News and Notices

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Along with annual summer maintenance, there will be several projects undertaken by public works and outside agencies that will affect roads and traffic on Bowen Island this summer. Some projects are dependent on weather and/or contractor availability, so dates may not yet be confirmed or may change. We’ll post updates here, on the alerts page and the BIM facebook page as they become available.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Please click the image below to view the PDF document

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017

In the 2017 Island Plan, Council committed to support diverse housing initiatives, with the goal of making Bowen Island a welcoming, long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups. One of the initiatives currently underway is a proposed building that would contain a health care facility and rental housing at 980 Dorman Road. The proposal would require rezoning the property via bylaw.

Council remains strongly committed to a rental building and health centre, as initially proposed. The following resolution was adopted unanimously by Council at its July 24, 2017 meeting:

“That Council direct staff to advise DK Harris Properties:

  1. That the 90k contribution to Health Centre Foundation from the Community Grants fund as requested by DK Harris is not feasible;
  2. That Council would be pleased to consider a grant application directly from the Health Centre Foundation for support of its proposed facility; and
  3. That Council support the project of 980 Dorman Road as rental apartments and a health centre facility.”

The resolution has been forwarded to the applicant, D.K. Harris Properties. Further public process will include a public hearing and third reading of the bylaw, if the Municipality can proceed with the rezoning as currently drafted. If the applicant wishes to amend the rezoning application as recently indicated, the current bylaw in process would have to be rescinded and a new application submitted.

For further information, contact:

Kathy Lalonde
Chief Administrative Officer
Bowen Island Municipality

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has obtained a Licence of Occupation for Mannion Bay, which means that we are moving forward with the plan to restore environmental and community well-being to the area.

Together with the Use of Beaches and Water Areas Bylaw, we will be carrying out enforcement in two phases.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Many households on Bowen Island get their water from private wells. Islands Trust is presenting a FREE workshop for Bowen Islanders to learn about:

  • Groundwater and your well
  • How to protect your water source
  • How to test and treat your well water

Thursday, August 10, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Municipal Hall

If you are concerned about your well going dry, worried about well water safety, or just interested in groundwater, this workshop is for you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is looking for a volunteer to join the Recreation and Community Services Commission (RCSC). In addition to advising Council on activities regarding recreation and community services on Bowen Island, the Commission will be instrumental in the implementation of the Community Recreation Plan, recently adopted by Council.

If you have an interest in health and wellness, youth advocacy, community services or recreation, please apply to serve on the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

To apply, please fill in an application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Monday, August 21 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Learn more about BIM Committees of Council the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

If you have any questions, please contact Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk, at 604-947-4255 or at sshortt@bimbc.ca.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Snug Cove Sewer Local Management Committee (SCSLMC) is seeking a new volunteer member.

The SCLSMC is a management committee that reviews the operating and capital budgets for the utility.

Volunteer commitment comprises approximately two meetings per year.

To apply, please download a committee application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Monday, August 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

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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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We were disappointed to learn on July 17, 2017 that the BC Court of Appeal upheld the appeal of Zongshen (Canada) Environtech Ltd. v. Bowen Island Municipality (2017 BCCA 267) and has instructed Bowen Island Municipality to issue a building permit for the docking structure at Cape Roger Curtis lot 14 subject to minor conditions. Please click HERE to read the decision.

Work has already started on amendments to the bylaws that preclude further moorage applications in the Cape Roger Curtis area.

-Mayor Murray Skeels

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

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

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

The Provincial Health Officer advises all British Columbians with compromised immune systems (such as HIV, organ or bone transplants, chemotherapy or medications that suppress the immune system) to avoid drinking water from any surface water or ground water that is under the influence of surface water, unless it has been boiled, filtered, distilled or treated with UV. Bowen Island and other areas in British Columbia use surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams). This is not a general boil-water advisory for the general public, but rather is directed only at persons with compromised immune systems.  If in doubt about your immune system status, please discuss this further with your physician.

More information

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Green Shores Workshop has been postponed to the autumn of 2017, date to be determined.

A session for landowners, stewards, local government, elected officials, real estate agents and others interested in shoreline protection.
•    Learn about basic shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices
•    Visit shorelines to consider the concepts in a practical setting
•    Hear about the purpose and application of Green Shores rating systems

For more information, please contact Carla Skuce, Parks & Environment Technician at 604-947-4255 or cskuce@bimbc.ca

This workshop is brought to you by:

Bowen Island Municipality, Islands Trust, Gambier Local Trust Area, the University of Victoria – Continuing Studies, Green Shores and the Stewardship Centre for BC

 

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

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, 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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