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Winter 2001
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hose who have parked their boat at Gibsons
Dock since the latter part of the summer have
probably been charged a $5.00 fee for the privilege. This
fee has been imposed by the Gibsons Landing Harbour
Authority (GLHA). The GLHA committee, who are all
relatively new to the job, imposed the fee based on a loss
during the first quarter of 2001 and out of their concern
that the dock area has become excessively crowded. They
judged that the crowding was occurring because some
small boats were abusing the old first-four-hours-free
policy, causing larger boats to be turned away thereby
creating a loss of over-night revenue. Their solution was
one that other harbour communities such as Snug Cove
had turned to and found effective in both increasing
revenue and reducing traffic.
An obvious negative outcome from a Gibsons
business perspective is that the islanders visiting the town
spend a great deal of money on groceries, meals and many
other items and services. This fee will reduce the number
of small boats going to Gibsons and one would have to
assume will also reduce spending in Gibsons. It is very
easy for islanders to bring more of their needs from home
and to find other diversions.
I strongly feel that the GLHA too hastily found an
easy answer to a problem that they have as yet not fully
examined. This new board needs to more completely
analyze both the financial circumstances and the
functional problems at the dock. Although we recognize
the need for financial and functional health, there are a
number of other solutions that could be incorporated into
the plan. For example, the problems created by small boats
filling the births of potential over-night visitors need to be
fully examined and possibly corrected in other ways. The
rate structure of fishing and commercial boats, both of
which are below the regular charges, should also be
reconsidered, particularly if these boats are not used for
their designated purpose.
Within the Regional District, islanders are already
considerably under-served relative to their taxes paid,
when compared to the mainlanders. They should not be
the first tax targets. Unfortunately, for both the marine
visitors and the larger Gibsons community, the imposition
of this charge on only one segment of the community
without any consultation creates an atmosphere of division
and an implication that islanders are a nuisance and are
expendable. It also raises the islanders’ concerns that once
again those on the islands can be exploited financially to
solve mainland problems. This fee may solve a problem
for the dock management but in the long run it ill-serves
the islands and the Gibsons communities.
If this issue concerns you, send a letter or an e-
mail to Mayor Barry Janyk at bjanyk@town.gibsons.
Landing Fee Imposed at Gibsons Dock
by John Hall
he Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority (GLHA)
is a non-profit corporation composed of seven
volunteer directors appointed by the Town of Gibsons.
Three of the directors must make regular use of the wharf
and one must be a regular resident of Keats or Gambier
Unlike the wharf divestiture program that residents of
Keats and Gambier are familiar with, the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have kept their fishing
harbours. They have created Harbour Authorities of local
users to perform the day-to-day management of the
facilities. The DFO retains ownership and has the
responsibility of taking care of major upgrades and repairs.
The GLHA signed a lease with the Small Crafts
Harbour Program of the DFO. The primary purpose is to
provide a Public, Commercial Fishing Harbour. The
GLHA provides moorage for local commercial and
pleasure craft as well as for transient vessels. The GLHA is
entrusted to set moorage rates and collect the revenue. This
revenue is used to pay the staff, utilities (garbage removal,
electricity and gas, water, etc.) and also to maintain the
The Gibsons Landing
Harbour Authority
by Fernando Ferreira, GLHA

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Dogwood Princess News
by Rob Bennie, Senior Launch Operator
he crew on the Dogwood Princess has seen
an interesting change in the traffic patterns
on the Gambier/Keats Island route over the past summer.
We had been expecting a continuing increase in our traffic
statistics as more and more people move to the islands,
either for their weekends, for their summer holidays or for
retirement. In fact, while our general traffic statistics
continue to grow, our peak period (weekend) traffic has
dropped considerably, while at the same time our shoulder
season and mid-week traffic has grown. We see a couple
of trends here.
On one hand, we are finding that more and more
schools are discovering the value of an excursion to the
islands, the most pristine setting that is still located
conveniently close to the city. Sunshine Coast schools
hike to Gambier Lake and Plumpers Cove Marine Park for
Outdoor Education programs. Prince of Wales Secondary
School schedules annual creative writing retreats on
Gambier. Students from all over the lower mainland attend
Sea to Sky Outdoor School’s spring and fall camps at
Keats Camp to learn about the environment and the
natural world. Finally, Keats Camp itself has been
extending its own usage on weekends well into the fall
season. As government looks increasingly toward “user
pay” type service models we are trying to capture as much
of this business as we possibly can, as a way of improving
the viability of the route for its regular users. Generally,
these groups travel outside of peak traffic periods but,
when there is a potential conflict, we try to make extra
sailings for the groups to ensure that our regular customers
are not inconvenienced, occasionally even turning down
the group business. Transporting all these groups has
brought a large increase in our traffic throughout the
shoulder season to the point where we are finding that
business only slows down now for part of December plus
January and February – a very good trend for our route.
On the other hand we have seen a large drop in
usage from Eastbourne weekend cottagers during the
summer months. When we established service to
Eastbourne it came at the expense of Keats Landing. We
reasoned, and our Stakeholders group agreed, that the
main population growth would be at Eastbourne and that
Keats Landing residents would not want to see a huge
increase in cars on their side of the island with Eastbourne
residents driving across island to catch the Dogwood
Princess. Service to Eastbourne, with good connections to
the Horseshoe Bay ferry would alleviate the potential
problem. In the first years of service, this strategy worked
well – too well. It wasn’t long before the Dogwood
Princess was regularly overloading for Eastbourne on
Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.
Our schedule is set up to try to provide good
connections for all three island stops - New Brighton,
Eastbourne and Keats Landing. Unfortunately, this
becomes impossible when we overload and have to split
our trips up into individual segments to handle the traffic.
So traffic to and from Keats Landing dropped off as
residents used their own boats to limit their waiting time at
Langdale Terminal. Similarly Eastbourne residents
became frustrated when there was an overload and we
couldn’t return for those left until several hours had passed
due to our other scheduled commitments. Eastbourne
residents, not surprisingly, began to opt for direct service
to Horseshoe Bay and traffic dropped off to the point
where we stopped overloading to or from Eastbourne.
So what is the solution? One suggestion has been
to go back to providing the best service for Keats Landing
and simply “write off” the lost Eastbourne traffic.
Another has been to continue with the status quo. A third
solution presented itself when we noticed that Eastbourne
traffic was down
less significantly in the shoulder
season than in the peak summer season. Since the
Horseshoe Bay to Langdale ferry is more likely to be on
time on weekends during the shoulder season, we
reasoned that there might be some willingness to accept
some delay for the lower B.C. Ferries fare so long as the
delay was not too great and was predictable. The Langdale
Terminal Manager is looking at ways to modify the Route
3 schedule to ensure that it can maintain its summer
schedule for next year. If changes are successfully
implemented we will be able to ensure that our
connections for Eastbourne are “good” in more than
theory. There will continue to be residents who are
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we feel confident that those who are attracted to our lower
price, particularly families, will return if their travel time
is within acceptable limits. We will therefore be carefully
evaluating our statistics and discussing this issue with our
Stakeholders group to determine the best course of action
to take.
These problems centred around overloading and
meeting our service demands are showing that the
Dogwood Princess II is nearing the end of its working life.
We are therefore exploring options for a replacement
vessel for the route, perhaps by next fall. While the
Dogwood Princess II has worked well over the years, we
are seeing a need for larger capacity and more luggage
space for groceries, carts and the other household items
that islanders need to make transporting their belongings
as convenient as possible.
In addition to these issues, there has been a slight
change to our schedule this fall. The first morning sailing
now leaves 5 minutes earlier in the morning to allow a
better connection for those passengers who wish to catch
the 8:20 sailing to Vancouver. As Route 3 sailing gets
busier, increasingly our passengers are concerned about
having to rush to get their cars from the parking lot before
the ferry overloads. This takes some of the pressure off
those passengers.
There has also been a gate and fence installed at
the entrance to the Dogwood dock at Langdale Terminal.
The purpose of the fence is to control foot passengers
offloading from the Route 3 vessel, who during busy
commuter trips often mixed with the cars in the exit
lanes – a very unsafe practice. Unfortunately this will
create an inconvenience for our passengers since they will
no longer be able to park their cars at the head of the dock
while unloading their groceries. Instead they can park
next to the waiting room and carry their groceries around
the fence by the Route 3 vessel berth (which will be kept
open when there is no ferry in the dock). We are looking
into getting a cart for those with heavy loads. Wheel chairs
are available for those who cannot walk that far and, in
emergencies, staff can open the gate to allow access. The
Dogwood dock itself is now being locked during those
hours when the Route 3 vessel is not operating. Graveyard
staff has a key for emergency access. If you have any
concerns relating to this last item please contact Gerry
Parker, the Terminal Manager.
Suggestions or comments about any of these
issues I have raised or any other matters are always
welcome. I can be reached at
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Forms, for printing this issue of the Tide Lines at a
reduced price
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uring the first Phase of the Keats Planning
Review Process, Keats Islanders
overwhelmingly said they wanted the process to
accomplish 6 outcomes: (1) to preserve Keats Island as
much as is possible like it is now; (2) to preserve the
ecological integrity and natural beauty of Keats Island; (3)
to preserve the island’s privacy, peace and quiet; (4) to
encourage and maintain a sense of island-wide
community; (5) to preserve Keats Island’s “unique rural
character”; and (6) to manage growth and development on
Keats Island in a manner consistent with the above 5
The main challenge for the Gambier Local Trust
Committee, and our planning staff, is to accomplish these
ends using the goals, objectives & policies, zoning and
subdivision regulation tools provided to the Islands Trust
under the Islands Trust Act and Local Government Act. All
of this is to be implemented through the adoption of a new
Rural Land Use Bylaw for Keats Island and surrounding
islets, in a manner consistent with the values and wishes of
the Keats Island community as a whole.
The members of the Gambier LTC have read, with a
great deal of interest, the community input received thus
far. As your local trustees, we are trying very hard to
balance all the interests, desires, aspirations and concerns
expressed to us by Keats Islanders. And as public input
continues to be received and analyzed, certain policies in
the DRAFT RLUB will be modified and revised
As one means of trying to provide clarification on
some of the issues being dealt with in the proposed RLUB,
I will try to answer some frequently asked questions,
related to the Keats Planning Review, and some of the
proposals being considered in the bylaw review process.
1. Is the new Keats Rural Land Use Bylaw proposing
to increase the Island’s density?
No. Under the current zoning bylaw No. 96, and
Subdivision Bylaw No. 103, it’s estimated that Keats,
which is about 1500 acres in size, could eventually have
up to 501 residential lots, if all remaining sub-dividable
lots were developed under the current 10-acre rules.
Technically speaking, the zoning we have now would
allow 391 of these 501 lots each to have 2 dwellings per
parcel (under their Land Use Contract, the 110 lease-hold
lots on District Lot 696 - the Keats Camp property- can
only have 1 dwelling per parcel). This means that under
the current situation, theoretically there could be a total of
892 residential dwellings on Keats Island, or a total
residential density of about 1 primary (or full-sized)
residential dwelling per 1.7 acres.
Under the proposed RLUB, total island density, both
the total number of potential residential lots and the total
number of potential full-sized or “primary” residential
dwellings could actually be reduced, by a number of
voluntary mechanisms, to a maximum density of about
552 primary dwellings, or 1 primary dwelling for about
2.7 acres.
It is proposed that a number of specific zones be
created, based on lot size and the intended use of land. For
example, the Eastbourne Community Association owns 3
lots for community water supply purposes. At Melody
Point, there are 31 upland lots that the people of Melody
Point own in common and wish to preserve as a privately
owned green-space buffer and watershed. Barnabas
Family Ministries owns a 52-acre portion of District Lot
1469 (the Corkum Farm property) and with the exception
of a caretaker’s residence, Barnabas will be using their
portion of property for private institutional camp use, not
residential development. As such, under the proposed
RLUB, the potential number of residential lots on Keats
Island could be reduced by a total of about 39 lots, from
501 to about 462 lots through voluntary site-specific
zoning mechanisms implemented on individual parcels.
It is also being proposed that the residential dwelling
density per parcel be reduced somewhat, in relation to: (1)
the size of the lot and its capability for providing on-site
water and sewage disposal; and (2) whether or not
community benefits such as public trail ways or areas to
be left in a natural state have been voluntarily created by
the owner of the lot.
The new Keats Island RLUB proposes no changes to
the density provisions of the Land Use Contract (ie. 1
dwelling per parcel at Keats Landing). In Eastbourne,
Melody Point, and any other existing lots that are under 2
acres, 1 dwelling per parcel, plus, perhaps a small
"sleeping cabin” of limited size (probably somewhere
under 200 sq. ft) would be allowed. On parcels 2 acres or
more, the permitted density would be 1 “primary”
dwelling per parcel, plus an “auxiliary guest cottage” of
limited size (probably somewhere between 500 and 1000
sq. ft.).
Continued on Page 19
Understanding the Keats Island Planning
Review Process:
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
by Kim Benson, Local Trustee, Islands Trust

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hen I bought my first property on Keats in
1989, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
It was October, and Nature had played out her palette,
splashing the trees with inimitable shades of gold and red.
I had just made the gigantic leap from the city, migrating
from the frenzy of Kitsilano Beach to the quiet shores of
Keats Island.
One Saturday morning soon after taking possession of
my lovely house, I was standing on the deck, gazing out
over the water. Two women were strolling by on the
beach below. One of them yelled up to me asking if I was
the new owner of “that property”? I proudly shouted back,
“Yes.” She yelled up that her old aunt used to call the
place, “The House of the Headless Man.” I yelled back
with the obvious question, “W-w-why is that?” The
woman mumbled something about an old tale of a ghost
having been seen stumbling around - a ghost with no head.
Well! Now all I had to do was face the night alone in an
old tumbling down house with a dismembered resident
ghost. Kitsilano Beach with all its raucous human energy
was suddenly looking more appealing than it ever had
before. As it turned out, a few weeks passed before my
headless man saw fit to raise his ugly, uh…neck.
It was 2:00 am – I know, because the first thing I did
when I heard “the noise” was look at the clock. My two
cats heard it too, and jumped simultaneously bolt upright
from their sleeping positions at the foot of my bed, fur
pointing skyward. It was a voice, raspy and guttural,
sounding like it came from a very old man with a very
sore throat. He slowly growled, “Where…are…you?”
I sat, not breathing, straining my ears, listening for the
slightest sound. I heard no creaking of floorboards, and
believe me; a mouse couldn’t cross any floor in that house
without making it creak. Nor was there any sound of dry
leaves crunching underfoot outside my bedroom window.
It was as if the voice had come from somewhere else, in
another dimension. The three of us (me and the cats) sat
motionless for a good ten minutes, but heard nothing else.
The cats relaxed and I slowly settled myself down onto the
pillows. But I lay there wide-eyed, barely breathing, until
sunrise. Only then did I fall into a deep, unfettered sleep.
Over the next couple of months I started meeting other
Eastbourners. It was then I came to realize that practically
everyone on the whole island thought my house was
haunted. (Silly, naïve me. Much like the water situation, or
lack of, when I first moved in. “Water?” they said, “You
expected to have water?”)
Around this time I also befriended the little gang of
Eastbourne kids who seemed fascinated with my haunted
house. One night they told me they had heard there was a
man entombed in the chimney behind the old stove in the
kitchen. I said that I didn’t think so, but that anything was
At first the kids were in the habit of knocking at my
door on a Saturday night when they had nothing better to
do. Actually, the knocking initially took the form of
“knock and run.” I was eventually able to coax them in for
some hot chocolate, but only after they were certain that I
wasn’t going to dismantle the chimney and add them to
the “booty” behind the wall. I bought a book of ghost
stories and started reading to them around the kitchen
table, candlelight flickering on their impressionable faces.
Some of the kids would sit around afterwards and claim
with bravado that the stories weren’t scary at all anymore;
that in fact, some of them were downright silly. They were
approaching adolescence and living in a high tech world. I
knew I had to step up the horror level if I was going to
hold their interest. So I set out on a quest to find the
scariest ghost story of all time.
I went to my dear old friend, Mrs. Baxendale, who
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Things That Go Bump in the Night at Keats
by Maureen Phillips

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was a huge source of information and inspiration to me.
She was 85 years old at the time; a writer and intellectual
whom I loved and admired. I told her I was searching for
the scariest ghost story ever written to tell the gang at
Keats. She thought for a moment, then slowly rose from
her chair, shuffled down the hallway into her dusty,
cluttered bedroom and came back with a dog-eared,
tattered book titled, “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W.
Jacobs. Bingo!
The following Saturday I put out word that I’d be
telling ghost stories on Maple Beach that night, after dark.
I told them we would have a bonfire and treats, and that
they had better be prepared to have the bejeezus scared out
of them. “Yeah, sure,” they said.
My sister, Mickey, and her husband, Dennis, were
visiting that weekend with my nephew, Luke, who was just
a baby then. (Now ten – not possible!) They had one of
those walkie-talkie baby-minders used for listening to
sounds from a baby’s room. Dennis told Mickey and me
that he had a brilliant idea. He planned to hide the walkie-
talkie under the dinghy, which lay overturned a few feet
from the bonfire. He went down to the beach ahead of time
to execute his plan. The kids started arriving just after dark
and found themselves a place around the fire. We adults
waited to see who would sit on the dinghy. Jason
Puddifant, looking around for a seat, claimed his spot on
the little boat, and I began to read.
“The Monkey’s Paw,” is one of the most chilling ghost
stories ever written. As I read, the only sound besides my
own voice was the crackling of the fire. I could see that
everyone was engrossed. After a few minutes, I noticed
Dennis quietly withdraw from the group. I read on, and as
the plot thickened the tale turned sinister and frightening.
Then suddenly I heard a crackling voice sounding faint and
far away. It was saying, “Get…off…the…boat.” I saw out
of the corner of my eye that Jason was no longer listening
to the story. I carried on reading. Jason was frowning
slightly, but his attention had turned back to me. Then the
voice came again, louder and more menacing, “Get…off…
the…boat!” Everyone heard it this time and turned to stare
at the dinghy. Jason jumped off the boat and stood about
ten feet back, glaring at it. All eyes were on the talking
dinghy. No one breathed, no one moved. Then Jason
courageously ran over and struggled to lift it up. He flipped
it over with adrenalin strength, revealing the little
transmitter crackling away with Dennis’ voice. Everyone
howled with laughter. The interruption was perfectly timed
as the story was building to its horrific conclusion and we
all needed some comic relief.
I knew I had succeeded. I had found a ghost story
capable of sending chills through the blood of even the
most seasoned listeners. As the kids thanked me and
drifted away from the warmth and safety of the bonfire, I
heard them arguing about the arrangements for walking
home. Some of the youngest kids were pleading with the
oldest ones to walk with them. I heard one of the oldest
say, “But if I walk you home, who’s going to walk me
Finally, the last of the kids disappeared into the coal
black night. Mickey and Dennis took a sleeping Luke up to
the house and went to bed. Meanwhile, I sat on a log at the
beach for a quiet moment alone and made sure the bonfire
was out. I was feeling quite pleased with myself. The night
was dark and still; even the ocean seemed to be sleeping.
Eventually I rose to make my way up the steps to the
house. Just as I reached the door, a chill crept over me.
Was it the wind that gently stirred the hair on the back of
my neck? It suddenly occurred to me that I was entering
the “House of the Headless Man.” Would the ghoulish
apparition of the same name choose tonight to pay me
another visit? I took a deep breath, bravely turned the
doorknob and stepped inside.
Thanks for the memory goes to Kris and Jason
Puddifant, Shawn and Christian Rousseau, Lisa and
Peter Nilsson, Jenny Cardinal, Lindsey and Jamie
Ovens, Joanna and Rebecca McIlveen, Adam and
Shannon McNaughton, Joey Gray, and Keith and
Ryan Steuer.

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n Thanksgiving Sunday the Keats Landing
community met to worship and to share a meal.
This tradition, though many years old, was in abeyance for
several years. This was the second year of our renewed
tradition. The organization and preparation for the worship
service and the meal involved the work of many in our
About 100 of us met for worship prior to the meal. We
sang Thanksgiving hymns to the accompaniment of piano
and trumpet. We heard the reading of the Bible and Pastor
Paul Beckingham preached the Thanksgiving sermon.
After the service we met in the Keats Camp dining
hall to share our meal. Preparation began the day before
when a crew met to prepare the dressing and six big
turkeys. Others set up tables and made centerpieces from
fallen maple leaves. These were gathered by one of our
younger community members, David Lund age 7.
On Sunday at mealtime each family arrived with a
salad or vegetables and a dessert. The kitchen crew led by
Brian Davies provided turkey, potatoes, gravy and
homemade buns. One hundred and forty people sat down
to a wonderful meal. It was a great opportunity to meet
new people and to renew acquaintances.
Special thanks are due to Ron Sowerby, Graham and
Maxine Davies, George Slade and the many other
community members who helped prepare for and clean up
after our celebration.
A donation was made to cover the costs of the meal.
Costs were covered and a donation was given to Keats
A Renewed Thanksgiving Tradition
by John and Joy Richardson

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t Barnabas Family Ministries our goal is to
strengthen family relationships. We facilitate
this by offering a variety of conferences such as: Family
conferences in the summer, Marriage Enrichment and
Preparing for Marriage conferences in the spring and fall,
Father/Son, and Mother/Daughter conferences in
September as well as other conferences throughout the
year. Families from many parts of British Columbia and
other parts of Canada and the US enjoyed five days here
at Barnabas in the summer, enjoying the beauty of our
Island and experiencing fun in and on the ocean. Being
able to provide a place for people to spend time together
making memories, getting involve in activities, and just
having fun is wonderful.
We have completed bringing in the harvest. Did you
know that there are 16 varieties of apples, pears and
plums grown on the farm? Varieties include: King,
Gravenstein, Cox's Orange Pippin, and Lodi. Our largest
crop is the "Big Reds", an excellent crispy eating apple.
Their origin is thought to be from Nova Scotia - brought
in by Howie Corkum after visiting family, perhaps around
1940. Many of the fruit trees are over 35 years old, and
therefore past their prime. We are currently growing trees
in Richmond, having taken grafts from these historic
trees, and plan to gradually add and replace over the next
several years.
Sheep were the first animals raised on the property
beginning around 1900. The Corkums later changed to
beef cattle. We tried to continue the tradition but after
several experiences of cows getting out and into the
neighbours’ yards, switched back to sheep. Our guests
quite like the ‘little lambs’ and we have found them
generally easy to raise.
We have enjoyed having many of you come to visit
us in our General Store. It is always a delight to welcome
our neighbours and we hope you will come see us again
next summer.
If you haven't been to Barnabas and would like to
visit, drop by and we will gladly give you a tour.
We hope you enjoy the recipe below and send you
warmest regards from the Barnabas Staff.
The Barnabas Family Ministries
by Laura Nelson
Pepto Dressing and Salad
This Salad is a favourite here at Barnabas. The staff
nicknamed the dressing "Pepto" because of its pink
2 heads Romaine
3/4 - 1 cup pecans halved, toasted
2 oranges, pealed and sliced or 1 can mandarin
oranges, drained
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 - 1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons water
Place lettuce, oranges, and pecans in salad bowl.
Combine dressing ingredients in blender and mix
well. Refrigerate. Toss just before serving.
Note: You will not need all the dressing. It’s also
great as a dip for fresh fruit.

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oland finished last year's racing season with a
disappointing 14th place finish in the Olympics.
This year has been far from disappointing. He has had
phenomenal success with numerous wins - and it's not
over yet.
To better understand Roland's accomplishments a little
history is helpful. There are two main series of Mountain
bike races in the world. The European World Cup Series
known as 'World Cup Races' and the younger North
American Series known as 'NORBA Races'. Roland
competed in both race series and won both the World Cup
and NORBA titles. Points are awarded for each finish so
the rider with the most points wins the series. It seems a
more reasonable way to determine a winner than having
just one shot at the title as riders can have some bad luck
come their way like being blocked by a crash, having a
crash or even a flat tire - known to some as the 'F' word.
In the eight World Cup Races this year, Roland started
off slow in April with an 11th place finish in California but
he's picked up his pace since. The next race in May he
won a Silver in Italy, then a Gold in Belgium. Roland was
now the World Cup Leader!
Roland returned from Europe to thrill his fans in
Victoria to a double weekend win in Road Racing and then
June 23rd in West Virginia a double gold in Cross Country
and Short Track mountain bike events.
What a sweet victory for an athlete to win a gold
medal for his country in front of his family, friends and
thousands of fans. After his recent wins Roland felt strong
and knew he had what it would take to win the 4th World
Cup on Grouse Mountain. He was really pumped with the
race being held on home territory. Roland took the lead
from the very start, setting a very fast pace. He was
clearly the crowd's favourite, the entire crowd chanting
Roland's name. He had put a minute and a half between
himself and the second place rider. He was untouchable
up until the final climb of the race when a flat tire changed
the ending to a perfect race. The second place rider from
Switzerland rode past Roland as he struggled to change his
flat tire and keep his composure with a microphone and
camera filming his moment of crisis. When Roland
remounted his bike there wasn't enough race left to
overtake Sauser and get the lead back. The crowd was in
shock and disbelief not knowing Roland had flatted.
Words cannot express the disappointment we all felt as
Sauser rode across the finish line first with Roland trailing
seconds behind. The day was perfect, the race was perfect
just the ending sucked.
For the 5th World Cup race in Colorado the following
weekend the same script was running. Roland had over a
minute lead after a few laps, and then he flatted. With the
gap he put between himself and the second rider he
managed to hang on to his lead but the second flat tire left
him with a finish of 5th. A 2nd and 5th aren't bad finishes
but when flat tires take your gold medals one can't help but
feel cheated and disappointed. At least the second time
wasn't as painful as the first.
With the amount of training time lost by travelling to
Europe to do the next two World Cup Races, Roland
decided to stay in North America and finish the NORBA
Keats Connections
Keats Island is ‘home’ to many people who have unique and outstanding off-island adventures and accomplish-
ments. I thought it would be enlightening to us all if some of these adventures were printed in the Tide Lines. I would
appreciate your feedback on this idea, and, if you have had or know of someone who has had such an experience please
let me know so that at least one article can be included in each issue.
The following article is the update Candace promised us in her Winter 2000 article, ’There’s an Olympian Amongst
Us!’ about the mountain biking accomplishments of her son, Roland Green. GY
Roland Green Captures Several World
Mountain Biking Titles
by Candace Gayton

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races and do the National Championships as well. Some
people didn't understand why he would seemingly
abandon a series of the most prestigious races on the
planet when you are the leader. He knew what he was
doing. July 23, Mammoth Lakes California he won back
to back the Cross Country and the Short track and pulled it
off again in Vermont August 17 to capture the NORBA
World Championship title. And somewhere in between he
won the National Championship as well. It's starting to be
a blur!
Now back to the World Cup Series that people thought
he abandoned. It's not over til its over. Roland had
slipped to 3rd place in the World Cup Race points because
he did not do the 6th and 7th races in Austria and
Switzerland. He would have to win the final race and last
year's Olympic gold medal winner, Martinez would have
to come in 5th or worse for Roland to win the series since
Martinez was currently the leader.
The 8th and final World Cup Race was held in Quebec
August 26th - the day Keats Island crowned Michael
Sampson our new Crib Champion. All the big guns were
there. I'm sure there were a few riders with long faces to
see Roland show up for the final race. Richard, my other
son was keeping us posted lap by lap of the race via the
internet. He would phone every time there was an update.
The race was progressing like the last seven races. Roland
takes the lead, sets the pace, then begins to put some time
between him and the second rider. Rick and my stomachs
are in knots. Each time the phone rings we are relieved
there is no bad news and ecstatic he is riding so strong.
Roland puts the hammer down and the gap widens right up
to the end of the race. He wins!
Martinez finished 36th so Roland also wins the overall
title of the World Cup Series! The confirmation of his
overall win comes just as our guests arrive for Keats'
annual marathon of laps around the crib board - just
another perfect day on Keats. This time the ending is
P.S. There have been two more races since this writing. One
to an Olympic race, (not connected to a series). One race. One
chance. All the best riders around the world are in attendance. It
was held in Colorado on Sept 16/01. Winning this race earns
the winner a standing yearly invitation to compete in this race for
the rest of their life and THE coveted 'RAINBOW JERSEY'. A
'RAINBOW JERSEY is awarded yearly to the winner of this
race so there have been only a handful ever won. Roland now
proudly wears a 'RAINBOW JERSEY'. His last race was
closer to home - the Checkamus Challenge. It starts in
Squamish and ends in Whistler. He loves to win this race
solely for the trophy that is a monumental 20-lb. soapstone
carving. I promised to take really good care of it for him.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my
wonderful family for the celebration they planned on
Aug. 25
for my seventieth birthday. What a great
I would also like to thank Eleanor Dick and the
Ladies of the Birthday Club for the delicious
luncheon and many gifts on Mon. Aug. 27
. Another
great day!
I didn’t want to turn seventy but I had such a good
time I wouldn’t mind doing it again (just kidding
folks). Thank you all so much. The gift of having
such good friends and family is truly a blessing.
Thank You from Betty Pay

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n enjoyable afternoon and evening were spent
at the Benson’s Keats Island home on Saturday,
August 25, 2001. Nearly 100 Islanders attended,
including 15 Benson children and grandchildren.
Guests were from all parts of the Island as well as
from Gibsons and New Westminster. The occasion
was the Benson’s annual salmon Bar-B-Q and Corn
Roast which celebrates Don and Evelyn’s Wedding
Anniversary. This year honoured their 48
year of
The highlight of the potluck supper was the 80
pounds of Fraser River sockeye salmon, cooked in
authentic native fashion by Mel Nahanee of the
Squamish Nation.
The evening culminated in “Karaoke” on the big deck
where the ample talent of Keats Islanders was
strongly demonstrated!
The Benson’s Salmon B-B-Q and Corn Roast
A Good Ol’ Fashion Hymn-
Two dozen Keats Landing Cottagers gathered
for a nostalgic hymn-sing on the Benson’s deck
and were accompanied by Carol Barker on the
keyboard. Refreshments followed and farewells
were said to the Barkers, who are moving to
Mayne Island to be closer to family.
Mel Nahanee and Nelson Point with rack of
delicious salmon
Benson’s Salmon B
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hen I speak of the early days I'm referring to
the first years of the Baptist Camp facilities at
Keats Island - not quite as early as the tenting years but in
the years following, as leaseholders were building
Along the side facing Gibsons, starting near the main
wharf were the Sam Selmans, the Pallots, the Keens, the
Mills, the Steeves, the McLeans, the Binghams, the
Vernons, the Coopers, the Pattisons and behind them were
the Jeffs, the Sparrows, the Bowbricks, Mrs. Palmer, the
Carmichaels, the Andersons (Burnhams), the Cochorans
(Mclhose), the Moores, the Phillips, the Harveys, (the
Grants), the Bulgins, and Charlie Mair in the Bay. Further
along, the Newtons had a cottage and at Sandy Beach the
Peggs and Boltons had cottages. Up above the wharf the
Telfords and Henry Selman had cottages. There were
others whose names have faded from my memory. Mr.
Read was the year-round caretaker.
The main wharf was a ramp down to a string of floats
that serviced the main float against which the Union
Steamships could land. The most frequent ferry was ‘The
Capilano’. Often when the ship bringing campers, backed
away from the wharf to sail to it's next port of call, a few
brave souls would dive into the swirling, frothing water in
the wake of the departing vessel. This practice
demonstrated bravery but gave a strange sensation to the
swimmer, a tickley sensation from the bubbles of air in the
One of the exciting events of the summer for some of
us was to take a boat trip up into Howe Sound in the
direction of Squamish. Some families had rowboats many
did not. The occasional family had an outboard engine.
By the way, how many of you remember the ancient
outboard engine used by Mr. Read to go back and forth to
Gibsons? The engine needed a battery for ignition but not
for an electric starter. On the top of the flywheel there was
a knob for starting the engine by hand. Mr. Read would set
the choke, and then rotate the flywheel vigorously in the
reverse direction to which he wished the engine to start.
The compression would kick back and start the engine
spinning in the right rotation to drive the boat forward.
Harold Newton was the owner of the biggest outboard
engine at Keats Island. It was a magnificent 25-
horsepower engine that made his boat literally fly. He
routinely drove the boat all the way from Vancouver via
the outside passage to Keats Island. When we heard he
would be coming we used to watch for him to come flying
around Salmon Rock and along the shorefront past Sandy
But to return to the annual expedition of the brave and
excited campers who wished to go on those voyages of
discovery up into Howe Sound, let me continue. Naturally
we waited for a nice sunny day with a breeze so the
expedition could get under way. For days previous to
leaving, masts and sails made of bed sheets or worn out
canvas were fashioned into sails. (Rowing was for the
birds.) A rudder was made out of an old broken oar.
Usually the boats were loaded with far too much gear. A
lot of stuff was taken, just in case. Once or twice there
were three boats in the expedition.
One or two old photos still exist of the boats as they
departed from the main float. We would set course with
the wind at our backs and head toward Squamish, keeping
to the North West side of Gambler Island. Each time we
got as far as 'Potlatch Creek' it was decided by everyone, it
was time we stopped to have something to eat. It seems to
me that once or twice we camped at that spot over night.
The brave fathers who accompanied the group were Rev.
Adventures by Rowboat in the Early Days of
Camping at Keats Island
by Harold Wolverton

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A. C. Bingham, Rev. Pattison and Dr. H. A. Wolverton.
The teens included Bingham boys, Jack and Fred, Ronny
Telford, Dave Philips, Newton and Harold Wolverton, and
Bud Pattison. I think Ken Vernon used to come along too.
It was a jolly time. Relationships and how to get along
without things we were used to, were a priority.
We all took part in worship and prayers. Of course, we
worked up incredible appetites and gobbled up everything
edible. I remember A. C. Bingham handing me a container
of what he called 'muddy water'. I hesitated to drink until
he explained that it was lemon aid.
In those days our 'sleeping bag' was a couple of
blankets. I don't think sleeping bags were yet invented, or
were too expensive for the likes of us. So when we stayed
at Potlatch Creek, we explored the territory, selected a
place to make a bed and took time to gather wood for a
camp fire.
On one trip we found an abandoned mine and of
course had to find out how far it went into the mountain.
There was no consideration given as to whether it was
dangerous or not. Now a days you wouldn't think of
entering an abandoned mine, or tunnel, as it might
collapse while you were in it.
Furthermore there might be old explosives lying
around, left years ago by those who had abandoned the
Generally the fathers would have stories to tell and
advice from experiences of life.
It seemed that on those trips, it never failed that the
day we left, the sky was blue, breezes were light and there
was hardly a cloud in the sky. But by day light the next
day, the weather seemed to change. We hardy souls were
not going to return to Keats Island just because it looked
like it might rain. The plan was to circumnavigate
Gambler Island, at least. So when the boats were
reloaded with all our camping gear we would bravely set
off usually rowing. It happened often that on the first day
the wind whipped us along and none of us had to lift a
finger to the oars. But on the second day the skies would
cloud over and there would be a chance of rain and no
wind. In order to get anywhere with the boats we had to
man the oars.
On one occasion I recall we saw a tug and barge
gradually draw near, going our way. The suggestion was
made, "Why don't we hitch a ride?" We changed course to
swing in behind the barge and rowed like mad to keep up.
It was my duty to stand on the front of the rowboat and try
to hang on to the barge. There was nothing to hold on to
except the splintery deck of the barge. Just as I would
think I had a grip the rowing team would slacken off and
all I could do was to try and grip with my fingernails. I
simply could not hang on even though my nails were
breaking. The rowers kept yelling at me to hang on, no
matter what. However, it was just beyond my ability to
hold on and I had to let go. I still have nightmares about
that failure 70 years ago.
Between Anvil Island and the far side of Gambier
Island there is a barren rock that is the nesting place of
hundreds of sea gulls. The island is covered with egg
shells and un-hatched eggs. We stopped to explore and of
course someone picked up a couple of unbroken eggs.
When one egg was accidentally broken we knew then why
some eggs were still unbroken. The smell drove us off the
island in haste.
Eventually by the second or third day we would arrive
back at Keats Wharf, tired, hungry and sometimes soaking
wet. We were a happy bunch, but sure glad to get back to
civilization, a comfortable bed, hot food, warm water and
our regular companions with whom we reveled in those
wonderful summer holidays.

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Why wait for spring?
Call now—Before it’s too late!
By Owner
Water and Fire Issues at Melody Point
by John Hall
Water Quality
Melody Pointers have been very fortunate to find a more
than adequate supply of water through rock drilling. Both
the quality and quantity of our water has met our
community’s needs very well over the last eight years
since our drilling program. However, our Water Board is
concerned that there not be any opportunity for either
biological or chemical pollution to enter the system as has
happened in some systems over time. To prevent this, we
have developed a water purity plan that includes the
1. Performing a sodium hypochlorite flush of the
system each spring. This chemical is used as a
“shock” treatment in swimming pools and is
effective in destroying bacteria and some parasites.
2. Performing at least one water test per season.
3. Meeting with the Provincial Health Department’s
water purity personnel for further guidance on we
can keep our water pure.
4. Meeting with a commercial water quality firm for
more ideas.
The Water Board feels that it is important to use a
preventative strategy rather than wait for a pollution
problem to occur.
Fire Prevention
We have completed the installation of fire hoses at each
pair of buildings and have encouraged each owner to have
at least one large fire extinguisher in each cabin.
The remaining task is the installation of an alarm that
would call all present to help.
Water pumps have been seen as too expensive and
difficult to move quickly.
Keats Recycling
During Fall 2001 islanders have again
joined together to send our recyclable goods to SCRAPS.
We are meeting at the Eastbourne bulletin board on the
FIRST THURSDAY of each month to self-sort and
transport our recyclables.
Many thanks to all who volunteer and participate in this
program. Your help is greatly appreciated and goes a
long way to keeping our island clean.
For any information or input, please feel free to call
Maureen Forscutt at 604 886-3989.

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he 2001 Eastbourne crib tournament was held at
Rick and Candace Gayton’s this year. A
questionable honour bestowed on them because Candace
won last year’s tournament.
It was a beautiful July afternoon made even better by
the good food and enthusiastic competition by the 26
tourney entrants. After defeating his father, Sammy, in the
semi-finals, Michael Sampson went on to defeat Rick
Hickman in the final game to win the coveted Eastbourne
Crib Trophy.
For most of us, the sting of being an early casualty
was softened considerably by the companionship,
sunshine, and superb view of Collingwood Channel from
the Gayton’s deck.
Congratulations Michael and thank you Rick and
Candace for the super day. GY
Eastbourne Crib Tournament—2001
Photo by Glen Young
Congratulations to Michael Sampson - 2001 Eastbourne Crib
Champion. Trophy presented by Candace Gayton
Keats Island is Officially Floating 2” Higher!
by Doug Leatherdale
his year saw the second phase of an island
clean-up, thanks to the Sunshine Coast
Regional District. Cathy Kenny, the SCRD Solid
Waste Coordinator, was very supportive in providing
funding for two years, amounting to $18,000 in total.
The second phase of the clean-up had a slightly lower
gross weight of recycled metal (about 80 tons
compared to about 100 tons last year). We had six 30-
yd bins again this year as well as some special bins
for the collection and safe disposal of about 1 ton of
batteries and 3 containers of old paint. Eighteen
fridges were also removed and the freon extracted at a
recycle depot. Keats is now off the list of potential
toxic waste sites in Howe Sound!
A big thanks to all those who contributed by
recycling or safely disposing of these materials; to the
Keats Island Baptist camp who donated their site and
vehicles for the collection and storage; and all those
who helped on the weekend to make the clean-up
such a success. This two-year community effort
makes Keats the special place it is.
Public Notice from the GLHA
The Gibsons Landing Harbour Authority is now
offering six-month permits for frequent users of the
GLHA dock. The $5.00 fee still applies for boats
without permits.
For more information contact the GLHA office at:
Phone: 604 886-8017

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musical happening occurred on October 6
the Pedersen residence in Eastbourne.
Approximately 40 people from all parts of the Island
enjoyed the songs and music of great performers.
Roger Holdstock and Dan Kenning who comprise ½
of the Fraser Union Folk Group led the evening. They
have been singing together for the past 15 years and sing
mainly Canadian and topical folksongs. They concentrate
on Canadian material as ‘ it is under-represented in our
daily cultural exposure’, says Roger. Roger and Dan feel
singing is a community-building experience rather than
simply performing and this showed vividly in their singing
and the audience’s reaction to it. Bosses’ Lament, Woman
of Labrador, and The Ghost Program were great hits,
among many others. They are looking forward to singing
again on Keats – next time with their whole group.
By happenstance, Rosemary Campbell was on Keats
visiting a friend and she stopped by to sing several
beautiful songs. Rosemary has been a well-known and
major force on the Vancouver music scene for many years.
She plays many genres of music including standard folk,
jazz and Latin rhythms. She wowed the house with great
guitar playing and singing of Fragile (by Sting) and other
superb tunes.
Danny Shanks, a new cottage owner in Eastbourne,
and an accomplished singer and songwriter sang several
pieces to the accompaniment of his guitar. John Prine’s
Please don’t bury me, City of New Orleans and his own
creation Tell Your Face were real hits. Also Danny and
Jackie Young sang In a Town This Size accompanied by
yours truly on the accordion.
Jenny Forscutt fiddled the Celtic tunes Mucking in
Geordie’s Byre and The Swallowtail Jig and her brother
Cole played Allegro on his fiddle, both accompanied by
me on the accordion. Chanel Pay with Jenny and Cole did
a great job singing Mama Says No Play, which stimulated
thunderous applause.
This evening was a huge success and many thanks are
due to Mel Lehan who sparked the idea and brought Roger
and Dan to Keats as well as to Joan and Ken Pedersen who
opened their home for the event and provided delicious
food and refreshment during the evening.
This event may happen again due to popular demand!
So watch your community bulletin board, dust off that
instrument you have neglected, tune up your voice and get
prepared to join in the fun.
See you next time!
An Evening of Fun and Music on Keats
by Glen Young
Supporting all Islander’s Automotive
and Marine parts needs. Call any
Dan Kenning [L] and Roger Holdstock of Fraser Union
Danny, Glen and Jackie
Rosemary Campbell
Photos by Dave Forscutt

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On lots 5 acres or larger, it is being considered that,
where a conservation covenant to protect natural green
space, a public trail easement, or some other form of
community betterment is provided by the owner, then an
extra dwelling might be permitted on the lot as a “density
bonus”. This provision would create a maximum of
another additional 86 dwellings on the island. But this
provision has the potential of protecting an additional 400
acres of land in its natural state, and/or creating public
trails or community benefits where none now exist.
The bottom line is that, under the current bylaws, we
can expect no more than an additional 31 acres of
additional parkland and very few public trail easements to
be created through subdivision of land on Keats Island.
The current bylaws allow 822 “primary” residential
dwellings with very little or no protection of green space
or provision of public benefits.
On the other hand, the new Keats RLUB would allow
for the creation of no more than 552 “primary” dwellings
(including the density bonus dwellings), 104 “auxiliary
guest cottages”, and 243 small “sleeping cabins”, while
creating the possibility for the voluntary protection of
much more in the way of undeveloped natural green
spaces, trail easements and/or community benefits than
could be required at the time of subdivision, under the
existing regulations.
2. What is a Conservation Covenant?
A conservation covenant is a voluntary, written
agreement in which a landowner promises to protect their
land in specific ways. It can cover all or just part of the
landowner’s property. The agreement is between the
landowner and, either the local trust committee, or a
conservation organization such as the Islands Trust Fund.
The covenant is attached to the title of the land, registered
in the Land Title Office, and binds future owners of the
land, not just the current owner.
The purpose of a conservation covenant is to provide a
means for voluntary conservation of privately owned land.
Such a covenant offers a way of protecting land for a
variety of uses such as natural area and wildlife habitat
protection, watershed protection, and low-density
residential use. The landowner retains all rights to the
property that are consistent with the terms of the
agreement, including the right to control access, and sell
or bequeath the title. There is no automatic obligation to
provide public access, unless it is negotiated under the
terms of the covenant, consistent with the wishes of the
landowner. Conservation covenants are a cost-effective
way of protecting land without having to buy it at public
3. What is being proposed regarding Commercial
undertakings on the Island? Home Occupations?
Commercial Visitor Accommodation? And is
what’s being proposed different from what is
currently permitted under the existing bylaws?
No. The draft Keats RLUB is proposing to “hold the
line” with respect to commercial undertakings on Keats
Island. Under the current zoning Bylaw No. 96, the only
business activities permitted on residential properties are
agriculture, forestry, and “domestic industry” (more
commonly known as Home Occupation). Home
Occupations are, characteristically, some form of
“professional practice, home craft or other occupation,
provided that the use is conducted by the resident, and is
confined to the interior of a dwelling”, where the use is
clearly “accessory” to the residential use of the property.
Uses of property for commercial “retail sale of
goods”, or for commercial overnight “tourist
accommodation” (including bed and breakfast), or
commercial “vacation rentals”, are not currently permitted
on Keats. Someone wishing to establish such a business on
Keats would need to apply for a rezoning of his or her
property. Rezoning would be considered on an
application-by-application basis.
The new Keats RLUB is proposing that the current
situation not be changed, because there is not enough
community consensus on these issues to warrant a change
at this time. This way, the Keats Island Community will
have a say, through the Public Hearing process, as to
when, where, and if such businesses can be established on
the Island, based on the merits of each individual rezoning
application, and on the level of community support for
each proposal.
Long term rentals of properties for residential
purposes, and occasional, non-commercial, short-term
cottage rentals to family or friends is permitted now, and
would continue to be permitted under the new Keats
4. Is the new Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw
going to impose an additional layer of unnecessary
regulation and bureaucracy on Keats Island
property owners?
No. The philosophy being proposed within the Keats
RLUB is to recognize and “enshrine” existing and
traditional uses of Keats and surrounding islets land and
foreshore within the new bylaw. This means that routine
applications for development, which are consistent with
the goals, objectives, policies, and regulations in the new
RLUB should proceed with a minimum of “bureaucratic
Where proposals for new development are outside or
beyond the level of development envisioned within the
new RLUB, clear guidelines will be provided for
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onsidering the size of Keats Island, we have
unusually effective channels of communication.
This has helped us deal with island problems and has
contributed greatly to the development of a stronger sense
of community for the island as a whole. The Tide Lines,
established over six years ago by Dawn-Rae McLaren and
last year taken over by Glen Young, has become a model
small-community newsletter and a “must read” for most of
us. As island or specific community issues have arisen, the
Tide Lines has been a vital means of spreading
information and sharing views.
Last year in conjunction with the Official Community
Plan process, a Keats Island website (www.keatsisland.
net) was developed to facilitate the provision of
information regarding Community Plan issues and to
encourage your involvement and feedback. The website
editors were also interested in forming an on-going
partnership with the Tide Lines regarding island and
community issues and information. To develop this
partnership, the two groups have agreed to work toward a
common purpose through sharing of materials and
cooperation regarding areas of specialization.
However the development and maintenance of the
newsletter and the website takes a great deal of energy,
time and commitment. Glen has found that he is no longer
able to give the time that is required to do all of tasks
required to produce the Tide Lines. We seldom think of
the time required to gather articles, to organize the
materials, to translate them into a computer-based format,
to contract with printers, to arrange for delivery, to find
advertisers to finance the publication and to manage the
costs of the production. Not to mention the important task
of coordinating with and contributing to the island
We all know that finding people to step into these
roles is very difficult because of both the time and the
skills needed. Glen still has a heart for the Tide Lines’ role
in the community. However, he can only remain involved
in some way if there is support from our community to
take on some of the above tasks.
The importance of the Tide Lines, both in itself and as
part of the larger coordinated effort to keep all us up-to-
date, is unquestionable. The task of helping to create it can
be a new and stimulating challenge for a number of you.
Would you consider how you might contribute?
If so, contact Glen Young at 604 886 2834.
foreshore. The requirements for rezoning (including a
public hearing), where a change of land or foreshore use is
being proposed, ensures not that there will be additional
“bureaucratic intervention”, but rather that community
consultation and a public process will be required before
substantial changes or extraordinary expansions in use can
occur. This should provide Keats Islanders with a greater
degree of comfort, compared with the existing situation
where there is little clarity, certainty or guidance regarding
changes or expansions in existing uses.
Let us know what you think about these proposals.
Send written comments to the Gambier Island Local
Trust Committee
c/o Gillian Saxby, Keats Island Planning Review
Project Planner,
Fax: (250) 335-3105
Mail Address
: 5277 East Rd., Denman Island, V0R 1T0
Are Keats Island Communications Channels
in Jeopardy?

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he Water Committee is continuing its quest for a
tax-based, hybrid water system for Eastbourne.
We are working closely with the SCRD as we move this
initiative forward and I am pleased to report that
substantial progress has been made in respect to our
system being taken over. Although it is by no means a
“done deal”, the SCRD accepted the initiative in principal
at their September meeting. This is subject, however, to a
number of technical and financial concerns being resolved.
There are four main phases in this process:
1. Administrative (Political)
2. Technical (Engineering)
3. Process (Formal Community Approval)
2. Implementation (Construction)
The report by Steve Lee, Infrastructure Services
Committee Manager, was again accepted at the October
SCRD meeting. While there are many questions yet to be
answered, the committee agreed to proceed with the
technical phase. This engineering survey work will
commence shortly and is expected to take five to six
months. Steve and his assistant Dave Crosby have met
with us on Keats and have toured our facilities. We are
continuing to stress, and the SCRD is coming to accept,
the principle of a Hybrid Eastbourne System. It is our
intention to work very closely with the SCRD as this
process unfolds.
We have been working closely with Lee Turnbull our
Area F Director and Kim Benson our Islands Trust
Representative both of whom have been most supportive
The proposed system will follow the principles of tax-
based, user pay, distributed storage and water
conservation. Assuming the process moves ahead, the
SCRD has advised that the first step in Phase 4 will be the
installation of a purification system.
In the interim, the water committee and the ECA
executive have agreed to continue in their respective rolls.
As the process unfolds, we will be posting updates on the
official (back) side of the Eastbourne notice board.
Eastbourne Water System News
by J.H. Low, Chair, Water Committee, ECA
Relocation of the Eastbourne Bulletin Board
by Rose Ann Janzen
his ECA sponsored project occurred during the
last weekend in August and the first weekend in
Among the many Eastbourne volunteers, hats off are
due to Tor Fransvaag, the brains behind this engineering
and construction feat, and to Greg Robertson, carpenter
A big thank you to volunteers Terry Ovens, Lance
Hickey, Rose Ann Janzen, Keir Miner, Brent McIlveen,
Helen Westerberg and Patty Scagel. A very special thank
you to Joe Ortman, who kindly donated his services and
use of his backhoe for the project.
The project was a huge success and all volunteers
were treated to a sumptuous lunch prepared by Lesley
Fransvaag. Needless to say, a wrap-up party followed and
a good time was had by all!
Photo by RA Janzen
Happy Halloween!
Photo by Glen Young

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Plumper Cove
Keats Landing
Melody Point
10-Acre Estates
Picture frame
Jewellery box
Plant pot
Fridge magnets
Sea shells
Winter Projects
by Dawn-Rae McLaren
t gets pretty quiet on Keats Island during the winter months. So a group of year-round residents decided to
have a monthly get-together to discuss the members' various winter projects. Each monthly gathering was
hosted by a resident in a different Keats community who explained to the others how his/her project was done.
From the clues provided below, can you determine where and when each get-together was held, which project
was explained and what it was made of?
1 The gathering held a the 10 Acre Estates was held at some point after the meeting about fridge magnets, but at some
point before the Eastbourne meeting (which didn't feature a discussion about a project made with dried seaweed).
2 The item made with pretty stones and the project using driftwood were a plant pot (which wasn't discussed in March)
and the project featured at the Plumper Cove meeting, in some order.
3 The Melody Point project was made from pinecones. The fridge magnets weren't made with driftwood.
4 If the picture frame was made with pinecones, then it was discussed at the February meeting; otherwise, the picture
frame was made from dried seaweed, and the jewellery box was made from pinecones and was featured at the gathering
in January.
5 Neither the lamp (which wasn't created by a 10 Acres resident) nor the jewellery box was discussed in March.
See solutions on Page 23

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Solution to the puzzle on Page 22:
November, Plumper Cove, Fridge Magnets, Stones
December, 10 Acres, Plant Pot, Driftwood
January, Melody Point, Jewellery Box, Pinecones
February, Eastbourne, Lamp, Sea Shells
March, Keats Landing, Picture Frame, Seaweed

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The following three-page insert is paid
for and brought to you by the
Gambier Island Local Trust Committee
Islands Trust

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Keats Planning Review, Fall 2001 Update
by Kim Benson, Local Trustee, Islands Trust
The current Official Community Plan (OCP)
for Keats Island (Bylaw 107) was adopted in January
1977. The Islands Trust is conducting a public review
of the Keats OCP. The end result of the public review
process will be to combine updated and revised Keats
Island Community goals, objectives, and policies
with revised regulations for zoning and subdivision
into one comprehensive planning document, called a
Rural Land Use Bylaw (RLUB).
The new planning document will outline a
shared community vision on how Keats Island should
evolve in the coming years. It will also provide
direction to guide government agencies, current
residents and property owners, and prospective
landowners about existing and future land and
foreshore use and development, and publicly funded
services on Keats Island.
The Current Situation
Keats Island has had the same community
plan and regulations for zoning and subdivision of
land for almost 25 years. The current Keats Island
planning process is about reviewing the existing 3
bylaws, and updating them to reflect the values of
today’s Keats Island community, within the context
of the Islands Trust legislation and the current
legislative framework in the Province of B.C.
The current zoning and subdivision bylaws
for Keats Island (OCP Bylaw No. 107, Zoning Bylaw
No. 96, and Subdivision Bylaw No. 103) total more
than 110 pages. These bylaws are confusing. It’s hard
to relate one bylaw to the next, and to know which
sections are relevant to Keats. These bylaws cover
Keats, Anvil, the Pasley, Trail, and Thormanby
Islands but not Gambier.
While some sections of the current bylaws are
relevant to Keats, many are not relevant to any of the
islands. They have been repealed on those parts of the
mainland that they covered, when the Sunshine Coast
Regional District (SCRD) had the land use planning
function for Keats and other islands. The Islands
Trust acquired full land use planning and regulatory
powers for the islands in 1978, and inherited the
current Keats OCP, zoning, and subdivision bylaws
from the SCRD at that time.
The old bylaws are very blunt and insensitive
to local circumstances in some sections, and very
vague and open to interpretation in others. The new
Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw will replace these
documents with a single, streamlined one, totaling
about 65 to 75 pages, which will be tailored
specifically to Keats Island and surrounding Shelter,
Home, and Preston islets. The new Keats RLUB will
recognize traditional Keats Island circumstances, land
and foreshore uses. It will be more sensitive to local
situations, and will include clear policy guidelines
and community processes to handle any future
proposals for new subdivisions or changes in zoning
of land or foreshore in the Keats Island planning area.
The Legislative Process and the
Islands Trust Act
In 1974, the Government of B.C. enacted
special protective legislation for the Gulf Islands in
the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. The Islands
Trust Act establishes the Islands Trust as an
autonomous local government for the Islands within
this Trust Area. Under the Act, the object of the
Islands Trust is to “preserve and protect the trust
area and its unique amenities and environment for
the benefit of the residents of the trust area and of
British Columbia generally, in cooperation with
municipalities, regional districts, improvement
districts, other persons and organizations, and the
government of British Columbia”.
There is a local trust committee (LTC) for
each group of islands designated as a local trust area,
and 1 committee for Bowen Island. Keats Island is
within the Gambier Island Local Trust Area. Each
LTC has 3 members – 2 locally elected trustees and 1
Islands Trust Executive Committee member who
serves as Chair. The members of the Gambier Local
Trust Committee, currently serving a 3-yr term, are
Bob Gibson from Gambier (604-931-1455), Kim
Benson from Keats (604-886-9868), and Committee
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Island (250-539-2975).
The Gambier LTC has, with respect to Keats,
all the power and authority of a regional district
board, including preparation and adoption of Official
Community Plans, rural land use bylaws, zoning and
subdivision bylaws, regulation of soil removal and
deposit, and authorization of permits under Part 26 of
the Local Government Act (Management of
Development). This ensures that Keats Island land
use decisions are made by elected islanders, rather
than by a “mainland-oriented” Regional District
Board in Sechelt. And decisions are made with the
“preserve and protect” objective of the Islands Trust
Act in mind. Approximately 9% of Keats Island
property taxes go to the Islands Trust.
The Keats Planning Review Process is being
undertaken in a manner consistent with both the
Islands Trust Act, and the Local Government Act. As
such, the new Keats RLUB must include goals,
objectives, policies, map designations, and
regulations to guide decisions on planning and
management of land and foreshore use for Keats and
surrounding islets.
The content of the new Keats RLUB, must
address the following: the approximate location,
amount, type and density of present and proposed
residential development (including affordable
housing, rental housing and special needs housing,
institutional, agricultural, recreational, public utility,
commercial and industrial land and foreshore uses;
policies relating to the preservation, protection,
restoration and enhancement of the natural
environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity;
location and phasing of any major publicly owned
road, sewer and water systems; location and type of
present and proposed public facilities, including
schools, parks, waste treatment and disposal sites;
and restrictions on the use of land that is subject to
hazardous conditions or that is environmentally
sensitive to development.
Responsibility for certain matters lies outside
the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust and are the
responsibility of individual property owners, or the
Provincial Government, the Federal Government, the
SCRD, or the Coast Garibaldi Health Region. In
some cases, more than one agency may have
overlapping jurisdiction for a matter addressed in the
new Keats RLUB. In these cases, other levels of
government and the public are requested to regard
these policies as the stated desires of the LTC and the
Keats Island community.
The process for preparing and adopting the
new Keats Island RLUB is also being done in
accordance with the Islands Trust Act and Local
Government Act. During the development of the new
Keats RLUB, the local trust committee must provide
one or more opportunities for consultation with
persons, organizations and authorities that will be
affected by the new RLUB. The RLUB can only be
adopted through a statutory process which includes a
public hearing, approval of the Islands Trust
Executive Committee, and approval of the Minister of
Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
(formerly Municipal Affairs).
The process is virtually the same as for any
municipality or regional district in the province.
However, the LTC is endeavouring to go “above and
beyond” the statutory requirements for community
consultation through a number of island-wide mail-
outs, holding meetings both on and off the island, and
posting all relevant information on www.keatsisland.
The LTC is also designing the Keats Review
process based on the advice of the Keats Island
Advisory Planning Group (APG). The 8-member
APG is appointed by the LTC to advise on Islands
Trust related matters involving Keats, and has
representation from nearly all the communities on
Where’s the Process at Now?
The Process began in June 2000. During
Phase 1, an information mailer, including a
Workbook/Questionnaire about the existing Keats
OCP and a Community Values Questionnaire, was
sent to all Keats Island residents and property owners.
In July 2000, two Orientation and Visioning
community forums were held on Keats and in North
Phase 2 began in June 2001. A second information
mailer was sent out. It included the First Working
Draft of the Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw- Part
1 (Working DRAFT 1 – “Keats Island Goals,
Objectives, and Policies”), as well as a Community
Response Form/Questionnaire seeking input on the
DRAFT 1 policy document. This document was

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based on community input, legislative and Islands
Trust Policy requirements, requirements of other
government agencies, technical data and data
gathered during Phase 1. Also, two more community
forums were held in July 2001 to provide additional
opportunities for public input.
Since June 2001, approximately 70 Response
Forms and three written submissions have been
returned. This translates into about 187 pages of
written input received during Phase 2, not including
the flip chart comments recorded at the July 2001
forums. About 75 islanders attended the forums.
Gillian Saxby, Project Planner for the Keats
Planning Review Process is busy compiling and
analyzing the input. She will be making
recommendations to the local trust committee
regarding revisions to the DRAFT RLUB based on
this material and additional consultations being
undertaken with the Eastbourne Community
Association, Keats Camp, Barnabas Family
Ministries, other affected individuals and agencies
such as the SCRD.
Gillian has other duties with Islands Trust
besides the Keats Planning Review. She is also the
Project Planner for the Hornby Island OCP Review.
In addition, she does research and policy work for the
Islands Trust Council on groundwater management,
marine stewardship initiatives and other Trust Area
Thus, Derek Pratt, a consultant with Planistics
Management Inc., has been hired to assemble the first
draft Part 2 of the Keats Island RLUB, which must be
consistent with the policies in the revised Part 1. The
revision and redrafting process will take place
throughout this fall and winter.
What are the Next Steps?
Early 2002. As soon as it’s ready, the Complete
First DRAFT of the new Keats Rural Land Use
Bylaw will be mailed to Keats Islanders for review.
This should occur in winter or early spring of 2002.
Information regarding any public meetings and other
opportunities for community input will be included in
the mailer, posted on island notice boards, and on
Spring & Summer 2002. Once all three
members of the Gambier LTC believe that
subsequent revisions have produced a document that
will have broad public support, the Final DRAFT
Keats Island Rural Land Use Bylaw will be
considered for 1st Reading. At this stage, under a
formal statutory review process, the Proposed Bylaw
will be referred to government agencies for final
comment, posted on-line, and mailed to Keats
Islanders. The public will be invited to submit
comments at a formal public hearing, to be held on
Keats, probably sometime in June or early July 2002.
After the Public Hearing, the LTC will decide
to either: (1) give 2
and 3
Reading to the Bylaw;
(2) amend the Bylaw before 2
and 3
Reading; or
(3) amend the Bylaw and hold another Public Hearing
to consider further public comment. Agency
approvals may also be required if revisions are made
to the Bylaw.
After 2
and 3
Reading, the Bylaw will be
sent to the Islands Trust Executive Committee for
approval, to confirm that the Bylaw conforms to the
legislated “preserve and protect” objective, and the
Islands Trust Policy Statement. The Bylaw will then
be sent to the Minister of Community, Aboriginal &
Women’s Services for approval. After Ministerial
approval is given, a 4
Reading and Final Adoption
may be given by the LTC – which implements the
Bylaw. And the Keats Island Planning Review
Process will then be complete.
Who to Contact For More Information
The Gambier Island Local Trust Committee is
seeking the widest possible input of the Keats Island
community in developing the new planning
documents for Keats. It’s not too late to get involved.
The DRAFT RLUB documents, questionnaires, and
all relevant background materials can be found and
downloaded at
Please send any Community Response Forms, or
written comments to Gillian Saxby:
Phone: (250) 335-1616 or Toll Free (via Enquiry BC)
Fax: (250) 335-3105
Mail Address: 5277 East Rd., Denman Island V0R 1T0

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