Personal statements and action

Here is a collection of letters and comments people have submitted about the construction of large docks at Cape Roger Curtis.

  • Victory in Supreme Court Docks Bylaw Lawsuit Dismissed THANKS TO COUNCIL (April 4th, 2015) It’s been almost a year since Bowen Municipal Council passed the Docks Bylaw, preventing applications for new docks at Cape Roger Curtis. It was a controversial decision, taken under threat of a lawsuit. It’s a great time to thank Council for their decision, and congratulate them on ...
  • Giant Docks – Coming to a Beach Near You? By Melissa Harrison Bowen Island, BC – March 10, 2015 Presented to Islands Trust I think we will all agree that beaches and shorelines are of prime importance to our enjoyment of our island homes. Many of us, especially those with young children, spend many hours on public beaches each year. Beaches are not only important for our ...
  • Summer 2014 Update Summer 2014 Update Time for Phase 2 of the Docks Bylaw What is Cape Roger Curtis like now? There is a dock at Lot 13. It broke apart in a mild early summer storm. There is a dock at Lot 11, Pebble Beach. It has been modified with additional pylons, presumably to reduce the likelihood of it ...
  • Protest against the Dock at Pebble Beach Continues The following letter from Dr. Richard Wiefelspuett was sent on February 13, 2014, to Bowen Island Municipality, Transport Canada, and the Province of BC (Forest, Lands and Natural Resources and the reponsible minister). It was published in part in the Undercurrent (February 21 issue). Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw regulates water ...
  • Amended Dock Bylaw Passes – No Protection for Cape Roger Curtis Bowen Island Municipal Council passed an amended dock bylaw on Nov. 25. For details, including the Stop The Docks Nov. 26 letter to Minister Thomson, see dock bylaw passes despite widespread opposition. Two important and positive amendments were made in third reading. 1. The maximum length of a dock was reduced from 60m to 40m. 2. The purpose ...
  • Benefit at the Bowen Island Pub Come enjoy a cup of cheer, good company and great music and help support our campaign. Adam Woodall will join us with his guitar and rich repertoire of popular music. Drop in for a while or stay for the evening. Tuesday, December 10, 7 to 10 p.m. Bowen Island Pub Suggested donation at the door: $10 Proceeds will be ...
  • Dock Bylaw Passes Despite Widespread Opposition Bowen Island Municipal Council gave third and final reading to the dock bylaw on Mon., Nov. 25, enacting a dock bylaw that fails to protect Cape Roger Curtis. In a letter sent Nov. 26, Stop The Docks again appealed to Mr. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations, because our municipal government has ...
  • Video: CRC 20 Chains This short film shows the problems associated with the long anchor chains for the dock floats — chains that will scour the sea floor — and documents the rich marine life that will be affected by the chains and boat use at the Lot 13 dock. Thank you to Neil Hammond for editing the footage. CRC 20 ...
  • Public Comments re: Proposed Docks Bylaw Public comments closed at the end of the hearing on November 12. On this page are comments that were sent through our site by the public to Bowen Island Municipal Council regarding the proposed Docks Bylaw. You can find out more about it on our home page, and the  Zoning for Private & Group Moorages page ...
  • The Orcas Return September brought back the whales and the surf scoters: http://stopthedocks.ca/the-orcas-return/
  • Gordon Reid Says Undeveloped Waterfront a Huge Asset There is news! The District of West Vancouver’s Land and Property Agent, Gordon Reid, has this to say about the Bowen docks bylaw: It seems that the Municipality is determined to create bylaws to allow docks. This is very unfortunate and shortsighted. Once privatized this public land area will never be returned to the public. Municipalities spend ...
  • Province rejects request to stop docks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2013 Province Rejects Request to Stop Private Dock Construction at Cape Roger Curtis Work Commences on Second Private Dock at Pebble Beach Campaign Calls for Public Action On July 22, 2013, Stop the Docks Campaign wrote the Province of BC to request that all efforts to proceed with private docks on the public lands at ...
  • Reply from Keith Anderson, Manager, Resource Authorizations August 13, 2013 From Stop The Docks to Keith Anderson, Province of BC: In reviewing the response to our requests for intervention, I wish to reflect some personal comments. Firstly, let me say how much I have appreciated the access and support from you and your team in responding to our multiple inquiries in our efforts to ...
  • Reply from Minister August 12, 2013 Doug Hooper, Representative Stop the Docks Campaign Dear Mr. Hooper: Thank you for your letter of July 22, 2013, regarding private moorage licences and applications at Cape Roger Curtis. I have addressed your inquiries in the order they were presented: 1. Cease work order: The ministry only issues a cease work order to a tenure holder, where the tenure ...
  • Request for Ministerial Review July 22, 2013 Honourable Steve Thomson Minister Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations Province of British Columbia Dear Minister Thomson, Re: Private Docks at Cape Roger Curtis, Bowen Island Further to our correspondence to you on May 28, 2013, we are writing to follow up on the referenced subject and request your immediate intervention ...
  • Council Over-ruled Staff Recommendation to Reject Cape Roger Curtis Docks July 24, 2013 Editor Bowen Island Undercurrent Dear Editor: COUNCIL OVER-RULED STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REJECT CAPE ROGER CURTIS DOCKS The Stops the Docks campaign has received BIM Documents on July 22, 2013 under a Freedom of Information Request. In the Planning Department Report of June 25th 2012, BIM staff recommended that Council pass a resolution “that the Province be requested to ...
  • Response to Lots 1 and 14 Dock Applications from André Chollat Senior Land Officer # 200, 10428 153rd Street SURREY, BC, V3R 1E1 Re: Application for Crown Land Tenures by ZONGSHEN (Canada) Environtech Ltd of 1500-885 West Georgia St, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3E8, for private moorages covering Lot 1 (DL 1548, Group 1, NWD, BCP 43260) and Lot 14 (DL 1548, Group 1, NWD, BCP 43260) situated on Provincial ...
  • Docks Open House Open House on Proposed Dock Bylaws, this Thursday, 25th 5-8pm at Cates Hill Chapel BIM is holding an open house with Q&As this Thursday. The municipality is proposing some restrictions on size, position, and location of docks. We are concerned that the “restrictions” proposed may actually permit docks where none have been allowed before. In fact, ...
  • Municipality Says No to Lot 1 & 14 Docks BIM chief administrative officer Kathy Lalonde has confirmed the following: “Bowen Island Municipality has recommended to the Province that the proposed private moorage applications for Lot 1 (File #2410880) and Lot 14 (File #2410081) at Cape Roger Curtis be refused as they do not conform to draft BIM Bylaw No. 335, 2013. “Further, the Province was notified of ...
  • Who let the docks out? Pier Pressure at BIM, BIIA et al An Open Letter to Bowen Island Municipal Council and the Bowen Island Improvement Association by Dr. Richard Wiefelspuett July 12, 2013 Richard Wiefelspuett is a naval architect with relevant experience in offshore and structural engineering. In this letter he questions assertions made in a recent circular from the Bowen Island ...
  • Now what can you do? 11 More Ways to Help Stop the Docks at Cape Roger Curtis You’ve signed the petition. Now what? Make a comment to the Ministry on the two new dock applications Sign up for our newsletter (see sidebar) Talk with mayor and council Attend and speak out at a council meeting Donate at the First Credit Union Show your support by posting a StopTheDocks ...
  • Midsummer Caper at the Cape, June 23rd WHAT TO DO NEXT? PARTY! Sunday June 23, 12-2pm Meet us a Pebble Beach for a picnic and music with Keona and Neil Hammond, Pauline LeBel, Doug Stepple and more. Please let your friends know as well. Walk, cycle or carpool, as parking is very limited at the Cape. Pebble Beach is at the end of Roger Curtis ...
  • May 24 Delegation to Council Report On May 24th, Stop the Docks campaign presented Council recommendations regarding how to stop the construction of four private docks at Cape Roger Curtis, and prevent further and future private docks in this highly valued public use area. Three key areas were covered in the presentation: Public Support – we demonstrated that there is a very high ...
  • Video: What’s so special about the Cape This short film by John Adams features the Splashmob, which greeted ferry communters in Snug Cove, Bowen Island, on May 17th 2013 to alert them to major changes coming to the wild, public foreshore at Cape Roger Curtis on the other side of the island. The SplashMob was an event staged by StopTheDocks, a group of ...
  • Video: how big is the dock at Lot 13? TheCapeOnBowen defends their floats, but says nothing about their wharves In their recent ad in the Undercurrent, the owners of Cape Roger Curtis address what they call “unrest that appears to have grown over some misunderstandings and misinformation” about their docks.  They reassure us that “the largest float is designed for a 37-foot boat, and the ...
  • Video shows scale of dock under construction And surprise: it includes a sun deck over the beach. This video shows four sundeck footings in the foreground, and a line of foundations for a wharf extending into the ocean. In the distance, you can just see the tops of two more wharf foundations under the surface of the water. Beyond that would extend the ...
  • Vancouver Sun: Plans for private docks spark outrage on Bowen Island By Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun May 21, 2013 Clamour at Cape Roger Curtis, Bowen Island When construction on the first of four private docks began at an exclusive waterfront development on the southwestern tip of Bowen Island earlier this month, some residents of the idyllic island were shocked. Now, roughly a quarter of the island’s residents have signed ...
  • Katherine Wolters: Dock construction on this part of the Bowen coastline does not make sense May 22, 2013 To the Bowen Island Municipal Council: I am extremely concerned about docks that the Cape on Bowen developers have been given permission to build. I am not normally against the idea of private citizens being allowed to build reasonable docks and arrange for personal moorage, but the docks to be located at Cape ...
  • SplashMob at the Friday night ferry Friday, May 17, 2013. We’re bringing it to the streets. A group of us created an event to greet people coming to Bowen on the Friday evening of the May long weekend. In this video, choreographer Gail Lotenberg and The Rhythm Kids perform for people coming off the ferry. A group of adult Dock Stoppers joined ...
  • Kathryn Thomson: Good neighbours consult with each other Dear Mr. Ho and Mr. Lee: I understand that you want to build large docks on the foreshore of Cape Roger Curtis, and that you have applied to the Provincial government and have been given the right to do so.  For the owners of any of these lots it would be very desirable to have private, ...
  • Anne Franc de Ferrière-Chollat: our public beaches are very small jewels March 18th, 2013 To: Bowen Island Mayor, Councilors and CAO. Re: private docks versus public beaches Your worship and councilors, Do Bowen Islanders want to relinquish the use of their public beaches to waterfront property owners who have the means to built docks 6 (six) meters from the beach access? Given the expectations of the chamber of commerce for Bowen ...
  • TheCapeOnBowen: ‘profound oceanside views’ In their advertisement on the real estate site luxuryrealestate.com, the owners of TheCapeOnBowen underline the importance of the undeveloped shoreline as a selling promise. “Along the water, the property traces 3.7 kilometers of untouched beaches, coastal bluffs, and profound forest and oceanside views.” We are scratching our heads, wondering how this promise is compatible with the four ...
  • Edwin Lee: “build a strong sense of community” In an article posted from the online magazine WorldProperty.com, Edwin Lee, who is currently building a giant dock across the intertidal zone at Cape Roger Curtis, explains his aspirations for the CapeOnBowen project: “The vision for The Cape On Bowen aspires to coexist in harmony with the natural environment as we think this will build a ...
  • Melissa Harrison: presentation to Council, May 13 2013 Following up on the meeting of May 6th, Melissa Harrison presented the following to Council. Thank you for the opportunity to follow up with you about the docks at CRC.  We were happy to learn that Council opposes the construction of these giant docks at Cape Roger Curtis.  We would also like to thank staff for ...
  • Brenda McLuhan: a number of reasons I am opposed to these docks for a number of reasons, but I am not opposed to all docks. These particular docks are in an area that has been used by the public since the 1920s (perhaps earlier) for hiking, swimming, kayaking and more. While the lots themselves are private, the foreshore is not. It ...
  • Leo Frid: A scar on the landscape Dear Minister Thompson, I am writing to express my great concern over the development of 4 very large private docks currently underway at Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island.  Cape Roger Curtis is a unique place on Bowen Island and Howe Sound which has great value to both residents and visitors from around the province.  My ...
  • Maï Yasué: Why people need nature A review of some of the empirical evidence by Maï Yasué, PhD Maï Yasué is a Bowen Island resident and Tutor in Conservation and Development at Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC One reason for leaving some wild places is that nature is good for people. The imposition of large rectilinear structures inevitably changes the experience of nature. ...
  • NDP Candidate Ana Santos: “pause the process while a new government in BC has the opportunity to enter the discussion” Dear Mayor and Council, It has come to my attention that the construction of docks at Cape Roger Curtis has become cause of great concern for many Bowen Island residents. Changes in government are sensitive times; I’d be very grateful if BIM explored the options to hit the pause button until after the election. If elected, I’d ...
  • John Dowler: CapeOnBowen’s values don’t jive with docks To TheCapeOnBowen I admire the spirit of your website, thecapeonbowen.ca, and the environmentally sensitive aspiration that it expresses. Our group is trying to prevent the installation of four industrial sized docks across the intertidal zone at Cape Roger Curtis. We feel that the docks will collide with the values expressed on your website. Meanwhile we’ve built a ...
  • Letter from Rosemary Knight This letter was sent by Ms. Knight to regulatory officials during the dock application approval process March 31, 2012 To Whom It May Concern, I write to express my strongest opposition to this (and any other) application for private moorage along the western shoreline of the property known as Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island. Currently there are ...
  • Picnic this weekend at the Cape The weather has been perfect – let’s get out and enjoy it at Cape Roger Curtis. Saturday may be sunny and warm still. Let’s enjoy the Cape Roger Curtis tidal pools at Lighthouse Beach and the smooth stones and (warmer?) waters at Pebbly Beach. Low tide is just after 1p. Bring kids, guitars, sunscreen and ...
  • Councilor Stone: ‘The Cape is one of the most extended pristine natural feeding grounds for the basis of the food chain in Howe Sound.’ Councilor Andrew Stone posted this statement on the Bowen Forum. In it, he expresses a view shared by many in the community of the importance of Cape Roger Curtis and its foreshore lands and adjacent waters. However, we believe that Bowen Council and the province of British Columbia have the tools to act NOW to Stop ...
  • Doug Hooper: Open letter to Bowen Islanders and concerned citizens Re: Docks at Cape Roger Curtis April 30, 2013 The desecration of Cape Roger Curtis continued apace this past weekend. The high winds in the Strait of Georgia, while neither uncommon nor extreme, were sufficient to dislodge the temporary concrete forms and cast wood debris along the shoreline. It was not at all surprising that the northwest ...

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