Thursday, May 30, 2013


Oh Hooray!

Kristen Denger has launched a new magazine about life on Bowen called FOXGLOVE.  It looks like an antidote to everything that ails our public conversation.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The tenor of our times

An image that captures something of the feeling of the community these days.  Juneuary has set in.  Fog and soft rain and cooler weather.  Garden loves it, salmonberries are ripe and everything is drinking.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Deer proof?

People ask all the time...will the deer eat this plant or that plant?

The answer is yes. Sometimes mitgated by no.

So far the only plants that grow free around our place that the deer wont eat are bamboo, lavender, lemon balm, campion, oregano, rosemary and foxglove.  I believe deer have nibbled on everything else at one time or another.  Even if certain plants are deer proof, they may still sample young shoots thus killing the plant or step on it, which happens a lot.

So simple answer.

Now do people eat deer?  No.  Not n Bowen anyway, hence we have a lot of deer and no maple saplings anywhere.  I dare you to find a maple sapling.  When our current generation of maples dies, they will not be replaced.  Basically deer - rose fed and maple sweetened - have been protected by humans on Bowen, and now we complain when they eat our gardens.

This is called "being out of touch with nature!"

Just part of life on a little rock.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Rain showers on a May afternoon

Spring in full flight in Howe Sound. Blossoms and sun and birdsong and light and a warm shower or two on a grey afternoon.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The citizens present some options

A group of citizens led by the wonderful Melissa Harrison presented some options for Council today regarding what the municipality may be able to do to stop the dock construction at the Cape.  It seems there are things that can be done and it also seems like something weird is happening in the legal realm.  If we are to read into the comments from the Councillors, it seems as if there is very dicey legal brinksmanship going on in secret.  Things work differently at the Cape.  The owners are not land owners like you and I.  Our Council meets in secret quite often to deliberate actions to take with the owners, and the result has been that the Municipality has been unable to enforce covenants about construction of fences and hedges in designated setbacks, or even to exercise their responsibility to issue building permits for the docks.  It seems the current legal advice - which flies in the face of everything you would expect - is that Council does not have the power to issue a building permit for these docks.  If this is true, does it mean that anyone can just build something on Bowen without regard for proper planning and permitting regulations?  And if not, what makes these docks different?  What makes the Cape different?  I wonder if we will ever know.

I want to commend Melissa and her team for a well researched and constructive presentation and for standing in complete calm against Wolfgang Duntz's initially patronizing behaviour and his unilateral conditions under which he would listen, even accusing the totally unflappable Melissa of "militancy."  I liked the part where Melissa asked if she could drink from his cup.  It immediately invited him back to a civil frame of mind and gave him a chance to be gracious.

And mostly Melissa deserves kudos for standing up to our Mayor Jack Adelaar's repeated jabs at the previous Council, including at one point inviting Nerys Pooole to speak instead of "pulling the strings."  It's just completely uncivil behaviour from the Mayor, who has shown in the past that he can't temper his contempt, and Melissa met him with dignity and not a little fierceness.  Since his sudden appearance on the political scene in the 2011 election campaign in which he tarred a group of sitting Councillors as the "gang of four," Jack Adelaar has shown unprecedented contempt to the former Council and to members of the public that he associates with them.  Watch and learn how to be a spectacularly ineffective leader.  He says the Cape is dead (not even in the Strategic Business Plan!) and later we learn that it is not dea at all and is consuming meeting after meeting of Council's time and tons of legal advice.  It's not dead Jack, clearly.  Not a single Councillor defends his accusations and snide remarks and most of them distance themselves from him in one way or another.  Cro Lucas and Andrew Stone are commended for sharing their perspectives as well as they could given the cloud of confidentiality that seems to have fallen around all things Cape Roger Curtis.  Even Wolfgang, once he calmed down, was able to share some information.  And that is good.  Information is all we want, no matter how hard it is to get a hold of.

Council would do well to remember that the citizens sit between them and the door.  It is a proper and symbolic arrangement for a chamber of democratic deliberation.  Elected officials must never forget that the community lies between them and their next hot meal.