News and Notices

Friday, November 17, 2017

We are encouraging Bowen Islanders to share your feedback in Metro Vancouver's It's Time project. It's looking at how to improve Metro Vancouver’s road transportation network using something called decongestion charging, a form of mobility pricing that refers to a range of fees that can be charged for using transportation services.

You can take part in the online public engagement process until November 26.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is strongly advising owners of vessels moored in Mannion Bay to remove their boats from the bay for the remainder of the winter season. Mannion Bay is not a safe moorage area at this time.

Winter weather conditions in Howe Sound vary greatly from year to year. This year we have seen wind patterns shift from strong Squamish to equally strong south-easterlies. As they change course, very strong and sustained winds blow directly into Mannion Bay, often accompanied by torrential rainfall.

There have been five incidents in recent weeks that have resulted in sunken boats and over $25,000 in losses to the owners of the vessels. So far this season, Bowen Island Municipality has spent about $11,000 on mitigating the environmental impacts of boats in the bay.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Provincial Health Officer advises all British Columbians with compromised immune systems (such as HIV, organ or bone transplants, chemotherapy or medications that suppress the immune system) to avoid drinking water from any surface water or ground water that is under the influence of surface water, unless it has been boiled, filtered, distilled or treated with UV. Bowen Island and other areas in British Columbia use surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams). This is not a general boil-water advisory for the general public, but rather is directed only at persons with compromised immune systems.  If in doubt about your immune system status, please discuss this further with your physician.

More information

Monday, October 23, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is requesting applications of interest in the following on-call services:

Ice Patrol (Temperature Dependent): 3:30 am start or as required, Monday - Saturday; 4:30 am start or as required, Sunday & Holidays.

Snow Removal (Weather Dependent): Anytime, as required

Those interested in either or both of these services are asked to provide a driver’s licence abstract directly from ICBC (1-800-663-3051) to BIM by fax at 604-947-0193 and to provide a written response by email, regular mail or in person to:

Rachel Pryce-Jones, Public Works Clerk
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC   V0N 1G2
EMAIL:  rpryce-jones@bimbc.ca

A one day paid training will be provided upon acceptance. Thank you.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to address cannabis impaired driving with plans to make non-medical cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018.
 
In addition, the federal government plans to move as quickly as possible to bring into force the amendments related to drug-impaired driving.
 
While the proposed Cannabis Act provides for the federal government to regulate commercial production, provinces and territories will have authority to regulate certain aspects like distribution, retail and a range of other matters – as they do for tobacco and liquor. For example, B.C. will determine how and where cannabis can be sold and where it can be consumed in our province.
 
To be ready in time for July 2018, the provincial government wants to hear your thoughts on topics like minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation and distribution and retail models. All of these changes will require careful thought to ensure the right balance is struck for moving forward. Submit your feedback online by November 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
 

 

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Open burning season on Bowen Island will begin on October 16, 2017.

The backyard and industrial burning season is from October 16 to April 15 each year. Burn permits are required for yard cleanup and machine burns during this period. Permits can be purchased at Municipal Hall. The Fire Chief will make a site visit if necessary.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The 2016 Annual Report for Bowen Island Municipality is now available.

The report will be presented to Council at its regular meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017. We invite you to review the Annual Report and to provide your comments and questions in writing or in person at the meeting.

To request a paper copy of the Annual Report, please call us at 604-947-4255.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

We’re looking for a volunteer to serve on the Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee (PTGAC). The PTGAC acts in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations to Council on planning for parks, trails, greenways, beaches and waterways.

If you have knowledge or interest in the areas mentioned above, or are a Registered Professional Forester, a Registered Professional Biologist or any other qualified environmental professional, please apply. We need a volunteer who can commit to a monthly two-hour meeting and several site visits per year.

How to apply:

1. Download an application form or pick one up from Municipal Hall.
2. Submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Tuesday, October 24th, 2017.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

We’re looking for volunteers to serve on the newly established Improved Service Delivery Task Force (ISDTF). The purpose of the ISDTF is to undertake a thorough review of the municipality’s administrative processes and bylaws to ensure they are appropriate, efficient, clearly communicated and equitable.

If you are a resident or property owner of Bowen Island with an involvement or interest in municipal processes such as permitting, please apply to serve on the Improved Service Delivery Task Force (ISDTF).
We need volunteers who can commit to bi-weekly meetings from Fall 2017 until March 2018 when final recommendations from the Task Force will be submitted to Council for consideration.

How to apply:

1. Download an application form or pick one up from Municipal Hall.
2. Submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Tuesday, October 24th, 2017.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is participating in the the Great BC ShakeOut - the world’s largest earthquake drill. Register your team or organization today and get ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

As part of its regular water system maintenance program, the Municipality will flush water mains in Bowen Bay, Blue Water Park, Cove Bay, Eagle Cliff, Hood Point, King Edward Bay and Tunstall Bay from October 14 to November 30, 2017. Flushing will take place seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will rotate through each neighbourhood. This procedure does not pose a health hazard, and is necessary to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes.

During the flushing process, temporary water interruptions will occur and your water pressure could be low or turned off completely for periods of time. Municipal staff will try to minimize inconvenience where possible.

Please check alerts or follow the BIM Facebook Page for daily updates. You may also notice signs in your neighbourhood while flushing is underway.

Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected, but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up.

Please note:

  • The water mains in the areas Snug Cove, Cates Hill and Village Square including Bowen Island Community School (BICS) and Bowen Island Children’s Center (BCC) will be flushed on Saturday, October 14, early in the morning so as to alleviate water interruption for BICS and BCC.
  • The water main of Artisan Square will be flushed early in the morning of October 16 and 17.                         

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Reminder: it is recommended that water users with compromised immune systems ensure their drinking water is boiled, filtered or distilled.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Special Waste clean up days are back this fall!

Dump Day
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
@ Bowen Island Recycling Depot
1063 Mount Gardner Rd

Drop off excess household waste, appliances and mattresses for a small fee. You must purchase your ticket in advance - payment will not be accepted on site. Please note, drywall will not be accepted.

Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
@ Bowen Building Centre
1013 Grafton Rd

No fees to drop off hazardous waste such as paint and clearly marked hazardous waste containers.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Bowen Island Municipal Council is seeking a member from the Bowen Island Museum and Archives to serve on the BIM Heritage Commission for a two-year term with the following areas of knowledge or interest:

  • Local heritage conservation
  • Architecture, planning and design
  • Landscape architecture and horticulture
  • Building construction
  • Business and tourism
  • Nature conservation
  • History

Volunteer commitment comprises four meetings per year in addition to subcommittee participation. Learn more about BIM Committees of Council and the Heritage Commission.

To apply, please fill an application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Do you live on waterfront property, or have an interest in shoreline protection and ecology?

Using natural design approaches, the Green Shores method is a cost-effective, sustainable solution to erosion and flooding, and can turn freshwater or marine waterfronts into vibrant, living shorelines.

  • beautify waterfronts with native vegetation
  • make shorelines more accessible
  • increase habitat for native birds, fish and other wildlife
  • facilitate permit approvals

We invite you to join this free workshop for property owners, local government, real estate agents and others interested in shoreline protection. You will learn about basic shoreline ecosystem principles, visit shorelines to consider the concepts in a practical setting, and learn about the benefits of your shoreline being Green Shores certified.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Municipal Hall
981 Artisan Lane

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register online.

Questions? Please contact Carla Skuce, Parks & Environment Coordinator at 604-947-4255 or cskuce@bimbc.ca.

This workshop is brought to you by:

Bowen Island Municipality, Islands Trust, Gambier Local Trust Area, the University of Victoria – Continuing Studies, Green Shores and the Stewardship Centre for BC

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has obtained a Licence of Occupation for Mannion Bay, which means that we are moving forward with the plan to restore environmental and community well-being to the area.

Together with the Use of Beaches and Water Areas Bylaw, we will be carrying out enforcement in two phases.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Recreation and Community Services Commission is pleased to announce Council’s adoption of the Community Recreation Plan that will inform decision making for Recreation and Community Services on Bowen Island over the next 10 years.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We have received notice from BC Hydro that they have scheduled a power outage for all of Bowen Island on Thursday, September 14, 2017 between 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This is necessary to continue the work they have been doing all summer to replace the sub-marine cable. Ultimately this work will improve the reliability of Hydro service on the island. BC Hydro has notified their customers by telephone and/or e-mail message, and will deliver notices to all Bowen Island mail boxes. 

Municipal Hall will be open

Municipal Hall will remain open for our regular hours of operation on September 14, but please note the following:

  • The telephone system (604-947-4255) will not be operational after 2:00 pm. Please see emergency numbers below.
  • We will be unable to reply to e-mails until the following business day (Friday, September 15).
  • We will be unable to process payments after 2:00 pm.

How to reach us if you have an urgent issue

If you need police, fire or ambulance: 9-1-1

To report a water or sewer emergency (major leak, damaged water main): 604-834-0770

To report a roads emergency (fallen tree, major road damage): 604-834-0770

Emergencies requiring bylaw enforcement (found dog, sinking boat): 604-328-5499

Questions about Fire Danger rating: 604-329-8097

Ferry schedule may be affected

BC Ferries has advised that the power outage may affect afternoon sailings from Snug Cove Terminal. The ramp will need to be powered by the generator on board the Queen of Capilano, so hook-up and detachment of power cables may cause delays to departure from Snug Cove which will accumulate through the commuter sailings.

Read the Service Notice

Monday, August 28, 2017

Applications for the 2017 Fall Grants-in-Aid Program will be accepted until September 30, 2017.

Application forms and information about Evaluation Criteria and the Community Grants/Grant-in-Aid Policy can be found online or in person at Municipal Hall.

Questions? Please contact the Finance Department at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Along with annual summer maintenance, there will be several projects undertaken by public works and outside agencies that will affect roads and traffic on Bowen Island this summer. Some projects are dependent on weather and/or contractor availability, so dates may not yet be confirmed or may change. We’ll post updates here, on the alerts page and the BIM facebook page as they become available.

Questions? Please contact Public Works at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Please click the image below to view the PDF document

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017

In the 2017 Island Plan, Council committed to support diverse housing initiatives, with the goal of making Bowen Island a welcoming, long-term home for people of varying income levels, lifestyles and age groups. One of the initiatives currently underway is a proposed building that would contain a health care facility and rental housing at 980 Dorman Road. The proposal would require rezoning the property via bylaw.

Council remains strongly committed to a rental building and health centre, as initially proposed. The following resolution was adopted unanimously by Council at its July 24, 2017 meeting:

“That Council direct staff to advise DK Harris Properties:

  1. That the 90k contribution to Health Centre Foundation from the Community Grants fund as requested by DK Harris is not feasible;
  2. That Council would be pleased to consider a grant application directly from the Health Centre Foundation for support of its proposed facility; and
  3. That Council support the project of 980 Dorman Road as rental apartments and a health centre facility.”

The resolution has been forwarded to the applicant, D.K. Harris Properties. Further public process will include a public hearing and third reading of the bylaw, if the Municipality can proceed with the rezoning as currently drafted. If the applicant wishes to amend the rezoning application as recently indicated, the current bylaw in process would have to be rescinded and a new application submitted.

For further information, contact:

Kathy Lalonde
Chief Administrative Officer
Bowen Island Municipality

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is looking for a volunteer to join the Recreation and Community Services Commission (RCSC). In addition to advising Council on activities regarding recreation and community services on Bowen Island, the Commission will be instrumental in the implementation of the Community Recreation Plan, recently adopted by Council.

If you have an interest in health and wellness, youth advocacy, community services or recreation, please apply to serve on the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

To apply, please fill in an application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Monday, August 21 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Learn more about BIM Committees of Council the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

If you have any questions, please contact Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk, at 604-947-4255 or at sshortt@bimbc.ca.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Many households on Bowen Island get their water from private wells. Islands Trust is presenting a FREE workshop for Bowen Islanders to learn about:

  • Groundwater and your well
  • How to protect your water source
  • How to test and treat your well water

Thursday, August 10, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Municipal Hall

If you are concerned about your well going dry, worried about well water safety, or just interested in groundwater, this workshop is for you.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Snug Cove Sewer Local Management Committee (SCSLMC) is seeking a new volunteer member.

The SCLSMC is a management committee that reviews the operating and capital budgets for the utility.

Volunteer commitment comprises approximately two meetings per year.

To apply, please download a committee application form and submit it to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca by Monday, August 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm. You may also obtain a paper copy at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We were disappointed to learn on July 17, 2017 that the BC Court of Appeal upheld the appeal of Zongshen (Canada) Environtech Ltd. v. Bowen Island Municipality (2017 BCCA 267) and has instructed Bowen Island Municipality to issue a building permit for the docking structure at Cape Roger Curtis lot 14 subject to minor conditions. Please click HERE to read the decision.

Work has already started on amendments to the bylaws that preclude further moorage applications in the Cape Roger Curtis area.

-Mayor Murray Skeels

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