The evening's proceedings for Bowen Island Municipal Council began with a Satellite Firehall Public Hearing that saw a couple of representations from the public. Concerns issued were about sight lines, noise and the possibility of tainted runoff that could go into Explosives Creek that is both a water supply and a fish bearing stream. Matters were addressed to the satisfaction of those making representation and the hearing drew to a close.
The middle portion of the meeting was taken up with a PowerPoint presentation summarizing the Revised Concept Plan for the Bowen Island National Park previously presented at the August 25th info session. However, it was flanked with a more detailed explanation of Parks Canada's thinking in the 21st Century with the newly conceived idea of near urban National Parks and how Bowen was a good fit as they initiate themselves into this new form of Park. This may sound similar to the people who were in attendance at the Public Information Session at BICS on the Revised Concept Plan, however, Mr. Carson, got more into the skin of their thinking around Bowen and the near urban park concept. The matter of the petition was brought up by Councillor Morse and Mr. Carson did field the question but not in a way that will be satisfactory to the majority of the signatories of the petition. Interpretation of this I will leave up to the viewer.
Next up was the fourth and what was to be the final reading of the newly enshrined OCP. Audience attendance was surprisingly small in number. Councillors made short speeches, except for Councillor Frinton, about the successful outcome of this OCP process and lamented the lack of Champagne.
If you wish to watch the video of the presentation, you can Download the video here [QuickTime - 494.66 MB] ( with Internet Explorer use right-click > save target as, on a Mac use control-click > save link as... ) or you can watch online after the break.