Tales and Paper Trails

Here are articles that outline how events have unfolded.

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Melissa Harrison Reports on Natural Boundary Melissa Harrison of Stop The Docks provided the following report on the violation of the land covenant at Lot 11: Natural Boundary
  • 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 ...
  • ‘Do Not Proceed’ The following letter from Nerys Poole was published in the June 7th edition of the Undercurrent In a half page ad (May 24 edition) from The Cape on Bowen Community Development (the Cape), I was pleased to see that they have come to “identify with and respect the Island’s core values” and that they have “sensitivity ...
  • Legal Opinion from Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP We sought the best quality legal advice and were fortunate to engage James Goulden, a partner at the downtown law firm of Bull Houser Tupper LLP (Bull Houser). Bull Houser has a large local government practice and acts for a number of municipalities, including North Vancouver, Sechelt and Coquitlam. James Goulden is co-leader of Bull ...
  • 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 ...
  • No Environmental Review by Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans The Department of Fisheries on Oceans confirmed on May 23, 2013 that they did NOT review the Cape Roger Curtis dock applications. From: Engelsjord, Michael Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:46 AM To: Doug Hooper Cc: Knoop, Donald Subject: Docks at Cape Roger Curtis, Bowen Island Hello Mr. Hooper, As you requested during our telephone conversation yesterday I am sending you this ...
  • No Breakwaters: email from Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources The province confirmed on May 23, 2013 that the breakwaters were NOT approved in the Cape Roger Curtis dock tenures. From: Anderson, Keith FLNR:EX Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:00 PM To: Doug Hooper Subject: RE: Cape Roger Curtis docks Hi Doug: I have finally had a chance to get back to your note. 1. Breakwaters The applications were accepted for review ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ‘Not On The Agenda’ Excitement at the Council meeting On May 6, 2013, due to unexpected construction of concrete footings on the public beach at Cape Roger Curtis, a group of concerned citizens attended a regularly scheduled meeting of the Bowen Island Municipal Council. Though not originally on the agenda, they requested to be heard on this urgent matter. At ...
  • Bowen Island Council Resolution – June 25 2012 MEDIA RELEASE At it’s Closed meeting held June 25, 2012, Bowen Island Municipal Council unanimously adopted the following resolution: It was Moved and Seconded That Bowen Island Municipality recommend that the Province require all applicants for moorage applications at Cape Roger Curtis and surrounding waters complete the following studies prior to considering approval for same: ...
  • 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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