Category Archives: Dialogue

Tim’s Plan

Click here for Tim’s Plan for Bowen Island.

By 2024, my greatest hope will be to have achieved harmony – the understanding that we all cherish and value the same things about Bowen and can all work together towards a common future. I sincerely hope we can achieve this goal within this term, because it will be important to defining our future.
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I have worked in the architectural field for 40 years and I have worked for several Bowen Island developers in the past. I know what they contribute to communities.

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To correct misinformation circulating about council’s decision on the four docks at The Cape:

Application was made to the Province in September of 2011 for four water leases at the Cape on Bowen. Continue reading

There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don’t have to take credit and are prepared to be accountable


A question posed:

The mayor’s role extends well beyond officiating at council meetings or other municipal proceedings. Additional important roles are providing leadership, promoting positive relationships, and being a model of good governance. It is also often said that a Mayor should be a “Man of the People”, which is defined in Wiktionary as “One who shows understanding of and sympathy for the concerns of ordinary people, and who has a rapport with and acceptance by ordinary people.”

If elected, what will you do to provide leadership, promote positive relationships, be a model of good governance, and most importantly, be a man of the people?

I’m not sure I would change my approach to a great extent, other than perhaps making a conscious effort to take my nose out of council work more often to make time for more community events and performances.

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The candidate with the experience


We need to continue to build community around connection, vitality, security, caring and legacy – to build consensus around what we collectively want for Bowen Island’s future. We need a mayor with municipal council experience to continue to move forward.

Over this term I’ve worked closely with over 100 volunteers on 9 committees including Economic Development, Snug Cove Sewer, Cove Bay Water and the Library Board, as well as several volunteer groups.

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What triggered you to make this step and run for municipal office?

Questions posed by the Bowen Island Undercurrent:

  1. What triggered you to make this step and run for municipal office?

My decision to stand for Mayor was not so much triggered as it was a logical step informed by the last decade working at the foundation of our community – volunteer organizations – and on council.

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Building Consensus and Community

My most important lesson of the last three years is how difficult it is to move any agenda forward in the partisan and divisive atmosphere that often pervades our public discourse, and how important it is to move beyond this if we are to prosper.

I believe we have common values – we cherish the same things – and we can and must build consensus on these values, because Council’s success over the next term will depend on building things we cannot see and will benefit us far into the future: the culture of positive public discourse identified in the Community Foundations Vital Conversations report.

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Issues relevant to many development conflicts

This is a comment posted under About Tim Rhodes because the comment period had expired on other posts. At the request of readers and with Ms. Botta’s permission I have re-posted it here.

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It’s not a game

The upcoming municipal election: it’s not a game and it’s not about gamesmanship.

It’s about opportunities for informed dialogue with the electorate and between candidates to help us select the seven citizens who will dedicate the next 4 years to Bowen Island and the social, environmental and economic challenges we face.

Community health services

Our need for basic community services, especially those related to young families and on-island and in-home health care for seniors, becomes more pressing with every passing year. If one has to choose, providing the ability to comfortably age-in-place and giving young families – and the rest of us – the comfort of knowing that appropriate care is available and expedient in emergency situations may be the most important issue facing our island today.

Transportation and parking

Negotiations with BC Ferries and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to address service and fare structures is and will be an ongoing issue. Exploring options to lessen our dependence on BC Ferries by working with TransLink and private operators to provide stable alternative commuting choices has to be part of our strategy.

On-island transportation is challenging for those without vehicles or with mobility issues – we are at the point now where some of our seniors have difficulty accessing health services because of limited access to transportation (which circles back to the need for on-island and in-home health care).

Drop-off and pick-up of walk-on passengers for the ferry and other transportation alternatives needs a safer and more efficient solution.

Parking for both local businesses and commuters needs to be addressed in conjunction with ferry marshaling with pragmatic solutions that can be phased-in. For too long unaffordable ferry marshaling plans have prevented us from addressing this problem in a grassroots manner we can afford and accomplish.

Diversity of housing

Housing continues to be an issue for the island: diversity of housing including rental accommodation, attached housing and smaller homes on smaller lots are all important to the economic viability of Bowen Island and to attracting the young families critical to the long-term health of any community.

Capital projects

While this council has taken the important first step of rezoning some of the community lands so that they can be sold and/or developed to begin retiring a decade-old debt and so that a community centre can be built, issues around disposition of the lands and funding of capital projects have yet to be resolved.

Bowen Island needs a new fire-hall which comes with a significant price tag but can no longer be delayed. Our current fire-hall is not seismically sound.

The Cove Bay Water System needs to be expanded to allow the municipality to get the best return on the disposition of its property and to allow the Snug Cove House project to proceed after almost two decades of planning. The expansion of the system requires that a plan and schedule for construction of a new water treatment facility mandated by Vancouver Coastal Health be in-place before license for the service area expansion can be granted (but not necessarily before the plant is built).

Long story short – the municipality needs to find creative, pragmatic, affordable ways to finance these projects, which will undoubtedly require assistance from senior governments and further re-zoning of community lands for disposition to the private sector.

Growth, economic viability and environmental stewardship

While it may seem odd to combine these into a single heading, they must go hand-in-hand if we are to continue to work toward a healthy and sustainable community. I believe that most of us on Bowen Island share the same values – the same reasons for cherishing our way of life here – and do not want to see what we cherish sacrificed for short-term gain or irresponsible growth.

Growth is a given. It is how we manage this growth that will preserve and protect what we cherish: living in nature, not just beside it, and maintaining the spirit of a small caring community.

If we can articulate these values and use them to guide and temper our growth, I believe we can move without fear towards a future of prosperity that respects everything we cherish.

The stakes are too high to turn it into a game.

BITE redux

There are two new menu items above: BITE 2009 and BITE 2010.

It’s over four years since the last issue of BITE arrived in Bowen mailboxes.

Recent characterizations of BITE as inflammatory writing, unsubstantiated innuendo, an uncivil tone  and inaccurate reporting didn’t match my recollection.

I recently re-read a number of back issues and didn’t find the accusations  accurate (although my frustration does show through occasionally) so I have posted links to the back issues of BITE to let folks judge for themselves.

The issues are presented warts and all; exactly as published with all the original typos, misspellings and mistakes in grammar. I have identified three items for each issue which I recall having received significant feedback at the time.