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Put more money in than you take out, council says of 2012 budget

As its term comes to an end, Bowen Island council is still trying to figure out ways to help manage the island's future finances.

Council already facing possible cuts in next year’s budget

The municipality should be setting aside another $260,000 over and above what it plans to put in reserves next year, says the municipality's chief financial officer.

Trapped beaver provokes criticism

The trapping of beavers at the Grafton Lake dam has come under fire from a Bowen citizen who says the municipality is doing it in an illegal manner.

Council responds to public comments on OCP

What is development? According to several submissions from the public, the definition in the Official Community Update was far too encompassing.

Snug Cove retailers say they need sidewalk space

Business hasn't been booming this year as unseasonably cool temperatures have affected the number of visitors to Bowen Island. Snug Cove retailers say that, on top of that, the sandwich boards that advertise their shops and services had to be moved.

OCP is moving ahead; more work on land use bylaws

Council is hoping it can give the Official Community Plan update third reading at its July 25 meeting but wants to give itself more time to revamp the three development permit area bylaws.

Public speaks out about OCP and bylaws

If you were to gauge public support for the updated Official Community Plan and its accompanying land use bylaws by the speakers at Saturday's public hearing, opinion would be pretty well split.

Skate park is up and running

There is a new skate park at the Bowen Youth Centre and non-youth skateboard enthusiasts will be happy to note it is open to the Bowen public.

Residents petition court to halt OCP process

Two Bowen Island residents are petitioning the courts to either stop the Bowen Island Municipality's Official Community Plan update process or force the municipality to hold more public consultation meetings.

It’s time for a summer cleaning spree on Bowen

Bowen Island Waste Services is holding its summer clean-up day July 16 from 9 to 5. Dave McIntosh says "We'd started 18 years ago with two free clean-ups but our population has doubled and there was a need for another," McIntosh said.