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Predictable Responses to Ferry Cuts

When asked if cuts to ferry service are justified it appears the vast majority of British Columbians don’t know and don’t care. But they’re pleased to see it none-the-less. The classic response is “Don’t expect me to subsidize you if you choose to live on an island.” The more we complain about service cuts and […]

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Playing Politics With Ferries

Our Provincial Government has cranked up the rhetoric on ferry subsidies. The Transport Minister is announcing $18.9 million worth of cuts over two years as if it meant something. BC Ferries is a $1.8 billion corporation. The provincial budget is $44 billion. Yet our TV screens were filled with an announcement of cuts of less […]

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People Plan and God Laughs

Remember when the advocates of the Cape Roger Curtis Neighbourhood Plan warned us that we were going to become a community of the elite, where working people would commute to the island because they wouldn’t be able to afford to live here. The proposed solution was to build a second village that would be home […]

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Do They Care?

(Of late I’ve been accused of using overly colourful language so I’ve started this column with a more nuanced and subtle statement.) Like a giant python BC Ferries is slowly crushing the economic life out of Bowen Island. In 2003 the new BC Ferry Corporation was born. Under the terms of their first contract with […]

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Circle Game

Council has taken the bull by the horns and is actually going to reconfigure Government Road this year to improve ferry marshalling. Yep, they’re going to fritter away another $50,000 or so of tax money on consultant’s fees and at the end of the day nothing will change. Getting cynical about ferry marshalling is almost […]

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Councillors’ Agenda

A couple of weeks ago another “Building Community on Bowen” flyer landed in our mailbox. It is the personal opinion of three of our Municipal councillors published by Bowen Island Properties. When you consider that our local council only has six members plus a mayor you realize that this document is the closest thing we […]

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Cove Revisited – Again

If you wander from the ferry up to the baseball field on a warm summer’s evening it’s sometimes fun to try to look at Snug Cove through the eyes of a visitor arriving for the first time. While we have been hearing for years that the Cove is in desperate need of rejuvenation visitors to […]

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Island Notes

Property Taxes – Many of us got a pleasant surprise when we opened our property tax bills and saw that our taxes had actually gone down. In fact we are paying the same rate as in 2010 at $457.00 per $100,000 of value and the average assessed value has dropped from $781,000 in 2009 to […]

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The Numbers Are In

It’s time for a paradigm shift. We have long thought of Bowen as a growing, thriving community. Between the 2001 and 2006 census our population increased by over 400 people. But on February 8 Statistics Canada informed us that between 2006 and 2011 our population increased by 42 people. The typical response to that information […]

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Island Notes

As soon we arrived home from the south I picked up the back issues of the Undercurrent to see what you’ve all been up to and a couple of things jumped out. BC Ferries is finally making news for doing good things. First the Ferry Commissioner acknowledged that fares had reached the tipping point and […]

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