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Memoir supports statement
Ihave to respond to Bruce Howlett’s response to my letter where I raised concerns about the amount of misinformation on Bowen Island.
Bruce did not deal with my first example of misinformation but instead discussed the CRC Neighbourhood Plan, the last election, and the national park. The issue of misinformation I raised was the statement, repeated by the Bowen Island Improvement Association (BIIA) and others, that the CRC docks are on private land. They are not; they are built on publicly owned foreshore; that is a fact.
Bruce disputed my statement that it is wrong for the current version of the BIIA to claim 50 years of involvement on Bowen Island. I encourage interested readers to do their own research on this topic. You can turn to Irene Howard’s history of Bowen Island, issues of the Bowenian dating back over 30 years, and Ross Carter’s memoirs held in the Bowen Island Museum and Archives. Ross was a highly respected islander who served as Bowen’s representative to the GVRD, a councillor on our first municipal council and a BIIA board member in the 1970s and 1980s. On page 11 of his memoirs, there is a description of the late 1980s: “The times were contentious. Bruce Howlett and Emma Woodcock, both pro-development, were working to take over the BIIA… It was about this time also, that the Bowen Island Improvement Association inadvertently allowed their society status to lapse by not filing the necessary papers on time. Dick Underhill and Bruce Howlett were quick to take advantage of this and filed papers for their group in the name of the Bowen Island Improvement Association. Thus, it came about that a very different political group acquired the name.”
This conclusively supports what I stated in my last letter: The BIIA of the past is the Eco-Alliance of today. It is the Eco-Alliance, not the current BIIA, that has provided over 50 years of valued service to Bowen Island.