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This week in Undercurrent History
20 years ago in The Undercurrent
RCMP were investigating three break-ins, one occurring on Melmore Rd. and the other two on Eaglecliff. The two on Eaglecliff were summer houses and were ransacked with minor items stolen. The home on Melmore had $400 in loonies and other coins stolen.
Feb. 28, 1994, was Community Interaction Day at BICS. The topic for this day was what to do in the event of an earthquake. Discussions surrounding the buddy system and head-counts of children were to take place.
15 years ago in the The Undercurrent
A humongous garage sale held at the new Teen Centre was a huge success raising approximately $4,000, which was to go towards the completion of the Teen Centre.
A woman walking home off the 6:30 ferry was followed by a cougar, leaving her terrified and anxious about her usual rural walks on Bowen.
A family of three walked away with scrapes and bruises after their station wagon tumbled sideways down a steep embankment and flipped onto its roof. Seatbelts were being lauded as having saved their lives.
10 years ago in The Undercurrent
Ferry marshalling options was the hot topic with regards to Snug Clove planning. The latest in a series of traffic management and marshalling plans had been presented at council and was highlighted in The Undercurrent. The author of the plan admitted that it “doesn’t solve all the problems” but it would go a long way toward determining balance to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
The recruitment of new staff for the municipality was being met with fierce opposition from the public and a small number of councillors. While it was understood that current staff had a workload that required further help, it had been suggested that another solution to the staffing problem be sought out. Despite this, recruitment ads were being placed.
5 years ago in The Undercurrent
A townhall meeting was held with the Bowen Island Municipality. Approximately 40 residents attended and issues such as the the community centre, snow removal, sewage treatment and Cape Roger Curtis development were discussed. The hot topic for the meeting was how the outdated OCP hindered the proposed CRC development plan and that the OCP needed to be reviewed. One of the biggest issues to come out of this was timing. The OCP steering committee set a deadline of May 2010 for revisions, but the CRC neighbourhood plan was to be decided by council on June 1, 2009.
The mayor’s report spoke to the first 100 days in office of the current council. It outlined three priorities: hire a full time CAO, launch a review of the OCP and move forward on a capital plan for critical island infrastructure. The report outlined the steps that council was taking to achieve these priorities.
A letter to the editor corrected an item from the previous week’s paper, which suggested that a Bowen resident recommended that if faced with going off the road or hitting a deer, the driver should hit the deer. The misquoted resident suggested that he wasn’t trying to say that drivers should look for deer to run over, but the if the choice was you or the deer, choose yourself, not the deer.
The Undercurrent reported that building on Bowen was slowing to a near halt. Building permits issued for the month of January 2008 were 4 while permits issued for January 2009 totalled 1.
Maureen Sawasy, Undercurrent Historian