News and Notices

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In summer 2017, Bowen Island Municipality was advised that BC Timber Sales (BCTS) intends to pursue industrial-scale logging of five areas of the Crown lands of Bowen Island.

We have created a page on our website to keep members of the public up to date on the Municipality's involvement in this proposal and will continue to update it as the process unfolds.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Representatives from the Vancouver Aquarium will be visiting Bowen Island for the unveiling of the new interactive Whale Trail sign at Cape Roger Curtis. Join us for a conversation about the Whale Trail, local species, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cape Roger Curtis Beach (aka Pebble Beach)

Questions? Please contact Carla Skuce, Parks and Environment Technician at 604-947-4255 or cskuce@bimbc.ca.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality recognizes that community non-profit organizations contribute to the wellbeing of the citizens of Bowen Island. Some organizations deliver a service that typically would be provided or supported by the municipality in other jurisdictions. These organizations may apply for a Community Organization Core Funding Service Agreement to deliver a community service. The application will be taken into consideration for the 2018 budget.

The deadline to submit an application is July 31, 2017.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When you’re passing by Grafton Lake this summer, you may notice a new structure sitting by the dam just off the side of the road. This container, expected to be fully installed mid-July, will house a mini water purification system that will serve as a pilot project to establish whether a proposed water treatment technology – ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process – will effectively treat Cove Bay water.

The overall goal of the project is to help provide clean, clear and safe drinking water to the more than 600 households that use the Cove Bay Water System.

The project was set in motion earlier this year when Bowen Island Municipality received a $3,890,367 grant from the joint Federal/Provincial Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Component. The grant represents a 2/3 share of the cost of the full-scale water treatment plant.

The pilot project is expected to be operational until the end of November, during which time water samples treated with the ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process will be analyzed, and municipal staff trained on the operation and maintenance of the system. The ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process – a technology developed in Canada – filters out bacteria, pathogens and organic matter in the water.  This means less chlorine is required to be added to the water in order to meet Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Drinking Water Treatment Objective.

If the ceramic ultra-filtration membrane process is determined to be successful, Council will move forward with construction of the full-scale water treatment plant in 2018.  In fall 2017, Council will consider options for funding the municipal 1/3 contribution to overall project costs.

Read the Media Release

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has received notice from Western Canada Marine Response (WCMRC) that they will be conducting field work in Howe Sound the week of July 17 to July 21. As part of the field work, two vessels and boom will be used to test shoreline protection strategies. The work will be focused on Gambier Island and Bowen Island (see map below). Crews may access the shoreline to attach the protection boom.

Any questions about this field testing may be directed to Michael Lowry of WCMRC at michael@wcmrc.com or 778-991-0003.

Read the full notice

Monday, July 10, 2017

BC Hydro crews will be back later this summer to complete work on the new submarine cable installation project. In the meantime, the trail has reopened and we can get back to the beach!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There will be a referendum on August 19, 2017 for Bowen Island electors to decide whether Bowen Island Municipality can borrow the funds needed to build a new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer is finally here! Which means that dogs are not allowed on Tunstall Beach, Sandy Beach and Bowen Bay Beach for the months of July and August. On the other beaches, please make sure your dog is under control at all times.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is updating the 2007 Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA), and is seeking input from the public and subject matter experts.

The purpose of Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) is to help community leaders make risk-based choices to address vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards and prepare for response and recovery from emergencies. A completed Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) provides a comparison of any risks that may exist within a community. A ‘risk’ is a combination of a hazard or threat impact and the likelihood of its occurrence. The HRVA report is the foundation document for any community emergency program. 

Please contact Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator if you wish to contribute to the HRVA update. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Islands Trust Council announced the recipients of the 15th Islands Trust Community Stewardship Awards at its June 22nd meeting on Lasqueti Island. Trust Council recognized four individuals and four groups from among 18 nominees for their support for the Islands Trust’s mandate to protect and preserve the Trust Area and its unique environment and amenities.

Bob Turner of Bowen Island was recognized in the individual category for raising awareness and promoting conservation of Howe Sound. Everhard van Lidth de Jeude received the Enduring Achievement award for 30 years of fostering ecological sustainability.

Read the full news release

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Please take notice of the signs at Pebbly Beach at the base of Senator Place. No parking at any time. Unobstructed access to the beach must be maintained in order to allow for emergency vehicles to get through.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Are you interested in helping your neighbours in the event that they are forced to evacuate their homes in an emergency? Come learn how!! 

On Saturday, June 17, the Justice Institute of BC is teaching a Reception Centre course on Bowen Island. This full-day course is designed to prepare individuals to work in local reception centres, which receive evacuees who have been forced from their homes as the result of an emergency or disaster. 

Reception centres are locations designated by the local ESS team, as safe gathering places for people displaced from their homes as a result of an emergency or disaster. At the reception centre, individuals can register and receive referrals to short-term services (food, clothing, lodging) as well as information about the emergency situation. On Bowen, a Reception Centre would be opened in the event that multiple homes are evacuated, or for travellers who are stranded and unable to leave the island (e.g. the ferry stops running due to high winds). 

There is no charge to participate. Please contact jmcgowan@bimbc.ca to register or for more information. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Property tax notices have been mailed to Bowen Island property owners. If you have not received your tax notice, please contact us as soon as possible at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca.

To avoid paying late penalties, please note that the following are due by 4:30 pm on July 4, 2017:

  • Property tax payments
  • Home Owner Grant applications
  • Property tax deferral application and/or renewal forms

Did you know? If your property taxes are paid through your financial institution, you still have to claim your Home Owner Grant. You can complete your application online.

Your roll number and eHog password are located on your tax notice:

Read more about Property Taxes

Monday, June 12, 2017

Please join Metro Vancouver Regional Parks staff to learn more about the two concept options for revitalizing the Davies Orchard area in Crippen Regional Park:

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Davies Orchard, just above the boardwalk

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 - - UPDATE: The transport of oversized vehicles is taking longer than anticipated. Expect delays along the route shown below. Please see ALERTS for the most up to date information - -

Horizon North has obtained a permit to transport oversized vehicles along Tunstall Boulevard, Bowen Bay Road, Windjammer Road and Schooner Lane this Friday. This will take place between 8:30 am - 9:30 am, and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Tunstall Boulevard and Bowen Bay Road will be closed for 15-30 minute periods while the oversized vehicles move through. Flaggers on site will direct traffic.

Please allow more time to get to the ferry if you plan to take this route. Also please note that the C10 Bluewater - Snug Cove bus schedule may be affected by road closures.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is proposing to build a New Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands.

This summer, Bowen Island electors will be asked to vote in a referendum to decide if the Municipality can borrow up to $3 million to build it.

Investing in a new Fire Hall will make Bowen Island a safer, more responsible community, with a facility we can all be proud of.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite you and your family to the Annual Open House.

Saturday, June 10
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Satellite Fire Hall
1421 Adams Rd

-hot dogs, snacks and fun stuff for the kids!
-smoke house simulation display
-automobile-extrication display
-fire extinguisher use and service presentation
-Bowen Emergency Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) exhibition
-fire safety and emergency preparedness information
-learn about the proposed new Fire Hall and EOC
-order your high visibility house number sign

Fun for the whole family! Meet your BIVFD members and check out the Fire Hall, trucks and equipment.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Is your house number visible day or night?

Every second can count when an emergency vehicle is trying to locate your house. If they can't find you, they can't help you. Order your high visibility house number sign today.

The Rotary Club of Bowen Island will supply 6" x 18" reflective number signs, bright blue with 3" white lettering made from the same tough materials as road signs:

  • fade resistant
  • pre-drilled holes for easy installation
  • printed vertical or horizontal
  • $35 for the sign and screws
  • $12 for a pre-drilled metal stake for installation

Brochure and order form

TO ORDER:

BY MAIL: Send your cheque and completed order form to 
Rotary Club of Bowen Island, c/o 227 Highland Trail, V0N 1G1

BY E-MAIL: sheilawebster@shaw.ca
BY PHONE: 604 947 0114

Signs may be collected from the Caring Circle during opening hours.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Innovation Grants! Congratulations to the following organizations who applied for grants of up to $500 to fund:

  • Artisan Square: installation of new signs
  • Bowen Island Community School: carved welcome pole
  • Bowen Island Lodge: public welcome gate
  • Bowen Island Loggers Sports Society: beautification of Veteran’s Park
  • Community School Association: fence art installation
  • First Credit Union: planters and plants for business frontage
  • Tourism Bowen Island: beautification of Boulevard Cottage
  • Xenia: beautification of labyrinth

The Innovation Grant program is intended to foster civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement. BIM is pleased to have supported these projects and looks forward to the program continuing next year.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Last year, Council endorsed Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) in order to promote awareness about the importance of water conservation. The plan defines guidelines for four levels of water conservation for users of municipal drinking water systems, aiming to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months, and if necessary during times of emergencies.

Please note that on Bowen, the plan is intended to provide guidelines for water usage, not restrictions.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Check out the new Bowen Island Ferry Guide, available soon on the Queen of Capilano and strategic locations in Snug Cove - just in time for the tourist season!

  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

BC Hydro has advised that construction work at September Morn Park will begin on May 24 and will continue until the end of July. This work needs to be completed prior to the installation of a new submarine cable later this year. Installation of a new cable will improve the reliability of service for BC Hydro customers on Bowen Island. 

To ensure the safety of the public, the trail to the beach will be closed temporarily during the work period. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact BC Hydro at 1-866-647-3334 or stakeholderengagement@bchydro.com.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Three Bowen Islanders have been nominated under the 15th Islands Trust Community Stewardship Awards Program that recognizes people for work that supports the Islands Trust mandate to preserve and protect the Trust Area and its unique environment and amenities.

The activities nominated include providing community support for seniors and families, volunteering for community projects, developing a natural burial cemetery, promoting arts and culture, raising awareness of land, marine and cultural heritage, promoting local food sustainability, wildlife rescue and conservation projects.

Bob Turner was nominated for raising awareness and promoting conservation of Howe Sound. Everhard van Lidth de Juede was nominated for 30 years of fostering ecological sustainability. Michelle Catherine Nelson was nominated for food sustainability initiatives and community involvement.

“The islands are a special place, and this year’s stewardship awards nominees represent the dedication, commitment and care needed to preserve the unique communities, culture and environment of our islands,” said Peter Luckham, Chair of the Islands Trust Council. “The Islands Trust Council is grateful to the people and groups working every day to build the capacity of our communities to look after each other and our environment, today and into the future.”

Click HERE to read the Islands Trust media release and a list of all nominees.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bowen Island Emergency Social Services invites you to “Get it together”, a workshop where you will learn how to build your personal or family emergency kit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Satellite Fire Hall
1421 Adams Rd

Emergency preparedness kits are a vital part of your household’s emergency plan. In the event of a local emergency you may have to leave your home at a moment’s notice, or you may have to stay inside your home until help can come to you. Having 72 hours’ worth of emergency supplies ready will help you and your family face any emergency or disaster.

More more information and to register, please contact:

Carolyn McDonald, Emergency Social Services Director
BowenESS@bimbc.ca
604-803-3130

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Bowen Island Ferry Advisory Committee is pleased to share the news from BC Ferries that additional weekend sailings will be introduced in a two-year pilot in the summer ferry schedule which begins on May 18. This means that Bowen Island residents and visitors will enjoy the options of a 7:30 am sailing on Saturdays and a 9:35 am sailing on Sundays.

We would like to thank the community for their input on which sailings were the most important, those who supplied statistics for the FAC, and BC Ferries for listening and responding to our requests.

Monday, May 15, 2017

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking in the Cove, you can park for free at the Park & Ride at 1421 Adams Road (Satellite Fire Hall) and take the C10 Bluewater-Snug Cove bus to meet the ferry. Use your Compass card to tap on and you can transfer to a bus in Horseshoe Bay on a single fare.

COMING SOON: TransLink’s Next Bus tool will be available at four numbered bus stops on Bowen Island. Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, May 15, 2017

There are so many initiatives underway on Bowen these days! For example: civic facilities, improvements to Snug Cove, enhancing local business, improvements to transportation infrastructure…and the list goes on.

Would you like to get involved? Apply to join a Committee of Council!

Bowen Island Municipality is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to participate in the following advisory Committees:

Advisory Planning Commission (APC) – Official Community Plan (OCP) and Land Use

Advisory Design Panel (ADP) – Design and architecture in the Cove

Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee (PTGAC) – Improving access to and usability of, shorelines, forests and natural areas

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) – Making “getting around” more sustainable, efficient and enjoyable

Economic Development Committee (EDC) – Energizing and supporting the thriving Bowen business community

Coming soon: On-Island Composting Facility Working Group (OICFWG)

If you are interested in working in a team and excited about volunteering but the above committees just aren’t for you, we welcome you to join a Sub-Committee or Working Group. These groups are appointed by Committee and work on specific initiatives or tasks and report directly to the committee. More information on current sub-committees and working groups can be found on the Committees page.

If you are interested, please download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall. Please submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca or 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Board of Variance considers minor zoning variances where compliance with the Land Use Bylaw would cause undue hardship. The board requires three members appointed by Council, and meets only as needed to hear appeals and make decisions about minor variances.

The board currently has a vacancy for one member. To be considered for the board, you must live on Bowen Island, and share a desire to create a liveable, sustainable community for all.

If you are interested in applying, please download a committee application form and submit it by May 23, 2017 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca. You may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane.

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