restoration since the park opened 30 years ago. This is a major project and one we’d like to see completed in the next three years. To get the approval we’re going to need all the friends we can get.

Another priority for Municipal Council during this term is creating a transportation master plan. Implementing it will almost certainly require some help from Translink.  I’d really like them to have a warm and fuzzy feeling about us when I pitch the changes we’ll be proposing.

You can see where I’m going with this. We’re the mouse sleeping beside the elephant and we don’t get to do favours for the elephant very often. This is one of those rare opportunities when we get to be the kind of people whom others want to be friends with. And the bonus is that all we have to do to earn that respect is to do the right thing.

Just in case you still have to be convinced that spending $125 per year on transit is a good investment let me share some history with you. Between 2001 and when we hosted the Olympics in 2010 there was virtually no increase in the amount of traffic on Metro Vancouver roads. That’s because the growth in public transit exceeded the growth in population. Since the Olympics that has changed; the population is still growing but transit isn’t keeping up and traffic congestion is once again increasing. Without stable ongoing funding for buses and an added Seabus getting on or off of the  North Shore during rush hour is simply going to take longer and longer. Sixty percent of Bowen workers commute to the mainland so we shouldn’t think that congestion on the North Shore wouldn’t ultimately affect our quality of life.

So please do yourself and me a favour, vote “Yes” and get that ballot into the mail.

 – Mayor Murray Skeels

Opposition to Woodfibre LNG: Nimbyism? Or Common Sense?

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Originally published Feb 25, 2015 written by the Bowen Island Conservancy

There are many on our island who are very strongly opposed to the proposed LNG plant at Woodfibre (WFLNG), many concerned about public safety and many concerned about the environmental pollution that will occur if this proceeds.
The company and the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) held an open house here on Bowen on January 30.  The EAO is inviting people to provide their comments/concerns on the proposal by MARCH 9, 2015.   Not much time.  Please, if you care about this issue, send in your comments.  The Minister will consider the recommendations from the EAO and will make a decision in July of this year.
So what are the reasons to oppose?  Is it nimbyism?   Definitely not.  Consider the following:
•    These LNG Tankers are some of the biggest ships in the world, the size of aircraft carriers and will be escorted by four seagoing tugs.  The increased tanker traffic (3 to 8 round trips a month, with an estimated increase to 20 to 30 round trips per month, once in full operation) will have a significant effect on the recreational and tourism industry in Howe Sound.  The losses that will occur in the tourism industry will NOT be offset by the economic benefits of an LNG plant, which is estimated to employ a maximum of 100.
•    The mandated exclusion zone that prevents other craft from being in the area when tankers pass through will affect BC ferries schedules and disrupt the lives of residents and visitors alike, as well as affect recreational boat use, including kayaks, sailboats, motor boats, tourism charters.
•    Shoreline swells from the accompanying tugs and one enormous LNG tanker travelling at 8-10 knots will affect neighbouring beaches and boats anchored in the bays.  Remember the fast ferries.
•    Howe Sound has finally been coming back to life after years as being used as a dumping ground for the various industries around the Sound. The introduction of the WFLNG plant will destroy much of the marine life in the surrounding area. The proposed process of liquefaction of the natural gas uses 3.7 million gallons of seawater an hour, heats it up by 10oC, chlorinates it and returns it, with its dead sealife, to the Sound. The EAO must impose conditions to ensure best practices are applied to cool and de-chlorinate this water when returning it to the ocean to minimize the environmental damage.
•    The plant will emit over 142,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually, along with many tonnes of Sulphur and Nitrogen oxides (smog).
•    When LNG is stored in the floating storage and offloading units at the plant for any length of time, the LNG heats up and the vapour can ignite.  To prevent this, the gas may be flared off which causes a cloud of CO2 emissions and the consequent air pollution in the immediate area.  The EAO must insist on other technology, available but more expensive, that will minimize or reduce this air pollution.  Similarly, if the tankers are held up at any time, they must release LNG into the air.
•    WFLNG has declined to specify where the tankers will be refueled. If, as is most likely, this occurs while moored at the Woodfibre site, up to 4,000 tonnes (~1 Million gallons) of heavy bunker and diesel oil will be barged up the Sound for each tanker transit.
•    The EAO must refuse to issue a certificate until WFLNG has completed the TERMPOL review, the Minister of Transportation’s recommendations on LNG shipping for Howe Sound.
•    The potential for an accident or collision with a tanker is very small, but catastrophic if it were to happen. The resulting explosion would destroy the human population in the immediate area, which, if it occurred off Bowen, would include many of us. Do we want to endanger our population this way, however remote the possibility?
To read more about WFLNG and opposition to this proposal, visit http://bowenislandconservancy.org/, http://futureofhowesound.org/ or http://myseatosky.org/
Come to a public meeting to hear from Dr. Eoin Finn, PhD Phys. Chem. ,MBA Intl Economics,  at Collins Hall at 7:30 pm on Monday March 9th.  A group of residents on Bowen, “The Concerned Citizens of Bowen” have arranged this meeting.   If you wish more information about this group, call Dai Roberts  604 947 0223.
PLEASE SUBMIT your comments to the EAO before the deadline of March 9.  You may:
1.    Go to the Conservancy’s website http://bowenislandconservancy.org/  click on website page on proposed Woodfibre LNG.  Copy and paste or modify the sample letter for your use and submit it to the EAO at: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/pcp/index.html
Or just write your own with your concerns and submit it to the EAO.
2.    Send to the EAO by FAX: 250 387 0230
3.    Mail to the EAO: PO Box 9426, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC  V8W 9V1
You may wish to copy your letter to the following:
Jordan Sturdy, West Vancouver Sea to Sky MLA: jordan.sturdy.mla@leg.bc.ca
The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment: ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca
Premier Christy Clark: premier@gov.bc.ca
John Weston, MP, West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky: john.weston.c1e@parl.gc.ca
Bowen Island Municipal Council: mayorandcouncil@bimbc.ca

– Bowen Island Conservancy

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