Whether the stories of the week are sad and challenging or reason to celebrate, you can count on us here at the Undercurrent to keep you updated on the news, views and events on Bowen. Our small staff of Bronwyn our editor, reporter, photographer and delivery person and Tracey our sales, admin, and distribution person, work tirelessly to provide you with what you expect and some items you might not expect. Whether you take your news via our 24/7 website or our printed weekly newspaper, we hope you enjoy the read and feel we are doing the work that truly matters to us all. It is our community news after all!
In order to keep up the relevant, compelling and unique news at a high quality and timeliness it takes significant work and resources. All our input costs of paper, transportation and mailing continue to put financial pressure on our small business. So we are adjusting our cover and subscription prices, effective December 5. We strive to keep the cost modest and we truly feel that it is. There is not much we can expect to buy for $1.50 these days on Bowen (or anywhere else). A cup of coffee, or a single-zone bus fare is more expensive almost anywhere. We truly hope that you understand the pressures of keeping our commitment to service alive and well and to look after the basic needs of our staff as we strive to serve our community in the way we best can.
As we move quickly and relentlessly toward the holiday season just ahead, we ask you to consider how you can help all the small businesses on our idyllic island. Don’t be so quick to rush off to the Lower Mainland retail quadrants to save a few dollars. Spend your hard earned money as close to home as possible. It truly is all these small business entrepreneurs that make our island so special. They provide unique and high quality products and great services, they employ our young people, they pay local taxes, they shop locally and they sponsor all the great events that truly make this a wonderful place. Amazon, Costco, Walmart and the rest of those off island retailers do none of those things.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season from all of us here at the Undercurrent!
—Peter Kvarnstrom, Publisher