News and Notices

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

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.

Read more

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

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!

  

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

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.

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

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 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 8, 2017

The topic of the next Climate Conversation is Reporting on Progress: Presentation of our draft CARIP (Climate Action Reporting Incentive Program) report. Please join us on:

Monday, May 15, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Council Chambers
Municipal Hall

Please RSVP to mnicholson@bimbc.ca

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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has the following job opportunities available:

Summer Roads Crewperson

Permanent Part-Time Community Recreation Clerk

Permanent Full-Time Finance Clerk

Read more

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) project is hosting a public open house:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
3:30 - 8:00 pm
Municipal Hall

It has been over a year and a half of engaging the community and researching best practices. Come out to see the progress! The transportation plan will be based on the findings to date and any additional feedback from the open house. The plan will be drafted in June and scheduled for Council adoption this summer. 

Bike to school: overcoming the barriers

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan project is hosting a viewing of the Active Travel to School Webinar Series. Learn about programs across the country that are better enabling children to bike to school, with presentations from several cycling skills educators and the opportunity for questions and discussion.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Municipal Hall

Read more

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Transportation Advisory Committee is hosting a workshop with representatives from car2go, open to all who are interested in improving car-sharing options at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions to this collaborative community conversation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bowen Island Community School
Multipurpose Room

Please RSVP to mmason@bimbc.ca

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is updating the Park Plan to guide the Municipality in planning, managing and acquiring parks, trails and coastal accesses over the next 10 years. A vision has been developed along with a set of goals, objectives and recommendations for the future of Bowen Island’s parks, trails and beaches.

The survey questions ask for feedback on the draft vision, goals and some of the key draft recommendations. There is also an opportunity to share general comments, review parks and trails maps and access information from the recent Parks Plan Open House.

Take the survey online

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bowen Island’s Municipal Parks Plan has progressed! Please join us to check out our vision statement, see our updated maps, and give your feedback on the key recommendations. Municipal Parks and Environment staff, Lees and Associates and Sheryl Rivers, Squamish Nation will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

Monday, April 24, 2017

As part of its regular water system maintenance program, the Municipality will flush water mains in Bowen Bay, Blue Water Park, Cove Bay, Eagle Cliff, Hood Point, King Edward Bay and Tunstall Bay from April 22 to May 31, 2017. Flushing will take place seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will rotate through each neighbourhood. This procedure does not pose a health hazard, and is necessary to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes.

During the flushing process, temporary water interruptions will occur and your water pressure could be low or turned off completely for periods of time. Municipal staff will try to minimize inconvenience where possible.

Please check alerts or follow the BIM Facebook Page for daily updates. You may also notice signs in your neighbourhood while flushing is underway.

Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected, but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up.

Please note:

  • The water mains in the areas Snug Cove, Cates Hill and Village Square including Bowen Island Community School (BICS) and Bowen Island Children’s Center (BCC) will be flushed on Saturday, April 22, early in the morning so as to alleviate water interruption for BICS and BCC.
  • The water main of Artisan Square will be flushed starting April 24 and will need to be repeated for several days.                          

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Reminder: it is recommended that water users with compromised immune systems ensure their drinking water is boiled, filtered or distilled.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Due to the wet weather we have been experiencing this spring, the Fire Chief has extended open burning season to Sunday, April 23. A valid burn permit is required for burning.

More information

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality currently has the following job opportunities:

Permanent Full-Time Administrative Clerk

Seasonal Part-Time Aquafit Instructor

Seasonal Part-Time Swim Lesson Instructor

Summer Daycamp Leaders

Please click HERE to read the full postings and job descriptions.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Last spring the community came together for a transportation workshop that developed many great ideas for improving transit on Bowen Island.  TransLink has been working on those ideas and the community will see changes as of April 24, 2017!  Service hours for the C10 Bluewater and C11 Eagle Cliff buses will be extended to meet the arrival of the ferry that departs Horseshoe Bay at 7:30 pm. 

This is the first in a series of transit improvements included in Phase 10 of TransLink's 10-Year Vision

Monday, April 3, 2017

The meeting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel has been canceled because we did not receive any requests from individuals to appear before the panel.

The sitting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel is an opportunity for individuals to appeal the validity of the Parcel Tax Roll on one of the following grounds:

a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll;
b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel;
c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel;
d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

The Panel was scheduled to convene at 10:00 am on April 5, 2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Throughout the province, thousands of Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers train and prepare so that when an emergency or disaster affects their community they are ready to help. The Bowen Island ESS Team is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer. If you are interested in assisting your fellow community members in the event of an emergency, please attend their next meeting to learn more:

Wednesday, April 12
7:00 pm
Satellite Firehall
1421 Adams Road

The qualities necessary in an ESS volunteer include:

• A concern for people affected by disaster
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work well in a team

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